Online Highlights of FMX 1994-2020 Program Coming in May
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The staff of the animation institute of the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg used the time of closure to develop a comprehensive online offer for students and the community. This means that part of the curriculum is made available online by the animation institute. In addition, they developed the highlights of the FMX 1994-2020 as a replacement for the FMX conference for animation, effects, games and immersive media, which had to be canceled for 2020. They are featured regularly from early May to December 31, 2020, looking at the history, present and future of the internationally renowned event.

Animation institute online

Parts of the courses at the animation institute of the Film Academy will take place online in the summer semester 2020. But not only the students benefit from this new offer. The animation institute will open some of the teaching modules and thus offer the interested public – be it the community, potential students or schoolchildren – the opportunity to take part in lessons and to get to know the lessons at the animation institute.

On April 20, the teaching module Myselfs Online Animation Mentoring starts exclusively on the recently launched website of Animationsinstitut In the program, which contains 26 successive teaching units, the virtual mentor guides me through the entire process of realizing an animated film from the first idea to the finished project using short animated films.

After the program started on April 20 with Lesson One, Myself's online animation mentoring will continue on a regular basis. Each lesson ends with a task for the participants that can only be done with pen and paper. The participants can then send their tasks to and receive a short feedback from me.

Restart the animation institute website

The online animation mentoring from Myself is just one of the highlights on the new website of Animationsinstitut All important information about the institute can be found here. H. Study programs and application process. In addition, students, alumni, their projects and film making-ofs are regularly presented in the newly designed blog area. Animationsinstitut often presents student projects on the Internet for the first time under the name Online World Premiere. The first project can already be announced – On Your Way (directed by Thomas Sali, producer: Eric Sonnenburg).

Highlights of the FMX 1994-2020

The FMX – Conference for Animation, Effects, Games and Immersive Media builds on its history to highlight outstanding people and projects, and sets up a new series of online shows. In order to bridge the time until the community can meet again personally, the animation institute of the film academy is pleased to announce the highlights of FMX 1994-2020.

This new series of online shows will start from May 5th to 8th, the date when FMX 2020 was originally scheduled to take place, and will continue every two weeks until the end of the year. Each episode is dedicated to an outstanding personality from FMX's rich history.

FMX will present highlights from discussions and interviews with speakers from the past of FMX and give everyone the opportunity to ask questions to the speakers. The heart of every show will be a detailed interview with the personality of the day.

Here are the first confirmed respondents:

Tuesday, May 5, 6 p.m. CET: Jan Pinkava, director, Pinkava Productions

Jan Pinkava is a pioneer in various areas of animation and immersive media and has continuously inspired FMX over the past two decades. In his exclusive interview, Jan will update his personal views on the world of animation.

Wednesday, May 6, 6 p.m. CET: Volker Engel, President, Uncharted Territory

Volker Engel has worked on legendary VFX films for the past 30 years and has switched from SFX to VFX. A unique VFX hub was used for each blockbuster production. In this exclusive interview, he will discuss his extensive experience and perspective in VFX and beyond.

Thursday, May 7, 6 p.m. CET: Regina Pessoa, animation director, Ciclope Films

Portuguese animator Regina Pessoa took up the spirit of Eastern European animation and developed a unique artistic style and created highly personal films that have all become cornerstones of independent animation. In an exclusive interview, Regina gives insights into her work – past, present and future.

Friday, May 8, 6 p.m. CET: Ed Hooks, actor / actor for animators

Ed Hooks taught generations of animators what is important to bring a character's soul to life and has been a highlight of FMX over the years. In this exclusive interview, Ed explains how he plans to continue presenting his "Acting for Animators" workshop series to a global audience.

Trailer highlights from FMX 1994-2020

From May 11th, a new episode of the highlights of FMX 1994-2020 will be published every two weeks.

In addition, the FMX team would like to give the community the opportunity to contribute ideas for the highlights of FMX 1994-2020:

  • Are there any highlights from the past of FMX that you would like to see picked up and discussed in our online series?
  • Please send us your feedback and questions via We will do our best to answer your posts.
  • Or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn and leave your feedback and questions in the comments below our upcoming highlights of the FMX 1994-2020 posts or by direct message.

FMX is an event of the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg GmbH, which is organized by the animation institute and financed by the Ministry of Science, Research and Art as well as the Ministry of Economy, Work and Housing of the State of Baden-Württemberg, the City of Stuttgart and the MFG Baden -Wuerttemberg .

Don't forget that the FMX 2021 will return in Stuttgart from May 4th to 7th, 2021.

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Dan Sarto is the editor and editor-in-chief of Animation World Network.


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