Business Platform for the International Animation Industry

Stuttgart 26 – 28 April / 2023

Animation Production Days (APD), a joint venture of Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film (ITFS) and FMX – Film & Media Exchange, is the most important co-production and financing market for animation in Germany. It brings together co-production, financing and distribution partners for animation projects in efficient one-to-one discussions and, with the APD Conference, offers focused debates and lectures on current challenges in the industry.

The curated business platform for the European and international animation industry takes place for the 17th time in 2023. Animation producers from around 20 countries will present their projects from the film, series, games and cross-media sectors to potential co-production partners, broadcasters, distributors, sales agents, funders and investors in a series of preplanned one-to-one meetings. Around 50 projects are selected each year from a constantly growing number of submissions for presentation at APD, many of them at an early stage of development.

Eight out of the 50 projects are from young European producer/creator teams. They have been selected to participate in the “APD Talent Programme”. The aim is to bring the newcomers together with established experts in the industry and thus facilitate their first steps in the international market. Additional networking events with a welcoming atmosphere offer accredited APD attendees the opportunity to continue their discussions and to deepen new contacts in a relaxed setting.

The APD Conference is an integral part of the programme and focuses on discussing current trends and challenges in the industry. At this year’s APD Conference, speakers from local companies and global industry players will be presenting best-practice examples, initiatives and programmes from Europe, Africa and North America which have the common goal of giving new artistic voices greater visibility and supporting young talents on their paths to professionalisation.

The conference (26 April 2023, 13:45, L-Bank Rotunde) is open to FMX, ITFS & APD accredited attendees.