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7 May 2022 – Animation Production Days 2022: First Hybrid Edition Draws to a Positive Close

Stuttgart – Yesterday afternoon saw the conclusion of the 16th Animation Production Days (APD), the most important German business platform for newly developed animation projects. In 2022 APD, which took place exclusively online during the past two years, returned as a hybrid event combining an in-person programme with online activities. Animation Production Days is a joint venture of the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS) and the FMX – Film & Media Exchange.

This year, 35 projects were selected for APD and presented in pre-planned one-on-one meetings. Approximately a quarter of these projects were for preschool children, around half for school children up to the age of around twelve and another quarter for adolescent and/or adult audiences. A total of 150 participants from 22 countries registered for the event whose in-person programme took place in a somewhat smaller form than usual due to the Covid-19 restrictions: 110 participants were able to attend in person in Stuttgart with another 40 participants accredited for the online programme. Almost 700 pre-planned meetings between producers and potential financing and production partners took place from 4 – 6 May at the Württemberg State Museum. Representatives from the most important German and European TV broadcasters including ZDF, KiKA, WDR, SWR, Super RTL, BBC, RAI, DR, Canal+, France Télévisions and large international corporations such as Disney, WarnerMedia and Wildbrain as well as global distributors including ZDF Studios, Sola Media, Global Screen, Jetpack, Zodiak and many more sought out new material and talent at APD and gave the producers feedback on their newly developed projects.

It’s my first time at APD and the first impression for us presenting a project is really good. The meetings are prebooked and we have the opportunity to see all the interesting broadcasters and also benefit from the network around us. That’s fantastic. People are very accessible, it’s very easy to just meet people and talk to them.”
Marike Muselaers, Lunanime, Belgium

It’s wonderful, meeting people again. It’s almost touching. We’ve been talking to screens for years. And here we can feel if the project connects with someone and receive immediate and real human feedback. What is particularly special about APD is that it’s three events at the same time: the ITFS, the FMX and APD. A lot of people are in town, it’s a vibrant environment. And at APD you can talk to people in a relaxed but focused atmosphere.
Kristine Knudsen, Den siste skilling, Norway

“We have all learned to work online in the past two years. But this is obviously a people business and it’s so much more pleasant to meet people onsite here in Stuttgart and to get all the tonalities in discussions that you lose when you do online meetings. I’m very happy to be here again.”
Sebastian Debertin, KiKA, Germany

It’s an incredible opportunity. I have already received so much feedback and professional contacts. It’s insanely helpful and very exciting.
Emile Gignoux, Denmark

“We are delighted that we were finally able to offer the industry a platform for face-to-face meetings and exchanges once again. It was noticeable how much everyone had missed that and how valuable it is.”
Marlene Wagener, Head of Animation Production Days 

“We are very pleased that animation projects for adult audiences are increasingly being negotiated at Animation Production Days. The general developments and series projects such as “Undone” on Amazon Video and “The House” on Netflix demonstrate that there is a market for high-quality animated films for cineastes and animation fans!”
Prof. Ulrich Wegenast, Artistic Managing Director of ITFS and Dieter Krauß, Commercial Managing Director of ITFS

“In 2022, Animation Production Days created an ideal format for the current time with its hybrid approach – and it worked out very well. Congratulations for the implementation and the success!”
Mario Mueller, FMX Project Manager

 

Conference & Networking

An integral part of the programme was once again the APD conference which took place on 4 May in the L-Bank’s rotunda in Stuttgart and which was streamed live for all online participants. Topics included new financing and distribution strategies for European animated films, the potential of new technologies for animation production and how to improve the social and environmental sustainability of the industry. Trends in content and structural changes were also addressed and these discussions continued on an individual level in the complementary networking events.

