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The 24th International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS) ended on 7th May with an award ceremony.

The number of visitors totaled about 90,000 across the venues of ITFS (a 13% increase from last year), which includes the cinemas, the open air at the Schlossplatz, and the GameZone in the Kunstgebäude.

Prize Winners

International competition

Grand Prix

Impossible Figures and Other Stories II(Poland 2016)

Director: Marta Pajek
Producers: Piotr Szczepanowicz, Grzegorz Waclawek
Production: Polish Film Institute

Animated Com Award International

Gold

Johnny Walker with “Keep Walking” (UK 2016)

Kristian Andrews, Studio AKA

AniMovie – the Best Full-Length Animated Film

Window Horses (Canada 2016)

Director: Ann Marie Fleming
Producers: Ann Marie Fleming, Shirley Vecruysse, Michael Fukushima, Sandra Oh
Production: Stick Girl Productions, National Film Board of Canada

Tricks for Kids – the Best Children’s Animated Series

When I Hear the Birds Sing (Norway 2016)

Director: Trine Vallevik Håbjørg
Production: Råsalt AS

Young Animation

Happy End (The Czech Republic 2015)

Director: Jan Saska
Producer: Kamila Dohnalová, Ondřej Šejnoha
School: FAMU

Honorary Award for Bruno Bozzetto

The honorary “trickstar” award of the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film is given to the Italian legendary animation artist Bruno Bozzetto, who created the world-renowned cartoon character “Mr. Rossi” (Italian: Signor Rossi).

He made a significant success with Tapum! La storia delle armi in 1958, then moved on to create An Award for Mr. Rossi (Italian: Un Oscar per il Signor Rossi) in 1960 and gave birth to Mr. Rossi, the distinctive little character with the red hat. In 1976, he created an animated feature Allegro Non Troppo, which illustrated six pieces of classical music. The film can be considered as a parody of Walt Disney’s Fantasia, but it developed its own themes by using the music as a deluxe accompaniment, unlike having the drawing be the visualization of music as Fantasia does.

A Successful Animation Production Day

The 11th Animation Production Day (APD), which was held jointly by the Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film and FMX from 4th to 5th May in Stuttgart’s L-Bank. This year’s APD was supported by Creative Europe MEDIA’s “Access to Markets” program for the first time. APD is the most important co-production and financing market for animation projects in Germany. 160 participants from 24 countries had negotiated co-operations for the 44 animation projects, which were selected and showcased in this year’s APD. Over 300 industry representatives attended the APD Conference on Thursday.

From this year, APD has started the Trickstar Business Award, the world’s first animation prize to have an explicit business focus. This award went to the Polish project The Shadows by BreakThru Films. This new, 7,500 Euro award recognises national or international innovative and ground breaking business models for projects or companies in the animation industry.

As part of the co-operation with CARTOON, European Association of Animation, three German projects Lena’s Farm (Studio FILM BILDER), Brothership – The Adventures of a Legendary Pirate (WunderWerk) and Mabel Cleans Up (Viola Lippmann Illustration & Design) will have the chance to pitch their series projects at the CARTOON Forum in Toulouse, in September. A German feature film project Jason and the Nucleonauts by Spintop Entertainment received a wildcard invitation for CARTOON Movie.

The next International Festival of Animated Film in Stuttgart will take place from April 24 to 29, 2018.

You can find more information from the official Festival website linked below.

http://www.itfs.de/en/

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