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Hot topics and international speakers in FMX program

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

15th Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Interactive Media
FMX 2010
15th Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Interactive Media
May 04-07, 2010

Stuttgart/Germany, February 10, 2010. Three months before the event, the leading European conference on digital entertainment and visualization presents a first glimpse on a top notch program: 3D stereo, hybrid imagery and virtual humans are only some of the FMX 2010 hot topics.

Top movies at FMX 2010

You simply cannot ignore Avatar these days: as most successful movie of all times, it has now been nominated for 9 Oscars, breaking new ground in technology and design. Senior Visual Effects Supervisor for Avatar Joe Letteri has now received his 4th Oscar nomination and already won Academy Awards for his work on Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and King Kong. At FMX Joe Letteri will talk on how he created the world of Pandora in James Cameron’s masterpiece. In the Virtual Humans track Jeff Kleiser, CEO of Synthespian Studios, will show effects work on Surrogates, discussing the composition of robotic elements in live action actors like Bruce Willis. The seamless mix of life action and CG characters and environments has become the trademark of hybrid movies. Roland Emmerich’s 2012 also fits this format. James Bissell, Production Designer for 300, will discuss the new challenges hybrid-technology bears for designers. Visual effects supervisors Volker Engel and Marc Weigert will discuss the 2012 effects work, while the German-American effects house Pixomondo will talk about pre-vis. However animation doesn’t have to withdraw from traditional techniques, which has been proven by another box office success using stop-motion: Production Designer Nelson Lowry will let you delve into the world of The Fantastic Mr. Fox at FMX 2010.

3D Stereo: From innovation to basic technique

Animation films have been integrating 3D for years. Bob Whitehill, Stereoscopic Supervisor on Disney/Pixar’s UP, is a 3D expert and will share his special knowledge at FMX this year. Often a major feature in Hollywood’s A-movies, we tend to forget that stereoscopy is much more than a spectacular dramatic device in action films. It’s a known fact that 3D stereo has conquered the world of media and has become a basic technique for all genres using CG imagery. Andy Hendrickson, CTO Disney Animation Studios, also adopts a more general perspective on the relation between technology and design. How do most recent developments such as stereo 3D, simulation sciences and non-photorealistic rendering influence art and content? Managing director of KUK Filmproduktion Josef Kluger will discuss the new grammar for 3D stereo language and illuminate the freedom and limits of stereoscopy. An impressive example for a broader approach is the 3D stereo documentary The Eye – Life and Science on Cerro Paranal by Parallax.

FMX Recruiting: Global chances for young talents

FMX has always been committed to supporting newcomers. For many years the conference does not only focus on providing knowledge and skills but has become one of the most significant recruiting events in Europe for CGI talents. In Recruiting Presentations and one-on-one interviews the global players in the industry search for new team members at FMX. So far Animal Logic, Black Rock Studio, Cinesite, Double Negative, Framestore, Pixomondo, ScanlineVFX and RTT have confirmed their participation. Ramping up for shows to come, some will be present for up to four days in the Recruiting.

FMX is an event in cooperation with VES Visual Effects Society, AIAS Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences, ACM Siggraph and 5D Conference. It is hosting the Animation Production Day 2010 (APD), a joint venture with the Festival of Animated Film Stuttgart (ITFS). FMX is funded by the Ministry of State and the Ministry of Economics Baden-Wuerttemberg, MFG Baden-Wuerttemberg Public Film Fund & Public Innovation Agency for Information Technology and Media, and the FFA German Federal Film Board. It is an event by Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg, organized by the Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Postproduction.

More information at www.fmx.de

Please reserve FMX 2010 in your calendars. If you’re interested in photos or further info, please contact us.

Press Relations: Nicola Steller Phone: +49 7156 350616, email: nicola.steller@fmx.de

Journalists can download photographic impressions of fmx/09 in the press section on our new website. Please note: If you wish to download the pictures in high resolution, please select a picture first and then click original image.

