Program 2017


Animation & Effects I

Students from the Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Postproduction will present their diploma films.

The Dance

Kathrin Kuhnert (Directing), Mareike Keller (Animation/EffectsProducing), Lena-Carolin Lohfink (Animation/Effects Producing)

2017, 2D, 4 min

A dance film about the fight within. A fight against obstacles such as sickness, depression, trauma or creative blockades which can never be fully won. And yet, through one's actions, a negative can be turned into a positive and for these moments of bliss, it's worth the effort.

Creature Pin Up

Christian Leitner (Directing), Juliane Walther (Animation/Effects Producing), Marcel Rügenberg (Technical Directing)

2017, 3D, 1 min

The Creature Pinup Calendar is a parody of 12 different creatures of movies like King Kong in a typical Pinup-pose. To keep the charm and the humor of the RetroPINUPs we translate their typical characteristics to the poses of the creatures.

The teaser shows the “Goblin King” (movie: The Hobbit), one of the 12 calendar creatures, as a rude, heavy and clumsy model during a photo shoot. His aggression from the beginning changes by the instructions of the photographer “find your inner beauty” to pure elegance. The teaser shows the point of view of the photographer, through his camera. After his pictures are taken, we see the calendar in a back shot.


Alexander Diretrich (Directing), Johannes Flick (Directing), Mareike Keller (Animation/Effects Producing)

2016, 3D, 5 min

As usual a healthy moderation is important. Because it is actually rare, that the strongest, fastest, or most beautiful, will automatically be the winner.

Zorn dem Volke (VFX Making Of)

Sebastian Ingenfeld (VFX), Lena-Carolin Lohfink (Animation/Effects Producing)

After a catastrophic flood, the majority of Northern Europe is fleeing their homes. The political climate in Germany has deteriorated further.
A wall on our northern border protects against immigration, terrorism and illness. All humanitarian aid has been recalled from the border areas. Despite Columba International being disbanded, some aid workers remain on location.


Animationsinstitut was founded in 2002 as part of the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg. Since then it has evolved into one of the most renowned academic institutions for Animation, VFX, and Interactive Media.

Training follows a practice- and project-oriented approach, encouraging the interdisciplinary exchange with all students at the Filmakademie. All styles of animation are taught and seminars are led by distinguished international guest lecturers. In addition, the Institute is linked to other renowned film schools and institutions worldwide. Practical education is complemented by innovative academic research and by facilities equipped with state of the art technology. 

Verifying the Institute’s training concept, its student films continuously win awards on the festival circuit. The students’ diploma projects, in particular, are very successful, regularly winning prizes at the most prestigious festivals, including SIGGRAPH and the VES Awards. As a consequence, the Institute’s alumni are highly sought after. Many start their careers in international media companies or renowned studios. Others found their own company, often based on concepts developed during their studies. 

Since 1994, Animationsinstitut organizes the prestigious FMX, International Conference on Animation, Effects, VR, Games and Transmedia. The English-speaking non-profit event has evolved into Europe’s most influential conference for the creation, production and distribution of digital entertainment, bringing the key industry players to Stuttgart each spring.


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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