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Invite fmx/09 Kick-off Press Conference

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

fmx/09

 

Tuesday, May 5, 2009 at 13:00

Haus der Wirtschaft, Willi-Bleicher-Straße 19, 70174 Stuttgart, Meidinger-Saal


As the leading European event for digital image production, fmx/09 – 14th International Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Digital Media is more important than ever before. Difficult times call for commanding voices, and this year’s line-up of big names, leading companies and inspiring speakers lives up to the task. FMX invites the international community to become a part of the legendarily collegial atmosphere in Stuttgart. More than ever, projects being realized in year one of the financial crisis profit from intensive exchange and clever networking with other industry professionals.

The kick-off press conference makes clear what leading partners have come together here. Find out more about the renowned members, concepts and talks:

  • Baden-Wuerttemberg Minister for Media Professor Dr. Wolfgang Reinhart
  • Richard Edlund, Visual Effects Supervisor and Producer, four-time Oscar award-winner for Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Return of the Jedi
  • Chris deFaria, Executive Vice President, Digital Production, Animation and Visual Effects, Warner Bros. Pictures
  • Prof. Thomas Schadt, Director Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg
  • Prof. Thomas Haegele, Director of FMX and the Institue of Animation at the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg

We are proud that so many notable program and cooperation partners support fmx/09:

  • MFG Baden-Wuerttemberg Film Funding, Gabriele Röthemeyer
  • MFG Baden-Wuerttemberg Innovation, Klaus Haasis
  • Animation Production Day, Michael Schmetz
  • Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film, Ulrich Wegenast and Dittmar Lumpp
  • Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Petra Müller
  • Visual Effects Society (VES), Eric Roth
  • Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, Joseph Olin
  • 5D Conference, Alex McDowell and Chris Scoates
  • ACM SIGGRAPH, Isaac Kerlow
  • Virtual Humans Forum, Christophe Héry, Industrial Light & Magic & Peter Plantec
  • Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg, diploma studies programm Interactive Media, Inga von Staden
  • Focus on China, Kevin Geiger
  • flashconference, Wolfgang Schmidt-Sichermann
  • Faculty of Design Augsburg, Prof. Robert Rose
  • Gobelins, l’école de l’image, Eric Riewer
  • Stuttgart Media University, Prof. Katja Koeppl
  • Design Center Stuttgart, Sabine Lenk
  • Cluster Visual Computing, Prof. Oliver Deussen, Universität Konstanz & Prof. Thomas Ertl, Universität Stuttgart
  • NX Publishing, Jean-Michel Blottière
  • Eyes & Ears of Europe, Wout Nierhoff
  • invaZion, Ingo Nadler

as well as our Main Partners

  • Autodesk
  • Deutsche Telekom AG
  • Pixar Animation Studios
  • Sony Pictures Imageworks

The press conference will be accompanied by a German-English translation service.We look forward to welcoming you to the press conference. We would be grateful for a brief confirmation via eMail or the attached response sheet!

Yours sincerely

Nicola Steller

Press Relations fmx/09


PS: There will be a good photo opportunity directly before the conference: at 12:30, Minister Reinhart will view the fmx/expo and fmx/forum, meeting with renowned fmx/09 participants and speakers. Just before the conference at 12:55, all conference participants will meet in front of the Meidinger Hall for a group photo session.

PPS: Allow us to once again remind all journalists to register online before April 30: http://www.fmx.de/E.43.html

To the hands of, Nicola Steller, Press Relations fmx/09

nicola.steller@fmx.de, Phone ++49-(0)-7156-350616

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fmx/09: 14th International Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Digital Media

Friday, April 17th, 2009

Pick your favorites – the fmx/conference program

May the force be with us! The German garrison of Darth Vader’s 501st legion has dispatched stormtroopers and other Star Wars figures to bring a galactic touch to the opening day of fmx/09 and the talk by Xavier Nicolas, Lucasfilm Animation. John Scheele will ring in fmx/09 discussing visualization, while Bob Osher, President of Sony Pictures Digital Productions, and Hannah Minghella, President of Production, Sony Pictures Animation, offer an Inside Look at innovative production methods and new projects at both Sony Pictures Animation and Sony Pictures Imageworks.

 Check out this year’s excellent Visual Effects Society (VES) program. VES president Eric Roth talks with Chris deFaria, Executive Vice President, Digital Production, Animation and Visual Effects at Warner Bros. Pictures, about the creative opportunities of new technical options. You can also look forward to an encounter with two true VFX pioneers – the two-time Oscar-winner Richard Edlund (Star Wars, Alien 3, Die Hard) and visual effects designer and supervisor Harrison Ellenshaw (Star Wars, Tron). Further VFX highlights: Habib Zargarpour, Senior Art Director at Electronic Arts, Nicolas Aithadi, VFX supervisor at The Moving Picture Company (Quantum of Solace, Prince Caspian, Sweeney Todd); Tom Rolfe, Double Negative, on Hellboy II: The Golden Army as well as speakers from the French BUF Compagnie on The Dark Knight, Speed Racer and Dante 01 and talks on Ninja Assassin, with visual effects by Pixomondo and Trixter. Bjoern Mayer and Alessandro Cioffi report about the new martial arts blockbuster from director James McTeigue (V for Vendetta), produced by the Wachowski brothers (Matrix).