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FMX 2010: 15th Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Interactive Media

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

FMX 2010
15th Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Interactive Media

May 04-07, 2010, Stuttgart, Germany

++ We’re online! +++
Check out the just launched FMX 2010 website and see what’s new at www.fmx.de.

++ Save 10% on your booking! +++
Partners for Sponsoring, Trade Floor booths, Workshops, Masterclasses, Recruiting or Education get 10% off when booking before December 18, 2009. Please check the Contribute section online.

++ Watch the FMX 2010 Trailer +++
Our new trailer “Only Human” created by Benjamin Swiczinsky was selected due to its look and the top notch technology behind it. At first the film appears rather two-dimensional, but soon enough the spectator is surprised witnessing how everything turns 3D, a world created with humans only. Benjamin used Massive for crowd simulation, something he claims could only be achieved by this special software, which is available to all students at the Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Postproduction.

++ The hot topics for FMX 2010 +++
The binding theme of FMX is the convergence of film, television, computers, consoles and mobile devices. Hot topics for FMX 2010 are 3D Stereo, Hybrid Imagery and 360° Media. There will also be presentations on Cross Media, Realtime Visualization as well as Immersive Design and Virtual Humans. If you want to stay posted and not miss any program updates, visit the FMX website regularly.

++ Mark your calendars +++

The conference week will be full of things for you to do! FMX will be hosting the 4th Animation Production Day (APD) in joint venture with the Festival of Animated Film Stuttgart (ITFS).
The Festival will take place from May 04-09 and the APD from May 04-05, 2010.

++ Strong partners for FMX 2010 Program and Advisory Board +++
We are happy to continue our cooperations with ACM Siggraph, AIAS Academy of Arts and Sciences, VES Visual Effects Society and 5D Conference.
In the FMX Advisory Board we welcome Viktor Antonov, Doug Chiang (ImageMovers Digital), Michael Coldewey (Trixter), Elizabeth Daley (USC School of Cinematic Arts), Oliver Deussen (University of Konstanz), Thomas Ertl (University of Stuttgart), Markus Gross (Disney Research Zurich), Andy Hendrickson (Walt Disney Animation Studios), Pierre Hénon (Paris ACM Siggraph Chapter), Isaac Kerlow (Computer Animation Festival 2010), Andy Lomas (Framestore) and Terrence Masson. Read more…

FMX 2010 is a non-profit 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 and the Ministry of Economics Baden-Wuerttemberg, MFG Baden-Wuerttemberg Public Film Fund & Public Innovation Agency for Information Technology and Media, and the FFA German Federal Film Board. It is organized by the Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Postproduction at Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg, and NX Publishing.

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FMX 2010 15th Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Interactive Media

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

May 04-07, 2010, Stuttgart, Germany

Stuttgart/Ludwigsburg, December 2009. Multi-disciplined thinking draws cinema, television, computer, console and mobile screens even closer, reinventing them to remain competitive. FMX has been part of this process for more than 15 years now, introducing the world’s leading experts in the creation, production and distribution of digital entertainment and interactive visualization.

Grown with the industry

Since its founding in 1994, FMX has reflected upon all forms of animation, effects, games, interactive visualization, mobile entertainment and their multiple effects in research and economy. Creative content transcends formats, spreading across the realms of games, animated TV series and mobile applications. FMX embraces this convergence of digital genres and contents, making it the binding theme of the event. More than 350 top notch speakers and partner organizations join FMX every year to better understand the razor edges of our industry.

Hot topics for 2010

FMX unites visitors and speakers on many levels: in expert discussions, as networking and recruiting platform and by supporting and promoting young talents. For the upcoming edition hot topics focus on collaborative multi-disciplined production and creation in 360° Media, Hybrid Imagery, most recently seen in James Cameron’s “Avatar�, Robert Zemeckis’s “A Christmas Carol� and Roland Emmerich’s “2012�, and innovations in 3D Stereo which are conquering not only movie theatres, but even television and other aspects of our lives.

