Friday, March 23, 2007

12th International Conference on Animation, Effects, Realtime and Content, May 1.-4.

Started thirteen years ago, fmx has grown into a leading event for Digital Content in Europe attracting visitors and speakers from all over the world. After a successful co-operation in 2006, fmx/07 will again run back-to-back with the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (April 26 to May 01, 2007).

Animation studios, effect houses, game developers, production companies and postproduction facilities present their latest achievements. Researchers, hard- and software vendors and users debate new technologies and practical application. Creators, financial backers and distributors talk to each other and pitch projects. Graduates and freelancers meet recruiters looking for new talents.

Tuesday, May 1 The conference kicks off with a full day of lectures and events, many in cooperation with the 14th Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film (ITFS). The Animation Production Day presents business-to-business knowledge for producers and distributors while the fmx/conference deals with production aspects of animated television series and feature films. The day culminates in the joint ITFS awards ceremony and fmx kick-off.

Wednesday, May 2 fmx/forum kicks in with workshops and suites, fmx/expo exhibitors open their doors, fmx/recruiting begins hooking people up with people, the pitchings of European Talents takes place. fmx/review surveys the latest in interactive content creation with a keynote by Jean-Charles Hourcade, Thomson on new trends, markets and opportunities. fmx/conference starts with talks on procedural animation, new animated features, visual effects and non-photorealistic rendering.

Thursday, May 3 fmx/conference turns to the anatomy of characters with the Virtual Humans Forum, the Digital Cinema Day begins, Indian and other Asian companies take the spotlight, as do the Visual Computing Cluster and the Eyes & Ears Junior Showcase.

Friday, May 4 Games and Visual Effects are a main focus of fmx/conference, with an introduction by Joseph Olin of the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences. The Virtual Humans forum and Digital Cinema Day also continue, and the Adobe roadmap marks the focus of this year's flashconference.

fmx/07 is organized by the Institute of Animation, Visual Effects & Digital Postproduction of Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg.

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