Trickstar Professional Awards Ceremony

The conference was followed by the Trickstar Professional Awards Gala of the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film where the ITFS awards business-relevant prizes such as the German Animation Screenplay Award. This year, two screenplay prizes were presented: the award for best screenplay went to “Dino Mite / Minus Three and the Lost City” (screenwriters: Armin Prediger and Andreas Völlinger; production: Holger Weiss and Dominique Schuchmann, M.A.R.K.13 – COM, Stuttgart and Björn Magsig and Sandra Schießl, TRIKK 17, Hamburg). The prize for the script with the greatest international market potential was won by “Little Miss Santa” (screenwriter: Jasmina Kallay; production: Lilian Klages, Dreamin’ Dolphin Film, Munich). The Animated Games Award Germany went to “Minute of Islands” (developer: Studio Fizbin, Ludwigsburg/Berlin; publisher: Mixtvision Mediengesellschaft, Munich) while a Special Mention was awarded to “Lacuna” (developer: DigiTales Interactive; publisher: Assemble Entertainment). The Trickstar Business Award was won by the business model for Yullbe GO (Mack NeXT, Rust).

As part of the cooperation with CARTOON, European Association of Animation, two German producers will again have the chance to pitch their series projects in September at the CARTOON Forum in Toulouse. The projects “Tiger & Bear” (Wolkenlenker) and “Dino Fino” (German Film Partners) were selected for the first two places on the list.

An overview of all the selected projects can be found on the APD website at the following link:
www.animationproductiondays.de/en/projects-2022

An overview of the participating companies can be found here:
www.animationproductiondays.de/en/participants-2022

Pictures:

APD22_pic01: Almost 700 pre-planned meetings between producers and potential financing and production partners took place at this year’s APD.
© Animation Production Days 2022, Reiner Pfisterer

APD_pic02: The conference took place on site at the L-Bank in Stuttgart on 4 May and was streamed live for online participants.
© Animation Production Days 2022, Reiner Pfisterer

About Animation Production Days:

Animation Production Days (APD) is a joint venture of the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS) and the FMX – Film & Media Exchange. All three events take place simultaneously. The joint organisers of APD are the Film- und Medienfestival gGmbH and the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg GmbH. Its funding partners are the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts, the MFG Film Funding Baden-Württemberg, the German Federal Film Board (FFA) and the Stuttgart Region Economic Development Corporation (WRS).

Press Contacts:

Animation Production Days
Marlene Wagener: marlene.wagener@animationproductiondays.de, +49 (0) 30 911 474 99

Film- und Medienfestival gGmbH
Nora Hieronymus: hieronymus@festival-gmbh.de, +49 (0) 711 925 461 02

5 April 2022 – The Animation Production Days (APD) Conference Programme Addresses the Challenges Facing the European Animation Industry

Stuttgart – The APD Conference, part of the 16th Animation Production Days, is taking place on 4 May from 1.45 pm to 5.30 pm in the L-Bank Rotunda in Stuttgart. Complementing the one-to-one meetings of the APD’s Co-Production and Financing Market, the conference consists of two sections and provides a platform to discuss current developments in the industry.

The first part of the conference is entitled “Enable! Case Studies and Market Trends”. Moderated by APD curator Prof. Lilian Klages, it will encompass three key topics facing the industry: from the new financing and distribution strategies for European animated films, through the potential of new technologies for animation production, to improving the social and environmental sustainability of the industry. Emely Christians, Managing Director of Ulysses Films, will share her insights into the planning and realisation of the German-British co-production “The Amazing Maurice”, based on the book by Terry Pratchett. Director and producer Hasraf “HaZ” Dulull, who is also FMX programme chair this year, will talk about the profound impact that new technologies such as real-time engines are having on the production of animated films and series, and will take us behind the scenes of his latest animated feature, “RIFT”. Tom Box, co-founder of the multi-award-winning Blue Zoo Studio (UK), the world’s first B Corp certified (Certification for social added value and environmental sustainability) animation studio, will discuss the certification process and why he is calling upon the animation and VFX industry to join him.

In the second part of the conference, the Content Briefing Session, APD curator Christophe Erbès will ask four representatives from the broadcasters about their programming strategies with regard to animation, which types of content they are looking for and what changes and trends they are anticipating. The representatives are Dr Astrid Plenk, Managing and Programming Director of KiKA; Zia Bales, Lead Acquisitions, Partnerships & Coproductions at WarnerMedia Kids & Family EMEA; Kerstin Viehbach, Head of Commissioning & Development (Fiction) at SUPER RTL, and Morten Skov Hansen, Director of Kids Programming at DR (Danish Broadcasting Corporation).