 Delve into the world of the Watchmen in an afternoon special on Zack Snyder’s adaptation of the cult comic with talks by production designer Alex McDowell (Minority Report, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Corpse Bride) and VFX supervisor John DJ Desjardin while Pete Travers from Sony Pictures Imageworks reveals the making of Doctor Manhattan. If you want to know how Digital Domain created Brad Pitt’s digital old age in the Oscar-winning The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, don’t miss the Virtual Humans Forum, where CG supervisor Jonathan Litt and animation supervisor Steve Preeg will pass on their wisdom. Advancements in 3D Stereo will be brought to you with Bolt, Coraline and Monsters vs. Aliens. Further commercial stereo 3D applications such as games, theme parks, corporate presentations, sports coverage and even home entertainment also have a place in this series of talks.

Don’t miss the 5D sessions at fmx/09, themed to the interaction of creativity and technology in world building and storytelling in visual art, entertainment, and environmental design, including discussion rounds with world-class experts. Among the panel moderators are production designer Alex McDowell, co-director of 5D Conference, whose panel is titled Creation; Chris Scoates, director of the University Art Museum at Cal State Long Beach and co-director of 5D (a panel on Imagination); production designer Kim Baumann Larsen, founding partner and creative director of Placebo Effects (“Construction)â€?; and Tali Krakowsky, director of experience design, who heads a think-tank at WET Design (“Interactionâ€?). Participating among others are: Martyn Ware, Malcolm Garrett and Ed Cookson.

In the fmx/09 games track, Joseph Olin, president of the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS), is joined by renowned colleagues: Cinematic director Jim Sonzero (Resident Evil 5) reveals how to stay relevant in the era of convergence; Matt Aldrich, Art Director at Lucasfilm Animation talks about the Jedi Alliance and The Force Unleashed; Jan-Erik Sj¸vall from Ubisoft presents Prince of Persia; Richard Hilleman, Chief Creative Director at Electronic Arts discusses the growing importance of “Small Gamesâ€? and Lyle Hall, Vice President & General Manager at Heavy Iron Studios talks about adapting computer games from the popular Pixar films.The talks on animation are equally top-class. Experience Danielle Feinberg, Pixar, discussing digital camera work in the Oscar award-winner Wall-E and illustrator Michael Faust illuminating the highly-praised animated documentary Waltz With Bashir from Israel. Chris Williams, director of Bolt, examines storytelling, creative director Viktor Antonov presents the European mega-production The Prodigies and head of layout Brad Blackbourn from Framestore talks about “Painting with Virtual Light: The Tale of Despereauxâ€?.Take a detailed dive under the hood in the Tech Talks: Paul E. Debevec, University of Southern California, talks about live facial performance scanning and Parag Havaldar, Sony Pictures Imageworks, about the considerable advancements in motion capturing. Rmi Arnaud and Rita B. Turkowski, Intel, illustrate that real-time gaming technologies have advanced from a handy previsualization tool to an industry pace-maker, whereas Steve Streeting, OGRE, discusses open-source realtime visualization.

Learn about further exciting topics in the track fmx/spotlight:

  • the Echtzeit series, curated by Prof. Robert Rose from the University of Applied Sciences Augsburg, Faculty of Design
  • Automotive Design with contributions from Mackevision, the Daimler AG and jangled nerves
  • Focus on China, curated by Kevin Geiger, who has gained a wealth of insight into the region through his work as guest professor at the Beijing Film Academy and producer at Magic Dumpling Animation Studios
  • Take a humorous and fascinating glimpse back at the veterans of the industry in Early Days in France. As digital images were first earning their legs in the 80’s and early 90’s, French companies among others BUF, Mac Guff Ligne and Médialab – were at the forefront of developments in CGI.

Explore current trends in the dynamic relationship between consumer and media in the series Interactive Content Creation. Dan Moskowitz, Maxis, discusses Spore; Inga von Staden, Studies Coordinator of Interactive Media at the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg presents “User Generated Media Powered by Community and a top-notch panel discusses the Creative Commons Community.

Join in on the long-standing FMX partner flash conference. In its 11th edition it now presents the most relevant of developments within the popular format, including the integrative approach of experience design, realtime flash apps for multi-user systems as well as noteworthy artistic usage such as the cult Spanish flash comic nikodemo. For more visit www.flashconference.de.

fmx/09  is an event by Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg in cooperation with VES Visual Effects Society, AIAS Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences, ACM Siggraph and 5D Conference. It is funded by the Ministry of State Baden-Wuerttemberg, the Ministry of Economic Affairs Baden-Wuerttemberg, MFG Baden-Wuerttemberg Public Film Fund & Public Innovation Agency for Information Technology and Media, the FFA German Federal Film Board and Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg. It is organized by the Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Postproduction at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, and NX Publishing.

Stay informed! This newsletter informs you about all the current issues concerning fmx/09. You can subscribe & unsubscribe to this newsletter at www.fmx.de.  At Imprint:Publisher: Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg – Institute of Animation – Am Akademiehof 10 – 71638 Ludwigsburg – Germany

 Editorial staff: Natasa Atanackovic, Karen Kispert, David Maas, Sebastian Sponsel  Editor-in-Chief: Thomas Haegele Contact:Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Postproduction Am Akdemiehof 10.71638 Ludwigsburg<b>Germany

 For technical questions, please contact our webmaster: viet.nguyen fmx.de, for further information: infofmx.de

 

Record Attendance at IDTechEx Printed Electronics Europe

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

In the current recession, there are few sectors which are growing rapidly, but one of those is printed electronics. Pre-registered attendance at the IDTechEx Printed Electronics Europe conference, which will be held in Dresden, Germany, on April 7-8, is 20% higher than at the same time before the event last year. Over 700 attendees from 32 countries have registered so far, with a record 66 exhibitors.

