This year we have decided to cancel the Open Air on Stuttgart Schlossplatz

Due to the current pandemic developments and the decision of the Federal Government/States Conference on the coronavirus situation, we has decided to cancel the Festival’s Open Air.

Nevertheless, there is consolation for all Festival fans: With the free ITFS live stream, ITFS brings the Schlossplatz Open Air to viewers’ homes on their private screens. It can be streamed on the already established platform Here, short films, live interviews, talks and special programmes will be shown daily from 4 to 9 May 4 to 9, 2021 between 2 and 10 pm.


Free admission!


The Festival Garden with open-air cinema on Stuttgarts Schlossplatz offers free animated film fun for young and old and is considered the public highlight of the ITFS. In the heart of the city, visitors can look forward to a varied programme on the large LED screen:

Every day from 12:00 there is a colourful short film programme from the Tricks for Kids competitions of the last festival years as well as an animated feature film for the whole family. In the afternoon, current short films and music videos will be shown, followed by the presentation of the nominated games of the Animated Games Award Germany at the Games Flash.

At prime time at 8:15 p.m., thousands of visitors will gather on Schlossplatz to enjoy the ITFS animation blockbusters and arthouse gems (including “Isle of Dogs”, “Mary & Max”, “The Incredibles”, “The Lego Batman Movie”) on their picnic blankets and let the festival day come to an atmospheric close. On the last day of the festival, a production of the Stuttgart State Opera will also be presented on the big screen.

Amidst the unique backdrop of Stuttgart’s city centre, the Festival Garden with its open-air cinema will give the ITFS an incomparable atmosphere with lots of animation and a wide-ranging entertainment programme!