Only accredited APD participants have access to the on-site conference this year. However, holders of an industry accreditation (HYBRID or ONLINE PRO) for the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film or an ITFS & FMX Combi ticket can watch the APD Conference via a live stream.

This year’s APD is planned as a hybrid event. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the events taking place on site will be held on a slightly smaller scale than usual. Around 100 of the approximately 150 participants from 22 countries are expected to participate in person in Stuttgart.

At the APD Co-Production and Funding Market, online and on-site attendees will discuss 35 selected animation projects in pre-scheduled one-to-one meetings between 4-6 May.

An overview of all the selected projects can be found on the APD website at:
https://www.animationproductiondays.de/en/projects-2022/
An overview of the participating companies can be found here:
www.animationproductiondays.de/en/participants-2022/

Images:
Pic01: Speaker APD Conference “Enable! Case Studies and Market Trends”
Pic02: Speaker APD Conference “Content Briefing Session”

About Animation Production Days:

Animation Production Days (APD) is a joint venture of the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS) and the FMX – Film & Media Exchange. All three events take place simultaneously. The joint organisers of APD are the Film- und Medienfestival gGmbH and the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg GmbH. Its funding partners are the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts, the MFG Film Funding Baden-Württemberg, the German Federal Film Board (FFA) and the Stuttgart Region Economic Development Corporation (WRS).

Press Contacts:

Animation Production Days
Marlene Wagener: marlene.wagener@animationproductiondays.de, +49 (0) 30 911 474 99

Film- und Medienfestival gGmbH
Nora Hieronymus: hieronymus@festival-gmbh.de, +49 (0) 711 925 461 02

17 March 2022 – 35 Projects Selected for the 2022 Animation Production Days

Stuttgart – The jury has selected 35 projects from 15 countries to take part in this year’s Animation Production Days (APD). The curated business platform is taking place from 4 – 6 May 2022 as a hybrid event where, in pre-planned one-to-one meetings, the producers will present their selected projects to potential co-production and financing partners. APD is a joint venture of the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS) and the FMX – Film & Media Exchange.

For the first time in two years, APD can once again take place on site in Stuttgart, albeit on a smaller scale than usual due to Covid-19. There is also the option to participate in selected parts of the programme online. Approximately a quarter of the selected projects are designed for preschool children, about half for school children up to the age of around 12 and another quarter for a young adult and/or adult target audience. They include eight feature films, a TV special, 21 series and five cross-media projects. Germany is the most highly represented country with eleven projects, followed by France with five and Denmark with four. Projects also originate from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Finland, Ireland, Norway, Serbia, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine and Great Britain.

The adventure and comedy stories for the youngest target group address friendship and family in all their facets, with environmental and sustainability aspects also playing a role. The projects for older children (9-12 years of age) often deal with questions of identity and belonging. The material for the older target group ranges from offbeat comedies and historical-political topics to stories about experiences of crisis and mental illnesses. A wide variety of animation techniques are used, from stop motion and classical 2D to 3D CGI; some projects also deploy real-time technology.

Five outstanding projects have been selected from 20 submissions for the APD Talent Programme which gives up-and-coming producers and creatives the opportunity to discuss their ideas with experienced industry experts, establish contacts and find partners for their projects. Thanks to the APD’s cooperation with the European training programme Animation Sans Frontières, the series project “Dark, Dark Woods” by Emile Gignoux has qualified for participation in the Talent Programme this year.

