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ITFS Stuttgart – 2017 Award Winners

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The 24th International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS) ended on 7th May with a  festive award ceremony. The program motto “Animation Without Borders” has confirmed itself: this year’s program with connections of animated films, games, music, as well as virtual and augmented reality, inspired the audience and industry. The motto also made it clear that animation across borders can tell stories that reach and touch people.
“About 90,000 visitors were present in the cinemas, the open air on the Schlossplatz, the GameZone in the Kunstgebäude and the numerous other venues of the ITFS”, summarizes Dittmar Lumpp, ITFS Managing Director Organisation and Finance. This is an increase of 13% vompared to the previous year. “Especially on Fridays and Saturdays, the Open Air was very well attended. The many other guest venues such as the Mercedes Benz Museum, the Breuninger “Wall of Animation 2”, the Wilhelma or the Trickfilmlounge in the Gerber, were well attended and this shows that the ITFS also shows a radiation effect beyond the cinemas.

The GameZone as a symbol of this connection took place for the first time in the Kunstgebäude on 2,000 sqm. “The GameZone in the Kunstgebäude is a milestone. We want to set the example for the fact that the games area belongs to today’s art and culture scene. In conjunction with high-quality animations and future-oriented projects, it is a laboratory of the future. And best of all, everyone is welcome “, says Prof. Ulrich Wegenast, Managing Directore Programme of ITFS. And thus closes the arch to the popular open air. But the quality of the ITFS is also evident in the film program. “Sold out cinemas show us that the audience knows that there is a high-quality film programme to see. Trust in us has developed and consolidated over many years, “explains Dittmar Lumpp.

But also on the part of business and politics, it becomes clear what significance and synergies the different event formats ITFS and Animation Production Day (APD), FMX and spotlight have for national and international perception for the economic center of Stuttgart and the state of Baden-Württemberg. Through the introduction of the Animation Germany initiative, which is committed to the international competitiveness of the German animation industry and the first award of the Trickstar Business Award, this becomes clear. It is the world’s first prize with an economic focus on innovative business models or projects.

For the first time the Animated Games Award was awarded, which won the best and most innovative computer game from Germany. The honorary trickster went to the Italian animation artist and creator of the famous figure “Signor Rossi”: Bruno Bozzetto.

24th International Trickfilm Festival Stuttgart 2017 Award Winners:
International competition

Grand Prix
15,000 euros funded by the state of Baden-Württemberg and the city of Stuttgart
Figury niemozliwe i inne historie II (Impossible Figures and Other Stories II)
Poland 2016, 14:40 min.
Director: Marta Pajek
Producers: Piotr Szczepanowicz, Grzegorz Waclawek
Production: Polish Film Institute

Special Mention:
L’Horizon de Bene (Bene’s Horizon)

France 2016, 12:53 min.
Director: Eloic Gimenez, Jumi Yoon
Producer / Producer: Fabrice Dugast
Production: 3xPlus

Lotte Reiniger Award for animation film
10,000 Euro funded by the MFG Film Promotion Baden-Württemberg
Denmark 2015
Director: Juliette Viger
Produced by: Michelle Nardone
Production: The Animation Workshop
The jury’s statement: The Lotte Reiniger Promotion Award to Untamed by Juliette Viger. For its atmospheric, complex portrayal of a daughter dealing with the threat of violence, and a musician father dealing with his own depression.

Special Mention:
AYNY (My Second Eye)
Germany, Jordan, Palestine 2016
Director: Ahmad Saleh
Producer: Stefan Gieren

SWR Audience Award
6,000 euros
Our Wonderful Nature – The Common Chameleon
Germany 2016
Director: Tomer Eshed
Production: Lumatic

Amazon Audience Award
5,000 euros
France 2016
Director: Alexandre Arpentinier, Mathieu Blanchys, Lola Grand, Tristan Lamarca, Thomas Lemaille, Jean-Charles Lusseau
School: ESMA
Production: École Supérieure des Métiers Artistiques (ESMA)

 Young Animation – Award for the best student film
2,500 euros funded by the Landesanstalt für Kommunikation Baden-Württemberg (LfK) and MFG Film Funding Baden-Württemberg
happy end
The Czech Republic 2015
Director: Jan Saska
Producers: Kamila Dohnalová, Ondřej Šejnoha
School: FAMU

Special Mention
Belgium 2016
Director: Jasmine Elsen
Producer: Lai Kin Chang
School: RITCS

The FANtastic Prize
1,000 euros, funded by the Animation Family, the most loyal fans of ITFS
Great Britain 2016
Director: Jennifer Zheng
School: Kingston University

Tricks for Kids – Award for the best short film for children
4,000 Euro funded to Studio 100 Media GmbH
Når jeg hører fuglene synge (When I Hear the Birds Sing)
Norway 2016
Director: Trine Vallevik Håbjørg
Production: Råsalt AS

Special Mention

France 2016
Director: Alexis Agliata, Théo Bonora, Arnaud Bellour, Thibaud Gambier, Juliana Berckmans, Romain Lavoine
Production: ESMA

Tricks for Kids – Award for the best animation series for children nationally (sponsored by MIP Junior 2017)
“Trude Beast – The Beauty and the Beast”
Germany 2016, 6:00 min.
Director: Klaus Morschheuser
Production: Studio Soi GmbH & Co KG

We Bare Bears: Burrito”
USA 2016, 11:37 min.
Director Daniel Chong, Manny Hernandez
Production: Cartoon Network

AniMovie – Award for the best animation long 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

Special Mention:
Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni (In this corner of the world)

Japan 2016
Director: Sunao Katabuchi
Producers: Masao Maruyama, Taro Maki
Production: Genco INC.

Trickstar Business Award
7,500 € endowed, sponsored by the Stuttgart region

Project “The Shadows”
Company: BreakThru Films, Hugh Welshman & Dorota Kobiela, Poland

German Screenplay Award
2,500 euros funded by Telepool GmbH
The Journey of the Elephant Soliman
Author: Juliette Alfonis, Matthias Drescher

German Voice Actor Award
Alexandra Maria Lara for the role of Rosita in the film “Sing”.

Animated Games Award Germany
5,000 euros funded by the MFG Baden-Württemberg
On Rusty Trails
Developer: Tobias Bilgeri
Publisher: Blackpants Game Studio

Animated Com Award International:
Funded by Animation Media Cluster Region Stuttgart
Gold: Johnny Walker with “Keep Walking” (Kristian Andrews, Studio AKA, GB 2016).
Silver: YP Dine: “Living Room” (Rob Shaw, Bent Image Lab, USA 2016).
Bronze: Aldi with “The Amazing Christmas Carrot” (Kylie Matulick, Todd Mueller, Psyop, USA 2016).
Special mention: SEED Matters by Buck

“Lapp Connected Award”
Funded by U.I. Lapp GmbH
Alexander Dietrich and Johannes Flick (Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg)

Crazy Horse Session – 48H Animation Jam
In cooperation with M.A.R.K. 13, supported by the Landesanstalt für Kommunikation (LFK)
Team Egypt: Islam Mazhar & Ahmad Abdelhameed
Special Mention: Team Germany: Stella Raith and Beate Höller.

Arab Animation Forum
Winner in Pitching competition in cooperation with Roboert Bosch Stiftung
Testimonial of My Grandmother’s Transformation into a Chair
Nicolas Fattough, Libanon

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

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