Business Platform for the International Animation Industry

Stuttgart 4 – 7 May / 2021


Animation Production Days (APD), a joint venture of Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film and FMX – Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Immersive Media, 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 15th time in 2021.


Animation producers from over 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 fruitful 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 of the selected projects will be selected under the APD Talent Programme, which gives European newcomers the opportunity to present their projects in a professional environment. The aim is to bring newcomers into contact with established experts in the industry. Selected participants of the APD Talent Programme receive free accreditation for the APD.


The APD Conference is an important part of the Animation Production Days programme and offers focused debates and presentations on current challenges facing the industry. In practice-oriented case studies, technological innovations or new sales and financing strategies for animation projects will be presented and discussed. In the second part of the conference, broadcasters and distributors will present their current programme needs and future programme strategies. Numerous networking events offer the opportunity to continue the discussions and to deepen new contacts in an uncomplicated way.