FMX 2019 – Throwback and A Massive Thank You!


4 days, 280 events and the best audience you could wish for - we can't believe FMX is already over. Under the theme Bridging the Gap we explored the latest and greatest developments in the fields of animation, effects, games and immersive media.

We hope you had a fantastic time and are happy to hear your feedback! Feel free to send us an e-mail to infospamgeschützt @spamgeschützt or drop a message on our social media channels.

See you at FMX 2020, May 5 - 8!

FMX 2019 - Bridging the Gap

Thanks to the speakers, curators, partners and the entire FMX crowd, FMX 2019 turned out to be a great success!

"We are very happy,"says FMX Conference Chair Prof. Andreas Hykade. "High-caliber speakers and an enthusiastic audience made FMX 2019 an unforgettable event."

In his opening speech, Minister-President of the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg, Winfried Kretschmann, was excited to open FMX as an "international flagship" for the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg. "The illusion is the most beautiful of all pleasures," he quoted Voltaire. The Minister-President described the ability to fill the empty screen with our fantasy through the animated film, "an exemplary digital space", as "one of the most important human talents."

The central theme of FMX 2019, Bridging the Gap, highlighted worldviews and workflows that inspire exchange in the fields of animation, effects, games and immersive media.

Dr. Jan Pinkava, Academy Awarded-winning director, who gave the keynote speech at the FMX opening, said "The best thing is to do good work with people that you like. If we can understand each other, learn from each other, respect each other, and disagree happily with each other, we can like each other more and do better work."

For Supervising Sound Editor Nina Hartstone, who talked about the Oscar-awarded sound editing of Bohemian Rhapsody, Bridging the Gap means "pushing the boundaries of creating sound in film to tell a story in a way that immerses the viewer in another world - transporting our consciousness out of reality and experiencing a different life."

VR/360° creator, documentary maker and journalist Gayatri Parameswaran presented the VR documentary Home After War. "Bridging the gap," she said, "means to me using technology for storytelling in a way that we can bring people together."

Academy Award-winning filmmaker and animation historian Prof. John Canemaker expressed his enthusiasm about FMX 2019: "FMX is a super event - impressive in the quality and breadth of the presentations and hospitality shown! It was of great value to me as a filmmaker and educator."

Rob Bredow, Executive Creative Director and Head of Industrial Light & Magic, appreciates that he gets to take a closer look at some of the great work that is happening in the industry at FMX: "I get to see a lot of it online, but there is nothing like getting to meet the actual people who are doing it, and see some of the behind the scenes."

Thank You!

Thank you to our speakers, curators, partners and everyone else who supported us along the way. Major thanks to our Main Partners Animation Media Cluster Region Stuttgart (AMCRS),Autodesk, Backstage,Epic Games/Unreal Engine,Foundry,MackevisionandScanlineVFX. Moreover, we want to thank our Funding Partners for their continuous support of FMX: The Ministry of Science, Research and Artsand theMinistry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Housing of the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg, the City of Stuttgart and the MFG Baden-Wuerttemberg. Of course, another massive thank you goes out to our visitors and everyone who appreciates FMX.

We hope to see all of you again for a very special FMX in 2020 - Save the date for the 25th edition:
FMX 2020, May 5-8.

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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