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Next Pre Fixe with Animation Lounge on December 12 with Elena Walf (Studio Filmbilder)

Together with the Film- und Medienfestival gGmbH (organizer of Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film) and the AMCRS, MFG organizes the Pre Fixe with Animation Lounge as a prelude to the monthly network meeting of the film industry (Jour Fixe), at which speakers from the animation film scene report on current projects using practical examples and provide insights into their work.

Elena Walf (Image: Ralf Bohde)

On December 12, 2022 at 18:00 CET, Elena Walf will talk about “News from “Lena’s Farm”: Insights into the creation process of an animation series“.

The hand-drawn animation series “Lena’s Farm“, on which Elena Walf has been working with her team for three years, is being created at Studio Filmbilder in Stuttgart. Producer Thomas Meyer-Herrmann had the idea for the series; the source of inspiration was Elena Walf’s short film “Bat Time” (2015), which was made as part of the TV magazine “Ich kenne ein Tier”. Each episode is designed like a short film and manages entirely without dialogues. The focus is on the big and small inhabitants of Lena’s farm: from cow to dog and squirrel – everyone is there. Elena Walf reports on the making of the series with numerous examples and provides insights into the creative process.

The event will take place at Theater Rampe, Filderstraße 47, 70180 Stuttgart, and is free of charge.

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

Please note: There is no longer a requirement to show a negative Corona test in order to participate. Nevertheless, we recommend to do a quick test on your own before the event and to wear a mouth-nose-protection during the event.

Dieter Krauß receives the Baden-Württemberg Ehrenfilmpreis 2022!

Dieter Krauß, former member of the management board of MFG Baden-Württemberg as well as former managing director of Film- und Medienfestival gGmbH (FMF, organiser of the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film and Raumwelten), will be awarded this year’s Baden-Württembergischer Ehrenfilmpreis (Baden-Württemberg Honorary Film Award). The non-endowed prize will be awarded at the 28th Filmschau Baden-Württemberg during the award ceremony on Sunday, December 11, 2022, in the Dürnitz Kulturlounge in the Altes Schloss Stuttgart.

Image: Filmschau Baden-Württemberg

The award honors people who help shape Baden-Württemberg as a media and film location, support it sustainably through their work and make an important contribution to the perception of the location beyond the state borders, according to the Filmbüro Baden-Württemberg.

The initiators justify their choice as follows: “Dieter Krauß has been an architect of the film scene in the southwest from the 1970s until today, keeping a firm eye on both the content and the financial side of the industry. The passionate cineaste is committed to a lively film location with his heart and soul. Thus Dieter Krauß also became one of the founding fathers of the Filmbüro Baden-Württemberg with its annual film shows. Although Krauß worked full-time in banking from 1974 to 1999, arthouse cinema remained his great passion.

After 25 years of working as a banker, Dieter Krauß moved to MFG Filmförderung. With the midwife, motor, film expert and firm pillar of the film scene in the southwest, the right man came to the right place at the right time. He dedicated himself to the countless interrelationships, dependencies and opportunities that are so extremely important for optimising the implementation of the socio-political tasks of the film industry and accompanied the development of the industry with great success. In autumn 2018 – after 18 MFG years – Dieter Krauß moved to Film- und Medienfestival gGmbH as Dittmar Lumpp’s successor.

Even after his retirement this September, the managing director will remain loyal to the Film- und Medienfestival; Dieter Krauß supports Uwe Schmitz-Gielsdorf, who took over the management in autumn for an interim period until the end of May 2023.”

In addition, Dieter Krauß was an advisory board member of the AMCRS from 2021 to 2022. Congratulations, dear Dieter!

Sources: Filmschau Baden-Württemberg, MFG Baden-Württemberg

The second season of ANIMANIMALS is on air!


The popular and multiple award-winning animation series ANIMANIMALS was created by Julia Ocker, produced by our HEROES from Studio FILM BILDER, in co-production with SWR and KiKA, and funded by MFG Baden-Württemberg. Until November 30, 2022, one episode can be seen every evening at 18:10 CET on KiKA, afterwards you can find it in the media library.

