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The winners of the Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film 2012 have been chosen

The Woodstock of Animated Film
 

on its 30th birthday, the Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film has found its place at the centre of the city and the hearts of the local population. "On the one hand the Festival has become one of the most important meeting places for international animated film whilst on the other, it has brought life and international flair to Stuttgart's front room," said Ulrich Wegenast, Artistic Managing Director of the Film- und Medienfestival gGmbH, which has been organising the Festival of Animated Film since 2001. Just as the Festival's fan base continues to grow, the Festival has established itself further in the city of Stuttgart and thanks to its new event locations, the Mercedes-Benz Museum and the Breuninger fashion house, has grabbed the attention of Stuttgart's top names. "At the same time, the screenings are reaching new target groups," the Commercial Managing Director, Dittmar Lumpp declared. "We are delighted about this new partnership with such renowned companies which are suited to us and with which we can approach new topics such as animation and fashion."

Of course the programme, which this year was more diverse than ever before, contributes to this: it included the best international animated films in sold-out competition categories, numerous German premieres for feature films such as the US box-office hit "The Lorax", programmes curated by international experts such as "Journeying with Shadows" about silhouette film, put together by Hassan Muthalib (Kuala Lumpur) or "Why Hungary?", the focus on a particular country and a number of films as well as join-in activities for the young ones and events for youths - from the new "Cartoons for Teens" competition to the Machinima workshops. All events were received with enthusiasm. "The 19th. Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film was a complete success. The ITFS presented a wonderful atmosphere, full theatres and an overcrowded open air area for six days and nights in Stuttgart's city centre. More than 80,000 enthusiastic visitors were there," said a delighted Lumpp.

Together with the Stuttgart Region Economic Development Corporation, the Festival's organisers have developed the "Raumwelten" congress, a new business platform for communication in space. "The congress has fulfilled all expectations and the quality programme with numerous excellent speakers has been well received," said Wegenast. Furthermore, the industry was able to catch up on the latest developments in the field of animation at the Festival of Animated Film, as well as at the industry's meet, the FMX 2012, and the Animation Production Day (APD).

On Sunday evening, May 13, 2012, the Festival ended at 8 pm with the grand award ceremony. Celebrities from politics, commerce and culture such as Mayor Wolfgang Schuster, actress and former "Tatort" detective Andrea Sawatzki and actress Cosma Shiva Hagen were present as the awards, worth over 70,000 Euros were presented. The host for the evening, Markus Brock (SWR), was as entertaining as usual.

More information and films and photos of the 19th Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film can be found on our Website.
Awardees of the 19. Internationales Trickfilm-Festival Stuttgart - Festival of Animated Film
 
International Competition
* Grand Prix
State of Baden-Wuerttemberg and City of Stuttgart. 15.000 Euro
POSLEDNY AUTOBUS (THE LAST BUS)
Slowakia 2011
Director: Martin Snopek, Ivana Lauĉiková
* Lotte Reiniger Promotion Award for Animated Film
Award for the best graduation film. 10.000 Euro sponsored by MFG Film Funding Baden-Wuerttemberg.
HELDENKANZLER
Germany 2011
Director: Benjamin Swiczinsky
* SWR Audience Award
6.000 Euro sponsored by Südwestrundfunk SWR
ATLAS
Germany 2011
Director: Aike Arndt
* Meckatzer Lena-Weiss-Award
5.000 Euro sponsored by Meckatzer Löwenbräu
BODY MEMORY
Estonia 2011
Director: Ülo Pikkov

Young Animation
Award for the best student film. 2.500 Euro sponsored by the Landesanstalt für Kommunikation Baden-Württemberg (LfK) and the MFG Film Funding Baden-Wuerttemberg
THE MAKING OF LONGBIRD
UK 2011
Director: Will Anderson

AniMovie
Award for the best animated feature film 2.500 Euro sponsored by SUPER RTL ARRUGAS (Wrinkles)
Spain 2011
Director: Ignacio Ferreras
Tricks for Kids
* Award for the best children's animated film
4.000 Euro sponsored by Nickelodeon
ZING
Germany 2011
Director: Kyra Buscho, Cynthia Collins
* Award for the best animated series for children
2.500 Euro sponsored by Studio 100 Media GmbH
MIA AND ME: TALKING TO UNICORNS
Germany 2011
Director: Gerhard Hahn

Cartoons for Teens
2.500 Euro sponsored by Nippon Art
BOTANICAL NIGHTMARE
UK 2011
Director: Thomas Lucas

German Screenplay Award
2.500 Euro sponsored by Telepool GmbH
"Fritzi war dabei" by Beate Völcker

Animated Fashion Award
2.000 Euro sponsored by Breuninger
"Reflexion"
France 2012
Director: Planktoon, Yoshi Tamura

German Voice Actor Award
2.500 Euro
Andrea Sawatzki, "Der gestiefelte Kater" (Jill)
Paramount, USA 2011

Animated Com Award
Awards for applied animation in the field of advertising and technology
* Category Advertising + Main Prize
Clover "Way Better"
Shy the Sun, Strange Beast
Main Prize Award: 5.000 Euro sponsored by Fraunhofer IPA
Category Advertising Award: 2.500 Euro sponsored by Mackevision Medien Design GmbH
* Category Technologie
Red Bull Music Academy World Tour
Pete Candeland, Passion Pictures
Award: 2.500 Euro sponsored by KSPG AG
* Category Communication in Space
Magic Box - State Grid Pavillion
Prof. Uwe Brückner, Atelier Brückner GmbH
Award: 2.500 Euro sponsored by Animation Media Cluster Region Stuttgart
* Category Special Award Mercedes-Benz Classic: 60 Jahre Mercedes-Benz SL
Mercedes-SL Black
Owen Trevor, Passion Raw
Award: 2.500 Euro sponsored by Daimler AG

48h Animation Jam - Crazy Horse Session
Trixi Goes to the Moving Pictures
Kristen Campbell & Sitji Chou (Canada)
in cooperation with M.A.R.K. 13
 
Yours faithfully

Ulrich Wegenast
Managing Director, Programme

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Dittmar Lumpp
Managing Director, Organisation, Finances
                                                

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