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Stuttgart Festival Of Animated Film

The 27th Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film (05.-10.05.2020)

Once a year, around April and May Stuttgart becomes the centre of international animation films. Since 1982, the Festival of Animated Film invites directors, production companies, distributors and international sales companies to present their animated films.

The International Animation Film Festival Stuttgart (ITFS) is one of the world's largest and most important festivals for animated film. The whole spectrum of current animation filmmaking with interfaces to visual effects, architecture, art, design, games and music are presented at the festival.

Set amidst the unique scenery of the Stuttgart city centre, the Open-Air Cinema creates a very special Festival atmosphere. On a large LED wall, screenings of animated shorts and popular box-office hits start at noon and so make the ITFS a Festival for the whole family. Up to 100,000 visitors come to Stuttgart to see around 1,000 films at the Open-Air and Innenstadtkinos Stuttgart cinemas.

The International Competition the Festival’s centrepiece, featuring animated shorts of high artistic quality produced in the previous year. An international jury composed of outstanding personalities of the animation scene awards prizes up to 90.000 Euro. Among them the Grand Prix, the Lotte Reiniger Award for Animated Film and German Voice Actor Award a prize for the best German-language voice artist in a feature-length animated film. In recent years, winners of this award have been well-known speakers such as Otto Waalkes, Axel Prahl and Alexandra Maria Lara.

The GameZone invites visitors to play, presenting innovative, high-quality computer games and interactive projects at the intersection of games and animation.



The 18th Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film is now open for submissions

You are kindly invited to submit films produced after October 1st, 2009 to one of the Festival’s competition categories!

Please note the following entry deadlines for the submission of entry forms and preview copies!


Deadline for submissions in the categories International Competition (International short film competition), Young Animation (International student film competition), AniMovie (Internationaler feature lenght film competition) und Tricks for Kids (International competition for short films ans TV series for children):

December 1st, 2010.

Here you'll find the submission forms and the festival regulations:

Entry form (pdf)                                          Interactive entry form

With our interactive entry form you can submit your film online.
Please read carefully the Festival regulations for film entries to the 18th Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film. When the interactive entry form is fully completed, click "submit". The form will be sent to the Festival and you will receive an automatic confirmation.

The preview DVD must be sent by post or courier.

Online submission and film upload can be made at as well (starting October 10th, 2010).
Accompanying materials like synopsis, biography, filmography, film stills etc. can be sent labelled with film title and submission category by attachment (up to 10 megabyte) to regitfs10(at) (please use this email address only for the transmission of film material and not for email correspondence!) or together with the preview DVD by post or courier to:

Film- und Medienfestival gGmbH
Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film
Schlossstraße 84
70176 Stuttgart

For further questions please contact
Ms. Andrea Bauer
Tel.: +49-711-92546-115

Other competitions and deadlines:

  • January 15th, 2011:
    Under Commission (International competition for commissioned film)
    A special entry form for the commissioned films competition will be available from November 1, 2010.
  • February, 14th, 2011:
    48H Animation Jam (Live animation competition)
    The Live Animation Competition Crazy Horse Session – The 48H Animation Jam addresses to animation students from international film and art schools as well as independent animators and animation producers aged 30 years or younger. Five teams, each with two members, must develop live and within 48 hours an animated film. The competition will start at midday on Wednesday, May 04 and will end at midday on Friday, May 06. The best film will be awarded.

    Application form and regulations (pdf)

    Application form and regulations (interactive)

    We are looking forward to your submission!


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About Stuttgart Festival Of Animated Film

(Film- & Medienfestival gGmbH)

Together with the fmx -Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Digital Media, the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film is developing into the biggest and most important meeting in the world of animated film. Founded in 1982, the Festival of Animated Film has always promoted artistic animated films, young talented artists and the entire animated film sector. The accompanying events and programmes range from presentations by schools and studios, showcases of famous animation artists and the popular “Best Of Animation” series, right up to screenplay writer workshops with well-known animated film professionals.
At the festival’s open air programme on the Schlossplatz in Stuttgart, the people of Stuttgart celebrate the art of animated film together with guests from all over the world.



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