In each of the 26 new episodes, a different animal faces an absurd adventure that can only happen to them: A piglet, who is cleaning so hard that the whole house is getting a mess. A ladybird, who has a ladybird neighbor, who has too much in common with him. A rhino, who is preparing for a romantic date, but his horn is in the way. A dormouse, who oversleeps his own birthday. And while finding the solution, each animal learns a little lesson about life.

The distributor Meta Media provides information on the international distribution:

Season 2 of the multi award-winning series has already been presold to DR Denmark, NRK Norway, TVO Canada, LTV Latvia and Benshi France. Season 1 has recently been relicensed by Netflix DACH, Disney Japan, Benshi France, SVT Sweden and PTS Taiwan. New sales of Season 1 include Mediacorp Singapore, DR Denmark, LTV Latvia and Daekyo Korea.

Julia Ocker, creator of Animanimals, says: “For me, each production of an Animanimals season is like a typical Animanimals story: Like a typical Animanimal, I stumble and make mistakes. And like an Animanimal, I hope these mistakes are helpful and lead me to a happy ending: That all of you will enjoy the new episodes!

Thomas Meyer-Hermann, producer of Animanimals, says: “For the films of season 1, there were audience awards at festivals in Athens, Amsterdam, Mexico City, Barcelona, Baden, Singapore, Brussels, New York City, Paris, Lisbon and many more. Season 2 will speak to the whole world again, as it is built on the same strong base: Julia Ocker’s unique style, bright conception of life and generous sense of humor.”

Stefan Pfäffle (KiKA) and Benjamin Manns (SWR) say: “From the very beginning when KiKA and SWR came on board for season 1 we strongly felt that this series had the chance of becoming something extraordinary and something extraordinarily funny, looking at some minor challenges of life from a different angle. In the end it turned out that the series became exactly this. So, we are more than happy to be partner again on season 2 and can’t wait to present the new episodes to our audience.“

Sara Cooper
, Founder of Meta Media Entertainment, says “The combination of Julia’s incredible creativity and heartfelt passion for this series combined with Thomas and his team’s production flair continues to result in outstanding work which I’m delighted to be bringing to an ever-growing number of worldwide fans.”

Source: Studio FILM BILDER, Meta Media Entertainment

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Unreal Engine Stuttgart Megameetup #3 on November 11!

Photo: b.rex, Pulsmacher

The next edition of the Unreal Engine Stuttgart Megameetup will take place on November 11, 18:00 CET in the neo.Studio in Ludwigsburg, a fully Unreal-capable virtual production studio with five tracked live cameras. There will be deep insights into the studio technology and the integration of Unreal in the field of live video production, and, as always, delicious food and drinks – and currently (still secret) guest lectures. If you would also like to present your project (whether game, corporate or other media genres) at the Open Stage, please contact them in advance.

Location: neo.Studio, Oscar-Walcker-Straße 15, Ludwigsburg.

Please register in advance at

The event takes place in cooperation with Pulsmacher and our HEROES from b.ReX.

First AMCRS REEL TALK at jangled nerves!

Last week, the first edition of our new networking format AMCRS REEL TALK took place – hosted by our awesome HEROES at jangled nerves, and accompanied by Studio Seufz, b.rex, recom FILM & kaleidoscube! A big thank you goes to everybody for the open and constructive feedback rounds and the wonderful exchange. We’re looking forward to the next REEL TALK edition in spring 2023!

Photo: jangled nerves

AMCRS Reel Talk at jangled nerves

On November 3, 2022 at 19 CET, the AMCRS REEL TALK will take place for the first time – hosted by our HEROES from jangled nerves, Hallstrasse 25, 70376 Stuttgart!

Take the opportunity to pitch your showreel to industry professionals, get valuable tips and interesting contacts on top. And tell your friends!