An overview of all the selected projects can be found on the APD website at:
www.animationproductiondays.de/en/projects-2022/

 

Picture Download: https://www.animationproductiondays.de/en/presse/fotos/

Copyright / Picture Captions:

pic_01_Hairylarious: With “Hairylarious”, Danish production company Tumblehead is presenting a comedy concept for a preschool series told without dialogue.
©Tumblehead

pic_02_Kahibo: The two young producers Yelyzaveta Davydenko and Sylvia Jorde are presenting “Kahibo”, the concept for a sci-fi action comedy for 12-14 year olds that combines space travel with cooking. The project has been selected for the APD Talent Programme.
© Ihabo Azzamo & York v. Sydow / Baden-Württemberg Film Academy

pic_03_Sisters’ Tale: At APD, Turkish writer-director Nazlı Eda Noyan will be introducing the concept for the film “Sisters’ Tale” which tells a contemporary women’s story about universal family relationships and mental health.
© girl saw the sea prod.

pic_04_Dark, Dark Woods: “Dark, Dark Woods” by Emile Gignoux has been selected for the APD Talent Programme as part of the collaboration with Animation Sans Frontieres. The concept for the TV series is based on a successful short film.
© Emile Gignoux

pic_05_Dinofables: “Dinofables”, a series project for 4-6 year olds developed by the Czech production company Krutart, recounts stories inspired by classic fables but featuring charming dinosaurs as the characters.
© Krutart s.r.o.

About Animation Production Days:
Animation Production Days (APD) is a joint venture of the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS) and the FMX – Film & Media Exchange. All three events take place simultaneously. The joint organisers of APD are the Film- und Medienfestival gGmbH and the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg GmbH. Its funding partners are the Ministry of Science, Research and Art Baden-Württemberg, the MFG Film Funding Baden-Württemberg, the German Federal Film Board (FFA) and the Stuttgart Region Economic Development Corporation (WRS).

Press Contacts:
Animation Production Days
Marlene Wagener: marlene.wagener@animationproductiondays.de, +49 (0) 30 911 474 99

Film- und Medienfestival gGmbH
Nora Hieronymus: hieronymus@festival-gmbh.de, +49 (0) 711 925 461 02

14 December 2021 – Animation Production Days 2022 – Submissions Now Open

Stuttgart – Starting today, projects can be submitted for the 16th Animation Production Days (APD). The most important co-production and financing platform for international animation projects in the German-speaking region will take place in Stuttgart from 4 – 6 May and also offers an online programme.

APD is a curated business platform for the European and international animation industry with around 170 participants each year. Animation producers from over 20 countries present their newly developed projects to potential financing partners and co-producers in pre-planned one-to-one meetings. A conference on challenges and trends in the industry and various networking formats are also part of Animation Production Days again.

After the event took place exclusively online last year and this year, a physical event is planned again for 2022; but online participation is also possible for some parts of the programme. APD is a joint venture of the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (3 – 8 May 2022) and the FMX – Film & Media Exchange (Onsite 3 – 5 May & Online 6 May 2022).

Producers can submit their projects in the fields of film, TV series, mobile content, games, cross- and transmedia for the “Producer Programme” until 21 February. Hybrid formats mixing animation with live-action are also eligible. If producers submit their projects by 31 January, they can save on accreditation fees later on. All information on project submission, project selection and accreditation is now available on the APD website: www.animationproductiondays.de/en/registration/.

A maximum of 50 projects will be selected for the APD’s “Producer Programme”. Especially projects in an early stage of development benefit from detailed feedback and tips from potential co-producers and co-financiers. Representatives of broadcasters, streamers, world distributors, distributors, funding institutions and other investors can register for the APD’s “Investor Programme” via an online form starting today. The same applies here: Those who register by 31 January 2022 will benefit from the cheaper Early Bird rate. More information: www.animationproductiondays.de/en/registration/#investor

“Producers for Co-Production Programme” is offered online

Production companies and studios from the fields of animation, games, VR and VFX who are not presenting a project of their own but are looking for projects in which they can participate as co-producers or service providers have the opportunity to register for the “Producers for Co-Production Programme”. This programme will be planned completely online in 2022 and will offer exciting industry insights for participants who are not in Stuttgart with included online offers from ITFS and FMX. Registrations will also be made via the online form. Further information is available here on the APD website: www.animationproductiondays.de/en/registration/#co-producer

Apply now for the APDs Talent Programme

As of now, young producer/creator teams (maximum of two people) can submit their applications for the APD Talent Programme. Eight outstanding next-generation projects will be selected for APD 2022. The aim is to bring the newcomers together with established experts in the industry and thus facilitate their first steps in the international market. The selected talents will receive free accreditation for APD, and the costs for accommodation will also be covered. All information on how to apply is available here: www.animationproductiondays.de/en/talent-programm-2022/

One of the talent projects this year will again come from the European talent initiative “Animation Sans Frontières”. For the fifth time, APD is cooperating with the training programme supported by the EU’s Creative Europe Programme, which is organised by the Animation Institute of the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg and three other European animation schools.

