FMX 2020 Imagines Tomorrow | Volker Engel, Regina Pessoa, Steven Appleby
With the end of 2019 drawing near, we can announce some exciting news for 2020: From May 5 to 8, FMX will celebrate its 25th anniversary! For this special occasion we are wrapping a birthday gift for you – full of talks, workshops and exhibitors presenting the cutting edge of animation, effects, games and immersive media projects. Our first confirmed participants for FMX 2020 are VFX Supervisor Volker Engel (CEO Uncharted Territory), Animation Director Regina Pessoa (Ciclope Filmes) and Artist & Writer Steven Appleby. For those who are eagerly waiting to get an FMX ticket – our ticket shop will open on January 10, 2020!
FMX 2020 Theme Imagine Tomorrow
Imagine Tomorrow, the central theme of FMX 2020, will showcase the latest tools and techniques that are breaking through the limits of what can be brought to life on screen.
Looking beyond the status quo, we will invite our speakers to share their visions of tomorrow, highlighting clear-cut paths and far-out concepts for the future of media & entertainment.
Imagine, if you will, growing from idea to IP, crossing the uncanny valley, joining physical and virtual production, fusing artificial and artistic intelligence, creating new ways of distribution, and experiencing the cinema of the future.
Limited by nothing but our imagination, how can we contribute to a better tomorrow?
VFX Pioneers and Animation Artists
We are excited to announce three of our FMX 2020 contributors. Furthermore, we have asked them to share their visions of the future with us.
Volker Engel (President Uncharted Territory, VFX Supervisor, Film Producer) has been a guest at FMX since its very first edition in 1994. Having studied at Filmakademie, he is best known for supervising the ground-breaking visual effects for the blockbuster Independence Day, for which he received an Academy Award. His most recent work as Co-Producer and Visual Effects Supervisor was the sequel Independence Day: Resurgence. At FMX 2020, he will curate the track The Evolution of SFX.
"In the mid-nineties I participated in the very first FMX and had a showreel that started with the daring sentence "If you think you can't do Visual Effects in Germany… think again!" A quarter century later I am happy and proud to see that this sentence has already been completely outdated for a long time. In Germany some of the world’s best artists are creating visual effects to the highest standards this industry has to offer – and will showcase their artistry amongst their colleagues and friends who will once again join them from all over the world. And true to the motto of the 25th FMX they will not only “Imagine Tomorrow”, but use their skills and inventiveness to contribute to a better tomorrow."
Animation Director Regina Pessoa (Ciclope Filmes) will give an inside look into her latest film Uncle Thomas: Accounting for the Days, one of the most acclaimed animated shorts of 2019. She won numerous prizes for her films, such as Kali the Little Vampire or Tragic Story with Happy End, which is the most awarded Portuguese film of all times. In all her films Regina Pessoa has used different engraving techniques, from plaster to computer, or as she likes to say "from stone to pixel". Being asked for her view on the future Regina Pessoa answers "Yesterday analog art outdated today, combined with tomorrow's technology can become precious in the future."
At FMX 2020, London-based Steven Appleby will present his graphic thriller Dragman, which comes out in March 2020 and features the struggles and double-life of a man who can fly when he puts on women’s clothes. Being a cross-dresser himself, Steven is the absurdist creator of many comic strips, the animated television series Captain Star and many other projects such as musical plays or paintings, prints and drawings for numerous exhibitions. His view on the future is a rather thoughtful one: "I’ve always loved the future. As an idea. As a place to go. It’s so glossy and bright and exciting! But looking back, I guess that was escapism. The future always had a dark side – I just didn’t see it. So, no more looking the other way. It’s time to face it."