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.
This is how our speakers Imagine Tomorrow
Find an overview of our confirmed speakers here.
“Think about 25 years backward from today: 1995.
Now think about the next 25 years: until 2045 - It will be a new reality. These will be profoundly creative years as we develop immersive worlds and the digital twins that live within them. Storytellers and Humanists will drive this — not just the technology.”
Kathleen Cohen, The Collaboratorium, Immersive & Experience Strategist
"The race is on! Stay ahead of Artificial Intelligence. Knowledge is the only power you have. Combined with skills, you are unbeatable.”
Michael Coldewey, TRIXTER founder and Prof. at the Filmschool (HFF) Munich
"’Tomorrow's world’ was one of my favorite programs as a kid, I've always loved exploring new tech, new ideas and ways of working. Technology may move on but still the basic rules of storytelling hold true no matter what wonderful new wiz bang medium maybe invented, either next week or in the next millennia.”
Phil Davies, The Elf Factory, Producer, “Peppa Pig”
“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 A quarter century later I am happy and proud to see that this sentence has already been completely outdated for a long time.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.”
Volker Engel, VFX-Supervisor & Co-Producer, President Uncharted Territory, “Independence Day: Resurgence”
"Many people are scared of the future for political, economical and social reasons. Thus it is important to actively influence the future and make it better. This means being aware of the past and the present, even getting inspired by traditions. Combining these with your own vision is a key ability to develop something new and relevant. As an animation director, you have a huge chance to broaden society’s view and thus nurture new opinions and discussions. It is all about courage and communication."
Shoko Hara, Studio Seufz, Motion Designer and Animation Director
“My vision for the future is definitive public appreciation of animation as an art form, and a topical expansion of animation into more adult-themed stories.”
Ed Hooks, Acting for Animators
"We need to trust in the fact that an idea needs space but also time to unfold. Though we do have numerous technical possibilities which are available to us today and tomorrow, it is essential to not rush or even possibly replace such a significant process."
Stefanie Larson, Cluster Manager, Animation Media Cluster Region Stuttgart (AMCRS)
"In this 25th anniversary year, FMX is more important than ever, as this is where education and industry intersect to inspire one another. I believe this connection is critical to continue solving the problems that will allow our next generation of artists bring incredible ideas to life, and ensure we can all realize our imagined tomorrows together."
Jody Madden, Chief Executive Officer, Foundry
“Today we are well beyond what we assumed would be possible a decade ago! The future by definition is unknown, however if you reverse engineer the advances that have been made over the last 10 years, we have a good idea as to what the digital world can become in the next 10 years. As the digital world continues to evolve, I believe that artists and their craft will remain at the heart of compelling story-telling."
Mohsen Mousavi, Scanline VFX, VFX Supervisor
“If I’ve learned something after 30 years of working in animation, is that you can’t predict the future. So many of the sure bets did not happen, and so many unexpected developments changed the landscape forever. But, as a film maker working in animation, I try to focus on those things that are an essential part of human nature in my stories, things like empathy and emotion, because those will always be there.”
Sergio Pablos, Director, Sergio Pablos Animation Studios, “Klaus”
“Nearly 20 years ago, FMX invited me to present my very first 'Eye Candy Show' - which gave me the wonderful opportunity to showcase the amazing talent of some very recent European graduates. Since then, many of those same young filmmakers have gone on to build brilliant careers - as well as becoming much valued friends and colleagues. I hope and expect that, in the future, I will discover many more exceptional young artists, animators, directors, VFX artists, game designers, VR creators and others, and, if I am very fortunate, I will be lucky enough to work with them one day!”
Shelley Page, International Talent Consultant
"Yesterday analog art outdated today, combined with tomorrow's technology can become precious in the future."
Regina Pessoa, Animation Filmmaker, Ciclope Filmes, “Uncle Thomas: Accounting for the Days”
"Tomorrow is more than an idea, it’s all about the word ‘possibility'. It’s the place were dots connect that you didn’t see connecting before. It’s about envisioning what’s not there yet, coming up with a game plan and then inventing a new new business model to get it done. Remember, it was only ten years ago everyone was re-imagining the world with 3D … and five years ago it was VR and AR. Today, we’re all wondering where streaming will take us. What’s next? Realistic Holographic meetings? Actual time travel? Finally finding a cure for cancer? Being able to co-star next to any digital actor you want? What’s really possible? When I think about imagining tomorrow, I not only want to know the answer to those questions, but also, who will figure it all out and show us how we’re going to get there.”
Eric Roth, Executive Director, Visual Effects Society
"With the entertainment trend moving towards streaming media, we're getting more opportunities to create high-end, feature film quality 'series' visual effects. I'm excited by the content already being produced, and I expect we will continue to see more, with progressively higher standards. This is positive for both viewers and artists! We all want to create content that we're proud of, and with the increasing number of streaming platforms and series releases, we continue to be inspired and driven to improve year by year."
Jenn Taylor, Image Engine, Animation Supervisor, “Carnival Row”