FMX is an event held in cooperation with VES Visual Effects Society, AIAS Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences, ACM Siggraph and 5D Conference. It is hosting the Animation Production Day 2010 (APD), a joint venture with the Festival of Animated Film Stuttgart (ITFS). FMX is funded by the Ministry of State and the Ministry of Economics Baden-Wuerttemberg, MFG Baden-Wuerttemberg Public Film Fund & Public Innovation Agency for Information Technology and Media, and the FFA German Federal Film Board. It is an event by Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg, organized by the Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Postproduction.

More information at www.fmx.de

Please reserve FMX 2010 in your calendars. Please reserve FMX 2010 in your calendars. If you’re interested in photos or further info, please contact us.

Press Relations: Nicola Steller
Phone: +49 7156 350616, email: nicola.steller@fmx.de

Journalists can download photographic impressions of fmx/09 in the press section on our new website. Please note: If you wish to download the pictures in high resolution, please select a picture first and then click “original image�.
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Please find the FMX 2010 logos for print and online use attached to this email. You can download versions for dark backgrounds in the Press section of our website.

fmx/09 – Comprehensive Photo Collection Available for Press Download

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

fmx/09

Stuttgart/Ludwigsburg, June 18 2009. Photos taken at fmx/09 – 14th International Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Digital Media are now available in the press section of the FMX website. Sorted by days, journalists can download photos for their reports for free.

Once again a photographer supported FMX by documenting this leading European conference on digital entertainment all-over. Captured were not only speakers in action, but also the general atmosphere of the event in Stuttgart, Germany. The wide collection of motifs can be found at www.fmx.de in the section “press – media downloads – press photo gallery�. Please note: If you wish to download the pictures at a high resolution, please select a picture first and then click original image.

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fmx/09 was 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
A CD-Rom with photos from the catalog and the fmx/09 trailer can be sent on request.

fmx/09 Growing Numbers, Well-Established Quality

Monday, June 15th, 2009

 fms/09

This year, more visitors than ever from 41 countries participated in discussions, encounters and lots of exciting content. The relaxed atmosphere proved to remain a central aspect for specialists wanting to network and establish new business relations.

A total of 350 speakers from 25 countries took part this year in up to 10 rooms at the same time. The program with its special series of talks and different thematic focuses reflected the wide range of fields, interests and developments within CGI, emphasized their diversity and showed their common grounds.

Talks in fmx/conference included concepts uniting and overlapping into different specialized programs. �Immersive Design�, for example, was one of the central terms connecting the many disciplines at fmx/09. A side-effect of which was that participants had the possibility to think outside the box in reference to projects of their own. As technologies and forms of content converge in exciting ways these days, the fmx/09 program embraced and connected games, visual effects, animation, and portable imagery – all different parts of entertainment using the same technologies.

Top names filled the fmx/forum, presenting themselves in fmx/expo, holding workshops and engaging in fmx/recruiting even and especially in these turbulent times. Companies like Aardman, Double Negative, Pixar, Scanline and Sony Pictures Imageworks had plenty of jobs to offer, resulting in long lines of applicants who wanted to show their reels and open future professional doors.

In the first FMX school campus a big success with participating 25 schools another important focus of the conference lay on talents of the future, emphasizing the educational aspect of CGI. This was also reflected in the increased numbers of student visitors at fmx/09, while the total ratio of 61% professionals versus 39% students remained a perfect mix for both sides.

We would like to thank you for contributing to fmx/09. Partners, speakers and visitors alike help make the conference a success in their own special ways and enable us to present a perfect whole. Again thank you!

New fmx/09 pics

Enjoy the fmx/09 atmosphere once more and check out new pics and videos now available on our website.