Many world first exclusives will be announced, including a breakthrough in thin film memory printing from Thin Film Electronics and Inktec, new low cost copper inks and room temperature sintering from NovaCentrix, and the launch of inkjet printers and materials from Samsung Electromechanics, among others. Dirk Hilbert, the mayor of Dresden, will be opening the prestigious IDTechEx Printed Electronics Awards ceremony, held in a beautiful ballroom in Dresden.

Raghu Das, CEO of IDTechEx, says “We are delighted to bring together world leading end users from many different sectors, including consumer packaged goods, healthcare, automotive and transit, aerospace, advertising and games companies. These companies seek new products and new electronics solutions, and our exhibitors and attendees from industry will have the opportunity to learn of their needs and meet them.” To see examples of end user attendees, go to www.IDTechEx.com/peEurope.

Printed Electronics Europe is the only event in Europe to give you the big picture – covering organics to printed inorganics and their application, from toys to energy harvesters. Don’t miss the world’s largest event on the topic – see www.IDTechEx.com/peEurope for full details.


About IDTechEx, host of Printed Electronics Europe

IDTechEx is a knowledge-based consulting company providing research and analysis on Printed and Thin Film Electronics, RFID, and Energy Harvesting.  Since 1999, IDTechEx has given independent marketing, technical and business advice and services on these subjects in three forms – consulting, research and events.  In 2006, IDTechEx was awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade, after serving customers in more than 50 countries.  With locations in three countries, United Kingdom, United States, and Germany, IDTechEx provides truly global coverage of developments in all of their subject areas.  For more information, visit www.IDTechEx.com. The IDTechEx Printed Electronics series of events are held in Europe, USA and Asia annually.

For more information on Printed Electronics Europe 2009 please contact the Event Manager Mrs. Chris Clare at c.clare@IDTechEx.com.

IDTechEx Dates:

Photovoltaics Beyond Conventional Silicon Europe 2009| April 7-8 | Dresden, Germany www.IDTechEx.com/pvEUROPE

Printed Electronics Europe 2009 | April 7-8 | Dresden, Germany www.IDTechEx.com/peEUROPE

Energy Harvesting & Storage Europe | June 3-4 | Cambridge, UK www.IDTechEx.com/eh

RFID Europe 2009 | Sep 29-30 | Cambridge, UK www.IDTechEx.com/RFIDeurope

Printed Electronics Asia 2009 | Sep 30-Oct 1 | Tokyo, Japan www.IDTechEx.com/peASIA

Energy Harvesting & Storage USA | Nov 3-4 | Denver, USA www.IDTechEx.com/ehUSA

RTLS & Wireless Sensor Networks Summit | Nov 3-4 | Denver, USA www.IDTechEx.com/wireless

Printed Electronics USA 2009 | Dec 2-3 | San Jose, USA www.IDTechEx.com/peUSA

Photovoltaics Beyond Conventional Silicon USA 2009 | Dec 2-3 | San Jose, USA
www.IDTechEx.com/pvUSA

fmx/conference: At the High-end of Digital Image Creation

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

fmx/conference presents and reflects upon the latest trends in an extraordinarily dynamic industry. And one trend can be seen very clearly throughout animation, visual effects, games and postproduction: story is king. Computer-generated imagery or effects are only effective to the degree that they serve a suspenseful and overwhelming narration. We can only mention a few highlights from the multitude of quality points in the program:

May the force be with us! The German garrison of Darth Vader’s 501st legion has dispatched stormtroopers to bring a galactic touch to the opening day of fmx/09, including the opening talk by Xavier Nicolas, Lucasfilm Animation.

Top-level guests: Bob Osher, President of Sony Pictures Digital Productions, and Hannah Minghella, President of Production, Sony Pictures Animation, offer an Inside Look at innovative production methods and new projects at both Sony Pictures Animation and Sony Pictures Imageworks.

The Visual Effects Society (VES) has once again put together an excellent program. VES president Eric Roth talks with Chris deFaria, Executive Vice President, Digital Production, Animation and Visual Effects at Warner Bros. Pictures about the creative opportunities that new technical options offer digital artists and VFX specialists. The audience can also look forward to an encounter with two true VFX pioneers the two-time Oscar-winner Richard Edlund (Star Wars, Alien 3, Die Hard) and visual effects designer and supervisor Harrison Ellenshaw (Star Wars, Tron). Further VFX highlights: Habib Zargarpour, Senior Art Director at Electronic Arts, on the various roles played by production design in games and films; Nicolas Aithadi, VFX supervisor at The Moving Picture Company (Quantum of Solace, Prince Caspian, Sweeney Todd); Tom Rolfe, Double Negative, on Hellboy II: The Golden Army as well as speakers from the French BUF Compagnie on The Dark Knight, Speed Racer and Dante 01. Proof of Hollywood productions taking place completely in Germany is offered by Ninja Assassin, filmed at Studio Babelsberg with visual effects by Pixomondo and Trixter. Björn Mayer and Alessandro Cioffi report about the new martial arts blockbuster from director James McTeigue (V for Vendetta) and produced by the Wachowski brothers (Matrix).

