FMX conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Immersive Media launches online programs

The staff of Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg’s Animationsinstitut have developed a comprehensive online offering as a replacement for FMX – Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Immersive Media, which had to be cancelled for 2020.

Building on its history of highlighting outstanding people and projects, FMX – Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Immersive Media is establishing a new series of online shows. To bridge the time until the community can meet again in person, Filmakademie’s Animationsinstitut is happy to announce the Highlights of FMX 1994-2020.

Highlights of FMX 1994-2020 will be presented regularly from the beginning of May to December 31, 2020, taking a look at the history, present and future of the internationally prestigious event.

This new series of online shows will kick off from May 5-8, the dates that FMX 2020 was originally going to take place, and will continue bi-weekly until the end of the year. Each episode will be dedicated to an outstanding personality from the rich history of FMX.

FMX will present highlights from talks and interviews with speakers from FMX’s past, and they are giving everyone the opportunity to ask questions to the speakers. The centerpiece of each show will be an extended interview with the personality of the day.

Here are the first confirmed interviewees:

Tuesday, May 5, 6 pm CET: Jan Pinkava, Director, Pinkava Productions

Being a pioneer in various fields of animation and immersive media, Jan Pinkava has been a continuous source of inspiration for FMX over the last two decades. In his exclusive interview, Jan will give an update on his personal views on the world of animation.

Wednesday, May 6, 6 pm CET: Volker Engel, President, Uncharted Territory

Working on iconic VFX movies over the last 30 years, Volker Engel has crossed from SFX to VFX and used a unique VFX-hub for each blockbuster production. In this exclusive interview, he will elaborate on his vast experience and perspective in VFX, and beyond.

Thursday, May 7, 6 pm CET: Regina Pessoa, Animation Director, Ciclope Films

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

Friday, May 8, 6 pm CET: Ed Hooks, Actor / Acting for Animators

Teaching generations of animators what is essential in bringing the soul of a character to life, Ed Hooks has been a highlight of FMX throughout the years. In this exclusive interview, Ed will explain how he plans to continue to bring his Acting for Animators series of workshops to a worldwide audience.

From May 11 onwards, a new episode of Highlights of FMX 1994-2020 will be published every two weeks.

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