20. Stuttgart Animation Meetup on February 27, 2024

The next Stuttgart Animation Meetup will take place on Tuesday, February 27, 2024, 19:30 CET at Flora & Fauna (U-Bahn Mineralbäder). Tables are reserved inside. Let’s talk, drink and connect the regional industry!

The Meetup is open to everyone – whether student, senior artist, newcomer or animation fan! Here, everyone can chat about the industry, connect with each other, and whoever wants can scribble cartoons and characters with the others.

Tell your friends and colleagues!

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/stuttanimmeetup/ 
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/329784908362059   
Whatsapp Community https://chat.whatsapp.com/HBy916VD5LpG9v2MGS9LGm
Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/hkr1dv

Julia, Michael and Kris are looking forward to seeing you!

Talent Meet-Up BW 2024

Are you at the beginning of your own start-up, currently immersed in developing a new game, or still studying – perhaps “something with media”? Do you come more from an (academic) background but wish to connect with others from the animation, film, and games industries because you value cross-industry exchange? Do you welcome inspiration from a wide range of media sectors, enjoy meeting new people, and aren’t afraid of technological innovation?

Then the TALENT Meet-up BW 2024 is the right thing for you! Apply now for one of the 20 spots in this free, exclusive program with a unique networking opportunity.

Immerse yourself in the Stuttgart Animated Week together with other young professionals and visit the FMX – Film & Media Exchange (April 23-26, 2024), the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (April 23-28, 2024) and the APD Conference (April 23, 2024) of the Animation Production Days with a free Combi Ticket. You will be supported in networking, you will receive individual program tips and the framework for the best possible exchange – with each other and in the international industry. Last but not least, you will get to know regional support services and contacts so that nothing stands in the way of your professional future in THE LÄND.

Application Deadline: March 15, 2024

This way to more information and the application form!

Initiated and organized by: MFG Baden-WürttembergStuttgart Region Economic Development CorporationFilm Commission Region StuttgartFilmakademie Baden-WürttembergAnimationsinstitut, AMCRS

Get your tickets for FMX and ITFS!

In a few weeks, Stuttgart will once again become a hotspot for the animation and VFX industry and for animation fans worldwide when the FMX – Film & Media Exchange conference, the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film and the Animation Production Days open the doors to their visitors.

FMX (Photo: Dominique Brewing)
ITFS Gala (Photo: Reiner Pfisterer)
APDs (Photo: Reiner Pfisterer)

The FMX will take place from April 23 to 26, 2024 on site at Haus der Wirtschaft. Numerous presentations will subsequently be available online on demand from April 27 to May 31. The ITFS will take place in Stuttgart from April 23 to 28, 2024 at various locations and on Stuttgart’s Schlossplatz. The co-production market Animation Production Days will be organized as a cooperation between FMX and ITFS from April 23 to 25, 2024.

From now on, FMX Conference, Day and Online Passes as well as ITFS Festival and Professional Passesare are available in their ticket shops. Worthwhile for visiting both events is a Combi Pass which is available in both the FMX and ITFS ticket shops (until March 15 at the Early Bird rate).

Ticket shop FMX | Website FMX

Ticket shop ITFS | Website ITFS

Registration APD | Website APD

Gamescom 2024: Exhibitors wanted for the THE LÄND joint stand

THE LÄND joint stand 2023, photo: Tobias Vollmer

Games companies and institutions from Baden-Württemberg will once again have the opportunity to present themselves to the public at Gamescom in Cologne from August 21 to 23, 2024. This year,  MFG Baden-Württemberg is once again organizing THE LÄND joint stand in the business area of the world’s largest trade fair for computer and video games. Interested companies can now apply to exhibit at the stand.

At the trade fair, participants present themselves to the trade audience and make contacts in the international games scene. Co-exhibitors at THE LÄND joint stand benefit from discounted participation conditions, a comprehensive service package and joint communication activities.

All information about the Gamescom appearance can be found on the website. Places for co-exhibitors are limited. An application is necessary. This is uncomplicated and possible until April 1, 2024 via an online form.

The stand is organized by MFG Baden-Württemberg in cooperation with Baden-Württemberg International (BW_i), supported by K³ Kultur- und Kreativwirtschaftsbüro Karlsruhe and funded by the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Tourism.

Source and further information: MFG Baden-Württemberg

In 2023, our HEROES from Pixelcloud were part of the stand, and in 2022 Zeitland Media & Games.

Wanted: Professor (m/f/d) for Media Design at Hochschule Offenburg

Media Faculty, Hochschule Offenburg

The Media Faculty (M) at Hochschule Offenburg invites applications for a W2 professorship in media design, in particular animation, for the winter semester 2024/25 or later.

They are looking for a personality who will strengthen the design department of the Media Faculty. The artistic-scientific professorship should cover the basic area of animation in the Bachelor’s program, both in analog and digital techniques, in terms of practice and content, and teach the basic principles of animation. The deepening of knowledge in the 2nd stage of studies and the conceptual, practical and technical supervision of student projects in both the Bachelor’s and Master’s programs, from the idea to the finished work, are also part of the areas of responsibility.

The focal points that should ideally be covered are illustration, 2D / 3D animation, motion design, stop motion, games, AI-supported tools, knowledge of animation and art history.

Job description

The application deadline is March 3, 2024. If you have any questions, please contact Vice Dean Prof. Sabine Hirtes at 0781 205-4720 or sabine.hirtes@hs-offenburg.de.

UP Designstudio new AMCRS HERO!

DÜRR Material Supply Systems

Time to introduce you to a new AMCRS HERO – we are delighted to welcome UP Designstudio on board!

In interdisciplinary teamwork, they create animation and interaction to turn complex and technical content into catchy stories for industry, medical technology, education and consumer goods. This results in digital and physical products that convey values, strengthen brand identity and inspire users.

Learn more about UP Designstudio!

BASF Battery Recycling

Open Stage Kreativ BW @ BRYCKE

Image: MFG Baden-Württemberg

The Open Stage Kreativ BW is Baden-Württemberg’s networking platform for cultural and creative professionals from the various creative industries. On February 7, 2024, 17:00-19:00 CET, the event series takes place in the Pop-up-Space BRYCKE in Stuttgart (Schmale Straße 9-13, 70173 Stuttgart). Two projects funded under the “KMU-Transfer KREATIV“ program (a funding program of Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Arbeit und Tourismus Baden-Württemberg) are presented.

Cross innovation with the games and animation media industry:

The fields of games, animation and virtual reality are becoming increasingly important and offer great potential for companies from various sectors. The aim of “KMU-Transfer KREATIV” is to promote cross-industry collaboration with creative companies and to demonstrate the added value of cooperation and the use of new technologies.

Together with Ulrich Lang, the developer of niche fragrances from Backnang, the creative company acameo from Tübingen is implementing virtual distribution and presentation options by modeling virtual spaces and animating product-specific fragrances.

With Xbrick, wd3 GmbH has developed a universally applicable seating cube. Now, together with the creative agency halbautomaten Kommunikationsdesign GmbH – one of the AMCRS HEROES – an AR app is to be developed that will add an additional level to the playful and animated learning with Xbrick as a digital extension. Both companies are based in Stuttgart.

Speakers:

  • Simone Braun, halbautomaten Kommunikationsdesign, Stuttgart
  • Anna Katharina Brinkschulte, Reviewer KMU-Transfer KREATIV, Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, Ludwigsburg
  • Dr. Frank Dürr, acameo Gruppe für digitale Kommunikation, Tübingen
  • Ulrich Lang, ULRICH LANG NEW YORK, Backnang
  • Helen Scholz, wd3_spatial design, Stuttgart

Participation is free of charge. Registration is requested by February 6, 2024. Further information and registration

The Open Stage Kreativ BW is organized by the MFG Baden-Württemberg in cooperation with the Wirtschaftsförderung der Landeshauptstadt Stuttgart and the Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Arbeit und Tourismus Baden-Württemberg.

Diploma Project WORLD OF GRA Creates Visuals for FMX, ITFS and APD

Source: Press Release Animationsinstitut, Ludwigsburg, January 23, 2024

Stills World of Gra, Credits: World of Gra von Mucks! Games, Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg

The development of story worlds at the Animationsinstitut has yet another success story: the 2023 diploma project WORLD OF GRA is the face of three leading animated media events in Europe. The conference FMX – Film & Media Exchange (April 23-26, 2024), the Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film (ITFS) (April 23-28, 2024) and the Animation Production Days (APD) (April 23-25, 2024) all chose WORLD OF GRA as their motif for the just released event trailers and visual designs.

For the very first time, custom trailers for each event have been created – each with its own story, focus and theme – by the same authors, from the same narrative universe, illustrating the harmonious spirit of synergy between the three events of “Stuttgart’s Animated Week.” Dr. Jan Pinkava, Director of the Animationsinstitut, welcomes the choice of WORLD OF GRA and sees it as a significant win-win situation: “I am delighted that our talented alumni have created such a beautifully resonant and meaningful collection of graphics and trailers for this year’s FMX, ITFS, and APDs. This is the best of all worlds for the three events, for our graduates, for the Animationsinstitut, and for Stuttgart’s ‘Animated Week’. Congratulations.

WORLD OF GRA is a universe of many different stories that share one overarching theme: growth. The beings of the WORLD OF GRA all have one big problem. They grow and grow and just won`t stop growing. Clara Deitmar, the creator of WORLD OF GRA, believes that this theme is a universal human experience – life means change, growth, moving on.

Mirroring the IP itself, all of them have grown personally and artistically throughout the creation process and their Interactive Media studies at the Animationsinstitut. The production of the visuals and trailers for FMX, ITFS and APD 2024 marks a special milestone, as the producer Julius Dorsel explains: “It’s a badge of honour to be selected to provide the trailers for all three events! A bit intimidating and just wonderful that so many people are going to see our characters on the big screens.

Trailer FMX 2024
Trailer ITFS 2024
Trailer APD 2024

Grimme Award Nominations for Projects involving AMCRS HEROES!

Still from “The Ogglies – Welcome to Smelliville” | Image: WunderWerk

Two projects, involving animation studios from AMCRS in their production, have been nominated for a Grimme Award 2024! Congratulations!

Nominated in the Children & Youth category is the series „Neue Geschichten vom Pumuckl“ (NEUESUPER for RTL+/RTL). The beloved kobold was animated by studio soi, based on the illustrations from the children’s books by Ellis Kaut.

Additionally, nominated for a Grimme Award in the Children & Youth category is the animated film “The Ogglies – Welcome to Smelliville” (WunderWerk for ZDF/KiKA), which was created with the collaboration of M.A.R.K. 13.

Pumuckl, Screenshot Official Teaser https://youtu.be/7Ofee7jwc1M

Complete list of Grimme Award Nominations 2024

Sources: MFG Baden-WürttembergGrimme Award

VES AWARDS 2024 Nominations for AMCRS HEROES!

The Visual Effects Society has announced the nominations for the VES Awards 2024! In the race for the awards are the effects created by three companies, which are also HEROES of the AMCRS.

Accenture Song VFX is delighted to receive a nomination for the Robot Dog in “The Nevers: It’s a Good Day” in the OUTSTANDING ANIMATED CHARACTER IN AN EPISODE, COMMERCIAL, GAME CINEMATIC, OR REAL-TIME PROJECT category.

PIXOMONDO has been nominated in the OUTSTANDING CREATED ENVIRONMENT IN AN EPISODE, COMMERCIAL, GAME CINEMATIC, OR REAL-TIME PROJECT category for The Broken Circle in “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds“.

Scanline VFX received a nomination for their effects in “Nyad” in the OUTSTANDING EFFECTS SIMULATIONS IN A PHOTOREAL FEATURE category.

Congratulations to all nominees and fingers crossed for the awards ceremony at the 22nd Annual VES Awards on February 21, 2024 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles!

List of all nominations

Happy 2024 from the Creators!

The Animation Media Creators Region Stuttgart wish you all a fantastic new year! May 2024 be full of exciting ideas and opportunities, inspiring creative and technical projects, enriching encounters and collaborations, optimism, health, and positive moments for you.

Position open for Professorship in IT-based Media Systems at HdM

Project “Zugzwang”, Hochschule der Medien Stuttgart

The Hochschule der Medien in Stuttgart has advertised a Professorship for IT-based media systems in the Electronic Media faculty of the Audiovisual Media Bachelor’s degree program. The core topics are network technology, audio-video transmission via IP networks and system planning of networked production systems. The position starts in the winter semester 2024/2025 and the application deadline is January 18, 2024.

A university degree is expected (such as AV media technology, computer science, information technology, communications engineering, electrical engineering or a similar field), several years of professional experience, teaching experience and a relevant doctorate.

The tasks include in particular: Teaching courses in both the compulsory and elective areas at Bachelor’s and Master’s level, supervision of project and final theses, cooperation with professional practice (also in the context of teaching projects).

Click here for the job advertisement.

Please do not hesitate to contact Prof. Dr. Jan Fröhlich via froehlichj@hdm-stuttgart.de if you have any content-related questions.

Animation Production Days 2024: Call for Projects

Animation Production Days 2023, Photo: Reiner Pfisterer

Animation Production Days (APD) is the most important co-production and financing market for animation in Germany. It brings together co-production, financing and distribution partners for animation projects in efficient one-to-one meetings and offers focused debates and lectures on current challenges of the industry with the APD Conference. It is a joint venture of the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS) and FMX – Film & Media Exchange, and will take place this year from April 23 to 25, 2024 in Stuttgart.

Call for Projects 2024: The APD is on the lookout for innovative, creative and original animated Feature Films, TV Series, Mobile Content and Games, Cross- and Transmedia projects! The projects should be in the concept or development stage, should have potential for brand development and be open to international co-productions. Prioritized are projects with compelling perspectives on diversity and ecological sustainability. A maximum of 50 projects will be selected for presentation at APD 2024.
Deadline February 6, 2024. Submission | Early Bird rate until January 19

Connecting with the Industry: APD Talent Programme – Young European animators (max. two members) can now seize the opportunity to submit project applications for the APD Talent Programme! Enjoy free access to the full APD programme in Stuttgart, (including tickets for FMX and ITFS). Accommodation costs are covered for the selected eight outstanding young talent projects at APD 2024.
Deadline February 6, 2024. Details on applying

Co-Producer Programme for animation, games, VR, and VFX production companies and studios not presenting their projects at APD but eager to participate as co-producers or service providers (only a limited number of participants).
Registration

Investor Programme for broadcasters, streamers, world sales, funders, and investors, who like to explore a curated selection of cutting-edge projects.
Registration | Early Bird rate until January 19

THE LÄND Global Game Jam BW

Image: Ingo Jürgens/MFG

At the Global Game Jam (GGJ), creatives and game enthusiasts around the world develop computer games on a given theme in 48 hours. With THE LÄND Global Game Jam BW, MFG Baden-Württemberg is organizing the largest central event for the southwest in Karlsruhe with 20 partners and supporters. From January 26 to 28, 2024, game enthusiasts can attend and participate. The Game Jam takes place at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design.

The GGJ encourages people from different backgrounds to contribute to the worldwide spread of game development and creativity. Games students meet games studios, development enthusiasts meet experienced and professional coders. But other disciplines such as sound, design, communication and psychology also find their place in the GGJ. Thanks to the cooperation with twelve different educational institutions in Baden-Württemberg, very different games enthusiasts come together and get creative together in a playful way.

Registration is required, places are limited.

The state-wide site is organized by MFG Baden-Württemberg in cooperation with the GameLab Karlsruhe of the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design. THE LÄND Global Game Jam is supported by 20 partners, including local partners, universities and games studios from Baden-Württemberg. The Game Jam is funded by the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts Baden-Württemberg as part of HOLA.

Source and further information: MFG Baden-Württemberg

Global Game Jam 2024 | What is the Global Game Jam?

Call for Entries Animated Games Award Germany 2024

The Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS) is calling for entries for the Animated Games Award Germany 2024. The prize of 5,000 euros is sponsored by the MFG Medien- und Filmgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg mbH. It is aimed at developers of computer games in Germany and is intended to strengthen the content-related integration of games and animated film and promote the artistic quality of games. The ITFS 2024 will take place from April 23 to 28, 2024.

Deadline for registration and submission of games for the preselection: February 1, 2024

Regulations | Registration form

All ITFS 2024 competitions

Photo: ITFS/Reiner Pfisterer

Techtalks Presentations online!

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.

You can now watch the presentations of the TechTalks Stuttgart, which took place on November 22, 2023 in the Albrecht-Ade-Studio of the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, online!

USD Project Workflows“ | Paul Golter, Technical Directing, Animationsinstitut Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg

„Unreal Nerfs“ | Max Schmiererb.ReX

„Projectionmapping & Künstliche Intelligenz“ | Maximilian PfistererFrischvergiftung

We hope you enjoy watching it!

TechTalks Stuttgart is an initiative of the following institutions: Animation Media Cluster Region Stuttgart | MFG Baden-Württemberg | Film Commission Region Stuttgart Hochschule der Medien Stuttgart | Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg | Animationsinstitut

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“The Last Bar” Best Animated Film at Filmschau BW 2023!

“The Last Bar”

“The Last Bar” was awarded the Baden-Württemberg Film Prize for the Best Animated Film at the Filmschau Baden-Württemberg 2023. The stop-motion film was created as a graduation project by the team around director Arne Hain – including Svenja Weber, Theresa Worm, Torben Hensel and Louis Wick – at the Animationsinstitut of the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg.

The jury (producer Sven Bergmann, director and author Sveta Yuferova and Matthias Bäuerle) gave the following reasons for their choice: “Unflinchingly cleverly animated, obsessed with detail in every aspect of design and almost suicidally produced – considering the insane amount of work involved in stop-motion films, the filmmakers* around Arne Hein, Svenja Weber, Theresa Worm, Torben Hensel and Louis Wick present us with a cinematically visually stunning and dramaturgically highly unusual and powerful debut work. On the big screen, ‘The Last Bar’ draws us deep into an existentialist merry-go-round with mysterious but also loving characters. The result is great, impetuous and impressive cinematic passion. This is Sturm und Drang. This is dreaming with open eyes. More of this, please. Much more.”

Congratulations from the bottom of our hearts!

Press Release Filmschau BW

„The Last Bar“ on Arne Hain’s web page

“Little Fan” on the List of Oscar 2024 Qualifying Animated Shorts

“Little Fan”

One of the animated short films that can hope to win an Oscar in 2024 is “Little Fan”. The film, created by director Sveta Yuferova, co-director Shad Lee Bradbury, producer Paul Maresch, and their team, tells the story of a little fan whose journey takes a surprising turn when he comes across a mysterious object.

Sveta Yuferova and Paul Maresch both graduated from Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg‘s Animationsinstitut in 2015, Yuferova in animation and Maresch as animation/effects producer. Yuferova has recently started working as a lecturer at the Cologne Game Lab, in addition to her ongoing work as a director and animator. Maresch’s graduation films won various film awards, among others the film “CHILD” was nominated for the Student Oscar. Afterwards he realized his first commissioned production for Disney XD Channel and participated in the animated feature film „Manou the Swift“.

“Little Fan” has already screened at festivals worldwide and won the award in the “Best Production For Young Children” category at the Chicago International Children Film Festival.

The Oscar shortlist voting begins on December 14, 2023, and the shortlist of 15 films will be announced on December 21. We are keeping our fingers crossed!

More about „Little Fan“

Oscar 2024 Longlist Animated Shorts at Animation Magazine

Pre Fixe with Animation Lounge: Animating Pumuckl

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), at which speakers from the animation film scene report on current projects using practical examples and provide insights into their work.

Revealing the invisible: Animating Pumuckl“ will be the topic on December 11, 2023 at 18:00 CET.

The Pumuckl series brought the radio play character of the goblin to television for the first time in the 1980s. The magic of the series was created in particular by the interplay between the actor Gustl Bayrhammer and the wild, lovable cartoon character of Pumuckl. This adaptation of Ellis Kaut’s books is still very much present in reruns and in the nostalgic memories of the current generation of parents and grandparents. For the new edition of the series by director Marcus H. Rosenmüller, Ludwigsburg-based Studio Soi was commissioned to provide the new animations for the title character. With such a new edition, the question arises as to what should be changed in a contemporary realization. How close do the animators stay to the original? What technology and look could the new Pumuckl use to inspire children again?

Torben Meier, Studio Soi
Michael Hockey, Studio Soi

Michael Hockey, Animation Supervisor, and Torben Meier, co-founder of Studio Soi, will give an insight into these decisions and the working methods of the animation studio. The presentation will be held in English.

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

More information

AMCRS HEROES at the Filmschau BW 2023

Logo Filmschau BW 2023
So ganz normal ist das ja nicht (Merz Akademie)

The aim of the 29. Filmschau Baden-Württemberg (December 6 to 10, 2023) is to offer filmmakers – both professionals and up-and-coming filmmakers – from Baden-Württemberg a platform to showcase their work. AMCRS HEROES will also be on board.

To kick off the Filmschau, a panel discussion will take place on December 6, 2023, on the topic of „Künstliche Intelligenz – Chance und Risiko für die Film- und Fernsehbranche“, organized by MFG Baden-Württemberg.

The panelists:
Heiko Burkardsmaier, VFX Executive Producer / Head of Business & Legal Affairs at Accenture Song Content Germany in Stuttgart
Dr. Nadine Hammele, Storytelling Consultant at Walt Disney Company German in Munich
Andy Közle, Senior CGI Artist / Technical Director at the Stuttgart-based company unexpected
Hanna Langenberg, student of computer visualistics and design at Hamm-Lippstadt University of Applied Sciences, employed by LAVAlabs Moving Images
Martin Thau, lecturer, dramaturge, screenwriter and scriptwriter in Munich, is part of the founding team of the Drehbuchwerkstatt München at the University of Television and Film
Moderation: Nadine Krüger, TV presenter and actress

Event dates:
December 6, 2023, 17:30-19.00 CET (entrance 17:00 CET)
GLORIA 2 Innenstadtkinos, Königstr. 20 (Passage), 70173 Stuttgart
Admission is free. Registration is requested but not mandatory.