Watchmen Special: fmx/09 dedicates a full afternoon to Zack Snyder’s adaptation of the cult comic with talks by production designer Alex McDowell (Minority Report, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Corpse Bride) and VFX supervisor John DJ Desjardin while Pete Travers from Sony Pictures Imageworks reveals the making of Doctor Manhattan.

The Virtual Humans Forum at FMX presents insight into the current state of computer-generated characters and facial performances, as last witnessed in the impressive The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Brad Pitt’s digital old age took place in the capable hands at Digital Domain, specifically CG supervisor Jonathan Litt and animation support Steve Preeg, both of whom will be in Stuttgart to pass on their wisdom.

Advancements in 3D Stereo will be brought into focus in a series of talks and full-length screenings. Bolt director Chris Williams reveals Disney’s stereoscopic approach to story, and further experts walk through the making of Coraline and Monsters vs. Aliens. Complementing these film projects, FMX delves into further commercial stereo3D applications such as games, theme parks, corporate presentations, sport coverage and even home entertainment.

Alex McDowell, co-director of 5D: the Immersive Design Conference, coined the term immersive design to describe the creation of coherent narrative worlds within a virtual workspace of collaborative teamwork. For the first time in Europe, at fmx/09, 5D will present a track of sessions themed to the interaction of creativity and technology in world building and storytelling in visual art, entertainment, and environmental design with a series of discussion rounds with world-class experts. The 5D panels are hosted by Alex McDowell (Creation); Chris Scoates, director of the University Art Museum at Cal State Long Beach and co-director of the 5D Conference (Imagination); production designer Kim Baumann Larsen, founding partner and creative director of Placebo Effects (Construction); Alex Laurant, art director, visual designer and concept artist (Perception); and Tali Krakowski, director of experience design, who heads a think-tank at WET Design (Interaction).

Joseph Olin, president of the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS), has also rounded up renowned colleagues for the fmx/09 Games track. Cinematic director Jim Sonzero (Resident Evil 5) reveals how to stay relevant in the era of convergence; Matt Aldrich, Art Director at Lucasfilm Animation talks about the Jedi Alliance and The Force Unleashed; Jan-Erik Sj¸vall from Ubisoft talks about Prince of Persia; Richard Hilleman, Chief Creative Director at Electronic Arts discusses the growing importance of Small Games and Lyle Hall, Vice President & General Manager at Heavy Iron Studios talks about adapting computer games from the popular Pixar films.

The talks about Animation are equally top-class; Danielle Feinberg, Pixar, discusses digital camera work in the Oscar award-winner Wall-E; illustrator Michael Faust discusses the highly-praised animated documentary Waltz With Bashir from Israel, creative director Viktor Antonov presents the European mega-production The Prodigies and camera man Brad Blackbourn from Framestore presents Painting with Virtual Light: The Tale of Despereaux

The Tech Talks take a detailed dive under the hood; Paul E. Debevec, University of Southern California, talks about live facial performance scanning and Parag Havaldar, Sony Pictures Imageworks, about the considerable advancements in motion capturing. Rémi Arnaud and Rita B. Turkowski, Intel, illustrate that real-time gaming technologies have advanced from a handy previsualization tool to an industry pace-maker in practically all aspects of CGI and Steve Streeting, OGRE, discusses open-source realtime visualization. Dynamic realtime animation also plays a central role in the presentation of a virtual agent platform by Volker Helzle and Simon Spielmann from the research department of the Institute of Animation, whose very popular tools for facial animation have been publicly available for some years now.

The track fmx/spotlight illuminates further exciting topics:

  • the Echtzeit series, curated by Prof. Robert Rose from the University of Applied Sciences Augsburg, Faculty of Design
  • Automotive Design with contributions from Mackevision, the Daimler AG and jangled nerves
  • Focus on China, curated by Kevin Geiger, who has gained a wealth of insight into the region through his work as guest professor at the Beijing Film Academy and producer at Magic Dumpling Animation Studios
  • Early Days in France: As digital images were first earning their legs in the 80′s and early 90′s, French companies were at the forefront of developments in CGI. This glimpse back at the veterans of the industry – among others BUF, Mac Guff Ligne and Médialab is both humorous and fascinating.

The future of animation is interactive. The series Interactive Content explores current trends in the dynamic relationship between consumer and media; Dan Moskowitz, Maxis, discusses Spore; Inga von Staden, Studies Coordinator of Interactive Media at the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg presents User Generated Media Powered by Community and a top-notch panel discusses the Creative Commons Community.

Long-standing FMX partner: the flashconference is the oldest international conference dedicated to flash in Europe. In its 11th edition it now presents the most relevant of developments within the popular format, including the integrative approach of experience design, realtime flash apps for multi-user systems as well as noteworthy artistic usage such as the cult Spanish flash comic nikodemo. For more visit www.flashconference.de

fmx/forum: the Business Platform for the Digital Industry

Products and possibilities: fmx/forum revolves around the market and education aspects of digital image-making. The fmx/workshops and courses, the fmx/suites and product presentations, the exhibition fmx/expo all open manifold opportunities to learn, test and exchange. Hot topics at fmx/forum are 3D stereoscopy, rendering, modeling and design, special effects, character animation, workflow solutions and postproduction. Of particular interest are the workshop constellations that arise when international software companies team up with German production houses such as Side Effects, Black Mountain and Axis Animation are doing, or weltenbauer with Pixomondo. Among this year’s highlights are contributions from two legendary studios: Disney invites to a specialist exchange and peer portfolio review. And Pixar reveals upcoming enhancements to its coveted software RenderMan.

fmx/recruiting has long since won the attention of renowned global players, making FMX one of the hottest job markets for animation in Europe. Recruiting companies first present themselves, describing in-house atmosphere and the desired applicant profiles as well as the expectations they have for specific vacancies. Then applicants have the chance to introduce themselves in one-on-one discussions and interviews. It’s a proven process to make the most of limited time. The names of participating companies show its successful nature: Aardman, Animal Logic, Axis Animation, Black Rock Studios, BUF, Crytek, Deutsche Telekom, Double Negative, Framestore, Lucasfilm Animation Singapore, Mackevision, MPC, Pixar, Pixomondo, Red Vision, rise|fx, ScanlineVFX, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Trixter Film, Ubisoft, Unexpected and Walt Disney.

