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Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS) has now its online edition, 5-10 May 2020.  

Due to the spreading of the corona virus, the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS) is not able to take place this year in the cinemas, on the Schlossplatz and in numerous other cultural venues as usual. Yet, from May 5 to 10, the festival  will show a special ITFS programme.

 At this specific time, it is of particular importance to establish a platform for the filmmakers, so as to provide visibility of and audiences for their creative and artistic works. At the same time, our fans can enjoy many artistic, animated films, if only at home this year for once. However, it is still important to us to organise a Festival for joint cinema experiences and opportunities for personal exchange again next year - Dieter Krauß, the Commercial Managing Director of Festival organizer Film- und Medienfestival gGmbH

For this purpose the festival will set up a free and a chargeable section.
 

  • The livestream is freely accessible. Here, the festival offers a mix of moderated interviews, live panels, and short films each day. Highlights include the Festival opening on Tuesday evening (May 5) and the awarding of the various competition prizes on Sunday evening (May 10). Certain parts of the Festival programme such as the curated Animated Music Video programme are also available on this section's playlist free of charge, which is complemented by editorial texts including comments and guest editorials.

Live Stream Schedule

Tuesday, May 5

8:00 pm: Opening // Presenter: Markus Brock Presentation of the competitions
Guests include Dr. Walter Rogg (Managing Director of Wirtschaftsförderung Region Stuttgart), Dodokay (Comedian), Eduardo Rivero (Director of “A Costume for Nicolas”, Mexico City / Video Call)

10:30 pm: ITFS Night Talk
10:45 pm: Interview Ulrike Groos (Director Kunstmuseum Stuttgart)
11:00 pm: ITFS Night Stream / Today’s Animated Shorts during ITFS Stream

Wednesday, May 6

Noon– 2:00 pm: ITFS Workshops & Master Classes
Noon: Master Class Nicole Blies & Stéphane Hueber-Blies: Zero Impunity // IN ENGLISH

2:00 – 5:00 pm: ITFS Kids Stream
2:30 pm: Kinder-Trickfilmakademie / Episode 1: Idea and Storyboard by Derek Roczen
3:00 pm: Interview Philipp Franke (Kindermedienland)
4:00 pm: Körperklaus is in ze house!
4:30 pm: Studio 100 presents: Nils Holgersson

5:00 – 8:00 pm: ITFS Talks & Shorts
5:00 pm: Interview Sven Hahn (CIS)
5:30 pm: Interview Dr. Karin Fritz (Managing Director Innenstadtkinos Stuttgart)
6:00 pm: Interview Viktor Schoner (Intendant Staatsoper Stuttgart)
6:45 pm: Interview/Talk Max Howard (Animation Consultant) // IN ENGLISH
7:30 pm: Interview Daniel Höpfner (Regisseur) + world premiere of his short film „Botschaften“ (2019)

8:00 – 10:00 pm: ITFS Focus Oscars
8:00 pm: Dodokays Animationssynchro

Interviews and video messages e.g. by and with Ron Diamond (Hollywood) // IN ENGLISH
Academy Award Winner Thomas Stellmach (Kassel) and a lot of Oscar winning films

10:00 – 11:00 pm: ITFS Night Talk
10:30 pm: Interview Stefanie Stegmann (Literaturhaus Stuttgart)
From 11:00 pm: ITFS Night Stream
Popbüro-Sessions, ITFS Trailer Show, Best of ITFS 48h Animation Jam
11:30 pm Replay: Master Class Nicole Blies & Stéphane Hueber-Blies: Zero Impunity // IN ENGLISH

Thursday, 7 May

Noon – 2:00 pm: ITFS Workshops & Master Classes
Noon: Master Class Denis Walgenwitz // IN ENGLISH „Artistic expectations versus production possibilities – challenges for animation projects“

2:00 – 3:00 pm: ITFS Kids Stream
2:15 pm: Körperklaus is in ze house!
2:30 pm: Kinder-Trickfilmakademie Episode 2: scenery and puppet building by Tine Kluth
3:00 – 6:00 pm: Edutain Me
3:00 pm: Britta Trapp – Dusyma presents CoboStories – an animation software and animation table for short and tall
3:15 pm: Landeszentrale für politische Bildung
3:30 pm: Presentation – Prof. Dr. Stefanie Nickel at Sims & Minecraft in primary education in the context of Games in the classroom (LFK)
3:40 pm: Presentation – Anja Marquardt at Use of Super Mario & Pac Man in sport lessons in the context of Games in the classroom (LFK)
4:00 pm: Keynote: Tinybop – Creative educational games from New York
4:30 pm: Panel-Discussion on the topic „The classroom for the digital future“:
with Leandro Cerqueira Karst (Chairman Landesschülerrats), Gren Babinecz (Kolping Bildungswerk), Ralph Stock (Promotion Software), Daniel BIalecki (Scoyo), Reinhard Koslitz (Didacta Verband e.V. – Verband der Bildungswirtschaft)


