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fmx/conference




17:00-18:00
Wednesday May 03
Bertha-Benz-Saal
fmx/talks
European Producers from Germany, Hungary and Spain - hosted by Michael Schmetz
Tony Loeser/MotionWorks GmbH, Tamas Liszka/SzimplaFilm Ltd , Manuel Christobal/Zinkia Entertainment

Since 1999 Europe has not produced so many animated features and TV-series. It is getting harder and harder to talk about productions in terms of “countries” because these are often European co-productions with cross border cooperation. We are proud to welcome some of the outstanding producers sharing their experience and talking about new projects:

MotionWorks – Animation from the middle of Germany (Tony Loeser, Motionworks)
Development, production of animation series and feautures - illustrated at the example of the series and feature film "Ein Fall für Freunde" ("A case for Friends").

Digital creation: tricks for trickfilms (Tamas Liszka, Szimpla Films)
The „District!” had an extremely low budget for an animated feature which forced the team into a line of innovative tricks during the whole process of animation, swinging between hand-drawing, photography and CG. The new feature film „Egill” is blessed with a much higher budget, which means more productivity tricks to combine different animation techniques in a hopefully appealing manner.

"POCOYO" Learning Through Laughter (Manuel Christoba, Zinkia Entertainmentl)
"POCOYO" (52 x 7 mins) is a brand new CGI pre-school animated series. Pocoyo is a child with an insatiable curiosity, living in a world of limitless opportunities. Featuring a cast of colourful, loveable characters, POCOYO captures the imagination and stimulates children to watch, listen and interact, promoting creativity, self-awareness and self-confidence by learning through laughter.



MotionWorks GmbH was founded in September 1998. MotionWorks established a creative resource for the highly intellectual technologies of both the new and the traditional media market. MotionWorks set great store in artistic as well as technological competence in classical animation, specifically 2D and 3D. MotionWorks is an independent producer and service provider for feature films and series in partnership with Europe-wide co-producers. Commissioned productions: “Little Polar Bear I & II”, “Laura’s Star”, “Jester Till”.


Tony Loeser
Managing Director
MotionWorks GmbH


Tamás Liszka studied philosophy and film theory in his hometown of Budapest. In 2003 he joined the entertainment group Szimpla and opened the company's first cinema. Tamás is the founding director of AniFest in Budapest and acts as the not-so-secret agent for several Hungarian animation titles including Annecy-winning "District!" and Cinanima audience favourite "Maestro".


Tamas Liszka
Art Director
SzimplaFilm Ltd


In January 2005 Manuel Christobal joined Madrid based studio Zinkia as Head of Development / Distribution and Executive Producer. From 1999 till 2005 he was Executive Producer at Dygra Films, the production company of the CGI animated feature films “The Living Forest” and “Midsummer Dream”. He started as short films producer and in 1996 became manager of AGAPI (Association of Galician Independent Producers) coordinating activities with the Galician Government, the Spanish Film Institute and the regional broadcaster TVG.



Manuel Christobal
Head of Development
Zinkia Entertainment

MotionWorks GmbH was founded in September 1998. The company established a creative resource for the highly intellectual technologies of both the new and the traditional media market. MotionWorks set great store by artistic as well as technological competence in classical animation, specifically 2D and 3D. MotionWorks produced the feature film “Globi and the stolen shadow” and is actually in pre-production of the feature film “A Case for friends…how it all began!” It produced TV-Series like “Ready to board” and “A case for friends”.

Zinkia Entertainment was created in 2001 as a producer and distributor, principally orientated towards the world of animation and documentaries, as well as interactive contents for online communities, consoles and multiplayer mobile games. Amongst Zinkia´s projects lie two star animated television series: "Pocoyo" (52x7´) coproduced with Granada International (UK) along with Granada Kids and Cosgrove Hall; "Shuriken School" (26 x 26´) coproduced with Xilam (France); sold in 40 and 90 territories respectively. Multiplayer online games for mobiles such as Coca-Cola Cup, sponsored by Coca-Cola and Olympia Online, have also been developed in conjunction with Nokia.


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