Special prize - 'A Future Always Needs A Past'.

  • ITFS: Special prize – “A Future Always Needs A Past”.

  • Special prize - A Future Always Needs A Past.

    Now for the fifth time, the Mercedes-Benz Museum is awarding a special prize as part of the 23rd Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film 2016. Film-makers from inside and outside Germany were invited to submit creative animated films that deal in an innovative way with the themes of the Automobile and Mobility 2.0. The competition is open to all techniques: from 3D computer animations and 2D cartoons to stop motions.

    The prize will be presented at the Animated Com Award on 29 April at the Mercedes-Benz Museum. The Animated Com Award presents prizes to productions from the areas of applied animation in the categories of advertising, communication in space and technology.

    Animated Com Award

    Hungry for history.

    “Hungry for History” is the work of Marco Erbrich and Florian Greth from Flyvision Media, both of whom were students at the Film Academy in Ludwigsburg until 2014. Erbrich and Greth’s film plays with the aesthetic of classic monster films. In it a gigantic shiny silver creature suddenly appears in a series of historic film sequences from the company’s archives. The Museum-shaped monster has a huge appetite for iconic Mercedes-Benz-branded vehicles. The succinct story lasts around a minute in length and all becomes clear in the final shot. The monster grew out of a digital animation of the Museum’s façade.

    A girl called Mercedes.

    This stop-motion animation was made by three students from the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design – Annarita Matuschka, Eduard Losing and Dirk Michael Flach – plus Stefan Heller, a freelance artist and animated film maker. Their short film, which lasts around two minutes, invites the viewer to see the history of the Mercedes-Benz brand in a new dimension. The stars of the short film include the inventors of the automobile Carl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler along with two female protagonists: Bertha Benz, who made the world’s first long-distance car journey with her sons in 1888, and Mercédès Jellinek, who gave her name to Daimler’s car brand in 1902. The individual scenes are told with skilfully drawn figures, along with buildings and scenery. The creative use of scissors, pen and paper has brought the two-dimensional protagonists to life. When it came to creating the animation, the most important tools were the film makers’ own hands and their voices which feature on the accompanying soundtrack. They also used various models which they built themselves and a computer, and the music was specially composed. From the screenplay to post-production, the film is the result of intensive teamwork.

    Other items on the programme at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in cooperation with the International Festival of Animated Film: Best of Tricks for Kids short film cinema.

    Best of Tricks for Kids Kurzfilmkino.

    The Mercedes-Benz Museum is celebrating its tenth anniversary and the Festival of Animated Film is sending its congratulations with an animated journey through time for children. Discover with us the winner of the Tricks for Kids short film prize from the year 2000, 'The Salt Mill', and many other exciting stories. See for yourselves how stories and animation techniques have changed over the years.

    Yesterday - Today - Tomorrow.

    Tricks for Kids workshops.

    A museum in 3D glasses, on the laptop, in a self-driving car, in a distant galaxy? What might an exciting museum of the future look like? Everything is possible! Under the direction of 'real' animated film professionals, you can use your ideas to make your own animated film.

    Use your ideas to make your own animated film.

    Creative partners together – the Mercedes-Benz Museum and the ITFS.

    The Mercedes-Benz Museum’s commitment to animated film pays off in many ways: that’s why, with the upcoming 23rd staging of the ITFS, the Mercedes-Benz Museum is extending its premium partnership for 2016 and 2017 and is thus continuing its proven and long-standing partnership with the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film, which has been in existence since 2012. This cooperation has led to joint events and children’s workshops at the Mercedes-Benz Museum. In keeping with the round-number anniversary of the Museum, the theme of the “Tricks for Kids” workshops will this year be “Build Your Museum”.

    Creative partners together – the Mercedes-Benz Museum and the ITFS.

    The Mercedes-Benz Museum’s commitment to animated film pays off in many ways: that’s why, with the upcoming 23rd staging of the ITFS, the Mercedes-Benz Museum is extending its premium partnership for 2016 and 2017 and is thus continuing its proven and long-standing partnership with the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film, which has been in existence since 2012. This cooperation has led to joint events and children’s workshops at the Mercedes-Benz Museum. In keeping with the round-number anniversary of the Museum, the theme of the “Tricks for Kids” workshops will this year be “Build Your Museum”.

    “We are happy to continue our successful cooperation with the Mercedes Benz Museum. The MBM has since 2012 been an ideal and creative premium partner of the ITFS. The joint project initiative is enthusiastically received by the public, allowing us to look optimistically to the future”, says Dittmar Lumpp, Director for Organisation and Finance, about the partnership.

     “For the ITFS, the continuation of the partnership once again offers the chance to jointly explore the facets of animated film in its many different guises – from children’s cartoons to technologically innovative animation. The special prize on offer from the Mercedes Benz Museum, “A Future Always Needs A Past”, shows the close link between personal mobility and animation in a digital world”, stresses artistic director Prof. Ulrich Wegenast

    ' The extension of the partnership gives rise to some excellent synergies. The Mercedes-Benz Museum offers the ITFS the perfect stage for animated film and, with 130 years of automotive history, sufficient material for some thrilling stories. We look forward to welcoming film enthusiasts as well as to receiving artistic entries for our special prize, which takes up the Museum's motto 'A Future Always Needs A Past'. '

    Alexandra Süss, member of the management of the Mercedes-Benz Museum

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