More information

The following animation and VFX projects by AMCRS HEROES will be part of the film and competition program (no claim to completeness):

IT’S JUST A WHOLE, Director: Bianca Scali, Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg
SCRUBBY, directed by Paul Vollet, Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg
SO GANZ NORMAL IST DAS JA NICHT, Director: Iris Maier, Merz Akademie, Hochschule für Gestaltung, Kunst und Medien, Stuttgart
TOWN HALL SQUARE, Director: Christian Kaufmann, Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg
KOLAJ, Director: Besen Dilek, Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg
COSMOSS, Director: David Sick, Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg
CODE RAT, Director: Matthias Strasser, Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg
THE LAST BAR, Director: Arne Hain, Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg
LEGENDARY TALE, Director: Ben Marquardt, Hochschule der Medien
BEARLY IN LOVE, Director: Rebecca Liebelt, Hochschule der Medien
DODO, Director: Yi Luo, Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg
ANIMANIMALS, Director: Julia Ocker, Studio FILM BILDER
RUSH – PORSCHE GT3, Director: Andreas Justus Burz, Recom Film GmbH & Co KG
CIELO – MASERATI MC20, Director: Alessandra Kila, Recom Film GmbH & Co KG

Link to Filmschau BW 2023

Annegret Richter new Artistic Director of Film- und Medienfestival gGmbH!

Annegret Richter, Photo: Martin Jehnichen

Press Release, November 30, 2023

Complete Press Release and CV Annegret Richter

In June of this year, Heike Mozer took over the commercial management, and now the artistic position of the Film- und Medienfestival gGmbH (FMF) has also been filled: Annegret Richter, an experienced curator and festival organiser who has known and accompanied the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS) for years, is taking over.

Heike Mozer and Annegret Richter would like to lead the ITFS into the future and to re-establish it as an annual highlight in the festival calendar for the German and international animated film industry. “We complement each other in different areas and have a very similar view of things when it comes to fundamental issues. It is important to us to create places for encounters, as well as to connect filmmakers, the industry, and the audience. With Annegret, I now have a creative partner by my side,” emphasises Heike Mozer. Together, the managing directors want to further develop the ITFS and intensify the synergies with FMX and the APDs. 

It is a great opportunity and honour for me to work with Heike Mozer and the FMF team to develop the festival for the future,” says the experienced curator Annegret Richter, whose expertise is also highly valued at the ITFS. Her many years of networking in industry and networking projects make her an experienced, interested and passionate advocate for animated film. In her new role, she wants to work to strengthen animation: “Animation tells the important stories and issues of our time. In my opinion, animation for adults does not yet receive enough visibility. That’s why I think the festival also has a task for society as a whole to bring audiences into contact with the films and the filmmakers. Especially people who perhaps didn’t even know that animated film was relevant to them.

Annegret Richter worked as festival director at the short film festival “Filmfest Dresden”, was head of the animated film section at DOK Leipzig and has been managing director of AG Animationsfilm since 2016. She also regularly curates film programmes and has been a member of festival juries and selection committees. She is also familiar with current developments and discourses through teaching assignments and her work as a lecturer. 

Next Stuttgart Animation Meetup on November 28, 2023

The next Stuttgart Animation Meetup will take place on Tuesday, November 28, 2023, 19:30 CET at Flora & Fauna (U-Bahn Mineralbäder). Tables are reserved inside. Let’s talk, drink and connect the regional industry!

The Meetup is open to everyone – whether student, senior artist, newcomer or animation fan! Here, everyone can chat about the industry, connect with each other, and whoever wants can scribble cartoons and characters with the others.

Tell your friends and colleagues!

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/stuttanimmeetup/ 
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/329784908362059   
Whatsapp Community https://chat.whatsapp.com/HBy916VD5LpG9v2MGS9LGm
Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/hkr1dv

Julia, Michael and Kris are looking forward to seeing you!

FABW XR DAY 2023 on November 29

The Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg & Animationsinstitut invite you to their FABW XR DAY 2023. On November 29 from 9:00 to 18:00 CET, the Albrecht Ade Studio with an LED wall setup will be open to all XR and VR professionals and enthusiasts.

At the Networking Breakfast you can find out about the AUREA Young Talent Award 2024 (organized by 2112 Studios and the Filmakademie), which invites graduates of the 2024 diploma year and young professionals (up to and including the 2019 diploma) to submit entries.
Deadline December 20, 2023, call for entries and information here: https://degas.filmakademie.de/nextcloud/s/5yH4LBf9WdEAsZi

Input presentations by Michael Scholz (Founder & Creative Director halbautomaten), Stefan Kolbe (Head of jangled lab) & Marc Schleiss (Creative Director Jangled Nerves) and Volker Helzle (Head of R&D Animationsinstitut) as well as Mack One Deutschland GmbH, LightShape and Pong.Li will provide exciting insights into current projects.

You can also experience the current prototype of the interactive VR experience “MinoXR“, which is being developed as part of the EU-funded EMIL project (https://emil-xr.eu).
Book your slot here: XR Day – MinoXR Demonstrator | DFN Terminplaner

Further details on the program of the FABW XR Day 2023 at LinkedIn

Games Day and Media Research Conference 2023 at Hochschule der Medien Stuttgart

As part of the International Week at the Hochschule der Medien Stuttgart, the Institute for Games invites to its Games Day 2023 on November 28 and 29, 2023. The Media Research Conference, organized by the Visual Media Lab, will take place on November 29 and 30.

At Games Day (to mark the tenth anniversary of the Institute for Games), speakers from the games industry, politics and society as well as from the HdM partner universities will provide insights into various industry topics over two days. Speakers include Markus Berger (halbautomaten Kommunikationsdesign GmbH) with his presentation “Kinetarium & Cineplay – Multiplayer gaming and edutainment for large-scale audiences“, Dr. Andrea Buchholz and Iris Harr (MFG Baden-Württemberg) on the topic “From GamesHub for Health to Developer Boost and game funding – the Games BW funding strategy at a glance“, and Constanze Bühner, Nina Weilbächer and Anita Kerbel (Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg / Animationstinstitut) with their presentation “Interactive Media – Under Water Diplom Game“.

To the complete program of the Games Day | Registration

The HdM Visual Media Lab’s Media Research Conference is aimed at educators, researchers and students in the field of visual media. Addressing the pressing challenges of our time this symposium is designed to explore innovative strategies to prepare the next generation of media professionals. Focusing on topics such as narration, visual aesthetics, innovative teaching methods, and the evolution of teaching content, the conference aims to catalyze collaborative efforts and explore avenues for joint research projects.

To the program of the Media Research Conference

Exhibition ANIMATED MUSIC VIDEOS with Overtoon!

Image: Kulturaggregat, Overtoon

Our HEROES from Overtoon are having an exhibition! Join their Vernissage on Friday, November 17, at 18:00 CET, with DJs Burnie + Turnie (Urban Record Store Residents). The exhibition runs from November 18 to December 22, 2023 at Kulturaggregat e.V. in Freiburg. Admission is free.

About the exhibition:
Since 2020, the animation studio OVERTOON, founded by Martin Fischer and Nico Dörle, has specialized in the production of animated music videos and can now look back on a portfolio of over 20 videos for artists such as SEEED, Megaloh, Papa Roach, Marteria, Moses P. and others.

Stylistically, the work of the Freiburg-based studio is characterized by a mix of comic-like illustrated design worlds, exaggerated cartoons and abstract visuals.

The exhibition ANIMATED MUSIC VIDEOS provides an insight into the creative and conceptual work of the collective. In addition to the final videos, there are a number of “in-progress” projects in the form of animated storyboards, concept drawings, character and prop designs, scripts and more.

Location: Kulturaggregat e.V., Hildastr. 5, 79102 Freiburg

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“Zeit für Innovation” Conference on November 15, 2023

On November 15, 2023, the conference “Zeit für Innovation” (Time for Innovation) and the presentation of the IDEENSTARK Award 2023 will take place at the Im Wizemann in Stuttgart.

The conference is dedicated to the topics of time and innovation. One doesn’t work without the other: Every innovation requires time, and our time demands innovations. Keynote speakers and (creative) companies are invited to present and discuss new possibilities for increasing innovation and exploring time models in the future workplace through impulse lectures and interactive sessions. Additionally, various thematic sessions provide the opportunity for active exchange and exploration.

In the evening, the event is followed by the IDEENSTARK award ceremony. The program will be moderated by Kimsy von Reischach with musical support from DJ 5ter Ton (Massive Töne).

Participation in the event is free of charge. Further information and registration for the conference and/or award ceremony can be found at mfg.de/zukunftskonferenz.

The MFG Baden-Württemberg event is funded by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labor and Tourism Baden-Württemberg and supported by the Ministry of Science, Research and Arts Baden-Württemberg as well as the Stuttgart Region Economic Development Corporation as an additional partner.

jangled nerves are looking for a Project Manager (m/f/x)!

jangled nerves: Mercedes Benz, magical garage

Our HEROES from jangled nerves are specialized in live communication combining the physical and the digital world. The interdisciplinary team unites the expertise and services for strategic consulting, conception, and design with planning for museums and exhibition design and production for films, media, and interaction.

Would you like to become part of their team? Apply for the position as a Project Manager Communication in Space (m/f/x) and manage exciting large-scale international projects!

You can find this and other vacancies at jangled nerves on their job page.

Disguise Training “Introduction to Virtual Production” at Filmakademie

Photo: FABW

Disguise Training is offering the two-day event “Introduction to Virtual Production” on November 16 and 17, 2023 at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg‘s Animationsinstitut. In this workshop, the participants will explore the world of virtual production techniques and technologies.

About the event:

During this event, we will delve into the innovative ways virtual production is transforming the entertainment industry. From virtual sets and characters to real-time rendering and motion capture, you’ll gain valuable insights into the future of filmmaking.

Whether you’re a filmmaker, a VFX artist, or simply curious about the latest trends in technology, this event is perfect for you. Our knowledgeable staff will share their expertise and showcase practical examples to demonstrate the power of virtual production. Get acquainted with the world of virtual production, its tools, and history, and explore previsualization techniques and camera/lighting skills. Witness live virtual production processes and interactive environments, diving into emerging trends, to set up your virtual production journey.

Don’t miss this opportunity to network with like-minded individuals, exchange ideas, and learn from industry professionals. Mark your calendars and get ready for an immersive experience at the Introduction to Virtual Production event!

Location: Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, Akademiehof 10, 71638 Ludwigsburg

More information and tickets

TechTalks on November 22, 2023, at Filmakademie

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 November 22, 2023, at 18:30 CET at Albrecht-Ade Studio (Animationsinstitut / Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg), Akademiehof 10, 71638 Ludwigsburg. 

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

Program Schedule:

USD Project Workflows“ | Paul Golter, Technical Directing, Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg

This talk is about the USD pipeline of the diploma project “Underwater” at Animationsinstitut. This talk will not focus on theoretical USD concepts, but rather show how to structure a project with USD. You will learn how to create assets and shots with the USD and how all USD data is organized on the hard drive.

„Unreal Nerfs“ | Max Schmiererb.ReX

The polygon is dead, long live the polygon? Gaussian Splatting is on everyone’s lips, whether for “digital twins” of real film sets or as a creative way to create assets for virtual worlds. But how exactly do these “Gaussian Splats” work – and what are the limits of the technology? Can they be combined with conventional technologies? In this short talk, we will delve deeper into the topic and take a look at what is already possible with a real-time engine like Unreal.

„Projectionmapping & Künstliche Intelligenz“ | Maximilian PfistererFrischvergiftung

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. Today, the Stuttgart-based studio is giving us some insights and providing keywords to get started.

Infoflyer (PDF)

TechTalks Stuttgart is an initiative of the following institutions:

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

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Symposium „Unlocked – Gaming öffnet Kultur“

Screenshot https://unlocked-symposium.de/

From November 9 to 11, 2023, the symposium “Unlocked – Gaming öffnet Kultur” will bring together different players from cultural education and the gaming industry and network them with each other. Keynote speeches, panel discussions and practical workshops will address connections, possible applications and future-oriented education methods in practice and make them tangible. At the conference, three fundamental aspects will be addressed, which have an essential influence on the connection between gaming and culture: Accessibility, Collaboration and Experience. The aim of the symposium is a lively discourse about the future of the physical place ‘museum’, about interactive possibilities in cultural education and about the chances that such an exhibition can mean for the role of the visitor.

Some HEROES of the AMCRS are also among the speakers – Jan Pinkava, Head of Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg’s Animationsinstitut, and Anna Katharina Brinkschulte, Senior Lecturer Interactive Media at Animationsinstitut as well as Sebastian König, Interaction Designer and Technical Artist halbautomaten.

All speakers | Full program

Location: Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart, Neubau II, Am Weißenhof 1 / 70191 Stuttgart

Participation in the event is free of charge, pre-registration is requested. Further information at https://unlocked-symposium.de/.

The symposium “Unlocked – Gaming öffnet Kultur” is organized by “Inkubator”, the class for basic design and experimental design of the ABK Stuttgart, and the Linden-Museum Stuttgart and co-curated by Studio finster3000.

Call for Entries for the German Animation Screenplay Award at ITFS 2024!

ITFS Trickstars (Photo: Reiner Pfisterer)

The Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS, April 23-28, 2024) is calling for entries for the German Animation Screenplay Award – the best screenplay for a feature-length animated film not yet realized. And we, the AMCRS, are the proud sponsor of the prize money of 2,500 €!

In 2023, the award for the best screenplay went to CLARISSA, Screenplay: John Chambers, Production: XFilme Creative Pool GmbH, Producer: Uwe Schott

In addition, the ITFS will award the prize for the screenplay with the greatest international market potential. The prize is endowed with 1,500 € and donated by Pink Parrot.

The awards aim to promote excellent screenplays for German animated feature film projects in German and English language as well as promising authors, and to highlight the importance of professional screenwriting.

The closing date for both awards is February 1, 2024.

Application and Reglement (in German)

Next Stuttgart Animation Meetup on October 24, 2023

The next Stuttgart Animation Meetup will take place on Tuesday, October 24, 2023, from 19:30 CET at Flora & Fauna (U-Bahn Mineralbäder). Let’s talk, drink and connect the regional industry!

The Meetup is open to everyone – whether student, senior artist, newcomer or animation fan! Here, everyone can chat about the industry, connect with each other, and whoever wants can scribble cartoons and characters with the others.

Tell your friends and colleagues!

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/stuttanimmeetup/ 
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/329784908362059   
Whatsapp Community https://chat.whatsapp.com/HBy916VD5LpG9v2MGS9LGm
Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/hkr1dv

Julia, Michael and Kris are looking forward to seeing you!

M.A.R.K. 13’s Dominique Schuchmann in short film series Digithoughts

In the short film series Digithoughts, the Stuttgart Region Economic Development Corporation (Wirtschaftsförderung Region Stuttgart) regularly presents people from the creative and digital industries in the Stuttgart Region who provide insights into their thoughts on digitization.

Guest of the latest episode is Dominique Schuchmann, founder and CEO of our HEROES from The M.A.R.K.13™-Group.

Check it out!

DOK Premiere: Oskar Fischinger – Musik für die Augen

Oskar Fischinger and his wife Elfriede Fischinger are important pioneers for advertising and animated film in Germany. As early as the 1920s, Oskar Fischinger combined abstract shapes and colors with music in short films. Based on an interview with his wife, the documentary by Harald Pulch and Ralf Ott reconstructs the couple’s life’s work. Numerous of their films were digitally restored for this purpose. The Fischingers created experimental masterpieces for the screen, such as the well-known advertising film “Muratti greift ein,” in which cigarettes march to the beat of classical music. Oskar Fischinger is considered one of the pioneers of the digital present and an innovative designer of moving images. His films are the precursors of modern music videos and his influences can still be felt today.

The Haus des Dokumentarfilms  presents the DOK premiere of OSKAR FISCHINGER – MUSIK FÜR DIE AUGEN (MUSIC FOR THE EYES) in the presence of the two directors. The curators Goggo Gensch (Stuttgart) and Kay Hoffmann (Ludwigsburg) from the Haus des Dokumentarfilms will lead through the cinema evening and the audience discussion.

Tuesday, October 17, 2023, 18:15 CET, Atelier am Bollwerk, Stuttgart Information and Tickets
Wednesday, October 18, 2023, 19:30 CET, Caligari Kino, Ludwigsburg
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Jobs at Merz Akademie

Our HEROES at Merz Akademie have two positions available for immediate hire.

AV/Event Technology Specialist (Fachkraft für AV-/Veranstaltungstechnik) (m/f/d, 80 %) – Job advertisement

Technical Manager (Technische Leitung) (f/m/d, 50 %) – Job advertisement

The application deadline for both positions is October 15, 2023. Apply now by e-mail via personal@merz-akademie.de!

Interactive swarm simulation, student project, Jan-Filip Kvrgic, Merz Akademie (2021)

HFM × Arthaus with Loving Vincent

Image: Breakthru Films

On Wednesday, October 11 at 20:00 CET, the HFM – Haus für Film und Medien Stuttgart e.V. will show the animated masterpiece “Loving Vincent” as part of the event series HFM X Arthaus in the Atelier am Bollwerk / Arthaus Filmtheater Stuttgart GmbH (Hohe Str. 26, 70176 Stuttgart).

The event will be moderated by Uwe Schmitz-Gielsdorf (former managing director of the Film- und Medienfestival gGmbH), guest will be Thomas Meyer-Hermann (animated film producer and director, Studio Filmbilder Stuttgart).

More information and tickets

M.A.R.K. 13’s Hitchhikers Guide to Animation, VFX, Motion Graphics and beyond. at Innenstadtkinos Stuttgart

Dominique Schuchmann, Owner and Executive Producer The M.A.R.K.13-Group, will give an insight behind the scenes of the animation film industry in a presentation at the Innenstadtkinos Stuttgart (EM2, Königstr. 22 / Ecke Bolzstr. 4). on October 26, 2023, 18:30 CET.

Animation, cartoons, CGI – terms related to animated motion pictures that you may have heard before but can’t quite place. In the Stuttgart region, there are several companies that operate globally in these fields and are part of many film productions that we regularly experience in theaters, advertisements, or promotional films. Dominique Schuchmann takes the audience on a cinematic journey into the world of animated motion picture production, providing insight into what each term means, showcasing various applications, and illustrating their implementation through examples. It’s a glimpse behind the scenes of what’s happening in the world of film in the Stuttgart region.It’s going to be colorful, vibrant, and fun.

In cooperation with the Katholisches Bildungswerk Stuttgart, Evang. Bildungszentrum Hospitalhof Stuttgart

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TechTalks presentations online!

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 two presentations of the TechTalks on March 28, 2023 at Das Gutbrod celebrate their YouTube premiere!

Winkelauflösung einer simulierten Lichtfeldanzeige. (Angular resolution of a simulated light field display.) | Sophie Kergaßner, Audiovisual Media (M. Eng.) at Stuttgart Media University
Sophie Kergaßner is currently working on her master’s thesis at Stuttgart Media University. In this context, she recently published a paper on “Evaluating the angular resolution of a simulated light field display with regard to three-dimensionality, motion parallax and visual experience“.

Online premiere on October 2, 2023, 12:00 CET:

„VFX Creature Rigging und Simulation. (VFX Creature Rigging and Simulation.)“ | Lukas Kapp, Freelance Creature TD // Student at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg
Lukas Kapp studies Technical Directing at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg’s Animationsinstitut. He presents his work on creature rigging and simulation for the Ghoul project (VES Award 2023 for “Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project”). As part of his research at Filmakademie, he is also working on the use of artificial intelligence for rigging tasks.

YouTube premiere on October 2, 2023, 12:00 CET:

TechTalks Stuttgart is an initiative of the following institutions: Animation Media Cluster Region Stuttgart | MFG Baden-Württemberg | Film Commission Region Stuttgart Hochschule der Medien Stuttgart | Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg | Animationsinstitut

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Unreal Megameetup Stuttgart #5 on September 28 at b.Rex

Our HEROES from b.Rex invite to their fifth Unreal Megameetup Stuttgart. This time you can try out numerous exhibits and present your own projects on the Open Stage. Additionally, networking will be in the foreground, as always. A short guest presentation will be given by Kaleidoscube, who will talk about their project “A Juggler’s Tale” (winner of the German Computer Game Award and the Epic MegaGrants).

Food (also vegetarian) and drinks will be provided by b.rex. Entertainment will be provided by their pinball and retro arcade machines. Weather permitting, the event will be held outside in the backyard and they will have a barbecue!

The Unreal Megameetup Stuttgart #5 will take place on September 28, 2023, 17:45 to 19:45 CET, at b.Rex, Reinsburgstraße 96/1, 70197 Stuttgart-West.

More information and registration

Next Stuttgart Animation Meetup on September 26, 2023!

The 16. Stuttgart Animation Meetup will take place on Tuesday, September 26, 2023, from 19:30 CET at Flora & Fauna (U-Bahn Mineralbäder). Let’s talk, drink and connect the regional industry!

The Meetup is open to everyone – whether student, senior artist, newcomer or animation fan! Here, everyone can chat about the industry, connect with each other, and whoever wants can scribble cartoons and characters with the others.

Tell your friends and colleagues!

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/stuttanimmeetup/ 
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/329784908362059   
Whatsapp Community https://chat.whatsapp.com/HBy916VD5LpG9v2MGS9LGm
Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/hkr1dv

Julia, Michael and Kris are looking forward to seeing you!

31st Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film calls for entries!

