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TechTalks on June 18, 2024!

The TechTalks Stuttgart event series presents technical topics from the fields of visual effects (VFX) and animation for scientists, creative professionals, students and the interested public. After the keynote speeches, people can spontaneously take to the microphone on their own behalf. The next event will take place on June 18, 2024, at 18:00 CET at Das Gutbrod, Friedrichstr. 10, 70174 Stuttgart.

Admission is free! Please register in advance at Please note: The event will be recorded, but is not hybrid.

Program Schedule:

„Chancen und Herausforderungen von Analogfilm im LED-Volume“ (Opportunities and challenges of analog film in the LED volume)

Samuel Ramm, Sebastian Burk and Luis Zappe studied Audiovisual Media at the Hochschule der Medien Stuttgart.
The project “What you can’t see” was created as part of their bachelor’s theses, which dealt with innovations in LED virtual production. Its premise was to prove that shooting on analogue film material in an LED volume is possible, despite widespread skepticism, and to uncover the associated effects on the workflow in the LED volume as well as colors and moiré, In addition, an AI model for background separation was developed to simplify post-production. Together with Hyperbowl, Studio L’Equipe, Arri Rental Munich, Oh, Boy! Films and Silbersalz, they carried out a series of tests and tested theoretical findings onset for practical suitability.

„3D Gaussian Splatting für LED Wall Production?“

Luca Malz dealt with the topic of 3D reconstruction of photos in his bachelor’s thesis. The innovative “3D Gaussian Splatting (3DGS)” approach is based on machine learning and opens up promising prospects in the media industry thanks to its photorealistic 3D reconstructions. In “3D Gaussian Splatting for Virtual Production”, Luca Malz compares the results of photogrammetric scans and 3DGS and refers to the integration into an LED wall virtual production workflow.

„Lens Flare Capture“

Vincent Maurer studies Technical Directing at Animationsinstitut and presents his scientific research project on the subject of lens flares. How does a flare actually occur in the lens and how can it be realistically reconstructed? Using motion control, image processing and machine learning, Vincent is trying to find new ways to generate realistic lens flares.

Info Flyer (PDF)

TechTalks Stuttgart is an initiative of the following institutions:

Animation Media Creators Region Stuttgart | MFG Baden-Württemberg | Film Commission Region Stuttgart Hochschule der Medien Stuttgart | Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg | Animationsinstitut

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PRIX JEUNESSE 2024 for Animanimals!

Animanimals” (KiKA/SWR) has been honored at this year’s PRIX JEUNESSE INTERNATIONAL in Munich. The multi-award-winning preschool format won in the “Shorts” category.

KiKA, SWR, Julia Ocker/Studio FILM BILDER

The animated series “Animanimals” picks up on the peculiarities of animals, which become the starting point for the crazy twists and turns of each story. In the PRIX JEUNESSE-winning episode, the cat wants to cook itself some mouse soup, but doesn’t have the heart to throw its beloved friends into the pot.

The series, which has no dialog, has already won over 50 awards, including the Grimme Prize in 2019. “Animanimals” is a production by our CREATORS from Studio FILM BILDER on behalf of KiKA and SWR. The author is animator Julia Ocker, the editors responsible are Stefan Pfäffle (KiKA) and Benjamin Manns (SWR).

The PRIX JEUNESSE INTERNATIONAL is considered the world’s most renowned meeting place for media professionals in children’s and youth television. Experts from all continents come together to award the best and most innovative children’s media programs with the coveted PRIX JEUNESSE trophies.

Source: Press Release KiKA, May 30, 2024

Further information on the PRIX JEUNESSE 2024

Prize Winners PRIX JEUNESSE 2024

DOKVILLE 2024 – Krieg und Des:Information

The annual industry get-together DOKVILLE, organized by Haus des Dokumentarfilms – Europäisches Medienforum Stuttgart e.V. (HDF), will take place on June 20/21, 2024 at Hospitalhof Stuttgart (Büchsenstr. 33, 70174 Stuttgart) and will be broadcast as a livestream for all those who cannot be on site.

