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Emmy Nominations 2024!

The nominations for the Emmy Awards 2024 have been announced!

The series “Avatar: The Last Airbender” was nominated in the category “Outstanding Special Visual Effects In A Season Or A Movie”. Accenture Song VFX (with – among others – visual effects supervisor Emanuel Fuchs), Scanline VFX and PIXOMONDO were involved in the creation of the series. RISE also have every reason to celebrate: they contributed to the visual effects of the series “Fallout,” which has been nominated in the same category.

PIXOMONDO were also involved in the series “3 Body Problem” and “Winning Time”, both of which were nominated in several categories.

The 76th Emmys will be awarded on September 15, 2024 in Los Angeles. We are keeping our fingers crossed for all nominees!

All Emmy Awards Nominees

23. NaturVision Filmfestival, July 18-21, 2024

The NaturVision Film Festival Ludwigsburg aims to provide effective impetus for the transformation of our society – from July 18 to 21, 2024, with current nature and environmental films on the big screen, in the cinema and with free admission to the open air. The next generation is particularly important to the NaturVision team. A wide range of films and hands-on activities are aimed at families, children and schools. In addition to environmental education, the main aim is to awaken enthusiasm for nature and show even the youngest children what and how they themselves can contribute to environmental protection.

A recurring theme of the 23rd edition is activism and its many forms. How is it lived? How can it succeed? And where does it reach its limits? This is shown in the differentiated portraits of young climate activists such as the documentaries System Change – A Story of Growing Resistance, Was brennt or Bis hierhin und wie weiter. On the other hand, NaturVision promotes young talent behind the camera with the award for Best Newcomer Film and the presentation of the films on the big screen. The creative potential of tomorrow’s filmmakers is enormous. This is proven by the focus on New Filmmakers with top-class contributions from film students from all over the world, including the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg and the National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield.

But even beyond the big screen, becoming active is the central theme and the main concern of the festival. Festival director Beatrix Wesle emphasizes: “It was very important to us to encourage more optimism in climate protection with NaturVision – with inspiration instead of frustration, action instead of passivity.” This hands-on approach is reflected in formats such as the „Anders Wirtschaften“ ideas exchange in cooperation with environmental and sustainability start-ups from the region and the “Market of Perspectives” with stands from relevant companies and initiatives, both open air in the Akademiehof.

Our CREATORS from the Film- und Medienfestival gGmbH and the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS) are also on board – FMF as co-organizer and ITFS as a partner. On Friday, July 19, at 15.00 CET, in the TRICKSTAR NATURE AWARD program, a selection of outstanding animated short films from the ITFS dealing with nature, animals and the environment will be screened at the open air.

More about NaturVision | Program & Tickets

Source: Press Release NaturVision

Start-up BW Summit 2024 on July 11

The Start-up BW Summit 2024 is a trade fair and congress with exhibiting start-ups, pitches and keynotes plus a festival on the Börsenplatz in Stuttgart with music and informal discussions. Start-ups, representatives of start-up ecosystems and companies as well as investors from Baden-Württemberg, Germany, Europe and the world meet at the Haus der Wirtschaft to pitch, network, exchange ideas and learn from each other.

You can expect a varied program with top-class speakers, a trade fair with start-ups, pitches and competitions as well as many offers for founders and all those who want to become one. The complete program can be found here.

MFG Baden-Württemberg will be represented in the “Länd of Start-ups” and has invited three innovative start-ups and young start-up teams from the cultural and creative industries: Eloquio from Heidelberg, Mucks! Games from Ludwigsburg (recently awarded the German Computer Game Award, the alumni from Animationsinstitut also created the trailers for FMX and ITFS 2024) and to teach from Stuttgart.

Participation in the summit is free of charge, registration is requested.

More information and sources:
Start-up BW Summit 2024 | MFG | Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labor and Tourism Baden-Württemberg

Pre-Fixe with Animation Lounge: KI in der Animationsproduktion

Together with the Film- und Medienfestival gGmbH (organizer of Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film) and the AMCRSMFG organizes the Pre Fixe with Animation Lounge as a prelude to the monthly network meeting of the film industry (Jour Fixe). Speakers from the animation film scene present practical examples of current projects and provide insights into their work.