Photo: Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film, Reiner Pfisterer

The 31st Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS) will take place from April 23 to 28, 2024. The festival (organized by Film- und Medienfestival gGmbH) focuses on artistic animated film as well as innovative interactive and transmedia works. Comprehensive film and competition programs as well as curated supporting programs guarantee exciting and extraordinary inspirations and insights.

Films completed after October 1, 2022 can now be submitted to the following competitions:

Submission Deadline: December 1, 2023:
International Competition – International competition for animated short films
Young Animation – International student film competition for animated short films
Tricks for Kids – International competition for animated short films and series for children
Trickstar Nature Award – Competition for animated short films that deal with the topics of climate protection, biodiversity, the environment and sustainability

Submission Deadline: January 17, 2024:
AniMovie – International competition for animated films of feature length

Entry forms and regulations

Source: Press Release

New AMCRS IP Presentation Forum on October 10! 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 seventh time on October 10, 2023. 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!

Download flyer (PDF)

Register until October 5, 2023! Registration via: contact@amcrs.de

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

Organized by AMCRS

Symposium INPUT/OUTPUT – Impulses, Exchange, Story Market

The Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg is pleased to announce the two-day symposium INPUT/OUTPUT – Impulses, Exchange, Story Market, which will take place on Monday, October 9, and Tuesday, October 10, 2023, at the Filmakademie (Albrecht Ade Studio, Akademiehof 10, 71638 Ludwigsburg). The newly designed English-language symposium combines an impulse event (input) with an idea exchange (output) for industry, students and alumni. The focus will be on the exchange between technology and film.

The first day will be rounded off by a panel discussion on the topic of “Interfaces between real and animated film“. Guests will be the new head of Animationsinstitut, Oscar winner Jan Pinkava, and Filmakademie alumnus and producer Jochen Laube. The panel discussion will be moderated by Prof. Thomas Schadt, director of Filmakademie. The symposium will be moderated by Gerhard Maier, artistic director of the renowned Seriencamp Festival & Conference, which has been held annually since 2015.

Further information and registration

Organizers: Film Commission Region Stuttgart, Filmakademie BW

Pre Fixe with Animation Lounge on October 9 about SYMBLINGS

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), at which speakers from the animation film scene report on current projects using practical examples and provide insights into their work.

On October 9, 2023 at 18:00 CET, Lennard Fricke, Dominik Girod, Sylvia Jorde, Anita Kerbel and Caroline Keulertz will be presenting their project SYMBLINGS. Across different courses of study, they have come together in their third year at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg’s Animationsinstitut.

Symblings

SYMBLINGS was initially their semester project as part of “Anifilm/Aniplay”, before they decided to expand the world and the story further and develop a 2D Metroidvania game. The game is about a contaminated and doomed world, where plants and mushrooms are separated by a bitter enmity. In the midst of this conflict, the Symbling, a symbiosis of a chestnut and a mushroom, tries to reunite the two hostile worlds in order to save the world.

With SYMBLINGS the team set the cornerstone of their company, which they have now founded parallel to their studies.

Team of the Game „SYMBLINGS“ | Photo: Filmakademie BW

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

More info here

New Funding Program for Gamification and Animation Media

The Ministry of Economics, Labor and Tourism Baden-Württemberg has launched a new funding call.

With the funding program “KMU-Transfer KREATIV – Gamification und Animation Media“, the Ministry of Economics promotes the cooperation of companies from the fields of gamification, animation media and other 3D technologies with companies from other industries. The funding program is intended to support SMEs in improving existing business models or making them more resilient, opening up new product developments and markets, and strengthening innovation and competitiveness. Companies from Baden-Württemberg with up to 250 employees are eligible to apply.

With the new funding program, we are supporting small and medium-sized enterprises in the application of gamification, animation and other 3D technologies to make them fit for the future,” said Minister of Economic Affairs Dr. Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut.

Applications can be submitted from now until November 10, 2023. More information on the funding program and the application documents can be found here (in German): https://wm.baden-wuerttemberg.de/de/service/foerderprogramme-und-aufrufe/liste-foerderprogramme/kmu-transfer-kreativ-gamification-und-animation-media

The Merz Akademie expands the AMCRS!

Project Partners from the University of Konstanz visiting the VR Lab at Merz Akademie, 2023, copyright: E. Böker, CASCB

The university area of the AMCRS is expanding! We are very pleased to welcome the Merz Akademie – University of Applied Arts, Design and Media from Stuttgart as new HEROES in our network!

The Merz Akademie positions itself as an innovative place of learning between a classical art academy, a design university and a aculty of humanities. Their focus areas are film and video, new media and visual communication with a special emphasis on theory and cultural studies.  

Read more about the Merz Akademie here!

Animation movie for the Herd Hover Project, CASCB, Konstanz (2022)

Jobs at Film und Medienfestival gGmbH

ITFS (Photo: Reiner Pfisterer)

The Film- und Medienfestival gGmbH (FMF), based in Stuttgart, organizes the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS) and – together with the FMX – Film & Media Exchange – the Animation Production Days (APDs). The three events take place annually at the end of April/beginning of May in Stuttgart. Their common task is the sustainable development and long-term strengthening of the creative region of Stuttgart and the media location of Baden – Württemberg.

Check out their open positions (all m/f/d):

Artistic Managing Director (Künstlerische Leitung mit Geschäftsführungsfunktion) Job Description (German)

Head of Communication (Leitung Kommunikation)Job Description (German)

Employee Program Organization (Mitarbeiter*in Programmorganisation)Job Description (German)

Apply now!

All open positions at FMF

Jobs at Filmakademie’s Animationsinstitut!

Photo: Animationsinstitut, Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg

The Animationsinstitut of Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg offers job opportunities for different career levels. Apply now!

Head of Finance (m/f/d) – Job Advertisement

Employee (m/f/d) in Science Communication Research & Development – Job Advertisement

Employee (m/f/d) for Communication and Press FMX – Job Advertisement

Employee (m/f/d) in the Production Department – Job Advertisement

Specialist (m/f/d) in Technology (IT) in Digital Post-Production – Job Advertisement

Trainee (m/f/d) Study Coordination – Job Advertisement

Trainee (m/f/d) Production/International Producing – Job Advertisement

All open positions at Animationsinstitut

Games BW at Gamescom 2023 – with Pixelcloud!

Gamescom 2022 – MFG Games BW joint booth The Länd | Photo: Tobias Vollmer Fotografie

Since 2013, MFG Baden-Württemberg has been organizing a joint booth in the business area of Gamescom in Cologne (Business Area Hall 4.1, Booth C64). The exhibiting games companies have the opportunity to present their latest developments to the trade visitors and to establish contacts with the international games scene. For the second time, the 2023 event will be held under the motto “THE LÄND – Games made in Baden-Württemberg”.

Among the games companies from Baden-Württemberg represented there are also our HEROES from Pixelcloud!

On August 24, a Baden-Württemberg reception will take place at the THE LÄND booth starting at 13:30 CET.

To make it possible to experience the diversity of game productions from the southwest of Germany, MFG invites all trade visitors to the Publisher Pitch Pitch & Rise: Hangover Edition on August 25 from 10:00 to 12:30 CET at THE LÄND joint booth. At this pitch, selected game developers from Baden-Württemberg will meet publishers eager to make new discoveries. More info

Further information here

The trade fair appearance is supported by the Ministry of Economics, Labor and Tourism Baden-Württemberg. Partner of the Games BW joint booth is the K³ Kultur- und Kreativwirtschaftsbüro of the city of Karlsruhe.

Impressions of the joint booth at Gamescom 2022:

b.Rex are hiring!

Intelligent Cycling – Gamified Indoor Cycling Platform (b.Rex)

Our HEROES at b.Rex have several positions available:

Senior Full Stack Developer (m/f/d), permanent position in full time Job description (German)

Digital Project Management or Interactive Production (m/f/d), permanent position in full time Job description

Unreal Engine Developer (m/f/d), permanent position in full time Job description

Apply now and become part of their wonderful team!

All open positions at b.Rex

Sola Media in German Films Quarterly Portrait

Solveig Langeland, Johannes Busse © Samuel Ramm, 2022 (Screenshot germanfilmsquarterly.de)

Our HEROES from Sola Media, Solveig Langeland (Managing Director) and Johannes Busse (Head of Sales), were interviewed by German Films for the latest issue of German Films Quarterly on the occasion of Sola Media’s 20th anniversary next year. Read more about their work and projects: https://germanfilmsquarterly.de/portrait_sola_media_gfq.html

German Films Quarterly 2-3 / 2023 as PDF

15. Stuttgart Animation Meetup on July 25, 2023

The next Stuttgart Animation Meetup will take place on Tuesday, July 25, 2023, from 19:30 CET at Flora & Fauna (U-Bahn Mineralbäder). Let’s talk, drink and connect the regional industry!

The Meetup is open to everyone – whether student, senior artist or newcomer. Here everyone can chat about the industry, connect with each other, and whoever wants can scribble cartoons and characters with the others.

Tell your friends and colleagues!

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/stuttanimmeetup/ 
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/329784908362059   
Whatsapp Community https://chat.whatsapp.com/HBy916VD5LpG9v2MGS9LGm
Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/hkr1dv

Filmakademie diploma film JUICE in Student Academy Awards 2023 semifinals!

Film still “Juice”, Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg

Last week, the semi-finalists for the Student Academy Awards 2023 were announced in four categories. Among them is a diploma film from Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg‘s Animationinstitut! In the “Alternative/Experimental” category “SAFT” (“JUICE”) has made it to the next round.

The animated short film (Animation Director: Mona Keil, Producer: Isabella Braun, Concept/Design: Nele Seifert, Technical Directing: Paulo Scatena, Editing: Revan Sarikaya, Animation: Arne Hain, Production Design: Nele Seifert, Production Company: Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg) is about a bunch of round succulent and moist creatures that share their world with pesky little bugs, but one day, they squash them all. In response the creatures start to run dry. More about the film

We keep our fingers crossed! The Student Academy Awards 2023 finalists will be announced in mid-August, with the ceremony taking place in October.

Announcement on oscars.org

2nd EMIL call open!

VPET Unreal (Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg)

EMIL’s second call for proposals is now open until August 14, 2023! They will be supporting innovative XR projects with funding between 250.000 to 500.000 € and expertise including access to infrastructure. Check out the details on how to apply and eligibility on emil-xr.eu/open-calls/

About EMIL:
The European Media and Immersion Lab EMIL is a pan-European XR Lab network composed of four major European academic institutions – Aalto University in Finland, Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg / Animationsinstitut in Germany, Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Spain and University of Bath in England, with a mission to accelerate development of virtual, augmented and mixed reality technologies, content, services and applications.

More information https://emil-xr.eu/about/

If you want to find out more about the selected FSTP projects from the first call, make sure to check out https://emil-xr.eu/call-1-projects-selected/

Pompeu Fabra University
Pompeu Fabra University
Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg

EMMY Nominations for Accenture Song and Pixomondo!

“Shadow And Bone” | Image: Accenture Song

There was great excitement among our AMCRS HEROES Accenture Song and Pixomondo – and among us, too – at the announcement of the 2023 Emmy Awards nominations on July 12!

In the “Outstanding Special Visual Effects In A Single Episode” category Accenture Song got a nomination for “The Nevers – It’s A Good Day” (with Visual Effects Supervisor Emmanuel Fuchs) and for “Shadow And Bone – Rusalye” (with their former VFX Supervisor Juri Stanossek).

In the “Outstanding Special Visual Effects In A Season Or A Movie” category Pixomondo was nominated for “House Of The Dragon” (with Sven Martin, Sebastian Meszmann, Mark Spindler, Mark Dauth and others).

All three projects were funded by MFG Medien- und Filmgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg mbHMFG Press Release (German)

The 75th Emmys will be awarded on Monday, September 18, 2023, in Los Angeles. We are keeping our fingers crossed!

All nominations on the Emmy Awards website

Diploma Showroom 2023 at Animationsinstitut

On Friday, July 21, 2023, Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg‘s Animationsinstitut will introduce you to this year`s Animation, Interactive Media, and Motion Design diploma projects. Meet the graduates of 2023 and join them on the campus of the Filmakademie. Enjoy some food, have a drink, and stroll around an arts and crafts market by the students!

Program:
16:00-21:00 CET: Diploma Showroom
16:00_23:00 CET: Arts & Craft Market

Location: Animationsinstitut/Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, Akademiehof 10, 71638 Ludwigsburg, Germany

More information: https://animationsinstitut.de/en/beyond-study/diplomashowroom

RECOM FILM are looking for a Senior Compositing Artist (m/f/d)

Our HEROES from RECOM FILM are hiring: They are looking for a motivated and experienced Senior Compositing Artist (m/f/d) in a permanent position, start as soon as possible.

RECOM FILM produce moving image for the entire spectrum of media. As a full service production company, they take care of both real film and photo productions as well as high-end full CG post productions.

Learn more about this and other positions at RECOM FILM here: https://www.recom-film.de/career/

b.ReX at the KI-Festival Heilbronn

Joseph von Fraunhofer

Our HEROES from b.ReX will be exhibitors at the KI-Festival in Heilbronn, on July 1 and 2, 2023, which offers the opportunity to “meet AI experts, experience enthusiasm and share concerns in a festival atmosphere”!

They will present the AI project “Joseph von Fraunhofer“: In the employee competition, the idea of a virtual company founder was created: Joseph von Fraunhofer. The conception of the avatar is based on paintings, written documents and his death mask. In the lobby of the Stuttgart Fraunhofer Institutes, the avatar conducts conversations, supported by GPT-4 and NVIDIA’s “Audio 2 Face” technology. Since 2022, employees and guests have been interacting with the virtual founder to better understand the connection between science and industry through Fraunhofer.

More about the KI-Festival

When: July 1 and 2, 2023, 12:00 to 20:00 CET

Where: Zukunftspark Wohlgelegen, 74076 Heilbronn, Germany.

Admission is free.

GAMESTATE Festival BW 2023

GAMESTATE Festival BW 2022

The GAMESTATE Festival BW on July 14 brings together professional developers, students and career changers from Baden-Württemberg to strengthen the local exchange within the games industry and to highlight future development opportunities.

A broad spectrum of talks, roundtables, a panel discussion as well as a party at the end offer many opportunities for intensive exchange and networking.

By the way: Our HEROES will also be there – Dominik Schön (Managing Director Kaleidoscube) will talk from 16:30 to 17:00 about “Navigating the Publisher Maze: Was wir bei der Publisher-Suche gelernt haben“.

See the full program here www.gamestate-bw.de

When: July 14, 2023, 14:00 to 23:00 CET

Where: Kulturwerk, Ostendstraße 106A, 70188 Stuttgart, Germany

Organizer: MFG Baden-Württemberggame Baden-Württemberg

The event is free of charge, please register by July 7, 2023 here (button on the top right).

14. Stuttgart ANIMATION MEETUP on June 27, 2023!

The next Stuttgart Animation Meetup will take place on Tuesday, June 27, 2023, from 19:30 CET at Flora & Fauna (U-Bahn Mineralbäder). Let’s talk, drink and connect the regional industry!

The Meetup is open to everyone – whether student, senior artist or newcomer.
Here everyone can chat about the industry, connect with each other, and whoever wants can scribble cartoons and characters with the others.

Tell your friends and colleagues!

Facebook Event
Stuttgart Animation Meetup onLinkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/stuttanimmeetup/ 
Stuttgart Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/329784908362059   
Animation Meetup Whatsapp Community https://chat.whatsapp.com/HBy916VD5LpG9v2MGS9LGm

There is also a newsletter with all the new dates (also for the Germany-wide Online Meetup), job postings and other news from the industry. You can subscribe here: http://eepurl.com/hkr1dv

Digitalgipfel Wirtschaft 4.0 BW 2023

The Digitalgipfel Wirtschaft 4.0 BW (Digital Summit Economy 4.0 BW) 2023 presents valuable impulses around the topic of digitization and the latest future technologies under the motto NEW PATTERNS TO GO DIGITAL. Beginners and professionals in digitization, traditional industries and high-tech startups, multipliers, science and companies are all welcome.

It will take place on Thursday, June 22, 2023 from 9:00-18:00 CET at Porsche Arena, Mercedesstraße 69, 70372 Stuttgart. Admission is free, but registration is requested via https://digitalgipfelbw-2023-anmeldung.de/en.html.

The program includes presentations by top-class speakers on several stages, topic-specific workshop sessions with experts, and numerous networking opportunities.

Of course, our HEROES will part of it, too!

Speaker (complete program)

14:45 CET – THE METAVERSE AND BEYOND – UNLEASHING THE POWER OF IMMERSIVE TECHNOLOGIES
Steffen Bärenfänger, Global Creative Lead Mackevision

16:45 CET – ANIMATIONEN, VIRTUELLE PRODUKTION UND VISUELLE EFFEKTE MADE IN BADEN-WÜRTTEMBERG
Carl Bergengruen, CEO MFG – Medien und Filmgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg

16:55 EXTENDED REALITY IN FILM, VFX UND ANIMATION – WIE WERDEN DIGITALISIERUNG UND TECHNOLOGISCHE INNOVATION DIE INHALTE VON MORGEN BEEINFLUSSEN?
Prof. Volker Helzle, Head of R&D Animationsinstitut at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg

Workshops (complete program):

14:00-16:00 Uhr Impulse mit Expertengespräch zu virtuellen Räumen für Begegnungskommunikation
Christian Laurin (Head of Production), inverve studios, Gerald Bumann (CEO Strategy & Consulting), Stoll von Gáti, and Marc Schleiss (Creative Director / Head of media creation), jangled nerves
The workshop is organized by MFG Baden-Württemberg with the Animation Media Cluster Region Stuttgart and supported by the Referat IKT und Kreativwirtschaft des Ministeriums für Wirtschaft, Arbeit und Tourismus Baden-Württemberg.
More info: https://kreativ.mfg.de/veranstaltungen/detailseite/1664-digitalgipfel-2023-wirtschaft-40-bw/

Moro info on the Digitalgipfel Wirtschaft 4.0 BW: https://digitalgipfelbw-2023.de/de/

Registration: https://digitalgipfelbw-2023-anmeldung.de/en.html

The Animationsinstitut at Annecy 2023

Dodo, image: FABW

The Annecy Festival 2023 (June 11-17, 2023) is currently taking place – and the Animationsinstitut of the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg is right in the middle of it! A large number of students of the institute is on site, talking to industry professionals and colleagues, and attending screenings.

This year, the short films DODO (Producer: Jiayan Chen, Director: Yi Luo, Animation: Oscar Bittner, Sarah Schulz, Laura Staab, Sabine Volkert) and MAKULATOUR (Director/Score: Tim Markgraf), produced at the Animationsinstitut, are part of the official student competition. Fingers crossed!

Makulatour, image: FABW

The new Head of the Animationsinstitut, Jan Pinkava, is attending Annecy Festival. At this year’s German Reception (Tuesday, June 13, 18:00-20:00 CET, by invitation, organized by AG Animationsfilm, AG Kurzfilm, Animation Germany, AMCRS, Animations Production Days, Animationsinstitut, FMX, German Films, ITFS, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, MFG Baden-Wuerttemberg), he will give an introductory speech.

On Wednesday, June 14, starting at 15:00 CET, there will be an Animationsinstitut picnic at Jardins de l’Europe, Annecy. Come around!

2. AMCRS Reel Talk at jangled nerves!

On June 21, 2023 at 17 CET, the AMCRS REEL TALK will take place for the second 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 contact@amcrs.de.

Read more about the first AMCRS Reel Talk!

Head of Organization (m/f/d) wanted for Film und Medienfestival gGmbH!

The Film- und Medienfestival gGmbH (FMF) – organizer of the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS) and Raumwelten as well as co-organizer of the  Animation Production Days (APDs) – is looking for a Head of Organization (m/f/d) (parental leave replacement (initially for 2 years) in full-time (40 hours per week)) from September 1, 2023!

Tasks include :
Overall control of the organization of the ITFS, taking into account different venues and program points (cinema, open air, tricks for kids, supporting programs, etc.)
Control of service providers, staff and cooperation partners
Budget responsibility and personnel management
Control of the conception and realization of graphic and print products
Coordination of evening events/galas such as opening ceremonies and award ceremonies

Click here for the job description (German)! (PDF)

GERMANY ANIMATION MEETUP on June 15 in Annecy

For the first time, the GERMANY ANIMATION MEETUP will be taking place in person! And where better than at the International Animated Film Festival in Annecy (June 11-17, 2023)?

The Animation Meetup will take place during the week of the festival on Thursday, June 15, 2023 from 12.00 to 14.00 CET on the beachfront “Plage d’Albigny”.

If you have a picnic blanket, feel free to bring it. Food and drinks can be bought from the nearby Restaurant La Maison du Lac and La Trinquette.

To keep up with potential changes and to share with your friends, try following one of their channels:

Join our Whatsapp Community / GAM group: https://chat.whatsapp.com/CO0GUeQ8i4TE3ELtUuKoo1

Subscribe for their newsletter: http://eepurl.com/hkr1dv

Linkedin Event: https://lnkd.in/eBKx-CUr

The Meetup is open to all – whether you’re a student, senior artist or trying to break in. Here everyone can chat about the industry, connect with each other and occasionally draw and sketch together. Please share with your friends and colleagues!

Heike Mozer is the new Managing Director of FMF!

Press release, Stuttgart, May 31, 2023

Film- und Medienfestival gGmbH (FMF), which primarily organises the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS), has staff news: Heike Mozer will take over the commercial management as of 1 June 2023. She succeeds Uwe Schmitz-Gielsdorf, who has been managing FMF on an interim basis since October 2022.

In Heike Mozer, we have found a competent managing director for Film- und Medienfestival gGmbH who, thanks to her expertise and many years of experience, is perfectly familiar with the animation and culture scenes in the region. I am certain that she will fill the motto ‘We are the heart of animation, where public and creators meet’ with life and thus further strengthen the ITFS in the future,” says Dr. Walter Rogg, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Film- und Medienfestival gGmbH and Managing Director of Wirtschaftsförderung Region Stuttgart GmbH (WRS).