DOKVILLE invites high-ranking representatives of the film and media industry to engage in a discussion with each other and with the audience. In view of growing conflicts not only in Ukraine and the Middle East, the 2024 program reflects on the topic of KRIEG UND DES:INFORMATION (War and Des:Information). The focus is on top-class documentary feature films, current documentary series, and, in the AngeDOKt format, intersections with the gaming sector.

Dokville 2024

At the same time, SWR is holding its Dokufestival (June 18 to 22, 2024, Stuttgart). Both events will conclude with the presentation of the German Documentary Film Award on the evening of June 21. The ticket for DOKVILLE also entitles the holder to attend the SWR Dokufestival on the booked day of the event (June 20 and/or 21, 2024).

Further information, program and tickets at

Next AMCRS IP Presentation Forum on June 20, 2024! Register now!

You’ve got a great idea for an IP (intellectual property)? You are developing a new game or interactive format? You are in the middle of preparing your new animated short film or animated series? You are a resident of Baden-Württemberg? That’s perfect!

The IP Presentation Forum will take place for the eight time on June 20, 2024. Come by and take the opportunity to present your project to professionals from the industry and to exchange ideas and get advice for the next steps!

Register until June 14, 2024 via:

Download flyer (PDF)

Location: MFG Medien- und Filmgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg mbH
Breitscheidstr. 4
70174 Stuttgart

Organized by the AMCRS

FFL nominated for the CINEURO Award 2024!

At the traditional “Meet & Greet” of the CinEuro partners at the 77th International Film Festival in Cannes, it was announced which film projects have been nominated for the CinEuro Award. Among them are our CREATORS from FFL Film- und Fernsehlabor in Ludwigsburg, who are hoping to win the award for their planned feature film project “Schweizer Kühe“!

The nominees for the CinEuro Award 2024: 2. from the left Matthias Drescher, FFL (Photo: CinEuro, Alban Pinchon)

About the project:
Production: FFL Film- und Fernseh-Labor (DE), Co-Production: Tellfilm (CH), Director: Matthias Dinter / Screenplay: Ulrike Maria Hund & Matthias Dinter
Southern Germany 1945: When the small village of Hemmingen is occupied by French troops, 10-year-old Paul devises an adventurous plan to save the village’s cows from being confiscated by the Muslim soldiers of African descent. In the process, he befriends the officer Aziz – who, however, falls in love with Paul’s mother Martha…

The CinEuro Award is a cross-border initiative that was launched last year by various CinEuro partners. In addition to MFG Filmförderung, the initiators are the northern French Région Grand Est, Film Fund Luxembourg, Saarland Medien GmbH, the Rhineland-Palatinate Ministry for Family Affairs, Women, Culture and Integration, Wallimage,, Wallonie-Bruxelles International, the Ministry of the German-speaking Community of Belgium and, for the first time, the Eurometropolis of Strasbourg. The aim is to support the creation of projects that highlight the links between several partner regions through specific themes, characters or places.

The finalists selected from the submissions, i.e. the respective screenwriters, producers and directors, will present their projects to the jury and other accredited participants on July 3 at the international co-production meeting Forum Alentours in Strasbourg (July 2 to 4). On the same day, the international jury of experts will select the winners, whose names will be announced at the subsequent reception at ARTE.

We keep our fingers crossed for all nominees!

Source, further information and all nominees: MFG Baden-Württemberg

23. Stuttgart ANIMATION MEETUP on May 28, 2024!

The next Stuttgart Animation Meetup – absolutely recommendable for filmmakers and animation enthusiasts – takes place on Tuesday, May 28, 19:30 CET at Flora and Fauna Stuttgart (directly next to the U-Bahn Station “Mineralbäder”).

The Meetup is open to all – whether you’re a student, senior artist or trying to break in. You can chat about the industry, connect with each other and occasionally draw and sketch together.

Please share with your friends and colleagues! Julia, Michael and Kris are looking forward to seeing you!

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Apply now for IDEENSTARK 2024!

Creative professionals from Baden-Württemberg now have the opportunity to apply for the IDEENSTARK award from MFG Baden-Württemberg. For the eighth time, the motto for forward-thinking creative entrepreneurs, start-ups and solo freelancers is: “Your idea – your opportunity – your company”. The application deadline is Tuesday, June 4, 2024.

