We are currently experiencing dramatic times, with contact bans and shutdowns impacting the economy and public life. Many citizens are worried about their own and our society’s future. New living conditions such as hygiene and curfew requirements as well as contact restrictions will accompany our everyday life for some time.

This also results in the cancellation of a multitude of events. Therefore, I am pleased that the Festival of Animated Film will take place in an online version instead. Because despite, or precisely because of the tense situation, culture remains an important source for a positive spirit.

I wish the Festival a large and enthusiastic audience for its digital edition.

Kind regards – and stay healthy!

Dr Matthias Knecht
Mayor of the city of Ludwigsburg

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