The Sandman, Last Chance to Catch an Early Bird and More

News | 02.03.2023



With less then two months to go, here are further program announcements for your upcoming FMX journey! 📢


Time travel with FMX 2023 from past to present and future: The THEN & NOW track highlights practical visual effects and stop motion animation, while the N.E.W.S. track spotlights upcoming productions by outstanding filmmakers, including animation producer Manuel Cristóbal with the project THE GLASSWORKER, the first hand-drawn animated film from Pakistan. And one of your favorite binge-watch shows also comes to town: Take part in a whistle stop tour through the Netflix hit THE SANDMAN that will focus on the VFX highlights of the adaptation of the successful graphic novel written by Neil Gaiman. 🎬


The FMX Forum is getting more crowded as we speak, as numerous further companies and educational institutions have confirmed their participation. And it’s time to give it up for Foundry, Maxon and ASUS who have joined FMX as Silver Partners. Read more about the different news bits below. 🚀


FMX also recommends a detour to its long-standing partner event, the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS) – they’ll share an insight into its upcoming 30th anniversary edition. ✨



Early Bird about to fly away

Don’t let that precious creature get away: make use of the Early Bird discount while you can, and buy your FMX ticket until March 13 at the reduced rate! 🐥


Here’s a link to our ticket page and the various ticket options FMX has to offer. 🎫





Manuel Cristóbal (BUÑUEL IN THE LABYRINTH OF THE TURTLES) discusses THE GLASSWORKER + Alex Dowding zooms in on APOLLO 10 ½ + Juan Pablo Zaramella (LUMINARIS) talks about creative process


FMX 2023 presents an outstanding series of sessions with leading creative talents from around the world. Award-winning feature animation producer Manuel Cristóbal (WRINKLES, BUÑUEL – IN THE LABYRINTH OF TURTLES, LOST IN GALICIA will discuss his current collaboration with director Usman Riaz on his new feature THE GLASSWORKER. Amsterdam-based studio Submarine are known for their innovative work on high-profile hybrid animation projects, notably Richard Linklater's APOLLO 10 ½ and acclaimed TV series UNDONE; Producer Alex Dowding will focus on APOLLO 10 ½ specifically. FMX is also delighted to welcome back inspiring stop-motion director Juan Pablo Zaramella from Argentina. His acclaimed short film LUMINARIS has won over 324 awards and is a favorite with festival audiences everywhere. Juan Pablo is currently working on a new feature film I AM NINA. These sessions will showcase the exciting creative possibilities of bringing together talents and studios from many different locations, exploring a diverse range of animation techniques. Feature animation veteran and international talent consultant Shelley Page introduces this series of presentations.




Georgina Hayns (PINOCCHIO) spotlights Puppet Manufacturing + Jeffrey Okun shares practical VFX know-how


Ever wondered how animation and visual effects can be achieved using practical means? Two THEN & NOW sessions, curated and moderated by Ian Failes (befores & afters), will present milestone innovations in old-school areas of filmmaking. Puppet fabrication supervisor Georgina Hayns, whose filmography includes Guillermo del Toro’s Academy Award®-nominated PINOCCHIO and several LAIKA films, discusses how puppets for stop-motion animated films are designed, built and rigged using traditional mechanical mechanisms as well as 3D printing. Visual effects can also be tackled practically: Visual effects supervisor Jeffrey Okun (THE LAST STARFIGHTER, STARGATE or THE LAST SAMURAI) sits down with Ian Failes and Hugo Guerra from Hugo's Desk for a special LIVE session of the VFX Notes podcast. Together, they will look at tricky and joyful moments in the VFX creation process.




Matt Kavanagh & Natacha Pianeti on Untold Studios' work on Netflix series THE SANDMAN


Untold Studios' VFX Lead Matt Kavanagh and VFX Artist Natacha Pianeti offer a whistle stop tour through the making of some of the Netflix hit show’s most memorable sequences. Untold Studios worked on over 360 shots on what is one of the most successful Netflix shows ever, showcasing an incredibly diverse range of VFX techniques in the process. From an engulfing hell portal scene, to transforming Stephen Fry into a meadow and hundreds of CGI photorealistic, painterly cats for the Annie nominated bonus episode, 'A Dream of a Thousand Cats’. The pair will share behind the scenes access to the plethora of tools and techniques used to bring the show to life, explaining the creative process, their challenges and experiences in a VFX 101 style talk.



Silver Partner: Foundry


Foundry has a 25-year heritage developing creative software for the Media and Entertainment industry. Its portfolio of award-winning products solves complex visualization challenges to turn incredible ideas into reality.


Working with creative leaders around the globe, Foundry products are used to create breathtaking visual effects and animation and have been integral in the making of every VFX Academy Award-winning film, TV show and commercial for the past decade.


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Silver Partner: Maxon


Maxon makes powerful software solutions for content creators working in 2D and 3D design, motion graphics, VFX and visualization. Maxon’s product portfolio includes the Cinema 4D suite of 3D modeling, simulation and animation technology, the Forger mobile sculpting app, the diverse Red Giant lineup of revolutionary editing, motion design and filmmaking tools, the leading-edge, blazingly fast Redshift renderer and ZBrush, the industry-standard digital sculpting and painting solution.


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Silver Partner: ASUS


ProArt is the fusion of Pro and Art, created by creators, for creators. It offers a comprehensive ecosystem of laptops, desktops, monitors, components and accessories, providing professional creators with a stable foundation for their inspiration. As a sub-brand of ASUS, a global technology leader, ProArt has won international awards from iF Design, Good Design® and Red Dot, recognizing all aspects of product development, including design, innovation and technology.


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Time to pop that cork for the 30th edition of the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS)


With the motto "Animation connects!”, the ITFS invites everyone to Stuttgart from April 25 to 30, 2023, to celebrate the 30th edition together. Enjoy the latest competition films and travel back in time with the festival with various best-of programs. ITFS dares you to take a look into the future too, with topics such as artificial intelligence. There will also be an exciting program that revolves around the country focus on South Africa. Secure your accreditation at the reduced Early Bird rate until March 15.


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Stay tuned! 🍿