The ten selected winners not only receive the prestigious IDEENSTARK award at the IDEENSTARK award ceremony, but also the opportunity to participate in the exclusive support program with various stations free of charge. These include a wide range of tools that cover all facets of the individual everyday life of creative entrepreneurs: from strategy and financing to market positioning, communication, sales and personal development.

A central component of the program is the exchange among participants, which enables them to benefit from the collective wealth of experience.

For those who would like to find out more about IDEENSTARK or have questions about the application process or the program, the open IDEENSTARK consultation hour with project manager Mira Kleine offers the opportunity for clarification. The consultation hour always takes place on Mondays from 11:00-12:00 CET. Upcoming dates are: May 21 (Tuesdays due to public holiday!), May 27 and June 3.

Information and link to the consultation hours

More about Ideenstark BW and the program

IDEENSTARK is organized by MFG Baden-Württemberg and supported by the Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Arbeit und Tourismus Baden-Württemberg and the Start-up BW state campaign.

IDEENSTARK winners 2023, Photo: MFG

Job Offer: Advisor (m/f/d) for the field of AI

The State Ministry of Baden-Württemberg is looking for an Advisor (German: Referent/in) (f/m/d) for the newly founded AI_N (Artificial Intelligence Network) department at InnoLab BW for a limited period of two years as soon as possible.

The InnoLab_bw observes global innovation trends, networks with innovative players in the state and brings their needs and ideas to the attention of the state government. In various formats, it brings together people from administration, business, civil society and science to initiate specific innovation projects and develop prototypes. In doing so, InnoLab_bw thinks and acts “outside the box” and relies on fast, agile forms of work that overcome departmental and silo thinking. In this way, they want to help innovations “Made in BW” achieve a breakthrough more quickly.

The newly created AI_N (Artificial Intelligence Network) department will recognize and pick up on new trends and provide impetus to the state government.

To the job advertisement

Application deadline: May 20, 2024

Lecture Series „Nachhaltigkeit und / Sustainability and“ at Merz Akademie

The lecture series “Nachhaltigkeit und / Sustainability and” by our CREATORS of the New Media department at the Merz Akademie gives a voice to people who show through their work, projects and initiatives that sustainability can be thought of and practiced not only “in the big picture”, but in particular through activities in many areas and at many levels. Curated by Prof. Mario Doulis.

Event dates, each at 19:30 CET, in the Merz Akademie auditorium:

  • May 14, 2024Nachhaltigkeit und Designstudium.
    Caja Peters and Ben Herbig, Graduates of the study program Industrial Design at Hochschule Pforzheim.
  • May 21, 2024Nachhaltigkeit und Circular Design.
    Julius Schäufele, Merz Akademie graduate, company founder and designer at the interface of circular economy and transformation processes in the construction and real estate industry.
  • May 28, 2024Sustainability and Socical Economy. (English)
    Roel Forceville, head of Recyclart, NGO in Brussels at the interface between art and the social economy.
  • June 4, 2024Nachhaltigkeit und Methodik.
    Angela Grosso Ciponte, sociologist, Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst Basel.
  • June 11, 2024Sustainability and Compatibility. (English)
    Tamarind Rossetti and Stephen Wright, artistic directors of the Künstlerhaus Stuttgart.

The colleagues of the Merz Akademie are looking forward to your visit!

Further information

FMX 2024 Presentations available online!

FMX, Photo: Dominique Brewing

The Stuttgart Animated Week 2024 came to an end on Sunday, April 28, 2024, with the grand awards gala at the ITFS. Note down the dates for next year in the calendar right away – the next ITFS will take place from May 6 to 11, 2025, and the FMX – Film & Media Exchange from May 6 to 9, 2025.

If you were unable to attend FMX this year or would like to watch individual FMX presentations again – most of the conference content will be available online via FMX On Demand until May 31, 2024. Watch out for the turquoise VoD flags in the FMX Program Schedule indicating which presentations are included in FMX On Demand. Tickets are available at the FMX Ticket Shop, the FMX On Demand Guide explains in detail how to get access.

FMX 2024, Panel “EU XR”, Photo: D. Brewing
FMX 2024, World of Gra, Photo: D. Brewing
FMX 2024, Improve Profitability in VFX and Animation, Photo: D. Brewing
FMX 2024, Being the Change through Mentorship, WIA, Photo: D. Brewing