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Goldener Spatz for Fritzi & Sophie!

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

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

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

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

Source: MFG

Congratulations to everyone involved!

All winners of the „Goldener Spatz“

German Reception at Annecy 2024

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

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

TechTalks on June 18, 2024!

The TechTalks Stuttgart event series presents technical topics from the fields of visual effects (VFX) and animation for scientists, creative professionals, students and the interested public. After the keynote speeches, people can spontaneously take to the microphone on their own behalf. The next event will take place on June 18, 2024, at 18:00 CET at Das Gutbrod, Friedrichstr. 10, 70174 Stuttgart.

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

Program Schedule:

„Chancen und Herausforderungen von Analogfilm im LED-Volume“ (Opportunities and challenges of analog film in the LED volume)

Samuel Ramm, Sebastian Burk and Luis Zappe studied Audiovisual Media at the Hochschule der Medien Stuttgart.
The project “What you can’t see” was created as part of their bachelor’s theses, which dealt with innovations in LED virtual production. Its premise was to prove that shooting on analogue film material in an LED volume is possible, despite widespread skepticism, and to uncover the associated effects on the workflow in the LED volume as well as colors and moiré, In addition, an AI model for background separation was developed to simplify post-production. Together with Hyperbowl, Studio L’Equipe, Arri Rental Munich, Oh, Boy! Films and Silbersalz, they carried out a series of tests and tested theoretical findings onset for practical suitability.

„3D Gaussian Splatting für LED Wall Production?“

Luca Malz dealt with the topic of 3D reconstruction of photos in his bachelor’s thesis. The innovative “3D Gaussian Splatting (3DGS)” approach is based on machine learning and opens up promising prospects in the media industry thanks to its photorealistic 3D reconstructions. In “3D Gaussian Splatting for Virtual Production”, Luca Malz compares the results of photogrammetric scans and 3DGS and refers to the integration into an LED wall virtual production workflow.

„Lens Flare Capture“

Vincent Maurer studies Technical Directing at Animationsinstitut and presents his scientific research project on the subject of lens flares. How does a flare actually occur in the lens and how can it be realistically reconstructed? Using motion control, image processing and machine learning, Vincent is trying to find new ways to generate realistic lens flares.

Info Flyer (PDF)

TechTalks Stuttgart is an initiative of the following institutions:

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

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PRIX JEUNESSE 2024 for Animanimals!

Animanimals” (KiKA/SWR) has been honored at this year’s PRIX JEUNESSE INTERNATIONAL in Munich. The multi-award-winning preschool format won in the “Shorts” category.

KiKA, SWR, Julia Ocker/Studio FILM BILDER

The animated series “Animanimals” picks up on the peculiarities of animals, which become the starting point for the crazy twists and turns of each story. In the PRIX JEUNESSE-winning episode, the cat wants to cook itself some mouse soup, but doesn’t have the heart to throw its beloved friends into the pot.

The series, which has no dialog, has already won over 50 awards, including the Grimme Prize in 2019. “Animanimals” is a production by our CREATORS from Studio FILM BILDER on behalf of KiKA and SWR. The author is animator Julia Ocker, the editors responsible are Stefan Pfäffle (KiKA) and Benjamin Manns (SWR).

The PRIX JEUNESSE INTERNATIONAL is considered the world’s most renowned meeting place for media professionals in children’s and youth television. Experts from all continents come together to award the best and most innovative children’s media programs with the coveted PRIX JEUNESSE trophies.

Source: Press Release KiKA, May 30, 2024

Further information on the PRIX JEUNESSE 2024

Prize Winners PRIX JEUNESSE 2024

DOKVILLE 2024 – Krieg und Des:Information

The annual industry get-together DOKVILLE, organized by Haus des Dokumentarfilms – Europäisches Medienforum Stuttgart e.V. (HDF), will take place on June 20/21, 2024 at Hospitalhof Stuttgart (Büchsenstr. 33, 70174 Stuttgart) and will be broadcast as a livestream for all those who cannot be on site.

DOKVILLE invites high-ranking representatives of the film and media industry to engage in a discussion with each other and with the audience. In view of growing conflicts not only in Ukraine and the Middle East, the 2024 program reflects on the topic of KRIEG UND DES:INFORMATION (War and Des:Information). The focus is on top-class documentary feature films, current documentary series, and, in the AngeDOKt format, intersections with the gaming sector.

Dokville 2024

At the same time, SWR is holding its Dokufestival (June 18 to 22, 2024, Stuttgart). Both events will conclude with the presentation of the German Documentary Film Award on the evening of June 21. The ticket for DOKVILLE also entitles the holder to attend the SWR Dokufestival on the booked day of the event (June 20 and/or 21, 2024).

Further information, program and tickets at

Next AMCRS IP Presentation Forum on June 20, 2024! 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 eight time on June 20, 2024. 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!

