Trickstar Business Award

‘Trickstar Business’ is the name of the animation industry’s business prize which will be awarded for the fifth time by the Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film (ITFS) in 2021.

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.

You can find the submission form on the “Call for Entries” page of ITFS.
Deadline for submission is 1 March 2021.

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 selected by a four-person industry jury inlcuding representatives of the Stuttgart Region and the L-Bank.

Award Ceremony:

Due to the Corona pandemic, in 2020 the prize was awarded in the livestream award ceremony of the online edition of ITFS (

The Winner:

In 2020, the Trickstar Business Award was split for the first time and went half each to a project and half to a company.