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Diploma Showroom 2024 at Animationsinstitut!

Animationsinstitut Diploma Showroom 2024

You would like to get to know the diploma projects 2024 of Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg’s Animationsinstitut and their makers? Visit the Diploma Showroom on Thursday, April 25, 2024 between 14:00 and 20:30 CET on the campus of Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, Akademiehof 10 in Ludwigsburg!

Here you can watch all the graduation films and trailers, try out the games and talk to the graduates!

–> Further information and registration

–> LinkedIn Event

Find out more about last year’s Diploma Showroom!

SWR TV documentary about current animation projects involving our Creators

Fritzi & Sophie – A Boundless Friendship

The German TV documentary “Frame by Frame – Wie Trickfilmer ticken” by SWR provides insights into the creation of the animated series “Fritzi & Sophie – A Boundless Friendship” and the animated feature film “The Light of Aisha”.

“Fritzi & Sophie” is a co-production of Balance Film Dresden, Trickstudio Lutterbeck Cologne and our CREATORS from Studio Filmbilder in Stuttgart and the first animation series to be produced entirely in Germany. Director and producer Thomas Meyer-Hermann (Studio Filmbilder), director and producer Ralf Kukula (Balance Film) and others involved in the production process will talk about the new technique in animated film of using motion capture in combination with CGI.

Exciting insights into the series and its creation will also be available in a few weeks at the Stuttgart Animated Week at FMX and ITFS. It will also celebrate its world premiere at ITFS (episodes 1-4, episodes 5-8).

Shadi Adib, director of the feature film “The Light of Aisha” and alumna of Animationsinstitut, talks about the making of the international co-production, whose screenplay by Xavier Romero and Llorenç Español won the German Animation Screenplay Award at ITFS 2019 and which is due to be released in cinemas in the fall. Further insights are provided by Kate Forsdick and Holger Tesch from The M.A.R.K. 13 Group in Stuttgart and Peter Keydel from Mago Production in Barcelona.

Take a look!

Directly to feature in the ARD media library, it is available until April 1, 2025.

Recommended reading: “From the drawing board to the cinema: what’s moving the animation industry” on SWR Kultur

Start-Up Monday in Ludwigsburg on April 8, 2024

On April 8, the Wirtschaftsförderung der Stadt Ludwigsburg and the Kokolores Collective are hosting their first Start-up Monday. The networking event will take place at the Kokolores creative center in Ludwigsburg (Mörikestr. 28/2) and will begin at 16:30 CET.

Start-Up Monday in Ludwigsburg

Start-up Monday connects the Ludwigsburg start-up community with the regional creative scene. Participants will gain an insight into the Kokolores creative center and can get to know and try out various regional products from the fields of games, animation and virtual reality. The program includes a discussion round, start-up pitches and plenty of space for networking with music and drinks. Our CREATORS from Pixelcloud and Animationsinstitut will also be part of the event.

Founders and start-ups from the Ludwigsburg area will have the opportunity to present themselves and their creative products at Start-up Monday. If you are interested, please register by e-mail to Dr. Max Höllen from the Wirtschaftsförderung der Stadt Ludwigsburg by April 4, 2024. Anyone who would like to drop by spontaneously is also welcome.

This way to the event on LinkedIn!

Night of Shame on April 26, 2024!

Night of Shame

Night of Shame is the curated film show that celebrates filmmakers’ worst! From charmingly incompetent to all out shameful – established directors excavate their questionable films and submit them to the fascinated gaze of a live audience. An introduction, a screening and an on-stage interview with our host Michael Bohnenstingl. Slightly uncomfortable or outrageously funny! Finally our filmmaker is rewarded by the redemptive applause of a loving crowd. Night of Shame makes you feel humbled, elated, and a bit closer to each other. Because ultimately: “We’re all the same in our shame.”

Be there on Friday, April 26, 2024, at 20.00 CET – during Stuttgart Animated Week (aka ITFS (April 23-28, 2024), FMX (April 23-26, 2024) and APD (April 23-25, 2024)) – when it gets really embarrassing again, but also incredibly funny!

Location: Contain’t, Container City Kunstverein Wagenhalle, Nordbahnhofstraße 1, 70191 Stuttgart

Get your tickets as soon as possible, as experience shows that the show is booked up pretty quickly!

Further information on the Night of Shame website and Instagram

The Night of Shame has already taken place at Animationsinstitut, at the Kaboom Festival in Amsterdam and twice during the Stuttgart Animated Week. It is an event organized by Studio Seufz, hosted by ITFS and Animationsinstitut der Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg and supported by AMCRS, Film Commission Region Stuttgart, Kulturförderung der Stadt Stuttgart, Sono2, contain’t e.V. and Soybloq.