On July 8, 18:00 CET, Maximilian Pfisterer, communication designer (FH) / co-owner of our CREATORS from Frischvergiftung will give a presentation on the topic of “KI in der Animationsproduktion” (“AI in animation production”).

Maximilian Pfisterer

Frischvergiftung from Stuttgart is already successfully using imaging AI in its workflows. In projection mappings to completely transform existing buildings, to create visuals for music festivals or in collaboration with Andreas Hykade to generate morphings between given artworks. On July 8, the studio will provide some insights and give some keywords to get started yourself.

Maximilian Pfisterer radicalized himself as a VJ with his friend and partner Willy Löbl in the Stuttgart club scene and shortly afterwards switched from print to film. That was a while ago and Frischvergiftung has since become a flourishing animation studio.

The Jour Fixe offers a unique opportunity for exchange and networking with colleagues from the MFG Film Funding Unit. All participants are cordially invited to attend the subsequent Jour Fixe from 19:00 CET.

The event will take place at the Kulturzentrum Merlin, Augustenstraße 72, 70178 Stuttgart. Admission is free.

More information

Stuttgart Animation Meetup on June 25, 2024

The next Stuttgart Animation Meetup – absolutely recommendable for filmmakers and animation enthusiasts – takes place on Tuesday, June 25, 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!

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/stuttanimmeetup/ 
Whatsapp Community https://chat.whatsapp.com/HBy916VD5LpG9v2MGS9LGm
Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/hkr1dv

Goldener Spatz for Fritzi & Sophie!

At the 32nd German Children’s Media Festival Goldener Spatz, the episode “Eine Reise, die alles verändert“ (A journey that changes everything’) from the eight-part TV series “Fritzi & Sophie – Eine grenzenlose Freundschaft” won the Goldener Spatz in the “Series Animation” category! Like the “Fritzi” feature film, the series about two friends who experience the politically turbulent time of the fall of communism in 1989 is based on the children’s book “Fritzi war dabei” by Hanna Schott and celebrated its world premiere at the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS) at the end of April.

The ARD co-production “Fritzi and Sophie” is produced under the auspices of MDR together with WDR and SWR by Balance Film in Leipzig, Trickstudio Lutterbeck in Cologne and our CREATORS from Studio Film Bilder (producer: Thomas Meyer-Hermann) and was co-funded by MFG. It was directed by Matthias Bruhn, Ralf Kukula and Thomas Meyer-Hermann. After the broadcast on KiKA from October 3, 2024, all episodes will also be available in the ARD Mediathek, on kika.de and in the KiKA player.

The children’s jury’s statement:
“We liked the episode “Eine Reise, die alles verändert“ and therefore deserved a ‘Goldener Spatz’, as it takes up the important topic of divided Germany and implements it beautifully and comprehensibly. The story was told in a captivating and exciting as well as informative and emotional way. The fact that the episode remained exciting throughout meant that you were always on the edge of your seat. Thanks to the bright, but not too bright colors and the beautiful animations, the series is suitable for many different age groups.”

Richard Lutterbeck (Producer), Festival Director Elisabeth Wenk, Ralf Kukula (Director & Producer), photo: Carlo Bansini

Source: MFG

Congratulations to everyone involved!

All winners of the „Goldener Spatz“

German Reception at Annecy 2024

The Festival d’Animation Annecy (June 9 to 15, 2024) took place last week. And traditionally, German FilmsAnimation GermanyAG Kurzfilm – Bundesverband Deutscher KurzfilmAG Animationsfilm / ASIFA Germany, Animation Media Creators Region Stuttgart, Animation Production DaysFMXAnimationsinstitut of the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, Mitteldeutsche MedienförderungMFG Filmförderung Baden-Württemberg and ITFS invited to the German Reception at the Annecy lake.

We thank all participants and attendees for the great afternoon and the many wonderful conversations!

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 contact@amcrs.de. 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 br.de

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 www.dokville.de