Finally, fmx/talents places film schools and animation-oriented education facilities from all over the world on center stage to present themselves to talented students. The School Offerings and School Campus further bring 31 schools together, each presenting themselves and their curriculum. Geographically, the line-up reaches far beyond Europe with participating schools from New Zealand, the United States, Canada and China.

A further highlight of the fmx/talents program is the presentation of the European training initiative Animation Sans Frontières, founded by the Animation Workshop in Danemark and funded by the European Union’s MEDIA program. Gobelins (France), the Moholy-Nagy University for Art and Design MOME (Hungary), the Animation Workshop and the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg each sent four students to visit all of the partner schools, taking part in courses exploring the entire production process for animated films. This year also marks the 10th Eyes & Ears Junior Showcase, another long-standing FMX partner. This event by the design association Eyes & Ears of Europe gives outstanding students and graduates the chance to present their work in the realm of media design, scenography, promotional producing and marketing.

fmx/events: Extras with Substance

More and more international partners are working together with FMX to present their own program, such as:

MFG Baden-Wuerttemberg Innovation underscore their commitment to fostering IT innovations with two important fmx/09 series:

  • Eurographics is the central European consortium of academic computer graphic researchers. At fmx/09, the symposium Best of Eurographics risks casting a glimpse into the future of animation and image processing. For more information visit www.eg.org
  • Visualization and simulation play important roles not only in films. They are gaining importance in the full breadth of graphic image production, be it the automobile industry, architecture, archeology, museum exhibitions or in medical applications. MFG Innovation honors this trend with the series Cluster Visual Computing, initiated as a platform for companies from the German southwest who are interested in networking on national and international levels. Speakers belong to institutions within the cluster, such as key-note speaker Thomas Ertl, professor of computer science at the University of Stuttgart; Robert Mayer, president of the game developer weltenbauer; or computer science professor Harald Reiterer from the University of Konstanz, director of the Human-Computer Interaction Group.

Turbulence from the international financial markets have long since made their way to the animation industry, which makes a forum such as the Animation Production Day 2009 more important than ever before. This joint event by fmx/09 and the 16th International Festival of Animated Film Stuttgart is organized by Michael Schmetz Media Consult and does more than bring creatives and investors together in pre-arranged one-on-one meetings, it also proposes novel financing models and structures. fmx/09 marks the opening of APD to formats beyond animated feature films, such as games, TV, mobile entertainment and internet. All the hustle and bustle will be complemented by two expert panels on Financing & Brands, presented by the MFG Public Film Fund. “Where To Get the Money From?� is the theme of a panel of renowned producers and financiers hosted by Susanne Schosser, who brings in-depth experience with her from her time at SuperRTL and EM Entertainment.

invaZion ’09: behind the mysterious title is the very first competition for stereoscopic short films, called into life by more3D, producer of 3D projectors. Industry giants such as Shelley Page (DreamWorks), Rob Engle (Sony Pictures Imageworks) and Christophe Héry (Industrial Light & Magic) select the winning films, which will be screened in due pomp and splendor. More information can be found at www.invazion.org

And don’t forget: numerous further Screenings. In addition to silver-screen showings of original cinema productions like Watchmen, Bolt and Coraline are plentiful special programs that can only be seen in this constellation at fmx/09:

  • Shelley’s Eye Candy, Shelley Page (Dreamworks Animation) presents her personal favorites
  • The Animation Show of Shows, cream of the crop by Dan Sarto and Ron Diamond (AWN)
  • Siggraph 2008 Computer Animation Festival, Jill Smolin (ACM Siggraph) cherry-picks personal highlights
  • Siggraph Asia 2008 Computer Animation Festival, put together by Melanie Beisswenger (Nanyang Technological University)

And last but not least, are the motivational extras: the infamous Echtzeit Party. Feel – see – dance to electronic beats by Der Thal with throbbing visuals and an “immersive experienceâ€? of an alternative kind. The HYPNOTRONIK project from the Augsburg Faculty of Design for graphic input, joined by the sprightly Onni Pohl (Strahlentiere) taking over as VJ, guiding dancers through a night of rhythm. By the way, Onni is the artist behind the fmx/09 trailer. fmx/09 thanks Autodesk, the generous sponsor of the Echtzeit party. You won’t want to miss it: Wednesday, May 06 starting 22:00h at Rocker 33.

fmx/09 is an event by Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg in cooperation with VES Visual Effects Society, AIAS Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences, ACM Siggraph and 5D Conference. It is funded by the Ministry of State Baden-Wuerttemberg, the Ministry of Economic Affairs Baden-Wuerttemberg, MFG Baden-Wuerttemberg Public Film Fund & Public Innovation Agency for Information Technology and Media, the FFA German Federal Film Board, and the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg. It is organized by the Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Postproduction at Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg, and NX Publishing.

