By combining an animation festival with a professional computer graphics and special effects conference, Stuttgart has established itself as an annual destination for all aspects of animation. Now in its twenty-fourth year, the conference FMX brings together professionals, commercial operations, practitioners, and educators of special effects and animation creation for four days of multifaceted sessions and demonstrations. Operating as an adjacent event, the public-oriented Internationales Trickfilm Festival Stuttgart ’19 (ITFS, also known as the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film) screens over one thousand animated films, from blockbusters to short films from student competitions. These films are screened at multiple venues throughout the city. In recent years, the festival has expanded to include animated games and virtual reality, and there are a number of ancillary events that move the festival beyond entertainment and competition to take a culturally critical or theoretical approach to the medium [Image 1].

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