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‘The External World’ Wins at Stuttgart

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‘The External World’ Wins at Stuttgart

The winners of the 18th edition of the popular Stuttgart’s Festival of Animated Film (Trickfilm Festival) were announced on Sunday (May 8). David O’Reilly’s The External World took home the Top prize (15,000 euros). The offbeat short about a boy who learns to play the piano was also the top award winner at the Ottawa festival last year. You can check out O’Reilly’s highly original acceptance speech here:

and watch the short in its entirety here:

The best animated feature film award (sponspored by Super RTL) went to Tono Errando Fernando Trueba, Javier Mariscal’s acclaimed 2D feature Chico & Rita, which has opened in various territories around the world. Here is a list of the festival’s other winners:

Best Graduation Film:

The Boy Who Wanted to Be a Lion by Alois Di Leo (U.K.)

SWR Audience Award:

The Lost Thing by Andrew Ruhemann, Shaun Tan (Australia)

Lena Weiss Award for Humanity:

Der Wechsebalg (Changeling) by Maria Steinmetz (Germany)

Best Music in an Animated Film:

The Cow Who Wanted to Be a Hamburger by Bill Plympton (U.S.)

Best Student Film:

Bottle by Kirsten Lepore (U.S.)

Best Children’s Animated Film:

Ente, Tod und Tulpe (Duck, Death and the Tulip) by Matthias Bruhn (Germany)

Animated Commercial Award:

Amnesty International: “Death Penalty” by Pleix (France 2010)

German Animation Screenplay Award:

Die letzte Welt Konradin Kunze

Online Audience Award Trickparade:

MUTO by Blu (Italy)

German Voice Actor Award:

Christoph Maria Herbst

Hahns Charles in Konferenz der Tiere

Crazy Horse Session-48h Animation Jam


Directed by Dane Winn, Constantinos Mavromic Halis (U.K.)

You can find out more about the festival at


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