For more information visit www.fmx.de
Press relations: Nicola Steller, phone: +49-7156-350616, email: nicola.steller@fmx.de

IDTechEx – Commercialise Innovation Two Weeks until Printed Electronics Europe 2009 By Dr. Harry Zervos, Technology Analyst, IDTechEx

Friday, March 27th, 2009

Less than two weeks remain until IDTechEx conferences Printed Electronics Europe 2009 and Photovoltaics Beyond Conventional Silicon 2009 take place, in Dresden, Germany on the 7th and 8th of April.

International speakers from major research and technology hubs around the globe, as well as integrators and end-users of innovative technologies, will be there, to exchange opinions, network, present recent results and progress in their respective fields. In addition, they will be expressing needs, discussing challenges faced and obstacles overcome in the efforts to commercialise innovation.

Companies presenting at the conference range in size and scope to give a broad overview on the subject of growth of the industry sectors addressed. Together with end-user input, the conference provides the grounds and the opportunities for immediate interaction between the providers of innovative technologies and those who will implement and use it for their and their products’ benefit.

End Users

Examples include presentations from car manufacturers such as FIAT and Daimler, toy manufacturers Ravensburger and government agencies such as NASA, providing insight into their needs from these new technologies, allowing attendees to gain firsthand knowledge of what their potential customers require. The range of end-users involved with the conference is very wide, with attendees registered from companies that have become household names such as Nestle, BMW, Braun, Hallmark and Procter & Gamble.

TFT and Displays developments

Delving more into the technology advances that will be presented at the event, display giants such as Samsung and SONY will be talking about their development of thin film transistors and their achievements in making better performing and more robust devices and manufacturing techniques. Other approaches covered at the event include QD Vision’s development of quantum dot light emitting devices for displays and lighting applications as well as Texas Instruments’ approach towards powering innovative displays such as flexible organic light emitting displays (OLEDs).

Electronic Paper developments are also attracting a lot of attention so the latest development from “spotlight startup” Plastic Logic as well as Prime View International and Bridgestone Corporation will cover development and commercialisation efforts.

Wearable Electronics

Electronic functionality is being made possible in areas where it wasn’t possible before as electronics are characterised by new properties such as stretchability, wearability, etc. Wearable electronics are being further investigated at Printed Electronics Europe, with companies like Sefar discussing the bridging of the gap between electronics and fabrics as well as opportunities for printed electronics presented by Interactive Wear’s CEO Mr. Andreas Roepert. Research at PHILIPS or the Embedded Systems Lab at University Passau is also highlighted, giving an overview of the current status of efforts in the field.

Conductive Materials

Graphene and copper inks are attracting a lot of attention as well, especially with instability in the pricing of silver or issues with its disposal (let’s not forget that silver is a biocide, making it the last thing you would want to have ending up in a landfill), should electronics become ubiquitous and disposable. Applied Nanotech is presenting on its proposition for replacing silver inks: a highly conductive inkjet printable copper nanoparticle ink that could potentially be a solution to the issues of silver. Graphene research and development will also be presented by Vorbeck Materials as well as Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

Do not miss the opportunity to be part of the biggest gathering of technologists and end-users in Europe this April. For more information on Printed Electronics Europe visit www.IDTechEx.com/peEurope.

For more information on the topic please contact the author Dr. Harry Zervos at h.zervos@IDTechEx.com or to find out more about the Printed Electronics Europe 2009 conference please contact the Event Manager Mrs. Chris Clare at c.clare@IDTechEx.com.>

IDTechEx Dates:

Photovoltaics Beyond Conventional Silicon Europe 2009| April 7-8 | Dresden, Germany www.IDTechEx.com/pvEUROPE

Printed Electronics Europe 2009 | April 7-8 | Dresden, Germany www.IDTechEx.com/peEUROPE

Energy Harvesting & Storage Europe | June 3-4 | Cambridge, UK www.IDTechEx.com/eh

RFID Europe 2009 | Sep 29-30 | Cambridge, UK www.IDTechEx.com/RFIDeurope

Printed Electronics Asia 2009 | Sep 30-Oct 1 | Tokyo, Japan www.IDTechEx.com/peASIA

Energy Harvesting & Storage USA | Nov 3-4 | Denver, USA www.IDTechEx.com/ehUSA

RTLS & Wireless Sensor Networks Summit | Nov 3-4 | Denver, USA www.IDTechEx.com/wireless

Printed Electronics USA 2009 | Dec 2-3 | San Jose, USA www.IDTechEx.com/peUSA

Photovoltaics Beyond Conventional Silicon USA 2009 | Dec 2-3 | San Jose, USA
www.IDTechEx.com/pvUSA

Top names in animation convene on fmx/09 in Stuttgart from May 05 through 08

Friday, March 27th, 2009

Stuttgart / Ludwigsburg, February 2009. The digital community gathers at fmx/09 – 14th International Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Digital Media at the Haus der Wirtschaft in Stuttgart. With only 3 months remaining, much of the preparations have been completed and we can say for sure: fmx/09 will be a meeting of the top guns from the industry, with leading executives participating in large numbers.

fmx/conference: chock full of feature appearances

Presentations and series in fmx/conference reflect upon and reveal developments within the world of digital imagery aesthetic, technical, scientific and social. Even a quick glimpse at this year’s line-up promises not just a wealth of insight, vision and inspiration; anyone familiar with the conference’s laid-back atmosphere will also appreciate the ideal networking opportunities presented. Among the prominent managers, creatives and curators this year:

Chris Defaria, Executive Vice President Digital Production, Animation and Visual Effects at Warner Bros., discusses his work on Watchmen and further projects including 300 and Harry Potter – Order of the Phoenix with Eric Roth, Director of the Visual Effects Society (VES).

