The Festival focus is on artistic animated films, innovations in the field of interactive and transmedia projects, as well as the promotion of young talent.
A total of up to 70,000 € in prize money is awarded in the various competition sections.

The International Competition is the Festival’s centrepiece, presenting artistic animated films of the previous twelve months. An international jury consisting of prominent figures from the field of animated film awards the following prizes:

  • Grand Prix:
    State of Baden-Württemberg and City of Stuttgart Grand Award for Animated Film in the amount of 15,000 EUR.
  • Lotte Reiniger Promotion Award for Animated Film:
    Award for the best graduation film by a film student in the amount of 10,000 EUR, sponsored by MFG Film Funding Baden-Württemberg.
  • SWR Audience Award:
    in the amount of 6,000 EUR.
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The Young Animation competition presents the best films by students at international higher education institutes of art and film.

  • Young Animation Award:
    Prize for the best student film in the amount of 2,500 EUR, sponsored by the Landesanstalt fürr Kommunikation Baden-Wuerttemberg and MFG Film Funding Baden-Wuerttemberg.
  • The FANtastic Award:
    Prize for the best animation talent in the amount of 1,000 € sponsored by the FANtastic Jury, the most faithful fans of ITFS.

The children’s film festival Tricks for Kids presents entertaining and excellent animated films and series for children.

Award for the best children’s animated film: 

Prize money in the amount of 4,000 € sponsored by Studio 100 Media. The winner is elected by a children’s jury.

The AniMovie competition screens a selection of internationally outstanding, animated feature films.

  • AniMovie Award: Prize for the best international animated feature film.

The competition presents animated short films dealing with issues of climate protection, biodiversity, the environment, and sustainability in an informative, entertaining, or humorous way.

  • Trickstar Nature Award:
    Prize money in the amount of 7,500 € sponsored by Verband Region Stuttgart.

The award honours innovative business models in the field of animation and comes with prize money in the amount of 7,500 € sponsored by Verband Region Stuttgart. The competition will be announced separately in November.


Prize for an animated computer game from Germany with the best visual design and aesthetics in the amount of 5,000 € sponsored by MFG Medien- und Filmgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg. Will be announced in December.

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The prize aims to promote excellent screenplays for animated feature film projects in German and English language. It will be announced separately in October.

  • German Animation Screenplay Award Grand Prix:The award for the best screenplay in German language comes with 2,500 € sponsored by the Animation Media Cluster Region Stuttgart.

Award for the best German-language voice artist in an animated feature film – in cooperation with Renitenztheater.

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