Stuttgart Celebrates Global Animation with ITFS 2024 Finale

Short Summary:

The 31st Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film concluded on a high note, featuring innovations like a new Festival Centre and increased attendance, with 138 films screened and awards given across multiple categories.

The 31st edition of the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS) ended successfully in Stuttgart, Germany, wrapping up a dynamic week filled with animation from around the globe. Under new leadership, Annegret Richter and Heike Mozer introduced several key innovations, including the creation of a new Festival Centre which served as a vibrant hub for over 250 daily visitors.

During the festival, which ran from April 23 to April 28, 2024, Stuttgart’s city center was transformed into a lively meeting place for the international animation community. The implementation of a "festival of short distances" ensured that venues were easily accessible, enhancing the experience for the 500-plus industry attendees—a 25% increase from previous years, with 40% of these visitors coming from overseas.

This year’s ITFS showcased a strong lineup of 138 short and feature-length films, competing in five different categories. Notably, the International Competition screenings were consistently sold out, demonstrating the festival's wide appeal. Additionally, the world premiere of "Fritzi und Sophie – Grenzenlose Freundschaft" attracted significant attention.

The festival also featured innovative engagement opportunities such as a live-drawing challenge, which, according to Artistic Director Annegret Richter, was a standout success. The finale of the festival included a grand awards ceremony at Gloria Cinema, where winners of various competitions were announced, including the Animated Games Award Germany and the Children’s Competition, Tricks for Kids, which concluded with a free public screening.

The week was further enriched by ITFS’s collaboration with partner events like FMX – Film & Media Exchange and Animation Production Days, which together created a comprehensive celebration of the animation industry. This collective event not only highlighted the creative talents within the animation sector but also underscored Stuttgart's role as a critical nexus for the global animation industry.

Overall, the 2024 Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film not only celebrated artistic achievements and innovation within the field of animation but also significantly boosted local and international engagement, setting a new standard for future editions of the festival.

International Competition

  • Grand Prix
    • Winner: 27 / Flóra Anna Buda / France, Hungary / 10:44 min
  • Special Mention
    • Mariupol. A Hundred Nights / Sofiia Melnyk / Ukraine / 7:26 min

Lotte Reiniger Promotion Award for Animated Film

  • Winner: Dodo / Yi Luo / Germany / 12:36 min
  • Special Mention
    • Recordari / Carolina Cruz / Germany / 9:31 min

ITFS Audience Award

  • Winner: Mee and Burd / Greg Mcleod / United Kingdom / 7:48 min

Student Competition

  • Winner: It’s just a whole / Bianca Scali / Germany / 10:37 min
  • Special Mention
    • Oliver the Giant (Oliver, az óriás) / Júlia Lantos / Hungary / 8:14 min

AniMovie

  • Winner: Sirocco and the Kingdom of the Winds (Sirocco et le Royaume des Courants D’air) / Benoît Chieux / France, Belgium / 76 min
  • Special Mention
    • Lonely Castle in the Mirror (Kagami no kojō) / Keiichi Hara / Japan / 116 min

Trickstar Nature Award

  • Winner: On the 8th Day (Au 8ème Jour) / Agathe Sénéchal, Alicia Massez, Elise Debruyne, Flavie Carin, Théo Duhautois / France / 8:12 min

Tricks for Kids

  • Winner: #doudouchallenge / Alexandra Delaunay-Fernandez, Julie Majcher, Marine Benabdallah-Crolais, Noémie Segalowicz, Scott Pardaillhe-Galabrun, Sixtine Emerat / France / 6:18 min
  • Special Mention
    • The Story of Bodri (Historien Om Bodri) / Stina Wirsén / Sweden / 13:05 min

Tricks for Kids Audience Award

  • Winner: The Mystery of Missing Socks (Kadunud Sokid) / Oscar Lehemaa / Estonia / 19:44 min

Animated Games Award

  • Winner: Closer the Distance / Osmotic Studios GmbH / Germany / Narrative Life-Simulation

German Animation Screenplay Award

  • Winner: Das NEINhorn / Marc-Uwe Kling, Marcus Sauermann / Nicole Kellerhals (Producer) / X Filme Creative Pool
  • Special Mention
    • Die Olchies – Dino-Alarm! / Toby Genkel / Sunna Isenberg (Producer) / gretels gold GmbH

Trickstar Business Award

  • Winner: Black Goblin / Ana Betancourt (CEO) / United Kingdom
  • Special Mention
    • Zeuniks / David Aguirre Hoffmann (Art Director & Illustrator) / Germany

ASIFA Prize

  • Winner: Michaela Pavlátová / Czech Republic