Trickstar Business Award

‘Trickstar Business’ is the name of the animation industry’s new business prize which will be awarded for the first time during Animation Production Day 2017 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.

Who can apply?

All projects selected for APD 2017 which have an innovative business concept, for example, in the areas of financing, distribution, marketing or exploitation of rights, can put themselves forward for the Trickstar Business Award. To apply for Trickstar 2017, participants must fill in an additional part in the APD project submission form.

The project submission forms will be available for download from December 2016.

With regards to companies, the organisers reserve the right to specifically invite companies to put themselves forward for the Trickstar Business Award.

Who decides?

A five-person industry jury inlcuding representatives of the Stuttgart Region and the L-Bank will shortlist three finalists on the strengths of their project submission and application form. These finalists will have the opportunity to present their business model to the jury in the form of a short pitch during Animation Production Day.

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

The winner will be announced on the evening of 5th May during a prize-giving ceremony in the rotunda of L-Bank in Stuttgart. They will receive €7,500 in prize money.