Heike Mozer has a degree in administration and has been working at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg since 1991, where she took over the commercial management of Animationsinstitut in 2002. At the same time, she contributed to the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film in the field of event management from 1991 to 1998 and was project manager of FMX – Film & Media Exchange between 2015 and 2020. She is thus experienced in the realisation of large-scale events and very well-connected in the regional, national, and international animation scenes.

To welcome the world of animated film in all its facets and to create personal encounters between audiences and artists – that is what I am looking forward to. With the competent team at my side, I am also looking forward to further develop the ITFS and guide it into the future,” says Mozer.

Jan Pinkava, new head of the Animationsinstitut at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg as of 1 June 2023: “I am very happy for Heike Mozer and the entire Film- und Medienfestival gGmbH. This is not only great news for the FMF, but also a good basis for stronger cooperation between ITFS, FMX and of course Animationsinstitut, as together we want to further cultivate and expand the culture of animation in the region. The Film- und Medienfestival gGmbH could not be in better hands and I look forward to working with Heike Mozer in the months and years to come. The heart of animation is beating strong in Stuttgart and Ludwigsburg!

Complete Press release

DOKVILLE 2023: Medien und Diversität

The Haus des Dokumentarfilms – Europäisches Medienforum Stuttgart e.V. (HDF) organizes its annual industry event DOKVILLE on June 15 and 16, 2023, at the Stuttgarter Hospitalhof (Büchsenstr. 33, 70174 Stuttgart). It is aimed at documentary filmmakers, journalists, representatives of broadcasters and associations as well as the interested public. For participants who cannot be on site, the event will be broadcast as a livestream. The focus of DOKVILLE are documentaries and documentary series.

How do our media outlets implement the demand for diversity and variety? What about discrimination and lack of representation in the documentary industry? And what about the diversity of opinions? Unquestioned framings, cliché traps, and the portrayal of majorities as supposed minorities – even documentary productions are not immune to the uncritical adoption of prejudices and preconceived patterns. DOKVILLE discusses the need for action.

Further information and tickets on www.dokville.de

Source: Press release and website

13. Stuttgart ANIMATION MEETUP on May 23, 2023!

The next Stuttgart Animation Meetup will take place on Tuesday, May 23, 2023, from 19:30 CET at Flora & Fauna (U-Bahn Mineralbäder). Meeting point is outside near the tables. Let’s talk, drink and connect the regional industry!

The Meetup is open to everyone – whether student, senior artist or newcomer.
Here everyone can chat about the industry, connect with each other, and whoever wants can scribble cartoons and characters with the others.

Facebook Event: https://fb.me/e/4fOVickbQ
Tell your friends and colleagues!
Join the Stuttgart Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/329784908362059

There is also a newsletter with all the new dates (also for the Germany-wide Online Meetup), job postings and other news from the industry. You can subscribe here: http://eepurl.com/hkr1dv

Thank you to our HEROES!

We’d like to take a moment to express our deep and genuine appreciation – not only on the occasion of the incredible time we had at FMX – Film & Media ExchangeStuttgart International Festival of Animated Film and Animation Production Days (APDs), with so many wonderful encounters. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, to all our amazing HEROES who have always supported us and made sure that we could grow like this.

Our Cluster Manager Stefanie Larson couldn’t be happier with the diverse group of VFX, animation, games & interactive studios, universities & academies, and events who make up our network. We’ve been fortunate to connect with so many experts in the fields of film, art, creativity, business, technology, research & development, and all things multi- and intermedial. You’re all truly amazing, and we’re so glad to have you with us!

Bringing the real world into a virtual environment

The Container City at Stuttgart’s Nordbahnhof, an area used by creative professionals with studios, rehearsal rooms and stages, will be demolished at the end of 2023. Our HEROES from the Research & Development department of Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg’s Animationsinstitut and b.rex GmbH have teamed up with Third Picture GbR and digitally captured the Container City as part of a research project to make it accessible through VR technology in the digital world and to preserve it as a cultural site. A groundbreaking project to help bring real and fantasy worlds into the metaverse!

The TV magazine NANO reported about it on the 3Sat channel in their issue of April 25, 2023. Watch it here!

Studio Soi’s “Trudes Flatmate – Glückshof” receives Special Mention at ITFS 2023

The winners of the Tricks for Kids competition for animated short films for children at the 30th Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film have been announced! The prize was awarded at the TREFFPUNKT ROTEBÜHLPLATZ of vhs stuttgart on Saturday, April 29. The winning film was chosen by a children’s jury. In addition, the audience favourite of the Tricks for Kids competition was honoured with the Tricks for Kids Audience Award. 

The Award for the best children’s animated film (with a cash prize of 4,000 €, sponsored by Studio 100 Media) went to Elegy of Elefant, Director: Sergio Lu, China 2022.

Our HEROES from Studio Soi received a Special Mention for Trudes Tier – Glückshof by Klaus Morschheuser!

Trudes Flatmate – Glückshof, Studio Soi

Trude and the flatmate are going on a picnic trip. The flatmate already pilfers some sausages from the picnic basket. When the two of them get stuck in a traffic jam and halt next to a cattle truck, the flatmate is struck by pity for the porr pigs. And when Trude explains to him, what sausages are made of, the flatmate makes up his mind: He has to do something about this!

More about Trudes Flatmate

The Award for the audience’s favourite of the ITFS Children’s Film Festival (with a cash prize of 1,500 €, sponsored by L-Bank) was won by Les Astres Immobiles (Immobile Stars), Directors: Noémi Gruner, Séléna Picque, France 2022.

Congratulations to everyone involved!

Source: Press Release ITFS

The AMCRS HEROES @ ITFS on Sunday, April 30, 2023!

ITFS Trickstars (Photo: Reiner Pfisterer)

The last day of a week full of events and inspiration, great meetings with old and new friends, an incredible amount of new background knowledge about current developments in art, technology and research, hopefully many new project ideas and collaborations and above all films, games and other media projects and experiences has almost arrived! We hope you’ve made it this far – here come the events our AMCRS HEROES are involved in at the ITFS on Sunday, April 30, 2023. We are keeping our fingers crossed for all nominees for the grand ITFS 2023 award ceremony!

15:00 CET
ITFS Gloria 2
School Presentation: Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg & Animationsinstitut
https://www.itfs.de/en/events/school-presentation-filmakademie-baden-wuerttemberg-animationsinstitut/

11:30 CET
ITFS Gloria 1
International Competition 5 (Rep.)
Dealing With War (Andreas Hykade, Studio Film Bilder, Animationsinstitut)
https://www.itfs.de/en/events/international-competition-5-rep/

13:00 CET
ITFS Cinema
Shattering the Glass Ceiling – Empowering Women in the Animation Industry
Kate Forsdick, M.A.R.K. 13
https://www.itfs.de/en/events/master-class-shattering-the-glass-ceiling-empowering-women-in-the-animation-industry/

19:00 CET
ITFS Gloria 1
ITFS 2023 Awards Ceremony
MFG (sponsor of Lotte-Reiniger-Award, Young Animation Award)
https://www.itfs.de/en/events/itfs-2023-awards-ceremony/

ITFS Open Air (Photo: Reiner Pfisterer)

Full house at the AMCRS Animation Media Lounge!

On April 26 we had our annual party, the Animation Media Lounge, at “Die Note”, on the occasion of the event trio FMX, ITFS and APDs 2023, and musically accompanied by the Caligari Band.

Thank you all for coming – we hope you had as much of a blast as we did!

Jan Pinkava is the new Head of Animationsinstitut

Prof. Thomas Schadt, Jan Pinkava (Photo: Animationsinstitut, FABW)

Source: Press Release Animationsinstitut, April 26, 2023

At FMX 2023 in Stuttgart, the Animationsinstitut of the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg introduced its new head: Jan Pinkava. The British-Czech-American animator, director, screenwriter, and Oscar® winner will take over as head of the institute in June 2023, succeeding Prof. Andreas Hykade.

State Secretary Arne Braun, Prof. Thomas Schadt, Jan Pinkava, Lord Mayor of Ludwigsburg Matthias Knecht (Photo: Animationsinstitut, FABW)

Pinkava: “I am beyond honored to have been appointed Head of the Animationsinstitut. The school has an extraordinary reputation, dedicated staff, brilliant teachers, outstanding graduates, and highly talented students. What could be more worthwhile than to build on this legacy?”

Arne Braun, State Secretary in the Ministry of Science, Research and Arts Baden-Wuerttemberg, elaborates: “With Jan Pinkava, a superb industry expert joins the Animationsinstitut. His film RATATOUILLE, which he created in collaboration with Brad Bird, is one for the hall of fame of animated film. I am sure that he will foster the Animationsinstitut’s reputation as regional pioneer for innovation, as well as international educational institution. Jan Pinkava is keen to contribute his international experience to a new and young environment and thus, will shape the future of the institute.”

Jan Pinkava has worked in the animation industry for thirty years and won numerous awards with his films. During his time at the animation studio Pixar, he won an Oscar® for his short film GERI’S GAME in 1998. As creator and co-director, Pinkava was also instrumental in RATATOUILLE‘s Oscar® win for the best animated feature film in 2008. In addition, Pinkava was involved in the creation of the innovative format Google Spotlight Stories as co-founder and creative director. There, he developed new forms of interactive storytelling.

For Prof. Thomas Schadt (Managing Director Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg), Pinkava’s versatility is particularly remarkable: “His unique career as an artist perfectly complements his many years of experience in leading industry positions. Jan Pinkava will not only be able to guide the students, but inspire them as well.”

“The Person Is More Important than the Project.”

Since fall 2022, Prof. Andreas Hykade has been working as Head of Animation Directing at the Animationsinstitut. Before dedicating his focus to this position, Prof. Hykade headed the Animationsinstitut for eight years and contributed greatly to the institute’s reputation and success. “The person is more important than the project”—Andreas Hykade made sure to emphasize this principle throughout his tenure. The Animationsinstitut is built on the cooperation of students, lecturers, and employees, he said.

Jan Pinkava wants to remain faithful to this philosophy: “I like people much more than machines. Our job is to give our students the tools to create great art with real values.”

To the Animationsinstitut’s Press Release

The AMCRS HEROES @ ITFS on Saturday, April 29, 2023!

ITFS Open Air (Photo: Reiner Pfisterer)

Hands up, it’s weekend! Enjoy your time at ITFS and check here to see which of our HEROES (or their works) will also be there on Saturday, April 29, 2023.

11:30 CET
ITFS Gloria 1
International Competition 4 (Rep.)
The Last Bar (Arne Hain, Animationsinstitut Alumnus)
https://www.itfs.de/en/events/international-competition-4-rep/

14:00 CET
ITFS Open Air
Award ceremony: Crazy Horse Session – 48 h Animation Jam
Award sponsored by M.A.R.K. 13

15:00 CET
ITFS Open Air
Trickstar Nature Kids & Family
Trudes Tier – Glückshof (Studio Soi)
https://www.itfs.de/en/events/open-air-trickstar-nature-kids-family/

18:30 CET
ITFS Gloria 1
AniMovie Special: Hölderlins Echo (World Premiere)
Directors: Hannes Rall, Susanne Marschall (Universität Tübingen/Research Center for Animation and Emerging Media)
https://www.itfs.de/en/events/animovie-special-hoelderlins-echo/

20:30 CET
ITFS Gloria 2
Best of Animation – Homemade Highlights 2
Films by Regina Welker, Thomas Meyer-Hermann, Anselm Pyta, Angela Steffen, Kiana Naghshineh, Shoko Hara, Studio Filmbilder, Animationsinstitut Alumni et al., curated by Förderverein ITFS e.V.
https://www.itfs.de/en/events/best-of-animation-homemade-highlights-2/

21:00 CET
ITFS Gloria 1
International Competition 5
Dealing With War (Andreas Hykade, Studio Film Bilder, Animationsinstitut)
https://www.itfs.de/en/events/international-competition-5/

21:30 CET
Weltcafé, Charlottenplatz 17, Stuttgart
The ITFS Booster Club Party
Förderverein ITFS e.V., sponsored by Studio Seufz et al.

ITFS (Photo: Reiner Pfisterer)

The Winners of the Trickstar Professional Awards at ITFS 2023

Press release ITFS, April 26, 2023

The first award winners of the 30th Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS) have been chosen: In a joint awards ceremony – the Trickstar Professional Awards – the German Animation Screenplay Award, the Animated Games Award Germany, the Trickstar Business Award, and the Honorary Trickstar of the ITFS 2023 were presented on the evening of April 26, 2023 at the L-Bank Rotunde.

The prize for the best German screenplay for an animated feature film in the amount of € 2,500 sponsored by the Animation Media Cluster Region Stuttgart (AMCRS), goes to:

CLARISSA, Screenplay: John Chambers, Production: XFilme Creative Pool GmbH, Producer: Uwe Schott

The jury found: Based on the popular IP and German board game KAKERLAKAK, Clarissa’s journey from hated underdog insect to rising star shows how rewarding it can be to pursue your dreams without fear rather than hiding in the shadows and doing what’s expected of you because it has always been so. The story is also a modern appeal for equality, inclusion, and acceptance of gender diversity, supported by lots of humour, songs, and dance. CLARISSA – The Musical is born.

Host Anja Lange, John Chambers (ITFS/Reiner Pfisterer)
German Animation Screenplay Award

The prize for the German screenplay with the greatest international market potential in the amount of € 1,500 sponsored by Pink Parrot Media goes to: PIRATE MO AND THE LEGEND OF THE RED RUBY, Screenplay: Richie Conroy, Production: Ulysses Filmproduktion GmbH, Producer: Emely Christians.

The jury consisted of: Peter Keydel (Producer Mago Production, Barcelona/Düsseldorf), Tania Pinto de Cunha (President and Director of Int. Sales and Acquisitions, Pink Parrot, Media, Madrid), Lilian Klages (CEO & Executive Producer, Zooper Film, Ludwigsburg), Holger Weiss (CEO & Founder, M.A.R.K. 13 Group, Stuttgart), and Silke Wilfinger (Founder, SilkWayFilms, Munich).

The Animated Games Award Germany, the prize for the best and most innovative animation-based computer game from Germany in the amount of € 5,000 sponsored by MFG Medien- und Filmgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg, goes to:

SIGNALIS, Developer: Barbara Wittmann, rose-engine, Publisher: Humble Games

From the jury statement: “Signalis” convinced us with a particularly strong visual language that honors the 90s art style, but does not limit itself to it and skillfully mixes genres. Inspired by pop culture it uses familiar elements and through technical innovation, this develops into a modern aesthetic. While playing the game, one can feel the passion for storytelling in an immersive, meticulously crafted game world that captivates not only visually. The reduced but skillful use of sound and music underlines the thrilling atmosphere of this classic survival horror game.

The jury consisted of: Anna Katharina Brinkschulte (Senior Lecturer Interactive Media, Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg – Animationsinstitut, Ludwigsburg), Stephan Jakob (Professor for Game Design and Development, Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences (h_da) & Founder, BiteTheBytes, Darmstadt), and Lea Schönfelder (Co-Founder, Fein Games, Frankfurt am Main).

The Trickstar Business Award, the prize for the best innovative and forward-looking business model in the animation sector in the amount of € 7,500 sponsored by Verband Region Stuttgart, goes to PentoPix Inc., Founders: Volha Paulovich, Amid Pate, United Kingdom.

The Honorary Trickstar of the ITFS 2023 goes to Latvian animation artist Signe Baumane (“My Love Affair with Marriage”, “Rocks in my Pockets”).

We congratulate all the winners!

Click here for the full press release.

The AMCRS HEROES @ ITFS, FMX and APDs on Friday, April 28, 2023!

APDs (Photo: Reiner Pfisterer)

Find out where our HEROES can be found or are involved especially at ITFS on Friday, April 28! Many of the FMX presentations can be viewed online via VOD (starting) today (more info here and tickets here). At APDs today, there are mainly non-public one-on-one meetings which set the course for future projects.

8:30 CET
ITFS, TREFFPUNKT Rotebühlplatz (vhs), Rotebühlplatz 28, Stuttgart, 70173
School Programme (Class 1 – 4)
Trudes Tier – Glückshof (Studio Soi)
https://www.itfs.de/en/events/school-programme-class-1-4/

10:30 CET
ITFS, TREFFPUNKT Rotebühlplatz (vhs), Rotebühlplatz 28, Stuttgart, 70173
School Programme (Class 1 – 4)
Trudes Tier – Glückshof (Studio Soi)
https://www.itfs.de/en/events/school-programme-class-1-4-2/

11:00 CET
ITFS Cinema
Panel-Talk: Animating AI – The Role of AI in Animation
Dr. Erwin Feyersinger (AG Animation; Universität Tübingen)
https://www.itfs.de/en/events/panel-talk-animating-ai-the-role-of-ai-in-animation/

11:30 CET
ITFS Gloria 1
International Competition 3 (Rep.)
Miles Davis – What’s Love Got to Do With It (Irina Rubina, AI Alumna, FMX Trailer)
https://www.itfs.de/en/events/international-competition-3-rep/

13:00 CET
ITFS Cinema
Workshop: Enter Late, Exit Early: Dramaturgy in the animated Short Film
Gesa Engel, producer and lecturer for story development Animationsinstitut
https://www.itfs.de/en/events/workshop-enter-late-exit-early-dramaturgy-in-the-animated-short-film/

15:30 CET
FMX Turm Aalen (online)
Technical Directing, Setextension and VFX Graduation Project
Speakers are TD students in their second year of project studies at Animationsinstitut. Fynn Frederick Aurich: Creature Rigging & Simulation, Autorigger, Research: USD Rigging and Character Pipeline, Paul Golter: Pipeline for final year project, Research: Asset Transformation Framework
https://fmx.de/en/program-2023/detail/event/27134

16:30 CET
FMX Turm Aalen (online)
IP-based projects AniFilm / AniPlay Students of Animationsinstitut
https://fmx.de/en/program-2023/detail/event/27135

21:00 CET
ITFS Gloria 1
International Competition 4
The Last Bar (Arne Hain, AI Alumnus)
https://www.itfs.de/en/events/international-competition-4/

ITFS Open Air (Photo: Reiner Pfisterer)

The AMCRS HEROES @ FMX, ITFS and APDs on Thursday, April 27, 2023!

FMX (Photo: Dominique Brewing)

Check out where to find our HEROES at FMX, ITFS and APDs on Thursday, April 27!

9:30-18:00 CET
FMX Marketplace
MFG Baden-Württemberg mbH/AMCRS, RnDeep GmbH
https://fmx.de/en/program-2023/category?categoryID=1587

9:30-18:00 CET
FMX, Eyth-Saal, Turm A, Turm B
Recruiting Hub
Accenture Song Content Germany GmbH, jangled nerves, Pixomondo, recomFilm, RISE | Visual Effects Studios, Scanline VFX
https://fmx.de/en/program-2023/category?categoryID=1558

9:30-18:00 CET
FMX Recruiting Booth in front of Haus der Wirtschaft
RISE | Visual Effects Studios

9:30-18:00 CET
FMX School Campus
Animationsinstitut, Hochschule der Medien, Hochschule Offenburg
https://fmx.de/en/program-2023/detail/event/27142

10:00 CET
FMX König-Karl-Halle
Realtime Worlds: Tips and Tricks for Creating Stunning Visuals in Camera and Post
Nathan Larouche, VFX Supervisor, Mark Dauth, Compositor, Pixomondo
https://fmx.de/en/program-2023/detail/event/26096

10:00 CET
FMX Raum Tübingen
Animation Schools Exchange
If you would like to join the Animation Schools Exchange please reach out to study@animationsinstitut.de. Please note: This is an invite only event.
https://fmx.de/en/program-2023/detail/event/26121

10:30 CET
ITFS Gloria 2
Young Animation 1 (Rep.)
Kolaj (Gülce Besen Dilek, Filmakademie)
https://www.itfs.de/events/young-animation-1-wdh/

12:30 CET
FMX Bertha-Benz-Saal & VIDEO ON DEMAND (from April 28)
VFX Team Sustainability: Growing and Retaining Talent
Marian Dobrunz, Head of HR, RISE | Visual Effects Studios, Jasmin Hasel, Vice President & Executive Producer European Operations, Scanline VFX
https://fmx.de/en/program-2023/detail/event/26112

12:30 CET
FMX Turm Aalen
Challenging Productions for Web/TV/Cinema: TALES OF ZALE and HUI BUH 2
Peter Lames, Accenture Song / Associate VFX Supervisor, Animationsinstitut Alumnus, Roland Petrizza, Senior Digital Compositor at Accenture Song, Accenture Song Content Germany GmbH, Filmakademie Alumnus, Sveta Yuferova, Director, Animationsinstitut Alumna
https://fmx.de/en/program-2023/detail/event/26132

13:00 CET
ITFS Cinema
Workshop: Scoring and Sound Design for Animated Short Films: A Transcultural Collaboration
Prof. Olaf Taranczewski, Musikhochschule Trossingen
https://www.itfs.de/en/events/workshop-scoring-and-sound-design-for-animated-short-films-a-transcultural-collaboration/

13:05 CET
FMX Raum Mannheim, The Houdini Suite
Our Solaris experience so far at RISE
Bernhard Esperester, Head of Lighting, Oliver Markowski, Head of 3D, Fuat Yüksel, Head of FX, RISE | Visual Effects Studios
https://fmx.de/en/program-2023/detail/event/27376

13:30 CET
FMX School Campus
Meet up with all Fresh Vision talents & European Animation Development Lab „Animation Sans Frontières“ (ASF).
Animationsinstitut

14:00 CET
ITFS Open Air
Animation connects Europe! – Kids
Mobile (Verena Fels, Animationsinstitut Alumna)
https://www.itfs.de/en/events/animation-connects-europe-kids/

14:30 CET
FMX Bertha-Benz-Saal & VIDEO ON DEMAND (from April 28)
Is the (current) VFX Business Model Sustainable?
Panel hosted by Heiko Burkardsmaier (VFX Executive Producer, Accenture song VFX)
https://fmx.de/en/program-2023/detail/event/26694

14:30 CET
FMX Turm Aalen & Video on Demand (from April 28)
From VR to animated installations: THE FAMILY PORTRAIT and TALES FROM SODA ISLAND
Dan Franke, VR Artist & Co-Founder and Director of Studio Syro, Animationsinstitut Alumnus
https://fmx.de/en/program-2023/detail/event/26133

15:00 CET
ITFS Open Air
My Fairy Troublemaker
SERU
https://www.itfs.de/en/events/my-fairy-troublemaker/

15:45 CET
FMX König-Karl-Halle
How RISE gave GHOSTED a Spin
Michael Wortmann, VFX Supervisor, RISE | Visual Effects Studios
https://fmx.de/en/program-2023/detail/event/26067

15:45 CET
FMX Raum Heilbronn, The Autodesk Suite & VIDEO ON DEMAND (from April 28)
Bad Ghouls: A look at the award-winning workflow behind A Calling. From the Desert. To the Sea
Animationsinstitut Students & Alumni: Lennard Fricke, VFX Producer, Lukas Kapp, Creature TD, Lukas Löffler, Lead Compositor, Mario Bertsch, VFX Supervisor, Till Sander-Titgemeyer, Character Artist
https://fmx.de/en/program-2023/detail/event/27310

15:45 CET
FMX Bertha-Benz-Saal & & VIDEO ON DEMAND (from April 28)
Evolving Places for a Sustainable Future
Moderator: Stefanie Larson, AMCRS
https://fmx.de/en/program-2023/detail/event/26048

16:00 CET
ITFS Gloria 1
AniMovie/Kids: Three Robbers and a Lion
Sola Media (World Sales)
https://www.itfs.de/en/events/animovie-kids-three-robbers-and-a-lion/

18:15 CET
FMX Meidinger-Saal & Video on Demand (from April 28)
Fully Immersive Adaptations: Hölderlin’s Echo VR and ShakesVR
Professor Susanne Marschall, University of Tübingen
https://fmx.de/en/program-2023/detail/event/26055

19:00 CET
FMX, FMX Square in front of Haus der Wirtschaft
Thursday GET-TOGETHER sponsored by RISE | Visual Effects Studios

21:00 CET
ITFS Gloria 1
International Competition 3
Miles Davis – What’s Love Got to Do With It (Irina Rubina, AI Alumna, FMX Trailer)
https://www.itfs.de/en/events/international-competition-3/

22:00 CET
ITFS Cinema
Best of Animation 3 – Get an Earful
Films by Andreas Hykade, Jürgen Haas et. Al, Studio Film Bilder, Animationsinstitut Alumni, curated by Förderverein ITFS e.V.
https://www.itfs.de/en/events/best-of-animation-3-get-an-earful/

FMX (Photo: Dominique Brewing)

The AMCRS HEROES @ FMX, ITFS and APDs on Wednesday, April 26, 2023!

