International Festival of Animated Films Stuttgart 2018
24 – 29 April 2018
This year, the International Festival of Animated Films Stuttgart (ITFS) will once again showcase the diversity of current animated film production and its connection to visual effects, architecture, art, design, music, and games. In addition to various events and competitions within the framework of the festival, the organisers want to issue a crowdfunded Best of Animation DVD to mark the festival’s 25th anniversary.
The large open-air cinema in Stuttgart’s city centre will be the main hub of the ITFS. The entire spectrum of current animated films will be screened during the festival at the open-air venue as well as at other inner-city cinemas. In 2017 more than 1,000 films were screened for some 90,000 visitors. The focus is on artistic animated films, innovative cross-media works and the promotion of young talent. This ambition is reflected in the sheer number of competitions taking place under the ITFS umbrella. The centrepiece is the International Competition for artistic short films from the past twelve months; the grand prize carries an award of prize money to the tune of 15,000 euros. Other competitions include the German Animation Screenplay Award and the Tricks for Kids competition for children’s animated films and series, where a children’s jury will select the winners.
Taking place alongside the ITFS is the FMX – Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Immersive Media. On 26 and 27 April 2018, both events will host an Animation Production Day, a co-production and financing market specialising in animation projects. In addition to the FMX, the Spotlight creative competition for professional moving picture communication will also be interesting for professionals. The events taking place simultaneously combine to create an internationally relevant platform for the financing and development of animation projects.
Other elements of the programme include the Game Zone at the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart on “Playful Art / Meaningful Games” and the intercultural initiative, the Arab Animation Forum. Its goal is to connect young producers from Germany with young animation artists and directors from member states of the Arab League. On 25 April 2018, the academic SAS symposium, organised by the Society of Animation Studies, and others, will focus on “Animation and Philosophy”. The keynote speaker is Ülo Pikkov, author of “Animasophy. Theoretical Writings on the Animated Film”.
To mark the 25th anniversary of the festival, the organisers of the ITFS have launched a crowdfunding campaign to finance a Best of Animation DVD. Based on the best short films from the last 24 festivals, the compilation will give an overview of the art of animation from the last 35 years. The plan is to reach the first funding target of 10,000 euros by the end of the financing period on 18 April 2018.
A regular festival pass costs 80 Euros, and reduced tickets cost 47 Euros.