Stuttgart International Animated Film Festival invites applications for 2022


The 29th Stuttgart International Animated Film Festival (ITFS) has invited entries for the main event to be held from May 3-8, 2022. One of the world’s most important animated film festivals will feature a version hybrid with emphasis on Austria as a partner. countries in the coming year.

Learning lessons from the pandemic, organizers are planning on-site and digital options for the 2022 edition that combines cinema screenings, game exhibits, presentations and workshops using digital apps and virtual space.

The ITFS will accept work completed after October 1, 2020 and accept applications in the following categories:

International competition – International competition for animated short films

Young AnimationsInternational student film competition for animated short films

Tips for children – International competition of short films and animated series for children

Nature Trickstar Prize – Competition for animated short films dealing with the themes of climate protection, biodiversity, the environment and sustainability

AniFilm – International competition for feature-length animated films

The above deadline for submission of entries is December 1, 2021. The organizers will accept submissions online at Participation in ITFS competitions is free, but the submission platform charges a small fee for its service, depending on the number of animated films submitted.

The animation extravagance has listed more categories where the call for entries and submission have extended deadlines. The categories are:

Trickstar Business Award – There will be a prize for innovative business models for a project or a company in the field of animation (call for applications November 2021 / closing date March 1, 2022).

German animation script award – There is a prize for the best German or English language script for a German animated feature film (call for applications October 2021 / closing date February 1, 2022).

Germany animation games prices – A prize will also be awarded for an animation-based computer game from Germany with the best visual and aesthetic design (call for applications December 2021 / closing date February 1, 2022).

Crazy Horse Session (48 hour animation jam) – International teams take up the challenge of creating an animated short film about the Trixi festival mascot in 48 hours. The Crazy Horse Session takes place in cooperation with the electronic media MARK13 and is supported by MFG Filmförderung Baden-Württemberg and the Landesanstalt für Kommunikation Baden-Württemberg (call for applications December 2021 / closing date March 1, 2022).

During the six days of the festival, fans of animated works of all ages will have the opportunity to watch and experience animated short and feature films, series and games as well as VR and AR projects. The prize money for various competitions amounts to 70,000 euros.


Darcy J. Skinner

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