Program 2017


AniTrailer & AniPlay

Same procedure as every year - Not really: for the first time students of the 3rd year at the Animationsinstitut of Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg have co-operated with students from Stuttgart Media University (HdM) to develop four worlds. Based on these four worlds each team produced a short film and a game experience.

Some of the trailers will promote this year´s or next year´s Stuttgart International Trickfilm Festival (ITFS), others will serve as the main trailer for next year´s FMX.

The corresponding VR experiences and apps can be played during the entire ITFS (02.-07.05.2017) in the GAME ZONE. As thirdyear projects, these technologically innovative and stylistically very different animated short films and games had only four months of production time.

You can find detailed information on the projects on



Pulse of Life

Caroline Kiessling (Directing), Tina Vest& Arvin Shokri(Animation/Effects Producing), Mitja Öhm (Directing Pulse of Life Game). Artists: Justin Braun, Alex Berweck, Alexej Skrypnik, Juraj Tomori

2017, 1:05

The trailer "Pulse of Life" is set in 2245. Earth is nothing but a post-apocalyptic wasteland. The sky is darkened and no sunlight passes through. Almost all resources ran dry and the only energy source is a gigantic jellyfish that floats through the gloomy sky and appears once in a while. Humans built up constructions, which attract the jellyfish to obtain the energy.

The VR-Installation "Pulse of Life - Game" makes the player immerge into the post-apocalyptic world to experience the jellyfish. The player is in the role of an outpost guard who is responsible to attract the jellyfish.
Directed through a walkie talkie the player is able to operate the generator to attract the jellyfish.


Heart of the Forest & Heart of the Forest - Light up your Soul

Dan Franke (Directing), Nina Schwarz (Animation/Effects Producing), Timo Müssig (Game Director). Artists: Maria Schmidt, Jessica Drechsler,  Felix Rothmayer

2017, 1:00

In the trailer "Heart of the Forest" a squirrel is guiding us through the spring awakening of a forest and its inhabitants by light and sound.

The game “Heart of the Forest - Light Up Your Soul” is a corresponding experience to the identically named ITFS trailer. The player is surrounded by the forest, which he awakens by light and sound through movement.


Dream Lab & Dream Makers

Pascal Schelbli (Directing), Aleksandra Todorovic (Animation/Effects Producing), Dimosthenis Gkantzos (Game Directing & Animation/Effects Producing). Artists: Fynn Grosse-Bley, Merlin Deppeler, Fabian Fiess, Lukas Gotkowsi, Eddy Hohf, Tim Markgraf.

2017, 1:45

In the trailer "Dream Lab" a punched, hard bitten lab assistant who looks more like an old hippie back from the 60’s than a greek dream god is standing in his „dream lab“. It’s a place where our dreams come from. It’s a place full of creativity and insanity.

The game "Dream Makers" is a creative, co-operation game for two players combining a dreamy immersive VR Laboratory and a Tablet Interface which is supplying this Laboratory with all the necessary ingredients to create what else? Dreams!

Behind the Beard & Beaver Your Beard - The Game

Marc Angele & Noel Winzen (Directing), Ela Duca (Animation/Effects Producing), Ella Estrella Tischa Raetzer (Games Directing). Artists: Eliza Plocieniak-Alvarez, Tim Lehr, Stella Raith

2017, 4:05

"Behind the Beard" is a six-episode trailer series in which a beaver's day to day existence is disrupted by unexpected events happening in his unusual habitat.

The Game-App “Behind the Beard“ lets you experience the routine of a bearded man obsessed with grooming his facial hair in front of his bathroom mirror.


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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