APDs Conference (Photo: Reiner Pfisterer)

Find out where to find our HEROES at FMX, ITFS and APDs on Wednesday, April 26!

9:00 CET
ITFS, TREFFPUNKT Rotebühlplatz (vhs), Rotebühlplatz 28, Stuttgart, 70173
Zwergenschau 2
Katze (Julia Ocker, Studio FILM BILDER, Animationsinstitut Alumna)
https://www.itfs.de/en/events/zwergenschau-2-daycare-and-kindergarten/

9:30-19:00 CET
FMX Marketplace
MFG Baden-Württemberg mbH/AMCRS, RnDeep GmbH
https://fmx.de/en/program-2023/category?categoryID=1587

9:30-19:00 CET
FMX, Eyth-Saal, Turm A, Turm B
Recruiting Hub
Accenture Song Content Germany GmbH, jangled nerves, Pixomondo, recomFilm, RISE | Visual Effects Studios, Scanline VFX
https://fmx.de/en/program-2023/category?categoryID=1558

9:30-19:00 CET
FMX Recruiting Booth vor Haus der Wirtschaft
RISE | Visual Effects Studios

9:30-19:00 CET
FMX School Campus
Animationsinstitut, Hochschule der Medien, Hochschule Offenburg
https://fmx.de/en/program-2023/detail/event/27142

11:45 CET
FMX Raum Reutlingen
Scanline Recruiting Presentation
Simon Davies, Recruitment Manager, Europe, Scanline VFX
https://fmx.de/en/program-2023/detail/event/26243

13:45-17:15 CET
APDs L-Bank Rotunde (available as VoD to all APD accredited participants)
APD Conference: “New Voices – New Stories”
Prof Lilian Klages. Eagle Eye Filmproduktion
https://www.animationproductiondays.de/programme/conference-2023/

13:45-14:00 CET
APDs L-Bank Rotunde (available as VoD to all APD accredited participants)
APDs Conference Welcome
Carl Bergengruen, MFG, Marlene Wagener, Animation Production Days
https://www.animationproductiondays.de/programme/conference-2023/

14:00-15:30 CET
APDs L-Bank Rotunde (available as VoD to all APD accredited participants)
APDs Conference Part 1, Case Study 1 From Film School to Industry with “Ich kenne ein Tier / I know an animal” – A Launchpad for Young Animators
Prof. Andreas Hykade, Head of Animation Directing, Animationsinstitut/Filmakademie
https://www.animationproductiondays.de/programme/conference-2023/

14:30 CET
FMX Turm Aalen & Video on Demand (from April 28)
Access VFX
Kader Bagli, Lead Compositing Artist, RISE | Visual Effects Studios
https://fmx.de/en/program-2023/detail/event/26622

14:30 CET
FMX Bertha-Benz-Saal & Video on Demand (from April 28)
Evolving Research & Technology for a Minimized Footprint
Prof. Jan Adamczyk, Hochschule der Medien, Professor Susanne Marschall, Professor, University of Tuebingen, Volker Helzle, Head of Research and Development, Animationsinstitut
https://fmx.de/en/program-2023/detail/event/26120

14:30 CET
FMX Raum Heilbronn, The Autodesk Suite & VIDEO ON DEMAND (from April 28)
No turning back because I deleted the folders – the early adopter USD journey at RISE
Kolja Hübschmann, Oliver Markowski, (RISE I Visual Effects Studios)
https://fmx.de/en/program-2023/detail/event/26871

15:00 CET
ITFS Gloria 2
Tricks for Kids 1
Trudes Tier – Glückshof (Klaus Morschheuser, Studio Soi), Katze (Julia Ocker, Studio Filmbilder)
https://www.itfs.de/events/tricks-for-kids-1/

16:15 CET
FMX Raum Reutlingen & VIDEO ON DEMAND (from April 28)
Accenture Song Recruiting Presentation
Michael Bergmann, Recruiting Senior Specialist, Gus Martinez, Compositing and VFX Supervisor, Carina Thomiczny, 3D Senior Realtime Artist, Accenture Song Content Germany GmbH
https://fmx.de/en/program-2023/detail/event/26249

17:00 CET
ITFS Open Air
TV special „The Gruffalo“
Studio Soi
https://www.itfs.de/en/events/the-gruffalo/

17:30 CET
ITFS Open Air
Best of Animation 1 – Homemade Highlights 1
Films by Tine Kluth, Julia Ocker, Andreas Hykade, Marc Schleiss, Gottfried Mentor, Volker Engel, Johannes Weiland et al., Hochschule der Medien, Studio Filmbilder, Animationsinstitut Alumni, curated by Förderverein ITFS e.V.
https://www.itfs.de/en/events/best-of-animation-1-homemade-highlights-1/

17:00 CET
FMX König-Karl-Halle & VIDEO ON DEMAND (from April 28)
Creating Visual Effects for STRANGER THINGS, Season 4
Overall VFX Supervisor and Emmy Award winner Jabbar Raisani, Additional VFX Supervisor Marion Spates, Jan Burda, VFX Supervisor, Accenture Song Content Germany GmbH
https://fmx.de/en/program-2023/detail/event/26072

17:00 CET
FMX Turm Aalen & Video on Demand (from April 28)
A Calling. From The Desert. To The Sea.
Animationsinstitut Students & Alumni: Lennard Fricke, VFX Producer, Lukas Kapp, Creature TD, Lukas Löffler, Lead Compositor, Mario Bertsch, VFX Supervisor, Till Sander-Titgemeyer, Character Artist
https://fmx.de/en/program-2023/detail/event/27094

18:00 CET
ITFS Gloria 2
Young Animation 1
Kolaj (Gülce Besen Dilek, Filmakademie)
https://www.itfs.de/events/young-animation-1/

18:15 CET
FMX Raum Reutlingen
Rise Recruiting Presentation, RISE up your life.
Marian Dobrunz, Head of HR, RISE | Visual Effects Studios
https://fmx.de/en/program-2023/detail/event/26254

18:30 CET
ITFS L-Bank Rotunde
Trickstar Professional Awards Ceremony
AMCRS (sponsor of German Animation Screenplay Award), MFG (sponsor of Animated Games Award Germany)
https://www.itfs.de/en/events/trickstar-professional-awards-ceremony/

19:00 CET
FMX Square in front of Haus der Wirtschaft
WEDNESDAY GET-TOGETHER sponsored by Scanline VFX

21:00 CET
Die Note, Berliner Platz 1, 70174 Stuttgart
AMCRS Animation Media Lounge 2023
https://amcrs.de/save-the-date-animation-media-lounge-am-26-april-2023/

FMX (Photo: Dominique Brewing)

AMCRS Showreel 2023 online!

Check out the showreel with our HEROES‘ current projects and highlights from the areas of animation, VFX and games! Have fun!

The AMCRS HEROES @ FMX and ITFS on Tuesday, April 25, 2023!

FMX (Photo: Dominique Brewing)

This week is going to be ANIMATED – our beloved Stuttgart will once again become an event hotspot for animation, VFX and games fans and industry alike: the FMX – Film & Media Exchange (April 25-27, April 28 online)Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (April 25-30) and Animation Production Days (April 26-28) will take place! Yeah, we could hardly wait!

Of course, our HEROES will be on board as well! Check out where they’ll be on Tuesday, April 25!

9:00 CET
ITFS, TREFFPUNKT Rotebühlplatz (vhs), Rotebühlplatz 28, Stuttgart, 70173
Zwergenschau 1
Katze (Julia Ocker, Studio FILM BILDER, Animationsinstitut Alumna)
https://www.itfs.de/en/events/zwergenschau-1-daycare-and-kindergarten/

9:30-19:00 CET
FMX Marketplace
MFG Baden-Württemberg mbH/AMCRS, RnDeep GmbH
https://fmx.de/en/program-2023/category?categoryID=1587

9:30-19:00 CET
FMX, Eyth-Saal, Turm A, Turm B
Recruiting Hub Accenture Song Content Germany GmbH, jangled nerves, Pixomondo, recomFilm, RISE | Visual Effects Studios, Scanline VFX
https://fmx.de/en/program-2023/category?categoryID=1558

9:30-19:00 CET
FMX Recruiting Booth vor Haus der Wirtschaft
RISE | Visual Effects Studios

9:30-19:00 CET
FMX School Campus
Animationsinstitut, Hochschule der Medien, Hochschule Offenburg
https://fmx.de/en/program-2023/detail/event/27142

10:00 CET
FMX König-Karl-Halle & VIDEO ON DEMAND (from April 28)
Roald Dahl’s MATILDA THE MUSICAL
Fausto Tejeda, VFX Supervisor, Pixomondo
https://fmx.de/en/program-2023/detail/event/26037

11:15 CET
FMX König-Karl-Halle
SLUMBERLAND: Building Dreams
Sue Rowe, Visual Effects Supervisor, Scanline VFX
https://fmx.de/en/program-2023/detail/event/26103

11:15 CET
FMX Bertha-Benz-Saal & VIDEO ON DEMAND (from April 28)
Green Shooting – The Ecological Standards as a Funding Requirement
Marian Bendix Metzner, Project Manager Film Funding / Green Shooting, MFG Baden-Württemberg mbH
https://fmx.de/en/program-2023/detail/event/27299

14:30 CET
FMX Meidinger-Saal & VIDEO ON DEMAND (from April 28)
Kleo
Matthias Backmann, Compositing Supervisor, Pascal Bußmann, VFX Supervisor, LAVAlabs
https://fmx.de/en/program-2023/detail/event/26431

14:30 CET
FMX Raum Tübingen & VIDEO ON DEMAND (from April 28)
EMIL – European Media and Immersion Lab
Volker Helzle, Head of Research and Development, Dr. Alexander Kreische, Jonas Trottnow, Software Developer, Animationsinstitut, Filmakademie
https://fmx.de/en/program-2023/detail/event/26727

14:30 CET
FMX Turm Aalen & VIDEO ON DEMAND (from April 28)
Little Heroes / LEVEL UP / Petrushka / Mine Diamonds – A minecraft parody / Grandpa tell me about the climate change
Presented by Alexandra Joshi (International Network Animationsinstitut, Filmakademie) and Mark Szilagyi (International Office Filmakademie)
https://fmx.de/en/program-2023/detail/event/26069

15:45 CET
FMX Turm Aalen & VIDEO ON DEMAND (from April 28)
Roots / Rooms Inside Out / Vessel /Take a deep breath / Peach – Royal Enfield / The Artist‘s Workshop
Presented by Alexandra Joshi (International Network Animationsinstitut, Filmakademie ) and Mark Szilagyi (International Office Filmakademie)
https://fmx.de/en/program-2023/detail/event/26070

17:00 CET
FMX König-Karl-Halle & VIDEO ON DEMAND (from April 28)
Making Of THE BEAUTY (Trailer FMX 2023)
Pascal Schelbli, Director & CG Artist, Marc Angele, Animation & VFX Artist, Aleksandra Todorovic, Producer, Noel Winzen, Character Rigger, Animationsinstut Alumni
https://fmx.de/en/program-2023/detail/event/26072

18:00 CET
Mittelstraße 9/1, Stuttgart
LAVAlabs BBQ

ITFS Open Air (Photo: Reiner Pfisterer)

New AMCRS IP Presentation Forum on May 15, 2023! Register now!

You’ve got a great idea for an IP? 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 sixth time on May 15, 2023. 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!

Download flyer (PDF)

Register until May 8, 2023! Registration via: contact@amcrs.de

Location: Hospitalhof Stuttgart
Büchsenstr. 33
70174 Stuttgart

Save the Date – Animation Media Lounge, April 26, 2023

In the last week of April, it’s that time again – Stuttgart will become a worldwide hotspot for the animation and VFX industry thanks to the event trio FMX – Film & Media Exchange (April 25-27, April 28 online), Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (April 25-30) and Animation Production Days (April 26-28). Three pretty good reasons for us to throw a party – and not just any party, but the “MASSIVE MEGALOMANIAC ROCKSTARLICIOUS MONSTER PARTY” aka Animation Media Lounge 2023! And the best part – you’re all invited!

When: April 26, 2023, starting at 21:00 CET
Where: Die Note, Berliner Platz 1, 70174 Stuttgart, Germany

Click here for the invitation flyer!

befores & afters Podcast – a Preview of FMX 2023 with Mario Müller

In the befores & afters podcast, FMX Program Manager Mario Müller chats with visual effects and animation journalist Ian Failes and gives insights into the program of this year’s FMX – Film & Media Exchange (April 25-27 in Stuttgart, April 28 online). Listen in!

AMCRS is FMX 2023 GOLD PARTNER!

We are happy and proud to be a GOLD PARTNER of FMX 2023! From April 25 to 27, 2023, FMX – Film & Media Exchange will present their top-class program on site at the Haus der Wirtschaft in Stuttgart. On April 28, FMX will go virtual with an exclusive online program, and the videos will be available on demand until the end of May.

The AMCRS will be part of the MFG Medien- und Filmgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg booth at the Marketplace (Booth 2.6). The cluster is also one of the main sponsors of the FMX Gala Dinners. AMCRS Manager Stefanie Larson will be the host of the panel “Evolving Places for a Sustainable Future“.

But there’s more to come! We’ll keep you up to date about more topics and events the AMCRS – and our HEROES – will be part of at FMX (as well as ITFS and APDs). We look forward to seeing you all there!

Unreal Engine Stuttgart Megameetup #4 on April 11 in Heilbronn!

The MegaMeetup is back! This time with a special edition. Together with the Programming School 42heilbronn and the AI Salon, this edition is about the intersection between artificial intelligence, digital art and interactive media, made with Unreal Engine. Because one thing is certain: real-time engines like Unreal will also become even more efficient creation tools in the future through interfaces or onboard functions with smart algorithms: Who knows, maybe ChatGPT will soon be able to develop blueprints?

The meeting takes place on April 11, 2023, at 18.00 CET on site at 42heilbronn (Weipertstraße 8-10, Heilbronn, easy to reach by bus / train or car). Besides keynote speeches and exhibits, the focus will again be on food, drinks and networking. A detailed agenda with speakers will be provided later.

Registration required via https://www.meetup.com/de-DE/unreal-engine-megameetup-stuttgart/events/292194997/

The event is organized by our HEROES from b.ReX.

NaturVision Filmfestival is looking for a new Festival Director (m/f/d)!

NaturVision, Germany’s first nature film festival and today one of the most outstanding festivals for nature, wildlife, environmental protection and sustainability in Europe, is looking for a new Festival Director (m/f/d)! The position offers great scope for creativity, many creative opportunities, and the chance to participate in transformation processes that are crucial for our society. The place of work is Ludwigsburg, the next and 22. NaturVision Film Festival will take place from July 20 to 23, 2023.

They are looking for a personality with, among other things:

  • Courage, ideas and entrepreneurial initiative to constructively shape and further develop an internationally established festival whose diverse activities now extend far beyond a mere film festival
  • Ideally, professional experience in the event sector, a relevant academic education and profound knowledge in the fields of media, nature, sustainability and environment
  • Management and leadership experience as a managing director or in a comparable function with corresponding organizational and budgetary responsibility.

Curious? Here you can find out more about the position and the application (in German): https://natur-vision.de/de/ueber-uns/jobs/festival-leitung/

“Cursed Children” successfully pitched at Cartoon Movie 2023!

Photo: Cartoon Movie 2023

At Cartoon Movie in Bordeaux, Matisse Gonzales Jordán (Director and Author) and Stefan Michel (Producer Studio Seufz) pitched the 2D animated feature film project “Cursed Children” (“Condenaditos“) – very successfully with a lot of applause in between! Congratulations!

Besides Studio Seufz also M.A.R.K. 13, Sola Media and for the AMCRS Stefanie Larson were present at the pitch! More about the project

Photo: Cartoon Movie 2023
Photo: Cartoon Movie 2023

TechTalks Stuttgart, March 28, 2023

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 March 28, 2023, at 18:00 CET at Das Gutbrod, Friedrichstr. 11, 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:

Winkelauflösung einer simulierten Lichtfeldanzeige. (Angular resolution of a simulated light field display.) | Sophie Kergaßner, Audiovisual Media (M. Eng.) at Stuttgart Media University

Sophie Kergaßner is currently working on her master’s thesis at Stuttgart Media University. In this context, she recently published a paper on “Bewertung der Winkelauflösung einer simulierten Lichtfeldanzeige im Hinblick auf Dreidimensionalität, Bewegungsparallaxe und Seherlebnis (Evaluating the angular resolution of a simulated light field display with regard to three-dimensionality, motion parallax and visual experience)“, which she will present to us.

„VFX Creature Rigging und Simulation. (VFX Creature Rigging and Simulation.)“ | Lukas Kapp, Freelance Creature TD // Student at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg

Lukas Kapp studies Technical Directing at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg’s Animationsinstitut. He presents his work on creature rigging and simulation for the Ghoul project (VES Award 2023 for “Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project”). As part of his research at Filmakademie, he is also working on the use of artificial intelligence for rigging tasks.

TechTalks Stuttgart is an initiative of the following institutions:

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

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Pipeline TD wanted at M.A.R.K. 13!

Our HEROES at The M.A.R.K. 13 Group are looking for a full-time Pipeline TD (m/f/d) in Stuttgart or remote!

The Pipeline TD is responsible for developing and maintaining software tools, support for artists, and general troubleshooting within the studio’s full-CG pipeline. The main focus is on ensuring the efficiency of artists and eliminating potential sources of error.

More about the job and the application

Visual Media Lab Conference (VMLC), May 8-11, 2023, at HdM Stuttgart

The Visual Media Lab Conference will be held at Stuttgart Media University from March 8 to 11, 2023.

This event is for all people interested in film, TV and the science behind moving images. For the creatives, technical pioneers and students who are looking forward to a career in those fields. 

How will films and TV shows be produced with new technologies in the future? What new skills will we need in the process? How will virtual worlds, visual effects and animations be created and which experience and knowledge is useful in production? International speakers from the film & tv industry will discuss these questions during the event on the topics of virtual production, high dynamic range and wide color gamut. 

Pablo Garcia Soriano and Nick Shaw about the creation of the NBU-LUTs used for HDR-SDR simulcast In the FIFA World Cup in Qatar 2022. Christina Caspers-Römer and Christian Kaestner from the “1899” Netflix Series will speak about their studio setup and the challenges of Virtual Production. Presenters from Pixomondo will give insights to their very own workflows for Virtual Production. International cinematographers like Philippe Ros (AFC, ITC), Dave Stump (ASC, ITC), Daniel Schua, and colorists as Julia Leber, Dirk Meier (CSI, BVK, ITC) and Steffen Paul (“1899”) will give insights to their experiences in LED-lighting, cinema productions or commercials. 