6:00 – 8:00 pm: ITFS Talks & Shorts
6:00 pm: Interview Christina Schindler (Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF)
6:30 pm: Interview Reanne Leunig (Wirtschaftskammer Österreich) and Siegfried Weidlich (Österreichisches Honorarkonsulat Stuttgart) on the situation of the creative industries in Austria in times of Corona
7:00 pm: Interview Hannes Rall (Nanyang Technological University)
7:20 pm: Interview Mark Shapiro (Animation Curator & Consultant) // IN ENGLISH

8:00 – 11:00 pm: ITFS Focus ‘France’
8:00 pm: Dodokays Animationssync
Interviews e.g. with Catherine Veber (Consul General of the Republic of France), Jeanette Konrad (ARTE France), Christopher Buchholz (Französische Filmtage Tübingen/Stuttgart)
French short films
9:30 pm: feature length film „Un monstre à Paris“ (Bibo Bergeron, 2011, German Version)

From 11:00 pm: ITFS Night Stream
Popbüro-Sessions, ITFS Trailer Show, Best of ITFS 48h Animation Jam
11:30 pm: Replay Master Class Denis Walgenwitz // IN ENGLISH „Artistic expectations versus production possibilities – challenges for animation projects“


Friday, 8 May

Noon – 2:00 pm: ITFS Workshops & Master Classes
Noon: Screenplay Workshop Pedro Rivero (Bilbao) // IN ENGLISH Writing for Animated and Live Action Films

2:00 – 5:00 pm: ITFS Kids Stream
2:30 pm: Kinder-Trickfilmakademie: Episode 3: create animations by Tine Kluth
3:30 pm: Studio 100 presents: Nils Holgersson
4:00 pm: Körperklaus is in ze house!
4:30 pm: Studio 100 presents: Nils Holgersson

5:00 – 8:00 pm: ITFS Talks & Shorts
5:00 pm: Interview Robert Bradbrook (Head of Animation National Film and Television School (NFTS), London) // IN ENGLISH
6:00 pm: Lecture Bill Plympton (New York) // IN ENGLISH
7:15 pm: Interview Waltraud Grausgruber (Curator und Co-Head Tricky Women): Women in Animation


8:00 – 10:00 pm: ITFS Focus Games & eSport
8:00 pm: Dodokays Animationssync
Interviews e.g. with Prof. Dr. Sabiha Ghellal (Hochschule der Medien Stuttgart), Philipp Künstler (Engines Stuttgart), Kathrin Radtke (Studio Fizbin, Ludwigsburg), Andreas Garbe (ZDF Mainz) and Adrian Goersch (Black Forest Games)

10:00 – 11:00 pm: ITFS Night Talk
10:30 pm: Interview Bernd Kohlhepp (Cabaret artist) and Sebastian Weingarten (Intendant Renitenztheater)

From 11:00 pm: ITFS Night Stream
Popbüro-Sessions, ITFS Trailer Show, Best of ITFS 48h Animation Jam
11:30 pm: Replay Screenplay Workshop Pedro Rivero (Bilbao) // IN ENGLISH Writing for Animated and Live Action Films

Saturday 9 May

Noon – 2:00 pm: ITFS Workshops & Master Classes
Noon: Master Class Model Making on film with John Lee (NTFS, London) // IN ENGLISH Model making for film

2:00 – 5:00 pm: ITFS Kids Stream
2:30 pm: Kinder-Trickfilmakademie Episode 4: Effects & Postproduction by Francesco Faranna
3:30 pm: Studio 100 presents: Nils Holgersson
4:10 pm: Körperklaus is in ze house!
4:30 pm: Studio 100 presents: Nils Holgersson

5:00 – 8:00 pm: ITFS Talks & Shorts
5:20 pm: Interview Daniel Šuljić (World festival of animated film Animafest Zagreb)
6:00 pm: Lecture Dustin Grella (Queens College New York) // IN ENGLISH
6:45 pm: Lecture Regina Pessoa (Porto) // IN ENGLISH
7:30 pm: Interview Eliia Kaufmann (Hochschule für Musik Trossingen) & Kuang Jun Chan (Nanyang University Singapore): Production and music design of the short film „Charlie“

8:00 – 10:30 pm: ITFS Focus ‘Music & Animation’
8:00 pm: Dodokays Animationssync
Interviews e.g. with Walter Ercolino (Popbüro Region Stuttgart), Matthias Mettmann (Managing Director Chimperator), Thomas Koch (Staatsoper Stuttgart), World premiere music video „Kaufmann Frust“ (Duc-Thi Bui) and Udo Schöbel (Musician, Animator und Inventor of the Kika Kaninchen-Song)
Live-Music by the French prince of trash: Prince Valium

