The Stuttgart International Animation Film Festival (ITFS) unveils the first highlights of its program

The first Stuttgart International Hybrid Animation Film Festival (ITFS), scheduled for May 3-8, 2022, has shared its first program highlight. As one of the most important animation film festivals in the world, ITFS 2022 takes place in various locations in Stuttgart, including Schlossplatz and Innenstadtkinos, and additionally presents a rich online program at OnlineFestival.ITFS .de and in the virtual world of the ITFS VR Hub.

This year’s motto is “Black is back!”. True to this motto, the fundamental principles of animation – reduction, simplification and clarity, but also exaggeration and over-drawing – will be at the center of ITFS 2022 and presented and highlighted in various programs and cinematic events. Because with the coronavirus crisis, the desire to return to the essentials and the fundamentals of their daily existence has imposed itself on many people.

The International Competition is the central attraction of the festival. It honors:

  • Young Animation rewards the best films by students from international institutes of higher education for film, media and art
  • Tricks for Kids the best animated short film for children
  • AniMovie the best animated feature film
  • Trickstar Nature Award for Best Animated Short on the Themes of Climate Protection, Biodiversity, Environment and Sustainability
  • Trickstar Business Award the best innovative and revolutionary business model for a project or company in the animation sector Animated Games Award Germany the best and most innovative video game based on animation from Germany
  • German Animation Screenplay Award for the best German screenplay for an animated feature film as well as the screenplay with the greatest international market potential.

All competition programs can be viewed on site at Innenstadtkinos and in the ONLINE+ media center. As part of the Crazy Horse Session – 48 hours Animation Jam animation competition, international teams take up the challenge of creating an animated film with the Trixi Festival mascot in 48 hours.

In the support program, ITFS 2022 will focus on Austria, as well as many other highlights. Animation production in the Alpine republic is known for its experimentation, innovation and dark humor. Selected artists, studios and institutes of higher education will present their work. Austrian partner festivals are Tricky Women / Tricky Realities and Ars Electronica. In the thematic series Wonderwomen – Women in Games & Animation, curated by Waltraud Grausgruber, ITFS continues the thematic program published in 1996 and curated by Jayne Pilling, and highlights how the situation of women in animation film has changed since then. and what new artistic positions have emerged.

In the IN PERSON series, internationally renowned and artistically exceptional animators give a personal insight into their work and working methods. Guests scheduled for the series include:

  • Daniel Hopfner (Berlin)
  • Jochen Kuhn (Ludwigsburg)
  • Pessoa Registry (Oporto)
  • Jean-Charles Mbotti Malolo (Lyon)
  • Thomas Renoldner (Vienna)

Other guests confirmed for ITFS 2022 so far include:

  • Nick Park (Bristol), Oscar-winning character designer Wallace & Gromit and Shaun the Sheep,
  • Filmmakers Michelle and Uri Kranot (“Nothing Happens,” “Hollow Land”)
  • Film Producer and Academy Fellow Ron Diamond (Los Angeles)
  • Jürgen Hagler, professor at Hagenberg University of Applied Sciences and curator at Ars Electronica.

Other highlights of the program are:

1) The GAMEZONE – Features innovative, high-quality computer games and interactive projects at the intersection of games and animation that invite visitors to play. Games nominated for the Animated Games Award Germany and a selection of exciting games degree programs will be showcased. Hackathons and the GameZone Kids at the Jugendhaus Mitte complete the programme.

2) As part of the children’s film festival TRICKS FOR KIDS, supported by the impulse program “Kultur nach Corona” of the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research and Arts, numerous film programs, workshops , special screenings and participatory activities for children and school classes are offered in cooperation with vhs Stuttgart – Treffpunkt Kinder and Landesanstalt für Kommunikation Baden-Württemberg.

At the Animation Academy for Kids, in cooperation with Kindermedienland Baden-Württemberg, experienced animators and film professionals provide insight into the world of animation production. The L-Bank: Staatsbank für Baden-Württemberg is a privileged partner of the children’s film festival Tricks for Kids and a long-time supporter of the ITFS.

3) A series of specials will be dedicated to the motto ‘Black is Back!’ – a selection of the most beautiful and extraordinary animated films of the last 25 years will be screened, which captivate with their black and white aesthetics, reduction and minimalism, but also with exceptional narrative forms – curated by the artistic director of ITFS , Ulrich Wegenast.

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

Darcy J. Skinner