The wait for FMX has just been made sweeter: Ticket sales for FMX 2023 are now officially open! 🎟️
As you might guess this is just one of many announcements to fuel anticipation for the 27th edition of FMX: There are new program confirmations as well as Forum additions; and the Animation Production Days have launched their Call for Projects. 📣
What’s more, we’d like to say a warm welcome to our brand-new Silver Partners: Great to have you, Accenture Song, Framestore and Scanline VFX! 💥
Two ticket types will provide you with the FMX experience you’re looking for. The Conference Pass, our classic, gives you access to all on site events at Haus der Wirtschaft in the center of Stuttgart from April 25 to 27.
Can’t come to Stuttgart even though you’d love to? Purchase your Online Pass and immerse yourself in the online event on April 28. And there’s goodies for everyone: Select content will be available to all visitors on demand through May.
Not to forget: FMX is now a certified climate-friendly event – and that includes your ticket purchase: you can buy discount tickets with Deutsche Bahn (German Rail), and free use of public transport in Stuttgart (VVS) is included with your FMX ticket!
Get your tickets here: Ticketshop
Art Direction and Concept Art for Indie Productions and High-Profile IPs
The art of filmmaking, art direction and concept art for indie productions as well as other high-profile IPs are the focus of a talk by Almu Redondo. Redondo will share her creative approaches using examples of her work on MY FATHER'S DRAGON, WOLFWALKERS, BELLE or Riot Games cinematics to show how storytelling can benefit from the power of images.
The VFX of KLEO
Want to savor that thrilling spy-feeling you had when watching KLEO with Jella Haase? The conception and world building of authentic but not necessarily historically accurate locations in 1980’s Berlin, Spain and Chile will be illuminated by Pascal Bußmann and Matthias Backmann (LAVAlabs). Together they will explain how they realised around 450 VFX shots within a year, from pre-production to the final shot.
Cinematography for Stylized Motion Pictures
Christos Obretenov will be discussing how Stylized Rendering in feature films has opened up the creative possibilities in cinematography through different techniques using painterly, watercolor, illustrative lighting, and linework. These techniques are used in lighting design, shadow placement, focus & depth of field through various animated feature film projects. Christos' company Lollipop Shaders has been developing shading tools and workflows in Stylized Rendering for feature film animation, he is the Lead Developer for Pixar's RenderMan Stylized Looks, as well as Principal Shader Writer on numerous Stylized & Non Photoreal Rendering feature films with Sony Pictures Imageworks including THE MITCHELLS VS. THE MACHINES and the upcoming SPIDER-MAN: ACROSS THE SPIDER VERSE.
Recruiting Hub is fully booked!
Time to mingle with the pros! The FMX Forum with its Recruiting Hub, Marketplace, School Campus and Workshops is welcoming new partners as we speak. And good news for everyone looking for new career opportunities: The Recruiting Hub is already fully booked. To give you an idea what to expect: The following list includes just some of the partners that have already joined FMX (more to follow):
School Campus: Animationsinstitut, Flinders University, Hamm-Lippstadt University of Applied Sciences, Hochschule der Medien, Howest University of Applied Sciences / Digital Arts & Entertainment, Luleå University of Technology, Merz Akademie University of Applied Art, Design and Media Stuttgart, SAE Institute, Technische Hochschule Ostwestfalen-Lippe - University of Applied Sciences and Arts.
Silver Partner: Accenture Song
The first round of applause goes to Accenture Song, our brand-new Silver Partner.
Accenture is a leading global professional services company that helps the world's leading businesses, governments and other organizations build their digital core, optimize their operations, accelerate revenue growth and enhance citizen services—creating tangible value at speed and scale. With 738,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture is a company driven by talent and innovation. At Accenture Song VFX, the award-winnning team of international artists take an integrated, collaborative approach from script to concept art, to screen. The team also goes beyond the final results— considering timing, cost-efficiency, and quality at every step of the way, and taking additional care with security via benchmarks like the TPN Audit.
More information: www.accenture/vfx.
Silver Partner: Framestore
And no, you can’t sit down yet. The second round of applause goes to Framestore, a longtime FMX partner who is also a Silver Partner this year.
Framestore is an Oscar, BAFTA and Cannes Lions award-winning creative studio known for bringing extraordinary ideas to life across genre defining film and TV, iconic advertising campaigns, video games and pioneering immersive experiences. Home to over 3,000 creatives, artists, producers and technologists, Framestore is known for blending creative excellence with ground-breaking technical innovation to consistently deliver exceptional visual storytelling.
More information: https://www.framestore.com.
Silver Partner: Scanline VFX
Last but not least: a third round of applause for Scanline VFX, who we are very grateful to have as a Silver Partner.
Scanline VFX is an award-winning, global leader in the visual effects industry with studios in 7 global core locations. From humble beginnings over 30 years ago, they've grown to a team of over 1,400 made up of diverse nationalities from around the world. Scanline VFX believes in the power of storytelling and are committed to helping filmmakers realize their artistic vision. Underpinned by a commitment to innovation, collaboration and long-standing partnerships, they continue to develop innovative tools, techniques and technologies, to offer filmmakers the ultimate in creative freedom. Netflix’s recent investment in Scanline’s pipeline, infrastructure, and workforce allows Scanline to continue to push the boundaries of what is possible in VFX.
More information: https://www.scanlinevfx.com/.
Animation Production Days (APD) – Call for Projects
Bring that brilliant animation idea you have been working on to the right people! Newly developed animation projects can now be submitted for the 17th Animation Production Days (April 26-28, 2023 in Stuttgart). The co-production and financing market – a joint venture of ITFS and FMX – also offers a Talent Programme for newcomers and a Co-Producer Programme for production companies and studios who are looking for animation projects to collaborate on. Deadline for registration and project submissions is 9 February.
More information: www.animationproductiondays.de.
Have a great start into the week! 🚀