Nominations for the Deutscher Filmpreis 2024 announced!

LOLA, Deutscher Filmpreis © Clemens Porikys

This week, the Deutsche Filmakademie announced the nominations for the Deutscher Filmpreis 2024!

Among the nominees are also AMCRS HEROES! In the “Best Visual Effects” category, Apollonia Hartmann and Jan Burda from Accenture Song #VFX as well as Juri Stanossek (LAVAlabs) and their teams can hope for the coveted LOLA for their work on the MFG-funded film “Girl You Know It’s True”. The film, which deals with the rise and sudden fall of pop duo Milli Vanilli in the 1980s, is also nominated in the categories “Best Production Design”, “Best Costume Design” and “Best Make-up Design”.

Also nominated in the “Best Visual Effects” category are Animationsinstitut alumni Kariem Saleh and Adrian Meyer for their work on “Die Theorie von allem” (The Universal Theory). The film is also on the list of nominees for “Best Feature Film” and “Best Director”.

The LOLA winners will be announced on May 3, 2024. We are keeping our fingers crossed for all nominees!

More about the Deutscher Filmpreis and all nominations

All nominations of MFG-funded productions

All nominations of productions by Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg and its alumni

Wanted: Trainee Communications (m/f/d) at Animationsinstitut!

The Animationsinstitut is part of the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg and one of the world’s leading institutions for Animation, Visual Effects, Technical Directing, Animation/Effects Producing and Interactive Media. In their Research and Development Department, a highly skilled and motivated team of researchers, engineers and artists works on the next generation of tools, workflows and content for Film, Animation, VFX and XR-Immersive Media.

They are looking for a trainee (m/f/d) in the field of communication at the earliest possible date!

Are you fresh out of university and interested in content marketing for social media and moving images? Then join the team in the Communications department in the external presentation of Animationsinstitut and the acquisition of international talents.


  • Writing texts for press relations, social media and print products
  • Supporting the Animationsinstitut’s social media channels and developing new formats
  • Support in the regular updating of the website and content creation
  • Collaboration in the organization and implementation of events, such as the annual FMX, as well as support in representing Animationsinstitut at trade fairs and events
  • Support in the creation of print products and merchandise
  • After training, taking on your own projects and parts of the day-to-day business in collaboration with the team

Apply now – the application deadline is March 24, 2024! Complete job advertisement

Thomas Strittmatter Award 2024

TSP Winner 2024 Schiar Simo („Himmelfahrt“) (right) and Maria Köpf (Jury), Oskar Sulowski (Jury), Anne Zohra Berrached (Jury), MFG Managing Director Carl Bergengruen, State Secretary of the Ministry of Science, Research and Arts Baden-Württemberg Arne Braun © AEDT, Stefan Krempl

Screenwriter Schiar Simo is the winner of the 2024 Thomas Strittmatter Prize, endowed with 20,000 euros by MFG Filmförderung, for his screenplay for the black humor thriller “Himmelfahrt“. In the story, a Syrian man who is considered a model migrant and lives as a baker in Germany turns out to be a terrorist ‘sleeper’ who unexpectedly has to choose between his new home and his sacred mission.

The Thomas Strittmatter Prize was presented by Arne Braun, State Secretary of the Ministry of Science, Research and Arts Baden-Württemberg, and MFG Managing Director Carl Bergengruen at a festive reception on the fringes of the 74. Berlinale at the Baden-Württemberg State Representation. A number of current MFG-funded productions were also presented, in particular the Berlinale films “Treasure” by director Julia von Heinz, the German-Tanzanian documentary “The Empty Tomb” by directors Cece Mlay and Agnes Lisa Wegner and the youth drama “Elbow” by Aslı Özarslan.

In addition to Baden-Württemberg’s Minister President Winfried Kretschmann and personalities and filmmakers from numerous fields, representatives of the AMCRS and their HEROES were also guests, including the team of the animated film “Giants of La Mancha” (including Dominique Schuchmann and Wolfgang Kerber (M.A.R.K. 13) as well as Benjamin Ey (Studio 100) and one of the voice actors, Julian Janssen (‘Checker’ team)), Jan Pinkava (Animationsinsitut), Lilian Klages (Eagle Eye Filmproduktion), Kate Forsdick (M.A.R.K. 13), Heiko Burkardsmaier (Accenture Song Content Germany GmbH), Sebastian Runschke (SERU Animation), Robert Gehring (MFG), AMCRS manager Stefanie Larson and many more.

Photo: Julia Merkel, Bildschön
Photo: Julia Merkel, Bildschön
Photo: AEDT, Stefan Krempl
Photo: Julia Merkel, Bildschön

Sources: MFG Baden-Württemberg

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

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.


  • 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