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The OnlineFestival+ section of “OnlineFestival.ITFS.de” is the platform for all animation fans with a selection of the latest entries from the following competitions, which can be watched on-demand exclusively from 5th to 10th May.

It is filled with more and more films, now already at about 200 films, including nine confirmed feature films including a European premiere: A Costume for Nicolas by Eduardo Rivero (Mexico, 2019), but also cult films such as the Oscar-nominated stop-motion classic Mary & Max.

This access to the OnlineFestival+ costs 9,99€ one-time payment and can be bought from 5th May on OnlineFestival.ITFS.de. The access ends on 10th May with the festival.

The film programmes at a glance

Competitions

International Competition: high-quality artistic animated short films of the last twelve months
AniMovie: Feature film competition with outstanding international animated films
Young Animation: Competition for the best short films by students
Tricks for Kids: Award for the best animated short film for children
Trickstar Nature: International animated short films that deal with topics such as climate protection, biodiversity, environment and sustainability

In addition, animated films from the supporting programmes Best of ITFS and Panorama will be shown.

List of Films

International Competition: The international scope of the short films as well as the variety of topics reflects the usual high-quality programme of the ITFS: From Tomek Popakul with ACID RAIN (Poland, 2019), the Colectif Illlogic with Maestro (France, 2019), to renowned studios like Tumblehead Animations with Tales from the Multiverse (Magnus Møller, Mette Tange, Peter Smith, Denmark, 2019), up to well-known stars such as Konstantin Bronzit with He can’t live without cosmos (Russia, 2019) – the International Competition shines with artistically valuable and entertaining animated short films.

AniMovie Competition and other Feature Films: Here are some of feature films for OnlineFestival+

A Costume for Nicolas (a European premiere)
Director: Eduardo Rivero / Country: Mexico / Year: 2019
About a ten-year-old boy with Down’s syndrome, whose mother made a costume for his birthday every year – until she died. And so Nicolas joined his loving grandparents and his cousin David. Nicolas is soon to use these magical costumes to save his cousin from his nightmares and a whole kingdom.

Zero Impunity (the AniMovie Competition 2020)
Director: Nicolas Blies and Stéphane Hueber-Blies / Country: France and Luxembourg / Year: 2018
An animated artistic documentary and a call to join the growing global movement that tolerates zero tolerance for sexual violence in war zones around the world – including Syria and Ukraine, on the African continent and in the USA. Zero Impunity features inspiring victims, social workers and activists around the globe who have the courage to get involved, resist and mobilize others. These stories confront us with the terrible mechanisms of international institutions and ancient methods of war and interrogation. A film about love, life and humanity.

Marona’s Fantastic Tale (the AniMovie Competition 2020)
Director: Anca Damien / Country: Romania, France and Belgium / Year: 2019
A story about Marona, a mongrel dog who was hit by a car. She is still in a state of shock when she feels her soul slowly rise and leave her body. She sees cars racing by and roaming over her lifeless body, while Solange, her current last mistress, sheds crocodile tears for her.

Mary & Max
Director: Adam Elliot / Country:Australia/ Year: 2008
A real cult-movie of a mixture between “Wallace & Gromit” and “Harold & Maude”, Mary & Max is a suitably advertised clay animation film, which 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.

Ethel and Ernest (Nominee AniMovie ITFS 2017)
Director: Roger Mainwood / Country: United Kingdom / Year: 2016
It is a hand-drawn animated feature film based on the book by renowned British author and illustrator Raymond Briggs and tells the true story of Briggs’ parents Ethel and Ernest – two ordinary Londoners living in a time of extraordinary events and social upheaval. From the 1920s with its social stratification to the moon landing in 1969, the film shows decisive moments of the 20th century.

Wrinkles (AniMovie winner ITFS 2012)
Director: Ignacio Ferreras / Country: Spain / Year: 2011
It is a rousing portrait of the friendship between Emilio and Miguel, two elderly gentlemen who were deported to a nursing home. The newcomer Emilio has Alzheimer’s in the early stages and is saved by Miguel and his colleagues from ending up on the dreaded top floor of the home. Their wild plan lends a good dose of humour and tenderness to their otherwise boring daily routine.

Psychonauts, the forgotten children (AniMovie winner of 2016)
Director: Pedro Rivero, Alberto Vázquez / Country: Spain / Year: 2015
It tells of Birdboy and Dinky, two teenagers who decided to flee their island after a natural disaster: Birdboy’s plan is to simply withdraw completely Dinky, on the other hand, takes flight and wants to set off on a dangerous journey – hoping that Birdboy will accompany her after all. Pedro Rivero also gives an Master Class in our free live-stream on 8th May.

Beyond Beyond (AniMovie winner of 2015)
Director: Ebsen Toft Jacobsen / Country: Sweden and Denmark / Year: 2014
A story about Johan, who for as long as he can remember, he and his father lived by the sea. At least he was three and his mother disappeared. Johann is good at diving and is a talented mechanic. He helps his father repair the ship. One day Johan receives a distress call on the radio with a note about his mother’s whereabouts…

Young Animation – the next generation of the animated film scene: From South Africa, to China, Japan, the USA and Europe: about 60 films by students from all over the world show the spectrum of current animated film production.

Tricks for Kids – Animated Films For Kids: Wether Ron Dyens‘ Melting Heart Cake (France, 2019) or Verena Fels’ Tobi and the Turbobus (Germany, 2019) the competition category ‘Tricks For Kids’ leaves the hearts of animated film fans beating faster – whether young or old. Media-pedagogical accompanying material is offered for selected films.

Trickstar Nature – Films for the environment and nature: In the new competition category ‘Trickstar Nature’, which shows films that deal with the environment and nature, such as well-known French studio Folimage’s Northern Lights (France, Switzerland, 2019) or the short film POLARBARRY – LET’S BREAK THE ICE!! – VLOG#207 by Wouter Dijkstra (Netherlands, Great Britain, 2019).