Register until June 14, 2024 via:

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

Organized by the AMCRS

23. Stuttgart ANIMATION MEETUP on May 28, 2024!

The next Stuttgart Animation Meetup – absolutely recommendable for filmmakers and animation enthusiasts – takes place on Tuesday, May 28, 19:30 CET at Flora and Fauna Stuttgart (directly next to the U-Bahn Station “Mineralbäder”).

The Meetup is open to all – whether you’re a student, senior artist or trying to break in. You can chat about the industry, connect with each other and occasionally draw and sketch together.

Please share with your friends and colleagues! Julia, Michael and Kris are looking forward to seeing you!

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Lecture Series „Nachhaltigkeit und / Sustainability and“ at Merz Akademie

The lecture series “Nachhaltigkeit und / Sustainability and” by our CREATORS of the New Media department at the Merz Akademie gives a voice to people who show through their work, projects and initiatives that sustainability can be thought of and practiced not only “in the big picture”, but in particular through activities in many areas and at many levels. Curated by Prof. Mario Doulis.

Event dates, each at 19:30 CET, in the Merz Akademie auditorium:

  • May 14, 2024Nachhaltigkeit und Designstudium.
    Caja Peters and Ben Herbig, Graduates of the study program Industrial Design at Hochschule Pforzheim.
  • May 21, 2024Nachhaltigkeit und Circular Design.
    Julius Schäufele, Merz Akademie graduate, company founder and designer at the interface of circular economy and transformation processes in the construction and real estate industry.
  • May 28, 2024Sustainability and Socical Economy. (English)
    Roel Forceville, head of Recyclart, NGO in Brussels at the interface between art and the social economy.
  • June 4, 2024Nachhaltigkeit und Methodik.
    Angela Grosso Ciponte, sociologist, Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst Basel.
  • June 11, 2024Sustainability and Compatibility. (English)
    Tamarind Rossetti and Stephen Wright, artistic directors of the Künstlerhaus Stuttgart.

The colleagues of the Merz Akademie are looking forward to your visit!

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FMX 2024 Presentations available online!

FMX, Photo: Dominique Brewing

The Stuttgart Animated Week 2024 came to an end on Sunday, April 28, 2024, with the grand awards gala at the ITFS. Note down the dates for next year in the calendar right away – the next ITFS will take place from May 6 to 11, 2025, and the FMX – Film & Media Exchange from May 6 to 9, 2025.

If you were unable to attend FMX this year or would like to watch individual FMX presentations again – most of the conference content will be available online via FMX On Demand until May 31, 2024. Watch out for the turquoise VoD flags in the FMX Program Schedule indicating which presentations are included in FMX On Demand. Tickets are available at the FMX Ticket Shop, the FMX On Demand Guide explains in detail how to get access.

FMX 2024, Panel “EU XR”, Photo: D. Brewing
FMX 2024, World of Gra, Photo: D. Brewing
FMX 2024, Improve Profitability in VFX and Animation, Photo: D. Brewing
FMX 2024, Being the Change through Mentorship, WIA, Photo: D. Brewing

ITFS Awards for Animationsinstitut Graduates!

On Sunday evening, April 28, 2024, the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film 2024 came to an end with the festive awards gala. Among the winners are also animated film projects by graduates and alumni of Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg’s Animationsinstitut!

Yi Luo, Photo: ITFS, Reiner Pfisterer
Dodo (directed by Yi Luo)

In the International Competition, the Lotte Reiniger Promotion Award for Animated Film (award for the best graduation film with a cash prize of 10,000 Euro, sponsored by MFG Film Funding Baden-Württemberg) goes to

Dodo, Director: Yi Luo, Producer: Jiayan Chen (Germany 2023)
More about the film and the complete credits

Jury Statement:
We saw a film that deals with the trauma of losing a father in a crucial stage child’s development. Executed in a very impressive art style that meticulously draws the viewer into the essence of the story.

Bianca Scali, Photo: ITFS, Reiner Pfisterer
it’s just a whole (directed by Bianca Scali)

The Award for the best student film with a cash prize of 2,500 Euro, sponsored by LFK Landesanstalt für Kommunikation Baden-Württemberg and MFG Film Funding Baden-Württemberg goes to:

It’s just a whole, Director: Bianca Scali, Producer: Paulina Larson (Germany 2023)
More about the film and the complete credits

Jury Statement:
We would like to give the award to the film “It‘s just a whole“  for the brilliant way in which the artists lead us into a dramatic experience in which one negotiates one’s existence  facing a sometimes cold reality, loneliness and the  primal fear of disappearance. For the film’s unique animation style in which graphics, sounds and textures are used in a way that immediately convey emotions that are transposed into physical reactions.

At the Grand Prix (State of Baden-Württemberg and the City of Stuttgart Grand Award for Animated Film with a cash prize of 10,000 Euro), director and Animationsinstitut alumna Sofiia Melnyk was honored with a Special Mention for Mariupol. A Hundred Nights (Ukraine 2023).

All winners of the ITFS 2024

We wholeheartedly congratulate all the winners!