Chris Williams, director of Disney’s Bolt, appears with colleagues Paul Felix (Art Director), Adolph Lusinsky (Look & Lighting Director) & Robert Neuman (Stereo Lead)

Danielle Feinberg, Director of Photography for Lighting Wall-E

Michael Faust, cg artist from the Oscar-nominated animated documentary Waltz with Bashir

Steve Preeg and Jonathan Litt from Digital Domain on The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Jeff Okun, Visual Effects Supervisor on The Day the Earth stood still, Blood Diamond, Last Samurai

Joseph Olin, President of the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS), curates the intense games focus

Christophe Hary, Research & Development Lead at ILM, curates the newest edition of the Reihe Virtual Humans Forum fmx/09 PM#21

One thematic focus of this year’s event is the increasingly popular and aesthetically expansive 3D stereoscopic technologies. In order to see what’s being talked about in its full glory, presentations in this series will take place in the Metropol cinema only blocks away from the main venue, right next to the Festival of Animated Film.

China presents another thematic emphasis, and host Kevin Geiger exposes the region in Focus on China. Among other highlights: the Beijing Film Academy, the Peking animation and VFX producer Xing Xing Digital Corp., as well as SOFA Studios from Taiwan.


fmx/forum: Industry Get-Together and Recruitment Lounge

Industry knowledge finds the perfect conditions in which to multiply. Both informal encounters and driven discussions take place at fmx/forum. Presentations, demos, company suites and the exhibition fmx/expo allow a comprehensive overview of the most important innovations in hard and software. Those looking to further educate themselves or their colleagues can choose between a multitude of superior workshops, seminars and masterclasses. One of this year’s highlights: the Khronos developer university with its full-day sessions covering across-the-board platforms and animation applications.

Since its inception, fmx/forum has had an eye on coming generations and this year is no different. State-of-the-art practical knowledge and lasting contacts can be had first hand. fmx/talents introduces schools and their students in the School Offerings and the School Campus.

fmx/recruiting is likewise dedicated to bringing talents of all experience together with potential employers. FMX has long become one of the most relevant and successful job exchange platforms for Europe’s digital task force. International corporations such as Disney and Pixar, renowned VFX houses like Digital Negative, Framestore and Animal Logic and games companies such as Crytek lay out their recruitment profiles and seek new talent here at FMX. Particularly good news: despite the difficult economic climate, major players such as Autodesk are cementing their engagement as fmx/09 partners. In the words of Thomas Mueller, Industry Marketing Manager – Media & Entertainment: “For Autodesk the FMX Conference is the most important European event of the Digital Entertainment Creation (DEC) Industry and we feel committed to play a central role. Once again we are one of the main sponsors this year so that the community can meet and gain further qualifications. With several key note speeches, MasterClasses and workshops as well as an extensive exhibition booth we give them the opportunity.”


fmx/events: Cooperation is the Key

FMX is very fortunate to enjoy more than just the support of many program partners, but includes manifold events, as is the case with the Animation Production Day (APD), a business platform for the international animation film industry. The APD is hosted by FMX and the Festival of Animated Film, organized by Michael Schmetz MediaConsult. Creatives and financers are brought to the table for concrete discussions and negotiations. In turbulent times such as these, this opportunity is more valuable than ever. So it’s no surprise that this proven venue is expanding to include TV series, games and mobile entertainment in addition to animated feature films.

The MFG Baden-Wuerttemberg continues its long-standing commitment to bringing insight on research and special applications to FMX with the series Visual Computing. The MFG expands on this tradition to include the Best of Eurographics – bringing an overview of this renowned event from the European Association for Computer Graphics.


fmx/09 & ITFS “ Kreativraum Stuttgart

Stuttgart is an animation oasis: FMX and the Festival of Animated Film Stuttgart (ITFS) one of the premiere festivals in the world have long been closely coordinated and this year brings a further landmark in mutual cooperation: the ITFS and fmx/09 take place at the same time. Visitors can jump back and forth between venues, grabbing the best of both events. But there’s more: all of Stuttgart comes alive with a full week of events covering everything from animation to music, including the popmusic industry hook-up Pop-Open from May 05 to 09, organized by the Pop-Buero Baden-Wuerttemberg. Much music will be in the air with a conference and countless live-acts, workshops and demo hear-ins.

fmx/09 is an event by Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg in cooperation with VES – Visual Effects Society, AIAS Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences, ACM Siggraph and 5D Conference. fmx/09 is funded by the Ministry of State Baden-Wuerttemberg, Ministry of Economic Affairs Baden- Wuerttemberg, MFG Baden-Wuerttemberg Public Film Fund, MFG Baden- Wuerttemberg Public Innovation Agency for Information Technology and Media and the FFA German Federal Film Board.

fmx/09 is organized by the Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Postproduction at the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg and NX Publishing.