Please register via

Raumwelten – Platform for Scenography, Architecture and Media 2022

With the theme /imagine, the eleventh edition of “Raumwelten – Platform for Scenography, Architecture and Media” will take place from November 16 to 18, 2022. The Raumwelten organizers from the Film und Medienfestival gGmbH are breaking new ground in 2022: The leading industry event for spatial communication in Germany will be held in the Raumwelten VR Hub, a digital multi-user experience accessible on mobiles, desktop and in virtual reality. Visitors and attendees can join from anywhere in the world – easily accessable and free of charge. By expanding the project in cyberspace, the event is to experience a significant internationalization, while also offering special opportunities for the regional public. The Raumwelten VR Hub will be enhanced by a pop-up exhibition at the Ludwigsburg Museum, allowing visitors to experience virtual reality on site. The new direction in 2022 will be supported by the new curator Allison Crank, an Award-winning American UX Designer and researcher, who is focusing Raumwelten this year on the theme of immersion and online social experiences that embrace the virtual medium.

Source: Press Release, Raumwelten, September 13, 2022

Complete Press Release

11th Stuttgart Animation Meetup on October 25, 2022!

The next Stuttgart Animation Meetup will take place on Tuesday, October 25, 2022 from 19:30 CET in a relaxed atmosphere at Flora & Fauna (U-Bahn Mineralbäder)!

The Stammtisch is open to everyone – whether student, senior artist or newcomer.
Here everyone can talk shop, connect, chat and whoever wants can scribble funny cartoons and characters with the others.

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“My Fairy Troublemaker” (“Meine Chaosfee & Ich”) celebrated its World Premiere in Stuttgart!

Today, October 9, the world premiere of the animated feature film “My Fairy Troublemaker” (“Meine Chaosfee & Ich”, director: Caroline Origer) took place in Stuttgart’s Innenstadtkinos. The film opens in cinemas across Germany on October 13 – an absolute recommendation! Of course, Maite Woköck (on whose idea the film is based and producer) & Sebastian Runschke (producer) from SERU Animation as well as Stefanie Larson from AMCRS were present at the premiere. We wish every success!

Stefanie Larson, Sebastian Runschke and Maite Woköck

Uwe Schmitz-Gielsdorf new Managing Director of Film- und Medienfestival gGmbH

Translation from the press release of the Film- und Medienfestival gGmbh, October 4, 2022

There is personnel news at the Film- und Medienfestival gGmbH (FMF), which organises the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS) and Raumwelten Platform for Scenography, Architecture and Media, among others: Uwe Schmitz-Gielsdorf will take over as managing director with immediate effect for an interim period until May 31, 2023, as the supervisory board of Film- und Medienfestival gGmbH has now announced.

Dieter Krauß, current managing director of the Film- und Medienfestival gGmbH (FMF), will retire on October 31, 2022 after five successful years with the FMF, but will continue to be available in an advisory capacity for an interim period. Ulrich Wegenast, Artistic Director has already left FMF on September 15, 2022. A call for applications for the long-term management position will be issued in due course.

As a lawyer and business economist, Schmitz-Gielsdorf is very familiar with commercial tasks. His passion and industry expertise for art, culture and theatre underscores his choice as managing director. Most recently, he was head of administration at the Stiftung Kunstmuseum Stuttgart gGmbH (2019-2020), demonstrating his affinity and knowledge of the local but also international art and cultural landscape. As an authorised signatory of the Ludwigsburg Schlossfestspiele (2009-2013) as well as a long-standing member of the management and legal advisor of the RuhrTriennale Internationales Kunstfestival Nordrhein-Westfalen (2002-2009), he brings with him a great deal of experience in festival operations, which will be of great benefit to the 30th anniversary edition of the ITFS in 2023.

I am looking forward to the opportunity to help shape the next 30th Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film as its managing director and at the same time to promote the start of a strategic further development. In addition to the cooperation within the national and international cultural landscape and the associated tasks, I am particularly looking forward to working with the likeable team of the FMF,” says Schmitz-Gielsdorf.

To the complete press release (German) of Film- und Medienfestival gGmbH

FMF Team