All details about the program, tickets, location etc. you can find here: https://www.hdm-stuttgart.de/vmlab/conferences/VMLC

Frischvergiftung are looking for a Motion Designer (m/f/d)!

Our HEROES at Frischvergiftung are looking for a full-time / permanent Motion Designer (m/f/d)! The interdisciplinary design studio develops visual worlds that often accompany live events and produces digital exhibits, experiences, explainer films as well as trailers.

Do you have a keen sense of motion graphics, movement and editing, as well as experience with other 2D/3D applications? Apply now!

Here’s the job description and all info on how to apply: https://www.frischvergiftung.de/jobs/

Next Pre Fixe with Animation Lounge on March 13 with Michael Scholz (halbautomaten)

Theater Rampe

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), at which speakers from the animation film scene report on current projects using practical examples and provide insights into their work.

(c) Michael Scholz

On March 13, 2023 at 18:00 CETMichael Scholz (Founder/ Creative Director of halbautomaten) will talk about „KINETARIUM – MULTIPLAYER-PLANETARIUM“

Kinetarium is a platform for interactive full-dome games that can be played by hundreds of players simultaneously. Each player can directly intervene in the dome projection with his/her smartphone. Playing the games is not only fun, but also offers the opportunity to experience scientific topics in a new way. The players can decide whether they want to play as a team, in competition, in alliances or in chaos. Each game plays out differently.

More about Kinetarium: https://www.kinetarium.space/en/home

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.

SAVE THE DATE, April 18, 2023: Panel Discussion “Medienproduktion der Zukunft”

Image: NEOSHIN – Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg

Media production is undergoing profound changes that make a move towards innovative and technologically savvy production structures inevitable.

With topics such as mixed reality studios, virtual production with digitally prepared film locations, artificial intelligence as well as expanded LED technology, new possibilities are being created for film and media productions – especially in the area of moving image media. All sectors benefit from this, such as cinema, documentary and animated film, journalistic formats and live reporting. But new opportunities are also opening up for the visual effects (VFX) industry and, not least, for advertising film, which the region must take advantage of if it is not to lose out nationally and internationally in the field of media production.

What: Standortdialog „Medienproduktion der Zukunft“ (the panel discussion will be held in German)
When: Tuesday April 18, April 2023 / 10:00-17:00 CET
Where: Garage 229 / Haußmannstr. 229 / 70188 Stuttgart
About: Focus on film and media production
Technical Infrastructure / Shortage of skilled workers / Strengthening the production landscape and film and media funding / Technical research and development

An event by: Film Commission Region Stuttgart / WRS Stuttgart Region Economic Development Corporation

The Center for Media Competence and the Chair of Audiovisual Media, Film and Television at the Institute of Media Studies at the University of Tübingen have been commissioned by the WRS Stuttgart Region Economic Development Corporation to produce a current qualitative study on the media production of the future in the moving image sector, which provides recommendations for action for the Stuttgart Region as a business location.

To the study (German): https://wrs.region-stuttgart.de/publikationen/medienproduktion-der-zukunft/

Authors:: Alexa Vogel, Ilja Mirsky, Project Management: Prof. Dr. Susanne Marschall and Kurt Schneider.
Study Partners: Südwestrundfunk (SWR)Film Commission Region Stuttgartb.ReX GmbHRecom Film GmbH & Co. KG.

More information (German): https://uni-tuebingen.de/einrichtungen/zentrale-einrichtungen/zentrum-fuer-medienkompetenz/forschung-verbundprojekte/medienproduktion-der-zukunft/

VES AWARD for Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg Production!

Press Release Animationsinstitut, Ludwigsburg, February 16, 2023

THE GHOUL PROJECT from A CALLING. FROM THE DESERT. TO THE SEA. Animationsinstitut, Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg

The production A CALLING. FROM THE DESERT. TO THE SEA by the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg wins the VES Award 2023 in the category “Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project“. Students of the Animationsinstitut created the visual effects (VFX) of the short film. Mario Bertsch (VFX Supervisor), Max Pollmann (VFX Producer), Lukas Löffler (Compositing Lead), and Till Sander-Titgemeyer (Creature Lead) accepted the award last night in Los Angeles on behalf of the entire team.

A CALLING. FROM THE DESERT. TO THE SEA tells the story of the sisters Ahlam and Yasmin, who defy the set boundaries and customs of their father. In order to reach a mystical sea, however, they first must face an enemy from within.

The visual effects team, which also includes Pascal Schober (Technical Director), Lukas Kapp (Rigging TD) and Lennard Fricke (VFX Producer), created the monster “The Ghoul” for the film. It took over two years to design the computer-animated creature, for which the team drew inspiration from the anatomy of humans, ostriches, caimans and dinosaurs. In addition, the students simulated the monster’s hair, spit and muscles.

The VFX team particularly praises the spirit within the project team: “Not only did we achieve our goal of seamlessly integrating a photorealistic creature into the film, but we are also incredibly happy to have worked with so many talented VFX artists. Of course, this holds true for the fantastic main production team around director Murad Abu Eisheh and producer Malin Krüger as well.”

Murad Abu Eisheh (Writer and Director), winner of the Student Academy Award in Gold, adds: “In this film, I wanted to create a mix of reality and fantasy that usually only exists in a child’s imagination. In doing so, I wanted to deal with my own experiences growing up in a society that tries to control your choices and free will from a young age.

The excitement at the Filmakademie in Ludwigsburg is obviously enormous. Professor Juri Stanossek, senior lecturer for Visual Effects at the Animationsinstitut, emphasizes: “The VES Award is highly deserved. Congratulations to a great team that stands out for its excellent synergy, diligence, and talent.

The VES Awards are considered the most important award in the VFX sector after the Oscars.

With the triumph of A CALLING. FROM THE DESERT. TO THE SEA, a total of ten productions with the direct involvement of the Animationsinstitut have now won a VES Award. The Animationsinstitut and the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg congratulate the entire team on this great success.

Link to Press Release

VES Awards 2023 Nominierungen related to AMCRS

We are very happy for everyone involved and congratulate from the bottom of our hearts!

Animationsinstitut Partner in the EU Project MAX-R

Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg‘s Animationsinstitut is one of the partners in the EU project MAX-R (Mixed Augmented and Extended Reality Media Pipeline).

Description of the project: MAX-R aims to define, develop, validate and demonstrate a complete pipeline of tools for making, processing and delivering maximum-quality XR content. The pipeline will be based on open APIs, open file and data transfer formats which enable the development, and support the integration, of new tools. We will build on research and advances in VP technologies to develop real-time processes and tools that deliver better quality, greater efficiency, ease of use and interoperability between proprietary and open-source software. The new tools and processes will deliver enhanced interactivity, and novel content based on XR media data. A real-time pipeline based on open standards, creating pathways to further innovation, will launch a new era in the production of XR media.

The interdisciplinary Consortium of eleven partners (lead by Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona) from five countries covers the chain from technology development and product innovation to creative experiment and demonstration, and from XR media creation to delivery to the final consumer. It is built around Europe’s leading media technology developers, together with creative organisations operating in AR/VR/MR, Virtual Production, interactive games, new media, TV, video and news, multimedia and immersive performance.

Sources and more information: https://www.upf.edu/web/max-r/ & https://animationsinstitut.de/de/forschung/projects/max-r & in the video:

Call for Applications Crazy Horse Session – 48h Animation Jam at ITFS 2023

ITFS 2023

The 30th Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS, April 25-30, 2023) is calling all filmmakers to apply to the online live animation competition Crazy Horse Session – 48h Animation Jam! Deadline for applications is March 1, 2023, and the Crazy Horse Session will be held in cooperation with our HEROES from M.A.R.K.13.

Applications are open to teams of two who are either animation students from international film and art schools or freelance animators and animation producers, and also not older than 30 years. Within 48 hours, up to six teams will develop a short animated film (30 seconds to a maximum of 2 minutes) around the ITFS mascot Trixi during the festival. The competition will take place online between Wednesday, April 26, 2023 at 12 noon and Friday, April 28, 2023 at 12 noon.

A jury selected by the festival management will choose the winning film. The winning team will be appointed to the ITFS 2024 48h Jam jury and will receive an invitation to next year’s festival.

Application Form & Regulations

Winner film ITFS 2022

HFM x Arthaus presents Metropolis (Robotic Angel)

Image: HFM

As part of the event series “HFM x Arthaus“, the Haus für Film und Medien e.V. will show the anime “Metropolis (Robotic Angel)” by Rintaro on February 8 at 20:00 CET. Rintaro’s anime “Metropolis” is based on a 1949 manga by Japanese artist Osamu Tezuka.

Prior to the screening, the curator and producer of the exhibition Anime ArchitectureStefan Riekeles, will give an introductory talk on Anime Architecture: Imagined Worlds and Endless Megacities (also published by Thames & Hudson in 2020). Afterwards, there will be the opportunity for a discussion. Moderated by Ulrich Wegenast.

Location: Atelier am Bollwerk, Hohe Str. 26, 70176 Stuttgart, Germany

Link to the event and tickets: https://hfm-stuttgart.de/de/events/hfm-arthaus-metropolis-robotic-angel

In cooperation with the Arthaus Filmtheater Stuttgart, the HFM presents the film series HFM x Arthaus, taking place every second Wednesday of the month until summer 2023.

Imagestorm expand the AMCRS!

Kaiser+Kraft – Product film Material Stand

We heartily welcome our new AMCRS HEROES IMAGESTORM – a media agency for content creation, code, and consulting from Ludwigsburg. Their heart beats for storytelling in all forms: film, animation, design, or interactive worlds. 

Learn more about Imagestorm!

IMAGESTORM Christmas Movie – Dro Ho Hones

Annie Awards 2023 Nomination for “The Most Boring Granny in the Whole World”!

The Most Boring Granny in the Whole World (Image: Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg)

“The Most Boring Granny in the Whole World” is nominated in the “Best Student Film” category at the Annie Awards 2023! Congratulations to the makers of the diploma film at Filmakademie‘s Animationsinstitut – Damaris Zielke (director), Jiayan Chen (producer) and all the others involved!

We have our fingers crossed for the ceremony at the 50th Annual Annie Awards on February 25, 2023! List of all nominees

The film premiered at Berlinale 2022 and has already won awards at ITFS 2022 and Goldener Spatz 2022.

NOMINEES OF THE VES AWARDS 2023 ANNOUNCED!

Yesterday, the Visual Effects Society announced the nominations for the 2023 VES Awards! Among them are two companies that are also HEROES of the AMCRS.

PIXOMONDO received four nominations – in the category OUTSTANDING VISUAL EFFECTS IN A PHOTOREAL EPISODE “The Boys: Payback” as well as “House of the Dragon: The Black Queen”, in the category OUTSTANDING COMPOSITING & LIGHTING IN AN EPISODE the Dance of Dragons from “House of the Dragon: The Black Queen”, and “See: I See You” in the category OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING VISUAL EFFECTS IN A PHOTOREAL EPISODE.

Scanline VFX were nominated in the OUTSTANDING VISUAL EFFECTS IN A PHOTOREAL EPISODE and OUTSTANDING EFFECTS SIMULATIONS IN AN EPISODE, COMMERCIAL, OR REAL-TIME PROJECT categories for their work on “Stranger Things 4: The Piggyback” and also in the OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING VISUAL EFFECTS IN A PHOTOREAL FEATURE category for “The Gray Man.”

The visual effects of Murad Abu Eisheh’s diploma film at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg “A Calling . From the Desert . To the Sea” were created by fellow students of the Animationsinstitut. The work of Mario Bertsch, Max Pollmann, Lukas Löffler and Till Sander-Titgemeyer achieved a nomination in the category OUTSTANDING VISUAL EFFECTS IN A STUDENT PROJECT (AWARD SPONSORED BY AUTODESK).

Congratulations to all nominees and fingers crossed for the awards ceremony at the 21st Annual VES Awards on February 15, 2023 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles!

List of all nominations

SERU Animation are looking for Animation Artists!

You are an Animation Artist? You love bringing characters to life and know your way around Maya? Join the amazing team of busy Elfkins aka SERU Animation, producing the second part of the “Elfkins” 3D Feature Film Adventure!

If you are interested, contact them via email: ajob@seru.film

Animationsinstitut Showreel 2022

Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg‘s Animationsinstitut has just released its 2022 showreel featuring work by students from the fields of animation, visual effects and interactive media. This year’s showreel consists of scenes from the projects A CALLING FROM THE DESERT TO THE SEA, THE LAST SMOKER, HOW MANY, PUSSY LOVE, TOWN HALL SQUARE, MAKULATOUR, THE LAST BAR, KOLAJ, SYMBLINGS, FISH OR CHIPS. Have fun watching!

And don’t forget: the application deadline for the academic year 2023 is February 15, 2023. Click here to apply!

Fresh HEROES on board – welcome, Frischvergiftung!

Electrique Baroque Projection Mapping

The AMCRS is growing – We welcome our new HEROES FRISCHVERGIFTUNG from Stuttgart! Frischvergiftung is an interdisciplinary design studio specializing in the conception and realization of digital experiences for the screen and the physical world.

Learn more about Frischvergiftung here!

Dukeland Festival

“THE CREÄTIVE HOUSE” presents creative diversity and encourages networking

Image: MFG Baden-Württemberg

From January 12 to February 17, 2023, the Haus der Wirtschaft in Stuttgart (where FMX is also held every year) will become THE CREÄTIVE HOUSE – a hotspot for Baden-Württemberg’s cultural and creative industries. A total of 22 cultural and creative companies selected in a statewide competition will showcase their projects and works in an exhibition, accompanied by a diverse and free-of-charge supporting program.

Organized by the Ministry of Economics, Labor and Tourism and conducted in close cooperation with MFG Medien- und Filmgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg, the pop-up project focuses on cross-industry networking and exchange. Within the framework of the project, cultural professionals and creative companies from Baden-Württemberg will meet actors from business, science and politics. Individual program contributions will include insights into the work of creative professionals and future-oriented corporate design, presentations of serious games and animation and film techniques, and presentations and discussions of current trends and topics in the field of artificial intelligence and the media.

The vernissage on January 12 will be followed by Best Practice Talks, Open Stages, Salons for AI and Animation, expert contributions and much more. Click here for the complete program.

And of course, the AMCRS and its HEROES can’t be missing! On January 26, the CREÄTIVE HOUSE is themed All about Animation.

15:00 CET: Dominique Schuchmann, The M.A.R.K. 13–Group: “Hitchhikers Guide to Animation, VFX, Motion Graphics and beyond“. Animation and VFX for beginners and experts – lecture and film examples.

15:30 CET: Martin Fischer and Nico Dörle, a.o. Overtoon Studios: “Einfach erklärt und wirksam platziert – 2D Animation als Chance in der Digitalisierung” – film examples

Animation Salon

17:30 CET: Welcome by Stefanie Larson (Director AMCRS) and State Secretary Dr. Patrick Rapp

17:35 CET: Lecture by Heiko Burkardsmaier, Head of VFX Accenture Song / Stuttgart: “Einfluss von visuellen Effekten (vfx) auf die industrielle Produktion von computergenerated content“.

17:45 CET: Lecture by Maximilian Schmierer, Managing Director of b.Rex / Stuttgart, “fresenius medical care XENIOS heart & lung app“.

18:00 CET: Lecture by Prof. Thomas Hundt, founder and managing director of jangled nerves / Stuttgart, “an icon electrified Weltpremiere VW ID.Buzz

18:15 CET: Get-together and networking

Film evening of the Filmakademie Ludwigsburg with Prof. Andreas Hykade

19:30 CET: Based on selected artistic biographies, Prof. Andreas Hykade, head of the Animation Directing department at the Animationsinstitut of the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, will show the connection between artistic development during studies and economic success in professional life. The approximately one-hour lecture will be illustrated by film examples. Afterwards there will be the opportunity for exchange. Registration is requested – Click here.

Source: Press release Ministry of Economics, Labor and Tourism Baden-Württemberg and MFG Baden-Württemberg

Happy holidays!

We wish you and your loved ones a fantastic and contemplative holiday season and a happy, healthy and successful New Year 2023! Thank you for your confidence in us, the cooperation and all the great things and events we had together in 2022! We are really looking forward to next year with you guys!

Here are a few impressions of this year’s AMCRS Christmas party – What a wonderful party this was!

Study Technical Directing at Filmakademie’s Animationsinstitut

Until February 15, 2023, you can apply for the next academic year at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg‘s Animationsinstitut, for example for the study specialization Technical Directing. But what is this anyway? And why should you definitely study it at Animationsinstitut? Technical Directing alumnus Justus Schmidt tells us more in the video:

The most important requirement is a degree in computer science or a similar subject.

You can find out more about the study specialization Technical Directing and the application here: https://animationsinstitut.de/en/studies/study-specializations/technical-directing

jangled nerves offer a study place for Media Design (B.A.) in cooperation with DHBW Ravensburg!

Our HEROES at jangled nerves are offering a study place for Media Design (B.A.) in cooperation with DHBW in Ravensburg from the coming winter semester. Other open positions: Architect or Interior Designer (m/f/x) to support their project management, Front Office & Hospitality Manager (m/f/x), Intern (m/f/x) in Interior Design / Scenography, Intern (m/f/x) in Media Design / Media Production.

Apply now!

 

CURRENT JOBS AT JANGLED NERVES

Obituary of Thilo Kuther, founder of Pixomondo

2017 at Pixomondo in Los Angeles: Stefanie Larson (AMCRS), Thilo Kuther, Christoph Malessa, Robert Gehring (MFG)

It is with great sadness that we learned about the passing of Thilo Kuther, founder of Pixomondo.

Thilo was a visionary and enthusiast. The long-time CEO founded the company in 2001 and started with video installations and 3D animation. Since then, Pixomondo has grown considerably, with locations in Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, Vancouver, Montreal, Shanghai, Beijing, London, Toronto and Los Angeles, among others.

The Oscar-winning visual effects for Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo” and the effects for „Star Trek Into Darkness“, the “Fast & Furious” and “The Hunger Games” franchise, among others, were created under Kuthers’ leadership. Pixomondo has also worked on several TV series – including “Game of Thrones“, “The Mandalorian“, “The Watchmen” and since 2017 “Star Trek Discovery“. There was also close collaboration with Roland Emmerich on “2012“, “Independence Day: Resurgence“, “Midway” and “Moonfall“.

It were not least these great successes that contributed decisively to the emergence of the animation and VFX hotspot Stuttgart Region.

In 2019, Thilo Kuther stepped down as CEO of Pixomondo and most recently led the company Xmachina.

Our deepest sympathy goes to his wife Claudia, his family and his friends.

Source (among others) The Hollywood Reporter

12th Animation Meetup on December 6, 2022!

The next Stuttgart Animation Meetup will take place on Tuesday, December 6, 2022 from 19:30 CETATTENTION – this time exceptionally at Schlampazius (Bus Wagenburgstr. / U Ostendplatz, Stuttgart – Ost). A table has been reserved inside, please contact Julia Thonig at julia.thonig@gmail.com by December 5 if you wish to attend.

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.

Facebook Event: https://fb.me/e/2oG8qM98H
Tell your friends and colleagues!
Join the Stuttgart Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/329784908362059

There is also a newsletter with all the new dates (also for the Germany-wide Online Meetup), job postings and other news from the industry. You can subscribe here: http://eepurl.com/hkr1dv

Call for Entries for German Animation Screenplay Award at ITFS 2023!

Photo: Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film

The Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS, April 25-30, 2023) calls for entries for the German Animation Screenplay Award for the best screenplay for a feature-length animated film not yet realised. And we, the AMCRS, are the proud sponsor of the prize money of 2,500 €!

2022, the award for the best screenplay went to Dino Mite / Minus Drei und die verlorene Stadt (by Armin Prediger, Andreas Völlinger, production: our HEROES Holger Weiss and Dominique Schuchmann, M.A.R.K.13 – COM, Stuttgart, and Björn Magsig and Sandra Schießl, TRIKK 17, Hamburg).

In addition, the ITFS will award the prize for the screenplay with the greatest international market potential. The prize is endowed with 1,500 € and donated by Pink Parrot.

The awards aim to promote excellent screenplays for German animated feature film projects in German and English language as well as promising authors, and to highlight the importance of professional screenwriting.

The closing date for both awards is February 1, 2023.

Application and Reglement (in German)

Winners 2022: Armin Prediger and Andreas Völlinger with Stefanie Larson (AMCRS) and Silke Wilfinger (SilkWayFilms), photo: ITFS, Reiner Pfisterer

The Film- und Medienfestival gGmbH is looking for a Managing Director

ITFS 2022 (photo: Reiner Pfisterer)

The Stuttgart-based Film- und Medienfestival gGmbH (FMF) is the organizer of the International Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film and Raumwelten / Platform for Scenography, Architecture and Media as well as the Animation Production Days, a curated business platform for the European animation industry. The events are aimed at the general public and the international professional audience from all areas of animated film, creatives, producers and users.

The Film- und Medienfestival gGmbH is looking for a MANAGING DIRECTOR, starting on June 1, 2023.

Applicants should have demonstrable skills in the field of animated film and/or artistic and/or commercial management of an international festival. Team applications are welcome. The task of the new Managing Director(s) will be the innovative further development of the FMF and its events under changing artistic, technological, political and economic conditions. The key qualifications for management tasks are required.

The deadline for applications is January 7, 2023.

Click here for the job advertisement (German).

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

https://www.mfg.de/newsdetail/3590-dieter-krauss-bekommt-den-baden-wuerttembergischen-ehrenfilmpreis-2022/

https://filmschaubw.de/ehrenfilmpreis-dieter-krauss/

The second season of ANIMANIMALS is on air!

