Trickstar Business Award

‘Trickstar Business’ is the name of the animation industry’s business prize which will be awarded within the ‘Trickstar Professional Awards Ceremony’ for the 7th time by the Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film (ITFS) in 2023.

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 submissions expired (1 March 2023).


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.

Trickstar Professional Awards Ceremony

The Trickstar Business Award will be presented at the Trickstar Professional Awards ceremony of the ITFS. Here, the German Animation Screenplay Award, the Animated Games Award Germany and the Trickstar Business Award will be presented in a joint gala. Signe Baumane will receive the Honorary Trickstar for her outstanding creative and artistic work in the field of animation.

The evening will be hosted by Anja Lange.

Wed, 26. April, L-Bank Rotunde, 6:30 pm
Open to all APD accredited participants.