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.
Julia, Michael and Kris are looking forward to seeing you!
February 25, 2024
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.
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).
Gamescom 2024: Exhibitors wanted for the THE LÄND joint stand
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.
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.
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.”
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
January 2, 2024
THE LÄND Global Game Jam BW
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.
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.
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!