About Animation Production Days

Animation Production Days (APD) is a joint venture of the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film and FMX – Film & Media Exchange. All three events take place simultaneously. Joint organisers of APD are Film- und Medienfestival gGmbH and Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg GmbH.

Picture Download: https://www.animationproductiondays.de/en/presse/fotos/

 

Press Contacts:

Animation Production Days
Marlene Wagener: marlene.wagener@animationproductiondays.de, +49 (0) 30 911 47499

Film- und Medienfestival gGmbH
Nora Hieronymus: hieronymus@festival-gmbh.de, +49 (0) 711 925 46 102

8 May 2021 - Animation Production Days 2021: The 4-Day Online Programme Draws to a Successful Close

Stuttgart – The 15th edition of Animation Production Days (APD), which once again this year took place entirely online, ended yesterday at noon. APD 2021 saw 167 participants from 25 countries register, with 51 selected animation projects and potential collaborations discussed in over 700 individually scheduled video meetings. APD, a joint venture of the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS) and the FMX – Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Immersive Media, is the most important business platform for animation in Germany.

This was the second time APD has taken place under pandemic conditions. During the event’s four days, the participants discussed in pre-planned one-to-one video meetings the development, financing and coproduction possibilities of the 51 animation projects presented. In addition to German broadcasters such as ZDF, KiKA, SWR, MDR, WDR and Super RTL, Disney, Netflix, Amazon and Warner Media were also involved alongside numerous international companies including ARTE, France Télévisions, RAI, the BBC, Canal+, Nickelodeon, RTVE, YLE and many international distributors.

“The number of participants and scheduled meetings for this online edition was just as large as at our last physical event. This confirms for us that we’ve been able to provide a good and relevant event for the industry. Discussions between everyone involved in the industry are of course extremely important, especially at a time like this when media usage and, hence, also programming strategies and requirements, are changing so rapidly,” said Marlene Wagener, Head of APD.

For Prof Ulrich Wegenast, Artistic Managing Director of ITFS, “this second and once again very successful APD online edition has demonstrated the resilience of the animation industry during the COVID-19 pandemic and the creative and productive ways in which its members are dealing with the situation.” The ITFS Commercial Managing Director Dieter Krauß added: “The APD’s extremely successful online editions – alongside its physical iteration, which will hopefully be possible again in Stuttgart from next year – are leading international events which have paved the way for Germany to gain increasing recognition around the world as a place for animation.”

“At a time like this in particular, it’s more important than ever to create platforms for intensive discussions between broadcasters, streaming providers and creatives. The 2021 APD has achieved exactly this and is thus making an important contribution to the animation industry.” Mario Müller, Project and Program Manager of FMX

In addition to the video meetings, there were also opportunities for participants to have more informal conversations in a digital lounge. Round table discussions and the Animation Production Days conference also took place entirely online. Alongside the question of how the animation industry has fared during the past year, these events also explored the perspectives and trends that are emerging for the post-crisis period. The first part of the conference, entitled “Enable! Case Studies and Market Trends”, was streamed on Thursday, May 6 from the FMX studio in Ludwigsburg and saw a team of students from the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg present their cyberpunk project “NEOSHIN” which combines a narrative series with music and new media to deliver a coherent transmedia experience. In the second case study, which looked at the Peruvian-Dutch co-production “Ainbo – Spirit of the Amazon”, sales agent Edward Noeltner (CMG) and producer Richard Claus (Cool Beans) discussed the growing animation market in Latin America.

The conference’s second part, the Content Briefing Session, was streamed yesterday from the studio of the International Festival of Animated Film in the Gloria cinema in Stuttgart. It featured four representatives from major broadcasters and streaming platforms who set out their current programming needs regarding animation: Janine Weigold, Manager Kids & Family Original Content at Netflix; Patricia Hidalgo, Director of Children’s & Education at the BBC; Orion Ross, Vice President, Animation at The Walt Disney Company – EMEA; and Nicole Keeb, Head of International Co-productions and Acquisitions for Children’s and Youth at ZDF.

