FMX Is Back: Next Hybrid Edition Set for April 2023

From April 25 to 27, 2023, FMX will present its top-class program on-site at Haus der Wirtschaft in Stuttgart. 

Following its success in 2022, FMX - Film & Media Exchange will host another hybrid edition next year. From April 25 to 27, 2023, FMX will present its top-class program on-site at Haus der Wirtschaft in Stuttgart. On April 28, FMX will once again offer an exclusive online day with numerous presentations from around the globe. With its hybrid approach, the conference for animation, effects, interactive and immersive media will allow people to network in person and connect from around the world. The central theme of FMX 2023 will be EVOLVING, with renowned BAFTA-winning and Oscar-nominated producer Jinko Gotoh serving as next year’s Program Chair.

"Under the theme EVOLVING, FMX 2023 will shine a light on projects and processes that are addressing the challenges that people and the planet are facing, as part of its conference program on the latest developments in the art, technology, and business of animation, visual effects, interactive and immersive media.", says the team.

FMX 2023 continues to have a look at both past achievements and brand new developments: The THEN & NOW track highlights practical visual effects and stop motion animation, while the N.E.W.S. track spotlights upcoming productions by outstanding animation filmmakers, including animation producer Manuel Cristóbal with the project THE GLASSWORKER, the first hand-drawn animated film from Pakistan. TV shows will also be part of the program: a talk on the Netflix show THE SANDMAN will focus on the VFX highlights of the adaptation of the successful graphic novel written by Neil Gaiman. In addition, further companies, as well as educational institutions, have confirmed their participation in the FMX Forum - Foundry, Maxon, and ASUS have just joined FMX as Silver Partners. 

Among multiple sessions you'll also find:

Georgina Hayns (PINOCCHIO) spotlights Puppet Manufacturing + Jeffrey Okun shares practical VFX know-how    

How can animation and visual effects be achieved using practical means? Two THEN & NOW sessions, curated and moderated by Ian Failes, will present milestone innovations in old-school areas of filmmaking. Puppet fabrication supervisor Georgina Hayns, whose filmography includes Guillermo del Toro’s Academy Award®-nominated PINOCCHIO and several LAIKA films, discusses how puppets for stop-motion animated films are designed, built and rigged using traditional mechanical mechanisms as well as 3D printing. Visual effects can also be tackled practically: Visual effects supervisor Jeffrey Okun sits down with Ian Failes and Hugo Guerra from Hugo's Desk for a special LIVE session of their VFX Notes podcast. Together, they will look at tricky and joyful moments in the VFX creation process.

Matt Kavanagh & Natacha Pianeti on Untold Studios' work on Netflix-series THE SANDMAN

Untold Studios' VFX Lead Matt Kavanagh and VFX Artist Natacha Pianeti offer a whistle-stop tour through the making of some of the Netflix hit show’s most memorable sequences. Untold Studios worked on over 360 shots on what is one of the most successful Netflix shows ever, showcasing an incredibly diverse range of VFX techniques in the process. From an engulfing hell portal scene to transforming Stephen Fry into a meadow and hundreds of CGI photoreal, painterly cats for the Annie-nominated bonus episode, A Dream of a Thousand Cats

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