Program 2018


Animation & Effects I

We will hear from the students about their work on the following projects:



Christoph Sarow (Directing), Lena-Carolin Lohfink (Animation Effects Producing)

Tom is spending his summers in Blieschow, his grandfather’s farm on the isle of Rügen. His rough cousin is there, too, like every summer. A movie about childhood memories, rivalry, jealousy and chickens.



Sebastian Ingenfeld (Directing), Lena-Carolin Lofink (Animation Effects Producing)

Join space shuttle pilot Charles Overmyer on an ASPERITY cargo mission to the International Space Station – an interactive VR experience developed within the diploma year.



Maike Koller (Directing), Malte Stehr (Animation Effects Producing)

Despite her age, an old woman still wishes to learn how to swim and overcomes her fear of water. But during her attempt to swim she unknowingly awakens the attention of the fish of the deep sea.



Kiana Naghshineh (Directing), Mareike Keller (Animation Effects Producing)

A woman walks home at night. She is overwhelmed from behind by a stranger. He grabs her and tries to rip off her clothes. They fight. The point of view switches between man and woman. Reality and fear blur into each other.
A new point of view is involved: eyewitnesses who live in surrounding houses. They look down to an escaping perpetrator and a helpless victim.
But for the woman herself this situation is not so clear.


Booxze (VFX Making of)

Till Sander-Titgemeyer (Directing), Nina Schwarz (Animation Effects Producing), Mario Bertsch (VFX Supervision)

Two fishermen pull a strange box out of the swamp and cause their world to go haywire...



Meike Müller (Directing), Lena-Caronlin Lohfink (Animation Effects Producing), Anno Schachner (Technical Lead)

In the world tree of Yggdrasil, greedy little Ratatoskr searches eagerly for ever b iggerand better fruits, thereby causing impending doom for his beloved friend Eikpyrnir.Will Ratatoskr come to his senses and conquer his endless greed?


Animationsinstitut, part of Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, was established in 2002. Since then, it has evolved into one of the world’s most renowned educational institutions for animation, VFX and games.

Animationsinstitut offers the Film + Media diploma course with a focus on Animation or Interactive Media, along with various specialization options. Education is practical and project-based, encouraging the interdisciplinary exchange with all Filmakademie students right from the start. In addition, Animationsinstitut is part of a strong international network: Distinguished guest lecturers from Europe, the USA and Germany teach students, while a lively exchange with leading international film school is taking place.

Thanks to their great success at major festivals, where their diploma projects win internationally renowned awards, Animationsinstitut alumni are much sought-after. For instance, graduates work for studios in Germany or abroad, or start their own business – such as Studio Soi with their Oscar-nominated productions “The Gruffalo” (2011) and “Room on the Broom” (2014) or Studio Fizbin, founded by graduates with a specialization in Interactive Media and winner of Deutscher Computerspielpreis for the game “The Inner World” in 2014. Further successful Animationsinstitut alumni include Volker Engel, supervisor of the Oscar-winning visual effects in “Independence Day” (1997) and Angela Steffen who created the heart-warming animated children’s series “Meine Schmusedecke”(“Patchwork Pals”) which was sold to 26 broadcasters worldwide – including the BBC, Canal+ and Amazon.

Hands-on training at the institute is supplemented by scientific research and development work together with national and international partners. Successful initiatives include the EU funded DREAMSPACE project, developing tools and prototypes that enable creative professionals to combine live performances, video footage and CG imagery in real-time.

In addition to its activities in the areas of teaching, research, third party productions, and digital post-production Animationsinstitut also organizes FMX - Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Immersive Media. The English-language non-profit event attracts around 4,000 participants from 60 countries each day, and features a large number of internationally renowned speakers who shed light on the latest and most relevant industry topics. The Conference programme is complemented by the Marketplace, where visitors are invited to get a first-hand experience of modern innovations by industry leaders and start-ups. In addition, professional audiences have the opportunity to gain deeper insight into industry developments in Workshops, Master Classes and Company Suites. The FMX programme is rounded out by renowned studios and service providers on the lookout for talent at the Recruiting Hub, international schools presenting their best projects on the School Campus, and talent promotion initiatives opening up new perspectives for young creatives and start-ups.


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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