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fmx/09 from May 5 – 8 2009 A Closing Report

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

 fmx/09

Stuttgart/Ludwigsburg – May 12, 2009. In the early hours of Saturday morning, fmx/09 drew to a close as the most persevering guests finally left the closing party. Once again, the 14th International Conference for Animation, Effects, Games and Digital Media gathered an international community of CGI enthusiasts in Stuttgart. Animation has long become a key technology shared across a wide range of media, going beyond animated films to live-action films and television shows as well as computer games and mobile content. This English- language conference addresses aesthetic and technical trends with a structured series of specialized programs. The desired side-effect: these parallel offerings encourage participants to cast an eye beyond the immediate scope of their own profession to exchange and compare. Immersive Design, for example, was one of the most-used concepts uniting the many disciplines at fmx/09. This year, more than 7,000 visitors from 41 countries participated in discussions, encounters and of course lots of exciting content and new-won knowledge.

The Program Choices a Land of Plenty

A record-breaking 350 speakers from 25 countries took part this year in up to 10 rooms at the same time. By far, the most widely expressed view of the fmx program was the Qual der Wahl – the torture of choice when faced with so many simultaneous top-of-the-bill offerings. Despite the decision of presenting quality talks in parallel sessions, fmx/09 was stretched to capacity on a number of occasions resulting in halls filled to the last seat and beyond. A sure sign that the event organizers of the Institute of Animation at the Filmakademie Baden- Wuerttemberg once more laid their capable fingers on the pulse of the times. The team surrounding Professor Thomas Haegele reaped ample praise not just for the high quality of individual talks, but also for the curation and thematic relevance evident within each series. Specialist visitors were also attracted by one central aspect: the relaxed, open atmosphere at the FMX is prerequisite to making business connections and exchanges that matter, not to speak of targeted networking. No wonder that participants showed themselves to be happy in feedback to the organizers. All of these factors contributed to the continued upward trend at FMX, as if there were no economic crisis. Over 7,000 registered visitors from 41 countries 61% professionals, 39% students underscores FMX’s standing as the prime European specialist conference for digital entertainment.

New Horizons and a Look Back

Faster, more international, more tightly integrated: the way CGI creatives work together today would have been unthinkable even only a few years ago. Crossmedia and transmedia applications set the tone in the digital day-to-day workings within production and design. The borders between animation and visual effects, between film and games are dissolving. And yet all these computer-generated images only represent an age-old cultural technique in new form – which continues to be primarily in service of a captivating story. Fmx/09 revealed many aspects of these new technologies and evolved workflows:

Previsualisation has become an essential part of film and games production, as well as applications for scientific and economical purposes. The possibilities are endless from precise and thus cost-effective scheduling for live shoots to the playful exploration, testing and polishing of desired sets. So its only natural that â€?previsâ€? played a leading role at fmx/09, including numerous talks by recognized kings of the trade such as Ron Frankel or his fmx/conference colleagues Kevin Tod Haug (Quantum of Solace, Kite Runner) and John Scheele (Oliver Stone’s World Trade Center) – but it also took center stage within the specialist series on automotive design.

Nonlinear animation, as experienced in computer games every day, is also advancing in large strides. Realtime was a much-used term this year, of course in series addressing games and interactive design, or the flasconference event. The scene’s playful, anarchistic approach has developed into an exciting, increasingly mainstream field in which the responsibilities of designers, programmers and creatives are experiencing a true melting pot.

Alex McDowell, renowned production designer (Watchmen, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Minority Report) and long-standing FMX partner, has coined the term immersive design. He even founded the 5D Conference to explore and discuss not just the new, globalized teamwork within a virtual workspace, but also the creation of contributive virtual worlds to further the visual opportunities and habits. This year in Stuttgart was the premiere of the European division of the 5D Conference. The top-class panel stressed their ambitious goals even in the title: Imagination, Creation, Construction, Perception and Interaction.