More information at www.fmx.de
Press Relations:
Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Postproduction, Filmakademie Baden-
Wuerttemberg,
Nicola Steller, Mathildenstr. 20, D-71638
Ludwigsburg
Tel. +49 (0) 71 56 – 35 06 16, Mail nicola.steller@fmx.de
Journalists can download high resolution photographic impressions of fmx/08 and logos in
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Printed Electronics Europe passes 500 attendees and over 50 exhibitors so far!

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

With over one month to go until the famous IDTechEx Printed Electronics Europe event in Dresden, on April 7-8, attendance has achieved record levels, and is on track to bring together over 800 attendees, by far the world’s largest and most comprehensive event on the topic. Attendees from 26 countries have registered, from as far as Australia to Canada and India to Slovenia. The event has drawn the highest number of end-users yet, including household name companies such as BMW, Nestle, Unilever, Ravensberger and Nokia. This is indicative of the increasing interest of such companies to use printed electronics in their products.

Raghu Das, CEO of IDTechEx, the world’s leading analyst and event firm on printed electronics, says Despite the economic climate, growth has been remarkable. We have engaged with many consumer goods companies, who are largely recession proof, who are undertaking significant initiatives to use printed electronics in their products and enable better merchandising and new services for consumers. Those attending the event will join the largest gathering of users, suppliers, press and integrators this year. Das adds, Many presentations will be world first exclusives, and there will be new product demonstrations it is going to be a very exciting atmosphere.

The event covers the full range of technologies from organics to printed inorganics, and moves the topic forward by assessing the latest progress in stretchable electronics, flexible displays, printed energy harvesters and much more. In addition, IDTechEx has co-located its European Photovoltaics Beyond Conventional Silicon event, with speakers including Fiat and NASA, and covering all thin film photovoltaic technologies. With 54 confirmed exhibitors and over one month to go, IDTechEx expects over 70 exhibitors at the event. Many companies are exhibiting for the first time this year, such as Samsung, Plastic Logic and Muehlbauer. Coverage is global and of vital interest to industries as disparate as chemicals, consumer goods, healthcare, military, electronics and publishing.

Printed Electronics Europe is part of the global series of IDTechEx Printed Electronics events also held in the USA and Asia. See www.IDTechEx.com/peEurope for full details, and register early for the best rates.

For more information about the Printed Electronics Europe 2009 conference please contact the Event Manager Mrs. Chris Clare at c.clare@IDTechEx.com.

IDTechEx Dates:

Photovoltaics Beyond Conventional Silicon Europe 2009| April 7-8 | Dresden, Germany www.IDTechEx.com/pvEUROPE

Printed Electronics Europe 2009 | April 7-8 | Dresden, Germany www.IDTechEx.com/peEUROPE

Energy Harvesting & Storage Europe | June 3-4 | Cambridge, UK www.IDTechEx.com/eh

RFID Europe 2009 | Sep 29-30 | Cambridge, UK www.IDTechEx.com/RFIDeurope

Printed Electronics Asia 2009 | Sep 30-Oct 1 | Tokyo, Japan www.IDTechEx.com/peASIA

Energy Harvesting & Storage USA | Nov 3-4 | Denver, USA

RTLS & Wireless Sensor Networks Summit | Nov 3-4 | Denver, USA

Printed Electronics USA 2009 | Dec 2-3 | San Jose, USA www.IDTechEx.com/peUSA

Photovoltaics Beyond Conventional Silicon USA 2009 | Dec 2-3 | San Jose, USA

www.IDTechEx.com/pvUSA

www.IDTechEx.com

1st International Conference on Object Databases (ICOODB 2008)- Berlin

Thursday, February 7th, 2008

ICOODB 2008 is an International Conference on Object Databases and will take place 2008 in Berlin, Germany, on March 13th and 14th. It is a unique opportunity for researchers, developers and students to meet in person and exchange insights on object databases. The conference will address people who are interested in object databases, innovative ways to bring objects and databases together, alternatives/extensions to relational databases / mappers and database insights.

The conference is organized by an independent committee, headed by Prof. Dr. Stefan Edlich (TFH-Berlin) and James Paterson (Glasgow Caledonian University), and supported by ODBMS.org, ODBMS Vendors, and TFH-Berlin.

The conference will take place at the University of Applied Sciences TFH-Berlin. On Thursday, “Science Day”, the focus will be on the the theory of object databases whereas Friday, “Application Day”, will focus on their practical use and implementation. For more information on keynotes, talks and conference tracks please visit the conference web site.

With object oriented programming languages now fully in the mainstream object databases are unlocking possibilities never thought of before. The database is no longer confined to storing data sets in rows and columns but allows us to persist complex object graphs instantly as they are. That said, object database management systems (ODBMs) aren’t always a perfect fit. One purpose of the ICOODB conference is to provide you with a better understanding of where to use ODBMSs and why. In this spirit we invite everyone to join this conference, propose a paper or a talk, show a poster or simply visit us or get in touch with us.

The conference is calling for contribution in the following areas: General Research on Object Databases, Comparisons of ODBM Technologies, Industry Case Studies – Practical Applications, Performance, Query Languages, Architectures and Patterns, Embedded Systems and ODBMS, Highly Available / Scalable ODBMS, ODBMS in different Programming Languages, ODBMS Standards, Education using Object Databases, Object Database Implementation Strategies and more.

Organizing Committee / Address / Contact
Web: http://icoodb.org
Email: info@icoodb.org
Phone: (+49)(0)15.11.44.64.128
Prof. Dr. Stefan Edlich
TFH-Berlin
Luxemburger Str.10
13353 Berlin