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Press release #1: fmx/06 - international orientation, international networking

Press release #2: fmx/06 presents an exceptional panel of speakers

Press release #3: fmx/06: A very interesting programme

Press Information – The Results

Excellent Programme Quality

As the central meeting place for the digital community in Europe, the 11th International Conference on Animation, Effects, Realtime and Content from 03 - 06 May 2006 in Haus der Wirtschaft Stuttgart, informed about digital entertainment at the highest artistic and technical level. With more than 5.000 international visitors – 40% more than last year – fmx/06 was yet again able to underline its position within the industry. 350 speakers from all over the world presented an excellent line up of more than 300 lectures, demos, workshops and screenings about creation, production and distribution in all forms of digital content. Visitors filled the lecture halls to see, among many things, the Virtual Humans Forum with leading international experts such as psychologist Paul Ekman, Mark Sagar ("King Kong"), Paul Debevec (University of Southern California) and Christophe Héry (ILM). Subjects such as Digital Cinema and Postproduction were also discussed comprehensively. Special highlights were the Weta Experience about "King Kong" with Matt Aitken and the lectures about "Wallace & Gromit" by Aardman Animations and The Moving Picture Company. First glimpses of coming productions were given by Disney ("A Day With Wilbur Robinson"); Sony Pictures Imageworks ("Open Season", "Monster House"), Dreamworks ("Over the Hedge") and Pixar. This year, the Games section was extended with lectures about the increasing convergence of games and film, covering all aspects of production. Keynote Speaker was Jordan Mechner, who is just making his legendary computer game "Prince of Persia" into a film. Also speaking were Electronic Arts, LucasArts and Sony Entertainment.

International Networking in a friendly atmosphere

It was very noticeable that fmx’s international standing has continued to develop: Not only do the speakers come from all over the world but the visitors too: Great Britain, France, the Netherlands, Sweden, Lithuania and Hungary as well as the USA, Singapore, China and even Africa. Many large groups of European visitors also attended. Speakers, participating companies and the visitors were very impressed by the exceptional quality of the contributions and the possibility to take part in lively technical discussions. The family spirit at fmx was present once again: speakers and makers attending each other’s lectures. The business side of the conference also benefited: fmx functions reliably on both levels – a place of new techniques and developments as well as a scientific forum.

Young Talents – Searching and Finding

The strong industry presence and increased internationality of fmx makes the conference a hotspot for companies looking for new staff. And on the other hand, the new generation of specialists knows that fmx is the place to make new contacts – frequently proving itself as a genuine career catalyst. This was why the Recruiting Event was such as a success. Here students, graduates and freelancers had the chance to meet potential employers. HR managers from 28 international companies outlined their needs, projects and vacancies – from industry giants such as Disney or Dreamworks through to smaller, but ambitious companies from Europe. A job market where many of the contacts resulted in actual job offers.

At European Talents, newcomers from Europe pitched their animation projects to an international jury of producers and TV editors. Some of the projects shown at fmx in the past were actually realised later. Amazing success: Three of the projects presented during fmx will most probably receive the necessary funding for realization.

fmx/forum – For Pros from Pros

The very practice-oriented fmx/forum once again received very positive feedback from the visitors and the participating companies. The combination of workshops and exposition was a great success: After the 95 workshops which took place on several stages, the participants were able to have individual in-depth discussions with the company representatives. The industry used the ideal infrastructure in Haus der Wirtschaft as the perfect platform for networking. It was also very evident that the German market is very alive with many new productions.

Realtime-Animation – Pictures from the Computer

The future belongs to animation generated in realtime. As well as all the lectures during the Realtime Sessions, the Realtime Film Festival, with impressive examples of work, gave an insight into what is already possible with this technology. The nominees, from over 180 pieces of work which were submitted, were presented – and were awarded with the coveted Realtime Awards in the categories Demos, Machinimas, CutScenes, Flash and VJ Visuals (see list of winners below).

animago AWARD – An Exciting Award Ceremony

As in the past, the fmx/06 programme was complemented by exciting partner events, amongst which, the traditional highlight, the animago AWARD – organized by the magazine DIGITAL PRODUCTION. This award is the most important competition for Digital Content Creation in German-speaking countries. On Friday evening, prizes were awarded to work from the groups Still, Animation, Compositing, Interactive, Games and Mobile Entertainment (see list of winners below).

Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film and fmx/06 – a close Partnership

The beginning of a wonderful co-operation: fmx/06 has shown how both sides profit from the intensified co-operation and the partnership will be developed further in the future. This year, similar events were merged: common speakers, fmx/screenings, the school presentations and the Realtime Film Festival. fmx/06 was opened during the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film award ceremony by Willi Staechele MdL, State Minister and for European Affairs.

fmx/07 – the Sequel

After fmx is before fmx: fmx/07 will take place from 01 – 04 May 2007.

Realtime Awards

Category Cut Scenes
David De Martini, Electronic Arts, USA, for “The Godfather“
Prize: fmx/07-Partnership-Package

Category Flash
Ilias Sounas, Greece for “Kyklos tis Zois“
Prize: Adobe Video Bundle, donated by Adobe Systems, presented by Stefan Prestele

Category Demo
LKCC & Bauknecht, Germany for “Perfect Love“
Prize: Avid Xpress Studio Essentials, donated by Avid Technology

Category Machinima
David Riedel, Germany for “Am Ende der Distanz“
Prize: Quadro FX Graphics Card, NVIDIA, presented by Laura Dohrmann

Category VJ/Visuals
Frank Becker & Alexander Bunge, Germany for the Showreel from
Prize: Maxon CINEMA 4D Release 9.5 plus Sketch and Toon, donated by Maxon, presented by Markus Kamp

Chris Allen (The Light Surgeons)
Ekkehard Brüggemann (DigitaleKultur e.V.)
Hugh Hancock (Strange Company)
John Mamais (ACONY Games)
Karin Wehn (Universität Leipzig)
Jury Chairman: Aaron Koenig (Bitfilm Festival Hamburg)

animago AWARDS

The five winners:

animago AWARD 1st Place
Category: Professional – Animation – Advertising
GEZ / Das schwarze Schaf
Artists: Spans & Partner, Hamburg
Client: GEZ

animago AWARD Platz 2nd Place
Category: Education – Animation – Short film
90 degrees
Artists: Jules Janaud, Raphael Martinez-Bachel, François Roisin, Paris

animago AWARD 3rd Place
Category: Professional – Compositing – Special Effects
Die Sturmflut
Artists: CA Scanline, München, und Unexpected, Stuttgart
Client: RTL

animago AWARD 4th Place
Category: Professional – Animation – Trailer, Opener
On-Air Design Disney Channel
Artists: Fiftyeight, Wiesbaden
Client: Disney

5th Place
Category: Professional –Compositing – Music video
Depeche Mode – Precious
Artists: Effekt-Etage, Berlin
Client: Mute, London

Organized by the Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Postproduction, Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg, fmx/06 is a non-profit event, funded by the Staatsministerium Baden-Wuerttemberg, MFG Medien- and Filmgesellschaft Baden-Wuerttemberg and FFA German Federal Film Board. In co-operation with ACM Siggraph, NXPublishing, Digital Production, Eyes & Ears of Europe, sagasnet and many partners from industry.