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ITFS 2022 Announces Films in Competition and More Festival Highlights

2,028 films were submitted from 80 countries in the hopes of sharing over 65,000 euros in prizes; upcoming hybrid event runs in person and online May 3-8, featuring screenings, presentations, talks, workshops, and a free film program every day on Stuttgart's Schlossplatz.

The 29th Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS), will take place on-site in Stuttgart from May 3-8, 2022; this year’s motto is "Black is Back!" The event will feature screenings, presentations, talks, workshops, and exhibitions. Topics will be on all things animated and how animation intersects with visual effects, architecture, art, design, music, science, and games. In addition to the program on site, OnlineFestival.ITFS.de will run May 2-15 with its media library, the ITFS VR Hub and additional online formats.

ITFS Open Air on Stuttgart's Schlossplatz is an audience highlight in the cultural calendar of the Stuttgart region and offers a free film program every day, which will also be streamed worldwide for the first time. The upcoming ITFS features new partners and venues such as the Hospitalhof, vhs TREFFPUNKT Rotebühlplatz, Delphi Arthaus Kino and FITZ Das Theater animierter Formen.

 Highlights include:

  • The world premiere of Lille Allan – Den menneskelige antenne (Little Allan – The human antenna) by Amalie Næsby Fick,
  • Denmarkthe presentation of AnimaDok Flee, by Jonas Poher Rasmussen, et al. Denmark, Norway
  • The House produced by Nexus Studios for Netflix)
  • Moderated online talk between Oscar winners Allison Snowden, David Fine and Nick Park
  • The animation theatre piece Animeo & Humania by the Aarauer Theater Marie

The Competitions

The heart of the festival are the competitions and film programs with prizes of 65,000 euros awarded by international juries of experts. 2,028 submissions were received from 80 countries for consideration. Some of the films selected include:

The International Competition

  • Bestia (Hugo Covarrubias, Chile)
  • Black Slide (Uri Lotan, Israel)
  • Steakhouse (Špela Cadež, France, Germany, Slovenia)
  • Varken (Pig, Jorn Leeuwerink, Netherlands),
  • Slouch (Michael Bohnenstingl, Germany)
  • Deep Water (Anna Dudko, Ukraine).

The Young Animation Competition

  • An Ostrich Told Me the World is Fake and I Think I Believe It (Lachlan Pendragon, Australia)
  • BusLine35A (Elena Felici, Denmark)
  • Au revoir Jérôme! (Goodbye Jerome!, Adam Sillard, Chloé Farr, Gabrielle Selnet, France)
  • The Boy and the Fire (Haomin Lu, China)
  • In His Mercy (Christoph Büttner, Germany).

Tricks for Kids will host the best animated short films and series for children

  • Battery Daddy (Seung-bae Jeon, South Korea)
  • Maman Pleut des Cordes (Mum Is Pouring Rain, Hugo De Faucompret, France)
  • The soloists (Celeste Jamneck, Feben Elias Woldehawariat, Mehrnaz Abdollahina, Razahk Issaka, Yi Liu, France), the series
  • "Pip and Posy" series episodes "Night Pip" (Matt Tea, United Kingdom), "The bridge of the City" (Klym Klymchuk, Ukraine) and "Lost Brain" (Isabelle Favez, Switzerland)

The complete film lists can be found here.

Tickets for the ITFS are available here.

Source: ITFS 2022

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Debbie Diamond Sarto is assistant news editor at Animation World Network.