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FMX 2017 - Newsletter #9: Cheryl Boone Isaacs, FMX Highlights and Elemental Making-of!


In only four days FMX will open its doors for the 22nd time at the Haus der Wirtschaft in Stuttgart! Time for a final round of updates, tips and the making-of of this year's official trailer Elemental!

Cheryl Boone Isaacs, President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, joins FMX

FMX is pleased to announce that Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which hosts the annual Oscars ceremony, will be participating in a keynote interview at FMX 2017. Her participation in FMX is of great relevance, since Isaacs has been instrumental in moving the Academy, as well as the movie industry at large, in the direction of greater inclusion.

Isaacs will join FMX for a keynote interview with Eric Roth, the Executive Director of the Visual Effects Society. The interview is part of the "Studio Insights" track that provides a safe forum for executives to share their perspective on digital entertainment, focusing on production, changing business models and new forms of content creation. Isaacs will spotlight the Academy's role in the digital and societal transformation of the film industry.

The official FMX 2017 App is now available!

Our FMX 2017 app is now available in iTunes and Google Play! From the schedule through floor plans to event descriptions and the possibility to mark you favorite presentations - the app contains all the information you might need during your time at FMX. So get it now and take the exciting FMX program with you wherever you go. The best thing: It is completely for free!

Brace yourself for four days filled to the brim with exciting content!

FMX 2017 will be the showground for 285 events that will be presented by more than 300 speakers from every corner of the world - from the UK, Hungary, Japan and Australia, just to name a few. The list of program highlights is extensive, including VFX presentations on visually stunning movies such as Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, Star Wars: Rogue One and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (don't miss the special showing of the latter!), a track dedicated to virtual production in movies like Warcraft, Logan, Deepwater Horizon and Ghost in the Shell, and lots of content on animation - from Smurfs: The Lost Village through Vaiana to indie movies like the Oscar-nominated Blind Vaysha by Theodore Ushev and Pear Cider and Cigarettes by Robert Valley. FMX will also host its first series of talks on Automotive that will feature thrilling presentations from The Mill BLACKBIRD® by The Mill and Epic Games through Cars 3 to fascinating VR experiences that were created for Audi and Jaguar. VFX Supervisor Volker Engel (Uncharted Territory) is going to dive into the details of Independence Day: Resurgence while also revealing secrets of the original Independence Day. Renowned Aardman Animations studio co-founder, director, producer and writer Peter Lord will join FMX for the very first time and will get together with IndieWire's Bill Desowitz for an interview.

The FMX Forum - get to know the global industry up close!

The Forum is just as international as the Conference program, welcoming exhibitors, speakers and schools from almost 20 different countries such as Belgium, Bulgaria, USA, Germany and New Zealand. We count ourselves very lucky to have that many amazing companies on board at FMX 2017 - the Marketplace is sold out as well as the Recruiting Hub and School Campus. The audience will have the opportunity to enjoy a total of five Company Suites by Autodesk, Isotropix, SideFX, Foundry and the Walt Disney Animation Studios.

At the Marketplace 28 companies showcase their latest products and services - among them the FMX newbies Dynamixyz, Graphine Software, Persistant Studios - Popcorn FX, Rokoko, Ranch Computing and Sztaki. Furthermore, the visitors can choose between 35 workshops by 19 companies such as Binary Alchemy, Esri, Project Myron, Sohonet and Solid Angle. At the School Campus 20 film and media schools will present themselves with their curricula, employees and alumni, whereas 28 renowned companies will look for young talent at the Recruiting Hub.

Autograph Sessions with Theodore Ushev, Kelly Asbury & Robert Valley

FMX brings back the autograph sessions and this time, you have the chance to get autographs by three top directors:

Theodore Ushev (Blind Vaysha): Wednesday | May 3 | Foyer Koenig-Karl-Halle | 13:00
Kelly Asbury (Smurfs: The Lost Village) : Thursday | May 4 | Foyer Koenig-Karl-Halle | 13:00
Robert Valley (Pear Cider and Cigarettes) : Friday | May 5 | Foyer Koenig-Karl-Halle | 13:00

An Early Morning Pick-Me-Up: The Opening Screenings

Start your days at FMX in the most relaxed way and enjoy the Opening Screenings, curated by our beloved Associated Events, to prepare your mind for the following fascinating program. Every morning, you get to choose between four different Opening Screenings - among them Animafest Zagreb, New Media Film Festival and Annecy. A tough decision - but the Screenings are very well worth starting your FMX day early!

Get this Party started - the FMX Way!

After soaking up the fascinating FMX content all day, it is time for some party! You can choose between two parties that will round off your days at FMX perfectly:

FMX Echtzeit Party | Tue, May 2 | Cape Collins | Rotebühlplatz 20a, Stuttgart | 21:00
FMX Closing Event & Party | Fri, May 5 | Superschanke | Jägerstraße 19, Stuttgart | 18:00 | with BBQ!

If you'd rather finish your FMX days in a relaxed atmosphere, you can relish some drinks at California Bounge just around the corner of the Haus der Wirtschaft. Every day of the FMX week, you can enjoy the refreshing FMX drink "Lillet Vive" for only five bucks (with your FMX badge) or get discounted drinks during the Happy Hour from 17:00 to 20:00. Where: California Bounge, Boersenplatz 1, Stuttgart.

Making-of FMX 2017 Trailer Elemental

Dive deeper into this year's official FMX 2017 Trailer Elemental - the making-of is just as beautiful and thrilling as the trailer itself!


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 the MFG Baden-Wuerttemberg, taking place in cooperation with VES Visual Effects Society, ACM SIGGRAPH and the World Building Institute, supported by the Animation Media Cluster Region Stuttgart (AMCRS), Backstage, Foundry, Isotropix, Mackevision and ScanlineVFX. FMX is an event by the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg, organized by Animationsinstitut, hosting the Animation Production Day (APD), a joint venture with the Festival of Animated Film Stuttgart (ITFS).

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