Program Update: Spider-Man, Indie Animation & Open Source


FMX and animation go together like Disney movies and a cheerful soundtrack - you just can't imagine one without the other. Therefore we are all the more excited to share plenty of confirmations with you that cover the grand, beautiful diversity of animation filmmaking - from Wild & Strange indie animation to the Oscar-nominated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and the stop-motion film Missing Link. To top things off, we'll share our official FMX 2019 Animation Trailer CatPlanets with you.

Furthermore, the Open Source track will set its focus on shared technologies that aim to bridge the gaps between image creation, visual effects, animation and sound.

Wild & Strange - From Black & White to Bright & Bold

Indie animation is playing a vital part in the animation industry, making the scene even more diverse than it already is. The Wild & Strange track, curated by Jeanette Bonds (Director/Co-Founder GLAS Animation) will feature some of the most inspiring indie animators and their unique stories. One of the artists who has been attracting a lot of attention in the field of independent animation is British filmmaker Sophie Koko Gate. The animation director is know for her strong artistic style, distinctive narrative sensibilities, and bringing bold and colourful characters to life. Sophie has been in the limelight of the indie animation community ever since she released her successful graduation short from Royal College of Art Half Wet. Her most current work includes Darcy A/S/L produced by Adult Swim and Slug Life that both continue her series of bright and expressive shorts films.

We are thrilled to have Sophie and three other amazing indie animation artists join the Wild & Strange track: Michael Frei, whose reduced yet powerful film Plug & Play has been an international success, will kick off the track talking about his latest project KIDS. He will be followed by Boris Labbe, whose latest experimental film La Chute has been receiving huge critical acclaim. Tomek Popakul, who is known for his films Black and Ziegenort, will round off the series of talks discussing his film Acid Rain, which recently premiered at Sundance Film Festival in Utah.

The Art of Animation - New Grounds and Missing Links

Danny Dimian, VFX Supervisor at Sony Pictures Imageworks, oversaw work on Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse for Sony Pictures Animation. In the FMX track The Art of Animation he will give a talk on the recently Oscar- and VES Awards-nominated movie, which is the first animated feature film in the Spider-Man franchise and broke new grounds by combining computer generated animation with hand-drawn comic book techniques.

Another presentation in the The Art of Animation track will feature a look at the new stop-motion feature Missing Link (2019), produced by LAIKA. The presentation will be given by Steve Emerson, an Oscar-nominated visual effects supervisor. Steve contributed to all of LAIKA's acclaimed works: Coraline (2009), ParaNorman (2012), The Boxtrolls (2014) and Kubo and the Two Strings (2016).

Further The Art of Animation confirmations coming very soon - so keep an eye out for that!

Open Source - Shared Technologies and Cross-Industry Cooperation

Open source software has become ubiquitous across the motion picture industry, providing a foundation for many of the visual effects and animation used in motion pictures today. Developed in partnership with the Academy Software Foundation, the Open Source track highlights cross-industry efforts to develop shared technologies for image creation, visual effects, animation and sound.

The track is curated by David Morin, Head of the Epic Games Lab Los Angeles and Executive Director of the Academy Software Foundation (ASWF). Created by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Linux Foundation, the mission of the ASWF is to provide a vendor-neutral forum for open source development across the motion picture and broader media industries.

FMX is funded by the Ministry of Science, Research and Arts and the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Housing of the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg, the City of Stuttgart and MFG Baden-Wuerttemberg, taking place in cooperation with the VES Visual Effects Society and ACM SIGGRAPH. FMX is an event by the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg, organized by Animationsinstitut, hosting the Animation Production Days (APD), a joint venture with the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS).

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