Animanimals

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

Animanimals at KiKA: https://www.kika.de/animanimals/buendelgruppe2564.html 

at Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/animanimanimals

Animanimals

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 https://www.meetup.com/de-DE/unreal-engine-megameetup-stuttgart/events/288791146/

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 contact@amcrs.de.

The Research Center for Animation and Emerging Media (Institute of Media Studies, University of Tübingen) is looking for a Doctoral Researcher (f/m/d)!

The Research Center for Animation and Emerging Media (Institute of Media Studies, University of Tübingen, Germany) seeks to fill the position of a

Doctoral Researcher (f/m/d)
(for three years from January 1, 2023, salary category 13 TV-L, 65%)

Guided by the motto “We make animation visible!”, the digital humanities project AniVision – Animation in Ephemeral Films from Austria, East & West Germany between 1945 and 1989: A Combined Film Analysis and Computer Vision Approach uses machine learning and computer vision to explore a hitherto marginalized area of the stylistic history of animation. The project, which is funded by FWF and DFG as part of the Weave Lead Agency Procedure, focuses on ephemeral films, i.e., nonfiction films that are produced for a specific, usually short-term purpose, such as educational films, commercials, or public service announcements. Animation is used in a variety of ways in these films, e.g., to advertise a product in a memorable way, to vividly show a process inside the human body, or to address the audience emotionally with the help of an animated character. 

AniVision investigates these different uses and stylistic patterns of animation by analyzing a large corpus of ephemeral films produced during the Cold War period in Austria, West Germany, and East Germany, following an interactive, computer-assisted approach that closely integrates animation research and computer science. AniVision is a transnational collaboration of Dr. Erwin Feyersinger (University of Tübingen, Germany) with Dr. Franziska Bruckner and Dr. Matthias Zeppelzauer (University of Applied Sciences St. Pölten, Austria) and will start on January 1, 2023 with a duration of three years.

Deadline is November 6, 2022 (date of receipt).

More information on the position and application

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.

Facebook Event: https://fb.me/e/2plhBVQGx

Join the Stuttgart Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/329784908362059

There is also a newsletter with all the new dates (also for the Germany-wide Online Meetup), job postings and other news from the industry. You can subscribe here: http://eepurl.com/hkr1dv

“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

Scanline VFX are hiring!

Our HEROES at Scanline VFX have a number of vacancies in the areas of pipeline/software, animation, compositing and production. Check out their jobs page!

Jobs at Scanline VFX

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

MFG Zukunftskonferenz “Was machst Du?” on October 10, 2022

The economy and society are in the midst of a profound transformation in which many products, services and processes have to be rethought and developed. Shaping change is a core competence of the cultural and creative industries. Against the background of current crises and personal challenges, how can courageous creatives implement their ideas and create future perspectives with a desire for change?

The MFG Zukunftskonferenz (Future Conference) on October 10 at the Hospitalhof Stuttgart will focus on the question “Was machst Du?” (“What do you do?”). Successful, innovative players and entrepreneurs from the creative industries will present and discuss their ideas, solutions and learnings in workshops, keynote speeches and talk panels. The conference is supported by the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Economics, Labour and Tourism.

The highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the IDEENSTARK award to this year’s winners. With IDEENSTARK, the state awards actors in the cultural and creative industries in Baden-Württemberg. With a one-year coaching programme, they are supported by MFG Baden-Württemberg in advancing their ideas and business models and strengthening them for the future. The award is being presented for the sixth time this year and is supported by the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts and the Ministry of Economics, Labour and Tourism Baden-Württemberg.

The conference and award ceremony is free of charge and open to all.

Register now for the Zukunftskonferenz and/or IDEEENSTARK Award Ceremony at: zukunftskonferenz.mfg.de

Jobs at Zeitland media & games

Our HEROES at Zeitland media & games are hiring!

They are looking for passionate 2D & UI Artists (m/f/d) and 3D Artists (m/f/d) for their engaging fantasy, sci-fi, mystery game projects. Apply now!

Jobs at Zeitland

10th Stuttgart ANIMATION MEETUP on September 27, 2022

The next Stuttgart Animation Meetup will take place on Tuesday, September 27, 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.

Facebook Event: https://fb.me/e/29yv8pnMc
Join the Stuttgart Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/329784908362059

There is also a newsletter with all the new dates (also for the Germany-wide Online Meetup), job postings and other news from the industry. You can subscribe here: http://eepurl.com/hkr1dv

Gil Alkabetz

We were deeply saddened to learn of the death of filmmaker Gil Alkabetz.

With his passing, the international animation world loses one of its most important filmmakers and a clever and warm-hearted colleague,” is how Andreas Hykade aptly put it in his obituary on behalf of the Animationsinstitut at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg and AG Animationsfilm.

Gil Alkabetz was already connected to Stuttgart in the nineties through the presentation of his film “Swamp” at the State Academy of Fine Arts and his collaboration with Studio Film Bilder, e.g. for the animations in the feature film “Run Lola Run” as well as the films “Yankale”, “Rubicon” and „Trim Time“. He was a valued friend, companion and colleague of the Stuttgart animation scene.

Our deepest sympathy goes to Gil Alkabetz’s family. Our thoughts are with them and we wish them strength for these difficult times.

Read the full obituary by Andreas Hykade here:

on the Animationsinstitut’s website https://animationsinstitut.de/de/index/zum-tod-von-gil-alkabetz

on the website of the AG Animation https://www.ag-animationsfilm.com/zum-tod-von-gil-alkabetz/

Obituary by ITFS and Uli Wegenasthttps://www.itfs.de/news/nachruf-auf-animationskuenstler-gil-alkabetz/

„Rubicon“, Gil Alkabetz (Image: Studio Film Bilder)

New AMCRS IP Presentation Forum on October 20, 2022! Register now!

You’ve got a great idea for an IP?

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?

The IP Presentation Forum will take place for the fifth time on October 20, 2022. 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!

Download flyer (PDF)

Register until October 13, 2022! Registration via: contact@amcrs.de

Location: Hospitalhof Stuttgart
Büchsenstr. 33
70174 Stuttgart

Partnership between Triggerfish, the Cape Town International Animation Festival (CTIAF) and ITFS, FMX and APDs announced! 

Press Release Triggerfish, August 25, 2022

Andreas Peschke, the German ambassador to South Africa, has announced a new partnership between Triggerfish, the Cape Town International Animation Festival (CTIAF) and Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS), Film- and Media Exchange (FMX) and Animation Productions Days.

These leading German animation events – to be held from 25-30 April 2023  – usually attract up to 100,000 industry visitors to Stuttgart. Earlier this year Triggerfish spoke at FMX Stuttgart; to further promote German-South African exchange, a South African delegation of selected animators and creatives will be sponsored to attend next year’s Stuttgart festivals to gain international market exposure, experience and learn new skills. 

This was celebrated at a cocktail event at the German Ambassador’s Residence in Cape Town last night during the 10th Cape Town International Animation Festival, the largest dedicated African animation festival on the continent, now running as part of FAME Week Africa until 26 August 2022.

We are looking forward to welcoming a delegation of animators from South Africa, in the year of ITFS’s 30th anniversary,” says Andrea Bauer, head of programme at ITFS. “The ITFS has a long relationship with the animation industry in South Africa. As early as 2010, the festival dedicated a country focus to South African artists and their works, and we have a long-standing collaboration with Triggerfish in particular. Furthermore, in 2022, The Animation School gave an online presentation and also showed a selection of films by their students. So we feel that this partnership and the delegation’s stay at ITFS will not only be beneficial to the animators from South Africa, but that the encounters and mutual exchanges will also be of benefit to our local and regional industry.”

Carina Lücke, director of the non-profit Triggerfish Foundation, adds, “As a German who has lived in South Africa for many years, it’s a personal highlight for me to deepen the connection between their animation communities, which have already collaborated successfully on the Oscar-nominated Revolting Rhymes adaptation, which was animated in both countries.” 

The German-South African exchange forms part of an ambitious three-year partnership between Triggerfish, The Walt Disney Company and Employment for Skills and Development in Africa (E4D), a technical assistance programme of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

The project objective is to develop the South African animation sector’s value chain to provide a competent and diverse workforce: it is planned to expose 10,000 school leavers to the animation industry; empower 6,000 creatives with enhanced portfolios and market access; and create 200 more jobs.

Gavin Watson, the team leader of E4D, says they’ve identified animation as an industry sector that is attractive to young people and is growing fast. He adds that the opportunities for animators extend outside the traditional film industry, within fields like advertising, app and web design, architecture, engineering, gaming, industrial design, medicine, and the motor industry, not to mention growth sectors like augmented reality and virtual reality

ABOUT E4D

Employment and Skills for Development in Africa (E4D) is a regional programme implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). 

GIZ is a global service provider in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development and international education work. With over 50 years of experience in a wide variety of areas, including economic development and employment, energy and the environment, and peace and security, GIZ works with its partners to develop effective solutions that offer people better prospects and sustainably improve their living conditions.  As a public-benefit federal enterprise, GIZ supports the German Government and many public and private sector clients in around 120 countries in achieving their objectives in international cooperation. 

E4D operates in six target countries in Africa, namely Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda. E4D partners with companies and non-profit entities to secure decent jobs, improve the employment situation and build enterprise capacity. E4D together with its partners co-creates forward-thinking solutions integrating technological innovation driving socio-economic change for employment.

Stuttgart’s Lord Mayor Dr. Frank Nopper visits Accenture Song

Great honour for the VFX scene of the Stuttgart region – on August 8, Dr. Frank Nopper, Lord Mayor of Stuttgart, visited Accenture Song (formerly Mackevision) and got to know the studio and their projects (currently Emmy-nominated for their work on “Lost in Space”, “Foundation” and “Stranger Things”). He was welcomed and accompanied by, among others,
Bernhard Grieb (City of Stuttgart Economic Development), Urs Franzen (Netflix), Heiko Burkhardsmaier & Juri Stanossek (Accenture Song), Carl Bergengruen and Robert Gehring (MFG Baden-Württemberg and our Stefanie Larson.

Games from Baden-Württemberg at Gamescom 2022 – with Zeitland media & games

Images: Games BW Booth at Gamescom 2019, Copyright: MFG Baden-Württemberg

Next week, Gamescom 2022 will kick off in Cologne. As the world’s largest computer and video games trade fair, it will present and discuss the latest products and developments in the games market from August 24 to 28, 2022. Games companies and young developers from the southwest of Germany will also be there, presenting themselves to a broad audience at the Baden-Württemberg Booth initiated by MFG Baden-Württemberg for the ninth time. Our HEROES from Zeitland media & games from Ludwigsburg can also be visited there. The joint booth can be found from August 24 to 26 in the Business Area at B055-C060, Hall 4.1.

MFG also invites to the Gamescom 2022 Games Pitch BW. On August 26 at 10:00 CET, games publishers can get to know the diversity of the southwest German games scene at the Baden-Württemberg stand. In addition, on August 25 from 15:00 to 17:00 CET, there will be a Consultation Hour on the Games BW Funding Program, which supports developers of high-quality, culturally or educationally significant digital games and innovative, interactive media projects with game character during all phases of the development process.

Further information

Gamescom 2022

Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg’s Animationsinstitut celebrates its 20th anniversary!

 

Last Friday, July 15, 2022, Animationsinstitut at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg celebrated its 20th anniversary. Alumni from all over the world as well as political representatives joined students and staff of the institute for a festive Birthday Reception to look back on two successful decades since the founding of Animationsinstitut.

The celebration was attended by many guests, including Albrecht Ade, founder of Filmakademie, who looks back enthusiastically on the last 20 years: “Away from and in contrast to the era of one-dimensionality, the creation of artistic animated films is an exercise in freedom of thought. Passion, dedication and aspiration are manifested in these works. I am proud of Animationsinstitut’s level of work, and have been for many years.

To thunderous applause, the book “20 Years 20 Projects,” created especially for the anniversary of Animationsinstitut, was presented, providing insights into the diverse history and development of the institution through twenty essays on twenty institute projects.

Since the founding of Animationsinstitut in 2002, a lot has happened: Not only was a research and development department established within the institute, but Animationsinstitut also organized the conference FMX – Film & Media Exchange up until last year. While the range of studies initially focused on animation, visual effects and technical directing, the institute expanded its course offerings just a few years later to include the specializations Interactive Media and Animation/Effects Producing. By doing so, Animationsinstitut promoted collaboration within Filmakademie. “Our primary goal at Animationsinstitut is the individual training and supervision of our students according to the premises of relevance, intensity and originality. For the past 20 years, we have worked in this spirit. In this regard, I would like to thank all the staff members of the institute for their dedicated efforts throughout the years,” said Andreas Hykade, Director of Animationsinstitut.

The success proves Animationsinstitut and its students right: Since the beginnings of the institute, more than 1000 student projects have already been honored with national and international awards – including most recently the prestigious student Oscar for the VFX project THE BEAUTY. This makes Animationsinstitut one of the world’s most renowned educational institutions in the industry.

Petra Olschowski, State Secretary at the Ministry of Science, Research and Arts, is positive about the future: “The story of Animationsinstitut has only just begun. The institute is extremely dynamic and understands that the industry is in a constant state of change. Together with its students, Animationsinstitut responds proactively to new issues and challenges. It is precisely this dynamism and force for change that make the institute, and especially its students, ready for the future. This is why Animationsinstitut will continue to play a key role in the ever changing world of film and media.”

Press Release, Animationsinstitut, July 18, 2022

Our heartest congratulations!

Recording Of The Birthday Reception

 

Photo: Dominique Brewing

 

Ulrich Wegenast leaves Film- und Medienfestival gGmbH

 

Prof. Ulrich Wegenast is leaving Film- und Medienfestival gGmbH (FMF) after 17 years as Managing Director. At his own request, he will end his employment at FMF on 15 September to take on a new professional challenge and has asked the FMF supervisory board to terminate his contract prematurely.

The supervisory board complies with this request and thanks Prof. Wegenast for his many years of service as Artistic Managing Director of FMF. Film- und Medienfestival gGmbH organises, among other events, the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS) and Raumwelten – Platform for Scenography, Architecture and Media in Ludwigsburg/Stuttgart. In his time as Artistic Managing Director, Wegenast established the ITFS Open Air Cinema on Stuttgart’s Schlossplatz (from 2006) together with his colleague as Commercial Managing Director at the time, Dittmar Lumpp. Moreover, together with Vincent Ferri, former manager of MIFA in Annecy, he founded the Animation Production Days in 2006, which have since become the most important event for animation production in German-speaking countries and take place during ITFS. On Wegenast’s initiative, the GameZone has been taking place as part of ITFS since 2013, exploring the intersection of computer games and animated film as well as bringing the subject of games in the classroom to the fore.

During the coronavirus crisis, ITFS was the first animation festival in the world to be held exclusively on the internet, setting new standards in the online presence of film festivals. ITFS is one of the largest animation film festivals worldwide and one of four Oscar-qualifying festivals in Germany. It reaches an audience of up to 100,000 and receives over 2,000 (film and project) submissions per year.

Since 2012, Wegenast has also been developing the conference “Raumwelten – Platform for Scenography, Architecture and Media”, which takes place in Ludwigsburg and Stuttgart and is the leading event for spatial communication in Germany.

Dr. Walter Rogg: “As Chairman of the Supervisory Board, I have accompanied Prof. Ulrich Wegenast in his 17 years as Managing Director and thank him and the entire team on behalf of the supervisory board and the associates for spectacular festivals of international acclaim and the creation of further significant formats. Ulrich Wegenast has made a great contribution to the development of our location for film and media.”

Lord Mayor Dr. Matthias Knecht, Ludwigsburg: “Prof. Ulrich Wegenast has created considerable attention in the Stuttgart region with several series of events. In Ludwigsburg, in particular, he has succeeded in making a magnificent mark with the Lichtwolke at Raumwelten. With his courageous, artistic eye and his sense for exciting development potential, he has opened up new paths in animated film, scenography and architecture. For this, the City of Ludwigsburg is very grateful to him.

First Mayor Dr Fabian Mayer, Stuttgart: “The ITFS Open Air Cinema on Stuttgart’s Schlossplatz is a highlight in the event calendar for many thousand people in Stuttgart and for international guests, and an important showcase for our city. We are strongly committed to film and media and thank Prof. Wegenast for his important work and support over many years; we wish him all the best in his new role.”

Ulrich Wegenast: “I would like to thank our Supervisory Board Chairman Dr. Walter Rogg and my colleague, Commercial Managing Director Dieter Krauß, who was already given his farewell into retirement (starting in autumn) at ITFS 2022, for the good and trusting cooperation. I owe a lot to the entire FMF team and at this point would like to make special mention of my colleague Andrea Bauer, Head of Programme, who I worked with intensively for many years. My time at FMF was fascinating and successful, but also – especially during the time of the coronavirus – very challenging. The ITFS is a ‘jewel’ in the German festival scene with a high international reputation and charisma, and Raumwelten has developed into the most important event for scenography in the German-speaking regions over the last ten years.

Ulrich Wegenast will remain with the Film- und Medienfestival gGmbH in an advisory capacity for the next few months.

Press Release, July 13, 2022

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Photos: ITFS/Reiner Pfisterer

The AMCRS and some of our HEROES will be part of the Creativity World Forum 2022!

The Creativity World Forum 2022, the annual gathering of the international Districts of Creativity Network will take place in Baden-Württemberg, online from July 18-20, 2022, and hybrid on July 21 at Hospitalhof, Büchsenstraße 33, 70174 Stuttgart.

Meet the AMCRS and a curated team of Virtual Production experts at the presentation “Sustainability with Animation and VFX” on July 20, 15:00 CET, online via Zoom.

Pixelcloud’s Jonas Kirchner and the Hochschule der Medien will be presenting their project “Residenzschloss Ludwigsburg VR” in the talk “Sustainablility in VR Games – practical examples” on July 20, 14:15 CET, online via Zoom.

Jan Adamczyk from Hochschule der Medien will talk about “Digital Locations” on July 20 at 16:00 CET, online via Zoom.

A “Virtual Get-together: 3D and VR-Experiences with Mozilla Hubs” will be presented by Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film in their ITFS VR Hub on July 20 at 19:00 CET. Enter the virtual Schlossplatz of ITFS VR Hub via the following link: work-in-vr.org. If you want to learn more about Mozilla Hubs, visit the workshop „How to create online social worlds for festivals and remote collaboration in Mozilla Hubs“ by the designers of the ITFS VR Hub, Allison Crank and Christophe Merkle, on July 21 at 14:15 CET (on-site in Lechler Room, Hospitalhof).

The results of the “DC Living Lab 2022” (organised by the MFG Baden-Württemberg on behalf of the Baden-Württemberg region (Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Tourism Baden-Württemberg) will be presented on July 21, 15:45 CET on-site at the Plenum, Hospitalhof.

THE CWF 22 PROGRAM

(With links to the online Presentations)

REGISTRATION

MACKEVISION / Accenture Song nominated for the EMMY AWARDS 2022!

Yesterday Juri Stanossek and his team from MACKEVISION (now Accenture Song) got nominated for the EMMY AWARDS 2022! In the category Outstanding Special Visual Effects In A Season Or A Movie they were honoured for their work on Netflix’ “Lost in Space”. They were also part of the VFX Team for “Foundation” and “Stranger Things, Season 4” – which were also nominated. Congratulations to the whole team, we keep our fingers crossed for the award ceremony on September 12!

COMPLETE NOMINEES LIST ON EMMY.COM

Screenshot: https://www.emmys.com/sites/default/files/Downloads/74th-nomination-list-v1_0.pdf?q=1

Image: Television Academy

Prof. Andreas Hykade steps down as the director of Filmakademie’s Animationsinstitut

Prof. Andreas Hykade will step down as the director of Animationsinstitut at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg on September 30, 2022 in order to take on a new role at the institute that focuses on teaching. From the beginning of the academic year 2022/23, he will be Head of „Animation Directing“.

Throughout his entire career, the acclaimed animation director has perfected the art of seamless, organic transition. Practically from the beginning, his teaching activities ran parallel to his work on his own artistic projects. After eight years in charge of Animationsinstitut, Hykade feels that the right time has come for him to hand over his office: „When I took over as director, I had set goals for Animationsinstitut, laid down in the strategy paper ‚Filmakademie 2030‘ – most notably the financial security of the institute as well as the specialisation ‚Character Animation‘ and the comprehensive integration of the issue ‚intellectual property (IP)‘ into our curriculum. We were able to achieve all of this. In addition, we pushed on with the internal internationalisation of the institute, successfully navigated our conference FMX through turbulent times and expanded our research & development for the benefit of our students. Above all, however, we succeeded in offering our students a fully fledged course of studies during the difficult time of the pandemic. My thanks here go to all those who have actively supported Animationsinstitut in rising to these challenges.“

Andreas Hykade would like to make creative use of the freedom he is to gain. Several film, book and music projects for adults and children are in the pipeline. What’s more, he also wants to turn to the written word: „My time as head of Animationsinstitut was so exciting and moving that it definitely calls for an artistic treatment. I have two different working titles that I have yet to choose from: “The Beautiful Kingdom” or “The Boss Who Cried”.“

Press Release, Animationsinstitut, July 4, 2022

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Unreal Engine Stuttgart Megameetup #2 @ b.Rex on July 8!

Our HEROES from b.Rex invite to their second Unreal Engine Stuttgart Megameetup. This time, it’s all about Metahumans: virtual humans that have become incredibly close to their „real“ counterparts. At the beginning there will be a short lecture (15 min) about the topic. Afterwards, you can try out an XSENS motion capture setup, which allows you to transfer your movements to a Metahuman in real time (even facial and hand movements). You can also create your own Metahuman on the touchscreen.

Additionally, as always, networking will be in the foreground. Food (also vegetarian) and drinks will be provided by b.rex. Entertainment will be provided by their pinball and retro arcade machines.

