Trickstar Business Award

‘Trickstar Business’ is the name of the animation industry’s business prize which will be awarded for the fourth time during Animation Production Days 2020 by the Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film (ITFS).

The Trickstar Business Award is worth €7,500 and recognises national or international innovative and groundbreaking business models for projects or companies in the animation industry. This makes Trickstar Business the world’s first animation prize to be explicitly focused on business. The prize is being sponsored by the Stuttgart Region.

The selection criteria for projects to the Trickstar Business Award is an innovative business concept, for example, in the area of financing, distribution, marketing or exploitation of rights. All projects submitted to APD are invited to apply for the Trickstar Business Award. Companies with an innovative business model can also apply for the award independently of participation in APD.

The submission form, along with the rules and regulations, can be found here on the ITFS Website.

Submission deadline: March 1, 2020

The winner will be selected by a five-person industry jury inlcuding representatives of the Stuttgart Region and the L-Bank.

Jury assessment criteria:

  • competitiveness of the project / service / product
  • quality and feasibility of the business plan
  • innovation of the financing / evaluation / marketing concept
  • qualifications and experience of the submitter

The winner will be announced during a prize-giving ceremony in the rotunda of L-Bank in Stuttgart. They will receive €7,500 in prize money.

The winner of the Trickstar Business Award 2019 was the Danish company Copenhagen Bombay with their project “CoboStories”.