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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

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:

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 (
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

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 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

TechTalks Stuttgart on Facebook

Symposium „Unlocked – Gaming öffnet Kultur“


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

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.

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

TechTalks Stuttgart on Facebook

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 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

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

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