Weather permitting, the event will be held outside in the backyard and they will have a barbecue!

The Unreal Engine Stuttgart Megameetup #2 will take place on July 8, 2022, 17:00 CET, at b.Rex, Reinsburgstraße 96/1, 70197 Stuttgart-West.

More information and registration before July 5, 17:00 CET on https://www.meetup.com/de-DE/unreal-engine-megameetup-stuttgart/events/286504954/.

Next Tech Talks Stuttgart on June 21!

The Tech Talks Stuttgart event series presents technical topics from the fields of VFX and animation for scientists, creative professionals, students and the interested public. The next event will take place on June 21, 18:30 CET at the Das Gutbrod, Friedrichstr. 11, 70174 Stuttgart. Free entry!

The number of visitors is limited, so please register in advance via contact@amcrs.de.

„Bye-bye lens grids?! Distortion and exposure fall-off workflows reinvented“

Marius Jerschke

Business and Ecosystem Development Manager Digital Cinematography

Marius Jerschke from Zeiss takes a closer look at the distortion workflow and its importance for compositing and matchmoving work. How do the traditional methods like lens grid work and what are their drawbacks? Marius will compare these approaches with a new Zeiss servie that provides frame-accurate distortion data for VFX work with only a few clicks.

„Programmable optics for computational photography“

Andreas Engelhardt

University of Tübingen

As computational imaging and optics converge new application specific camera designs emerge, reaching beyond the model of the human visual system.Adding a spatial light modulator (SLM) to the optical system of a camera enables modulation of thepoint spread function (PSF) programmatically, for example. This talk explores some of the applications and implications of jointly optimizing programmable optical elements and task specific reconstruction algorithms in the context of computational cameras.

TechTalks Stuttgart is an initiative of the following institutions:

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

EVENT FLYER

LINK TO FACEBOOK EVENT

MFG Pre Fixe with Animation Lounge on July 11, with Erwin Feyersinger (University of Tübingen)

On July 7, 18:00 CET, MFG Medien- und Filmgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg presents the Pre Fixe with the Animation Lounge as part of the MFG Jour Fixe in cooperation with the Film- und Medienfestival gGmbH (organizer of Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film Stuttgart and Raumwelten) and the AMCRS.

Erwin Feyersinger will talk about “Representations between exaggeration and stereotyping in character design and animation”.

One of the outstanding possibilities of animation is to bring essential features of characters to the point through abstraction and exaggeration. With examples across the history of animation, the lecture shows how this exaggeration can have both positive and negative effects. On the one hand, the characters gain in clarity and complexity and often also in general validity. On the other hand, exaggeration can also lead to the perpetuation of stereotypical and derogatory clichés.

Erwin Feyersinger is an academic councillor at the Institute for Media Studies at the University of Tübingen and co-director of the Research Center for Animation and Emerging Media. He is co-spokesman of the AG Animation of the Gesellschaft für Medienwissenschaft (GfM). Among other publications, he published the monograph Metalepsis in Animation: Paradoxical Transgressions of Ontological Levels and co-edited several edited volumes on animation.

Information on the event location in Stuttgart will be announced soon.

The MFG Jour Fixe afterwards, starting at 19:00 CET, offers a unique opportunity for exchange and networking.

MORE INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION

Photo: Fotostudio Ale Zea Tübingen

Screenplay Award at Goldener Spatz 2022 for “The Most Boring Granny in the Whole World”!

The Most Boring Granny in the Whole World” is on a winning streak – at Goldener Spatz, the biggest festival for German media for children, the animated film by Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg’s students, won the prize for the best screenplay, an award of the MDR Rundfunkrat (Broadcasting Council) together with the author Beate Völcker, endowed with 4,000 euros. The prize was awarded to scriptwriter Manuel Ostwald. Congratulations!

NEWS AT GOLDENER SPATZ WEBSITE

Image: (c) Goldener Spatz, Photo: Carlo Bansini

Tagged: goldenerspatzmostboringgrannyfilmakademie

Zeitland get Games BW Funding for their game BLACK CASTLE!

Our HEROES from Zeitland media & games are developing BLACK CASTLE, a turn-based mystery adventure game set in the Black Forest in a gigantic castle. Their pitch in this year’s Games BW Funding of MFG Baden-Württemberg convinced the jury to promote the realisation of a prototype. With the help of this funding, the Zeitland team can develop a high-quality demo, which in turn should convince partners, investors and publishers to invest in the game.

Learn in their first interview more about the game and why they decided to choose the gloomy atmosphere of the Black Forest!

INTERVIEW FOR MFG BADEN-WÜRTTEMBERG

Image: Zeitland media & games

New music video release by Overtoon Studios!

Our HEROES from Overtoon Studios created an animated music video for the new single “Maria” by Nigerian Afrobeats singer, songwriter and producer CKay featuring the German band Silly Walks Discotheque! Summer is on the way!

Exciting job opportunities in the Research and Development department of Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg’s Animationsinstitut!

The Research and Development team at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg’s Animationsinstitut is delighted to offer several positions for two upcoming Horizon Europe projects in Extended Reality!

  • Project Manager
  • Producer
  • Communication Expert
  • Research Engineer
  • Research Engineer AI
  • Technical Artist
  • Technical Artist / Technical Director

Apply now for the IDEENSTARK 2022 prize for cultural and creative professionals from Baden-Württemberg

This year, MFG Baden-Württemberg will award the IDEENSTARK prize to cultural and creative professionals from Baden-Württemberg for the sixth time. The ten winning teams will receive a place in the one-year IDEENSTARK program (including individual coaching and group workshops) to help them realize their business idea, project or venture.

Cultural and creative professionals can apply online until June 7, 2022.

The award ceremony will take place on October 10, 2022 in Stuttgart as part of an IDEENSTARK Day, a creative conference with the IDEENSTARK community for the culture and creative industries in Baden-Württemberg.

Read more on the MFG web site.

Source: MFG Baden-Württemberg

“The Most Boring Granny in the Whole World” by Animationsinstitut Alumni won the Tricks for Kids Award at ITFS!

The Tricks for Kids Award at Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film 2022 goes to „The Most Boring Granny in the Whole World“ – congratulations to Filmakademie’s Animationsinstitut alumni Damaris Zielke (director), Jiayan Chen (producer) and all the others involved! The film was chosen by a children’s jury.

Statement of the children’s jury: The film convinced us by explaining the serious topic of death in a humorous way. We could easily understand the granddaughter’s thoughts. Younger children can get an access to the subject matter that way. We think that it is a film suitable for all ages. The animation is so detailed and the perspective of the images so fascinating that we felt as if we had slipped under the covers too. We also noticed a good mood in the audience. The film leaves us thoughtful but not sad with the following idea: If there are no beautiful memories, then we should make some!

AMCRS Showreel 2022 is online!

See the most recent projects and 2022 highlights of all our HEROES united in our brandnew AMCRS showreel!

All image rights belong to the studios.

Our HEROES at ITFS on May 7, 2022!

Check out our HEROES’ events at ITFS on May 7, 2022!

10:00 CET

ITFS

Gloria 2 & online https://onlinefestival.itfs.de/onlineplus/young-animation/young-animation-3/

Young Animation 3

Auf bald deine Clara (Clara Stella Hüneke), Filmakademie

https://www.itfs.de/event/young-animation-3-wh/

11:00 CET

ITFS

Gloria 1 & online https://onlinefestival.itfs.de/onlineplus/internationaler-wettbewerb/internationaler-wettbewerb-4/

International Competition 4

Sloucn (Michael Bohnenstingl), Animationsinstitut

https://www.itfs.de/event/internationaler-wettbewerb-4-wh/

12:30 CET

ITFS

Cinema

School Presentation Hochschule der Medien

https://www.itfs.de/event/hochschulpraesentation-hochschule-der-medien/

14:00 CET

ITFS

VHS TREFFPUNKT ROTEBÜHLPLATZ & online https://onlinefestival.itfs.de/onlineplus/tricks-for-kids-shorts/tfk-4/

Tricks for Kids Shorts 4

Hello Stranger (Julia Ocker, Studio Filmbilder)

https://www.itfs.de/event/tricks-for-kids-4-3/

15:00 CET

ITFS

Open Air

Die Olchis – Willkommen in Schmuddelfing

M.A.R.K. 13

https://www.itfs.de/event/die-olchis-willkommen-in-schmuddelfing/

20:00 CET

ITFS

Hospitalhof

In Persona Music & Animation Spezial: Jochen Kuhn 2 (Hamburg)

Jochen Kuhn

https://www.itfs.de/event/in-persona-music-animation-spezial-jochen-kuhn-2-hamburg/

20:00 CET

ITFS

CONTAIN’T @ CONTAINERCITY

Night of Shame

Studio Seufz

http://www.nightofshame.com/

Our HEROES at ITFS, APDs and FMX on May 6, 2022!

Check out our HEROES’ events at APDs, FMX and ITFS on May 6, 2022!

09:00 CET

APDs

Landesmuseum Württemberg & Online

Co-Production and Financing Market, Investor Programme

Solveig Langeland (Sola Media), Carl Bergengruen et. al. (MFG), Stefanie Larson (AMCRS)

12:00 CET

FMX

ONLINE | Foyer Bertha-Benz

Slouch & Night of Shame – About Giving Up On Grandiosity

Michael Bohnenstingl, Director & Writer

https://fmx.de/en/program-2022/detail/event/23415

12:30 CET

FMX

ONLINE | Raum Ulm

Filmakademie Presentations: Graduation Projects Animation and VFX

https://fmx.de/en/program-2022/detail/event/23435

12:45 CET

FMX

ONLINE | Foyer Bertha-Benz

Q&A with Michael Bohnenstingl

Michael Bohnenstingl, Director & Writer

https://fmx.de/en/program-2022/detail/event/23665

13:45 CET

FMX

ONLINE | Raum Ulm

Graduation Projects Interactive Media and AniFilm/AniPlay Projects

https://fmx.de/en/program-2022/detail/event/23436

15:00 CET

FMX

ONLINE | Raum Ulm

Filmakademie Presentations: Technical Directing, Setextention and VFX

https://fmx.de/en/program-2022/detail/event/23437

16:15 CET

FMX

ONLINE | Raum Ulm

Students’ Projects Medley

Hochschule der Medien (among others)

https://fmx.de/en/program-2022/detail/event/23438

16:15 CET

FMX

ONLINE | König-Karl-Halle presented by Unreal Engine

3 Angels for Marvel Studios

Sebastian Lauer, VFX Supervisor, RISE | Visual Effects Studios, Erik Schneider, VFX Supervisor, RISE | Visual Effects Studios, Michael Wortmann, VFX Supervisor, RISE | Visual Effects Studios

https://fmx.de/en/program-2022/detail/event/23411

17:00 CET

FMX

ONLINE | König-Karl-Halle presented by Unreal Engine

Q&A with RISE | Visual Effects Studios

Sebastian Lauer, VFX Supervisor, RISE | Visual Effects Studios, Erik Schneider, VFX Supervisor, RISE | Visual Effects Studios, Michael Wortmann, VFX Supervisor, RISE | Visual Effects Studios

https://fmx.de/en/program-2022/detail/event/23667

18:30 CET

ITFS

Gloria 1

Best of Animation 3

Love & Theft (Andreas Hykade)

https://www.itfs.de/event/best-of-animation-3/

19:00 CET

ITFS

Gloria 2 & online https://onlinefestival.itfs.de/onlineplus/young-animation/young-animation-3/

Young Animation 3

Auf bald deine Clara (Clara Stella Hüneke), Filmakademie

https://www.itfs.de/event/young-animation-3-4/

21:00 CET

ITFS

Gloria 1 & online https://onlinefestival.itfs.de/onlineplus/internationaler-wettbewerb/internationaler-wettbewerb-4/

International Competition 4

Sloucn (Michael Bohnenstingl), Animationsinstitut

https://www.itfs.de/event/internationaler-wettbewerb-4-4/

Our HEROES at FMX, ITFS and APDs on May 5, 2022!

Check out our HEROES’ events at APDs, FMX and ITFS on May 5, 2022!

09:00 CET

APDs

Landesmuseum Württemberg & Online

Co-Production and Financing Market, Investor Programme

Sola Media, MFG, AMCRS

10:00 CET

FMX

Bertha-Benz-Saal

The Making of the FMX-Trailer BURNED

Isabella Braun, Producer & Justin Braun, Director & FX Artist

https://fmx.de/en/program-2022/detail/event/24048

10:00 CET

ITFS

Gloria 2 & online https://onlinefestival.itfs.de/onlineplus/young-animation/young-animation-1/

Young Animation 1

Flamenco (Paulo Morato Scatena), Animationsinstitut

https://www.itfs.de/event/young-animation-1-5/

11:30 CET

FMX

FMX Forum/Marketplace, AMCRS Booth

CinEuro Region Grand Est & AMCRS

12:00 CET

FMX

List-Saal Turm B

LED Wall Fireside Chat

Florian Gellinger, Co-Founder and Executive Producer, RISE | Visual Effects Studios, Paolo Tamburrino, Producer, Pixomondo

https://fmx.de/en/program-2022/detail/event/24528

12:30 CET

FMX

Raum Tübingen

Fresh Visions: Alumni Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg

Adrian Meyer, Multidisciplinary Digital Artist & Filmmaker, Sebastian Selg, Freelance Filmmaker, Ramon Schauer, 3D Artist/TD, Animationsinstitut

https://fmx.de/en/program-2022/detail/event/23392

14:00 CET

ITFS

VHS TREFFPUNKT ROTEBÜHLPLATZ & online https://onlinefestival.itfs.de/onlineplus/tricks-for-kids-shorts/tfk-2/

Tricks for Kids Shorts 2

The most boring Granny in the whole world (Damaris Zielke), Animationsinstitut

https://www.itfs.de/event/tricks-for-kids-2-3/

14:00 CET

ITFS

Jugendhaus Mitte & online

Edutain Me 8.0 – Inklusion und Vielfalt in Games

Jonas Kirchner, Pixelcloud (among others)

https://www.itfs.de/event/edutain-me-8-0-inklusion-und-vielfalt-in-games/

14:45 CET

APDs

Landesmuseum Württemberg & Online

Co-Production and Financing Market, Investor Programme

Sola Media, MFG, AMCRS

16:15 CET

ITFS

Planetarium Stuttgart

Workshop Talk: Halbautomaten Kommunikationsdesign

https://www.itfs.de/en/event/workshop-talk-halbautomaten-kommunikationsdesign/

17:30 CET

ITFS

Cinema

In Persona: Jochen Kuhn 2 – Fisimatenten

Jochen Kuhn

https://www.itfs.de/event/in-persona-jochen-kuhn-2-fisimatenten/

Our HEROES @ APDs, FMX and ITFS on May 4, 2022!

Check out our HEROES’ events at APDs, FMX and ITFS on May 4, 2022!

09:00 CET

APDs

Co-Production and Financing Market, Producers for Co-Production Programme

Landesmuseum Württemberg & Online

Studio Filmbilder, Studio Seufz

10:00 CET

FMX

König-Karl-Halle presented by Unreal Engine

VIRTUAL PRODUCTION WORK ON THE STAR TREK FRANCHISE

Nathan Larouche, VAD+VFX Supervisor, Pixomondo, Paolo Tamburrino, Producer, Pixomondo

https://fmx.de/en/program-2022/detail/event/23384

13:45 CET

APDs

L-Bank Rotunde & Online Livestream

Welcome

Carl Bergengruen, MFG, Marlene Wagener, Animation Production Days (among others)

14:00 CET

APDs

L-Bank Rotunde & Online Livestream

ENABLE! Case Studies and Market Trends

hosted by Lilian Klages (APDs, Eagle Eye)

14:30 CET

FMX

Bertha-Benz-Saal

How to run a VFX Business?

Heiko Burkardsmaier, VFX Executive Producer | Head of Business & Legal Affairs, Mackevision Medien Design GmbH, Florian Gellinger, Co-Founder and Executive Producer, RISE | Visual Effects Studios

https://fmx.de/en/program-2022/detail/event/23339

14:30 CET

FMX

Raum Karlsruhe

Game of Thrones – Building King’s Landing

Mohsen Mousavi, VFX Supervisor, Scanline VFX (among others)

https://fmx.de/en/program-2022/detail/event/23780

15:00 CET

ITFS

Open Air

Latte Igel und der magische Wasserstein

Eagle Eye

https://www.itfs.de/event/latte-igel-und-der-magische-wasserstein/

16:30 CET

ITFS

Hospitalhof

In Persona: Jochen Kuhn 1 (Hamburg)

https://www.itfs.de/event/in-persona-jochen-kuhn-1-hamburg/

17:00 CET

FMX

Raum Reutlingen

Recruiting, retention, reality a few thoughts on talent

Laurie Blavin, Global Head of Talent Acquisition, Scanline VFX, Miggel Huard, Scanline VFX

https://fmx.de/en/program-2022/detail/event/23762

17:00 CET

FMX

Raum Karlsruhe

Panel discussion: The challenges of creating high-end VFX for episodic TV

Oliver Markowski, RISE | Visual Effects Studios (among others)

https://fmx.de/en/program-2022/detail/event/24301

17:30 CET

FMX

Raum Reutlingen

Mackevision Recruiting Presentation

Michael Bergmann, Recruiting Senior Analyst, Mackevision, Gus Martinez, Compositing and VFX Supervisor, Mackevision Medien Design GmbH, Carina Thomiczny, Senior 3D Realtime Artist, Mackevision

https://fmx.de/en/program-2022/detail/event/23763

18:15 CET

FMX

Raum Reutlingen

RISE Recruiting Presentation

Marian Dobrunz, Head of Human Resources, RISE I Visual Effects Studios

https://fmx.de/en/program-2022/detail/event/23765

18:30 CET

ITFS

L-Bank Rotunde & Online Live Stream

Trickstar Professional Awards

German Animation Screenplay Award / Sponsor AMCRS, among the Nominees DINO MITE / MINUS DREI UND DIE VERLORENE STADT (Production: M.A.R.K. 13, Producer: Dominique Schuchmann, Holger Weiss), Animated Games Award Germany / Sponsor MFG, among the Nominees: A Juggler’s Tale (kaleidoscube)

https://www.itfs.de/event/trickstar-professional-awards-3/

19:00 CET

ITFS

Gloria 2 & online https://onlinefestival.itfs.de/onlineplus/young-animation/young-animation-1/

Young Animation 1

Flamenco (Paulo Morato Scatena), Animationsinstitut

https://www.itfs.de/event/young-animation-1-5/

Our HEROES @ ITFS, FMX and APDs on May 3, 2022!

This week is going to be ANIMATED – our beloved Stuttgart will be an event hot spot for the Animation, VFX and Games fans and industries again: FMX – Film & Media Exchange (May 3-6), the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (May 3-8) and the business platform Animation Production Days (May 4-6) are taking place! And – after three years mainly on-site! We are absolutely thrilled!

Of course, our HEROES will be on board, too! Check out their events on May 3!

11:45 (CET)

FMX (Raum Reutlingen)

Large Scale Simulation for Marvels Loki

Fuat Yüksel, Head of Simulation, RISE | Visual Effects Studios

https://fmx.de/en/program-2022/detail/event/24387

12:30 CET)

FMX (König-Karl-Halle presented by Unreal Engine)

The VFX of LOST IN SPACE

Jan Burda, VFX Lead Compositor, Mackevision

https://fmx.de/en/program-2022/detail/event/23329

12:30 (CET)

FMX (Bertha-Benz-Saal)

Let’s Talk about Mental Health and Wellbeing in Creative Industries

Laurie Blavin, Global Head of Talent Acquisition, Scanline VFX (among others)

https://fmx.de/en/program-2022/detail/event/23317

16:00 (CET)

ITFS/APDs (Online)

Webinar: kids kino industry talk at Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film & Animation Production Days

hosted by Lilian Klages (APDs, Eagle Eye)

17:00 (CET)

FMX (Bertha-Benz-Saal)

Changing the Game – in the Work Environment

Sinje Gebauer, Managing Director & Executive VFX Producer, RISE FX South (among others)

https://fmx.de/en/program-2022/detail/event/23312

17:30 (CET)

After Work Event @ LAVAlabs

LAVAlabs Moving Images

All AMCRS members are invited!

18:15 (CET)

FMX (Bertha-Benz-Saal)

Let’s Talk about Climate Change and Sustainability in Creative Industries

Volker Helzle, Head of Research and Development, Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg (among others)

https://fmx.de/en/program-2022/detail/event/24067

Already today, the ITFS is starting with the OnlineFree GameZone on OnlineFestival.ITFS.de:

May 02-15

ITFS

Local Heroes – Kokolores & Friends

Pixelcloud, Studio Seufz, Kaleidoscube (among others)

https://www.itfs.de/event/local-heroes-kokolores-friends/

May 02-15

ITFS

GameZone Talents

Hochschule der Medien (among others)

https://www.itfs.de/event/gamezonetalents/

HOW TO DEAL WITH WAR: Myself’s Online Animation Mentoring: X-Tra Edition

HOW TO DEAL WITH WAR: Send us your film! | Myself’s Online Animation Mentoring: X-Tra Edition

On the occasion of the war in Ukraine, Myself is calling for one-minute short films on the theme of HOW TO DEAL WITH WAR in the latest Online Animation Mentoring by Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. In times of crisis, we need the ideas of all artists. Therefore, it does not matter whether you study at Filmakademie or not: Myself is looking forward to your film!

Submit your finished film via myself@animationsinstitut.de. The submission deadline is May 9.

What is Myself’s Online Animation Mentoring?

Myself’s Online Animation Mentoring offers you the opportunity to learn everything about the realization of an animated film—from the first idea to the finished project. The lessons build on each other and conclude with a concrete exercise for you. Your results will be evaluated by Myself himself, who will give you a short, concise feedback.

https://animationsinstitut.de/de/start