Despite the rapid pace of innovation, FMX finds it important to take the time to reflect upon the technical and artistic conditions in which we advance. The audience seemed to agree as the greatest interest was given to the pioneers of animation first and foremost the four-time Oscar winner Richard Edlund, the VFX veteran Harrison Ellenshaw (Tron, Star Wars, Superman) and the equally ironic and impressive speakers of the series Early Days in France.

fmx/forum: the right concept for moving times

The fmx/forum can be described as FMX’s high-traffic market place. Workshops, demos and masterclasses transfer in-depth knowledge and education. Visitors could inform themselves about innovations in hardware and software at the booths. fmx/recruiting drew talents together with international companies on the lookout for capable teams while schools, students and alumni presented their work at the fmx/talents.

The durability of this talents concept proved itself, despite the first year of the global financial crisis. Thanks to the expanded cooperational model School Campus, for example, approximately 1,000 students from 32 European schools became a future-bound element of fmx/09. Further circles were drawn by the School Offerings with partner institutions from as far away as California, China and New Zealand.

Further good news can be reported from Recruiting: unbroken engagement of companies such as Sony Pictures, Lucasfilm/LucasArts, Aardman Animations and Crytek, long lines leading to the Recruiting Desks and – most important of all smiles everywhere. Whoever was searching for new team members was definitely at the right place. And in light of economic hard times, many companies confirm that highly qualified personnel is their greatest capital.

Strong Partners, strong Input

Many renowned institutions have contributed their input, ideas and contacts into the fmx/09 program both internationally and regionally. First and foremost, FMX collaborated with its oldest and most trusted partner, the International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS) as well as its newest partner pop open within the new Kreativraum Stuttgart. The parallel offerings had both an inspiring and overwhelming effect – so much so that even die-hard animation fans were driven to their limits. The combi-ticket for both ITFS and FMX turned out to be the secret star of both shows.

The FMX shares deep roots with the MFG Baden-Wuerttemberg. MFG Innovation dedicated its energies on Visual Computing with two full series of talks highlighting the Visual Computing Cluster, which it also founded, and the Symposium Best of Eurographics, dedicated to the European academic association of the same name. MFG Film Funding contributed to the series Financing & Brands.

The Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, the film fund from Germany’s capital, launched a brand-new series. The talks presented the vibrant, young production and service scene located in Berlin and Potsdam.

Animation Production Day (APD 2009) In Tune with the Industry

Feedback from the participants of the Animation Production Day, a mutual event by FMX and ITFS in cooperation with Michael Schmetz Mediaconsult, was overwhelmingly positive. The third edition of this financing platform had been considerably expanded in comparison with previous years and now included games, TV series and mobile content in addition to animated movies. The key to the event’s unique success is that creatives meet with potential investors in pre-arranged individual discussions instead of public pitchings. At APD in Stuttgart this year, 60 European companies discussed a production volume of 140 million Euro. The organizers chose to focus on exclusiveness and concentration class instead of mass. And the concept is proving itself. Even in critical times, the difficult search for financers has lead to a disproportionately high number of happy endings. The mutual interest and openness on both sides of the business tables was tangible: The discussions began at the Animation Production Day and will be continued. The producers here were excellently prepared with business plans and very professional. We encountered only win-win situations, commented for example the representative of the Commerzbank. Thanks to the overwhelming presence shown by the industry in Stuttgart, the founding of the newly created Alliance of German Producers could be announced at the APD’s kickoff in the presence of Dr. Christoph E. Palmer.

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

Journalists can download high resolution photographic impressions of fmx/08 and logos in our press section: user name: fmxpress / password: xxl2008

In short time we will be releasing a photo gallery for fmx/09 at our website. We will of course announce this with a brief mail. Please let us know in advance if you are interested in specific speakers or series.

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fmx/09

14th International Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Digital

Media

May 05-08-2009

Stuttgart, Haus der Wirtschaft, Germany


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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.

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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

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
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