Through the Hawthorn..., Home, The Shirley Temple shorts get the coveted prizes of the Stuttgart Festival for Animated Film.

 itfsWith a new record of 85,000 visitors (making Dittmar Lumpp, Festival Managing Director, to talk of a major cultural event, which extends far beyond the Stuttgart and Germany)  the 21st edition of ITFS  gave its prizes.

The daring short Through the Hawthorn, which narrates a session betwen a psychiatrist, a schizophrenic patient and his mother, and was directed by Anna Benner, Pia Borg and Gemma Burditt (UK, 2013) won the Grand Prix (International Competition) of the Stuttgart Fest. 

The Lotte Reiniger award was given to "Home" by Royal College of Art student Luiz Stockler  (UK, 2012), whereas the Oscar-awarded Mr. Hublot (Alexandre Espigares, Laurent Witz) won the SWR Audience Award.

Another RCA student, Daniela Sherer, won the Best Student Film award for The Shirley Temple (UK, 2013), an abstract/narrative short about childhood, adulthood, escapism and sexuality.

A special mention was given ex aequo to two films. The Age of Curious (Luca Roth, RCA, UK 2013) and "Matzofim" / "Floats" (Idan Barzilay, Mor Israeli Bezalel Academy of Arts & Design, Israel 2013).

 The award for the best animated feature film was given to "Kotonoha no Niwa" / "The Garden of Words" by Makoto Shinkai (Japan 2013). The film focuses on the 15-year-old Takao, an aspiring shoemaker, who keeps meeting a mysterious woman whenever it rains.

 The Stuttgart awards (called Trickstar) are endowed with a prize money of over 70,000 euros.

Guests included the Oscar-winners Chris Landreth, Thomas Stellmach and Alexandre Espigares, the Emmy-winner Eric Shaw as well as celebrities from politics, commerce and culture.

See the full list of winners, and the best of 21st Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film below.


Grand Prix (15.000 euros, sponsored by the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg and the City of Stuttgart) 
"Through the Hawthorn..." United Kingdom 2013, Anna Benner, Pia Borg, Gemma Burditt

Lotte Reiniger Promotion Award for Animated Film (10.000 euros, sponsored by MFG Film Funding Baden-Wuerttemberg)
"Home", United Kingdom 2012, Luiz Stockler, Royal College of Art

SWR Audience Award ( 6.000 euros) 
"Mr Hublot", Luxembourg 2013, Alexandre Espigares, Laurent Witz

Award for the best student film
2.500 euros, sponsored by Landesanstalt für Kommunikation Baden-Wuerttemberg (LfK) and MFG Film Funding Baden-Wuerttemberg
"The Shirley Temple", United Kingdom 2013, Daniela Sherer, Royal College of Art

Special Mention
"The Age of Curious", United Kingdom 2013, Luca Toth, Royal College of Art

"Matzofim" / "Floats", Israel 2013, Idan Barzilay, Mor Israeli, Bezalel Academy of Arts & Design

Award for the best animated feature film
"Kotonoha no Niwa" / "The Garden of Words", Japan 2013, Makoto Shinkai

Award for the best children's animated short film (4.000 euros, supported by Studio 100 Media GmbH)
"L´Automne de Pougne" / "Poppety in the Fall", France 2012, Pierre-Luc Granjon, Antoine Lanciaux

Special Mention
"The Dam Keeper", USA 2013, Robert Kondo, Dice Tsutsumi

Award for the best animated series for children (2.500 euros)
"The Amazing World of Gumball: The Hero", United Kingdom 2012, Mic Graves

Award for the best animation for youths (2.500 euros, sponsored by Nippon Art GmbH and AV Visionen GmbH.
"Milles-pattes et crapaud" / "The Centipede and the Toad", Anna Khmelevskaya, France 2013

Special Mention
"Les deux vies de Nate Hill "/ "The Two Lives of Nate Hill", France 2013, Jeanne Joseph

TELE 5 "LEIDER GEIL" AWARD (5.000 euros, sponsored by TELE 5)
"Pommes Frites", Netherlands 2013, Balder Westein

Awards for the best applied animation in the fields of advertising, technology and spatial communication
Sponsored by Animation Media Cluster Region Stuttgart, Daimler AG, U.I. Lapp GmbH

Main prize (2.500 euros, sponsored by Animation Media Cluster Region Stuttgart)
Vodafone "Add Power", Germany 2013, Sebastian Strasser, Radical Media

Category Advertising
BBC Winter Olympics "Nature", United Kingdom 2013, Tomek Baginski, Stink (Juice)

Category Technology
Watch Dogs "Exposed", Hungary 2013, Istvan Zorkóczy, Digic Pictures

Category Spatial Communication
Frankfurt Book Fair "While you were Sleeping"
New Zealand 2012
Mike Mizrahi, Marie Adams, Inside Out Productions

Category Special Award of Daimler AG: "Future needs Derivation – Individual Mobility" (2.500 euros, sponsored by Daimler AG)
"1900 - 2000", France 2013, Caroline Le Duff, Gabrielle Locre, Agathe Pillot, Armelle Renac, Benoît Berthe, Vivien Risser, Supinfocom

Category Special Prize Lapp Connected Award (2.500 euros, sponsored by U.I. Lapp GmbH)
"Jack", Netherlands 2013, Quentin Haberham, HKU Hilversum

Live competition award
"A Horse Throat", Jenna Marks, David Barlow-Krelina (Canada)
In co-operation with M.A.R.K. 13, Landesanstalt für Kommunikation (LFK) and MFG Film Funding Baden-Wuerttemberg

Special Mention

„Creation", Islam Mazhar, Ahmad Abdelhameed (Egypt)

GERMAN SCREENPLAY AWARD (2.500 euros, sponsored by Telepool GmbH)
"Latte Igel und der Wasserstein" by Andrea Deppert and Martin Behnke

Josefine Preuß as Mary Katherine (M.K.), "Epic", FOX, USA 2013

COMPETITION FOR PROJECTS Arab Animation Forum 2014 in cooperation with the Robert Bosch Stiftung
„Clean up the living-room we've got visitors coming", Ghassan Halawani (Libanon)