10:30 – 11:00 pm: ITFS Night Talk
10:45 pm: Interview: Walter Sittler (Actor and Producer)

from 11:00 pm: ITFS Night Stream
Popbüro-Sessions, ITFS Trailer Show, Best of ITFS 48h Animation Jam
Living Room Concert Zbikbeat & Linda Kyei
11:30 pm: Replay Master Class Model Making with John Lee (NTFS, London) // IN ENGLISH Model Making for film

09:45 pm: Matinée with Staatsoper Stuttgart „The love of three oranges“ Sergej Prokofjew

Sunday 10 May

Noon – 1:30 pm: ITFS Workshops & Master Classes
Noon: Workshop by Tina Brenneisen: Sabotage techniques of storytelling in the comic medium // in Cooperation with Leibinger Stiftung
1:30 pm: Women in Animation Muhterem Aras (President of the State Parliament of Baden-Württemberg) and Lilian Klages (Animationsproducer) on the situation of women in animated film

2:00 – 5:00 pm: ITFS Kids Stream
2:30 Pm: Kinder-Trickfilmakademie
Episode 5: Sound with Putte Episode 6: The final film
3:15 pm: Studio 100 presents: Nils Holgersson
3:40 pm: Körperklaus is in ze house!
4:00 pm: Picture book reading by Till Penzek & Julia Neuhaus // for children and adults „Als die Großen klein waren“

5:00 – 7:00 Pm: ITFS Talks & Shorts
5:00 pm: Lecture Signe Baumane (Riga, New York)
5:45 pm: Interview Dominique Schuchmann (Managing Director M.A.R.K. 13)
6:15 pm: Interview Mohamed Ghazala (Chair of Visual & Digital Production Effat University, Jeddah) // IN ENGLISH

7:00 pm: Award Ceremony // Presentor: Markus Brock
Presentation of the 2020 award winners and premiere of the ITFS 2021 trailer

Guests include Petra Olschowski (State Secretary in the Ministry of Science, Research and Art Baden-Württemberg), Benedikt Hummel (Studio Seufz), Ralph Thoms (Director of the NaturVision Film Festival Ludwigsburg)

ITFS Online Live Stream Page

  • The free GameZone  The free GameZone offers a selection of game options and related tips for children and adults as well as digital, educational games; it also presents game academies and studios as well as the nominees for the Animated Games Award Germany 2020. In addition, workshops and lectures are available for live streaming.

  • OnlineFestival+ is the fee-based film area for streaming selected films and competition entries from the ITFS; these include short films from the International Competition, the student film competition Young Animation, Tricks for Kids, Trickstar Nature and selected feature films from the AniMovie competition. After registration, the short and feature films will be available from May 5 to 10. Additional video messages and explanations of the films are provided by the filmmakers. In addition, the complete 2020 competition programme will be shown again in top quality and on a big screen in the Innenstadtkinos at ITFS 2021 (May 4 to 9).

The feature films include one premiere: The touching film “A Costume for Nicolas“ by Eduardo Rivero (Mexico, 2019) about a  ten-year old boy with Down syndrome: Every year, his mother made him a costume for his birthday – until she died.

In addition, "Zero Impunity" by Nicolas Blies and Stéphane Hueber-Blies (France / Luxembourg, 2018) from the current AniMovie Competition will be shown: an animated artistic documentary film that gives victims of war crimes, social workers and activists a voice - from Syria to Ukraine, the African continent and the USA. A real cult film is the feature-length film "Mary & Max" by Adam Elliot (Australia, 2008) as a mixture of "Wallace & Gromit" and "Harold & Maude", a suitably advertised clay animation film that will also be streamed at OnlineFestival+. With wit and warm-heartedness as well as a sharp eye for detail, the story of two deeply sad characters is told, who find joy in life through their friendship with each other.

The new “Trickstar Nature” competition category presents films dealing with nature and the environment and includes works by well-known studios such as Folimage with “Northern Lights” (France, Switzerland, 2019) and the short film “POLARBARRY-LET’S BREAK THE ICE!!-VLOG#207” by Wouter Dijkstra (Netherlands, UK, 2019).

Fee: 9,99 EUR

  • OnlineFestival Pro provides industry members and professionals with access to master classes including one held by Benjamin Renner, and to professional talks and links to the Animation Production Days (APD), Germany's most important co-production and financing market for animation. In addition, OnlineFestival Pro gives professionals (buyers, TV representatives, curators, etc.) the opportunity to access the Animated Video Market and view the major part of films submitted to this year's ITFS (around 1,900 films), and thus a unique overview of current animation productions.

Fee: 19,99 EUR

The festival has also announced its 2021 dates: 4-9 May 2021. 

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