Another highlight of this year’s APD was the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS)’s fifth Trickstar Business Awards which were presented online at the Trickstar Professional Awards Gala yesterday evening. The 2021 prize winner is Uli Seis with “Mitmalfilm” which he presented as a project at APD in 2018. The Trickstar Business Award is endowed with €7,500 and honours ground-breaking national or international business models for projects or companies in the animation industry. The prize is donated by the Region Stuttgart association.

Once again this year, the cooperation between APD and CARTOON – the European Association of Animation has led to two German TV series projects receiving a ‘wild card’ to be included directly in the selection of projects for the Cartoon Forum international TV pitching event which will be held in September 2021 in Toulouse. This year, the wild card winners are “Lambs” by Studio FILM BILDER from Stuttgart and “Bugs and Guns” by the Berlin-based production company Wolkenlenker.

About Animation Production Days

Animation Production Days (APD) is a joint venture of the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film and the FMX – Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Immersive Media. All three events take place simultaneously. The APD’s funding partners are the Ministry for Science, Research and the Arts of Baden-Württemberg, the Creative Europe MEDIA Programme of the EU, the MFG Film Funding Baden-Württemberg and the Filmförderungsanstalt (FFA).

Press Contacts:

Animation Production Days
Marlene Wagener: marlene.wagener@animationproductiondays.de, +49 (0) 30 911 47499

Film- und Medienfestival gGmbH
Nora Hieronymus: hieronymus@festival-gmbh.de, +49 (0) 711 925 46 102

13 April 2021 - The 2021 Animation Production Days conference explores future perspectives for the European animation industry

Stuttgart – The Animation Production Days (APD) conference, as well as the co-production and financing market, are taking place entirely online in 2021. In addition to looking at how the animation industry has got through the past year, the conference will also explore the future perspectives and trends that are emerging for the post-crisis period. APD, the most important business platform for animation projects in Germany, is a joint venture between the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS) and the FMX – Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Immersive Media.

The first section of the conference, entitled “Enable! Case Studies and Market Trends”, will be hosted by APD curator Prof. Lilian Klages and streamed from 3.00 pm on Thursday, May 6th from the FMX studio in Ludwigsburg. In the first case study, “Ainbo – Spirit of the Amazon”, Edward Noeltner from the Cinema Management Group will look at the very exciting and innovative animation market in Latin America and use the example of the Peruvian-Dutch coproduction of “Ainbo” to reveal possibilities for European-Latin American cooperation. The second case study will explore the future of transmedia storytelling as a team of students from the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg present “NEOSHIN”, their cyberpunk project which combines a narrative series with music and new media to deliver a coherent transmedia experience.

The conference’s second section, the Content Briefing Session, will be streamed from 11.30 am to 1.00 pm on May 7th from the studio of the International Festival of Animated Film in Stuttgart. APD curator Christophe Erbès will interview four representatives from major broadcasters and streaming platforms about their current animation programming needs: Janine Weigold, Manager of Kids & Family Original Content at Netflix; Patricia Hidalgo, Director of Children’s & Education at the BBC; Orion Ross, Vice President of Content Animation & Digital at The Walt Disney Company – EMEA; and Jens Ripke, Head of Fiction for Children & Youth at ZDF. A subsequent joint panel discussion will look at which animation content is currently in demand and will also explore whether and in what way the pandemic has had an impact on programming strategies and what this means for the animation industry.

APD participants can access the streams via the APD online platform. In addition, the conference will be included in the ONLINE PRO area of ​​ITFS and its first section will be part of the FMX online programme.

More than 160 participants from 25 countries have been accredited for the APD co-production and financing market. From May 4th to 7th, they will be discussing 51 selected animation projects in pre-planned video meetings.

An overview of the selected projects can be found on the APD website:
https://www.animationproductiondays.de/en/projects-2021/

An overview of the accredited companies can be found here:
https://www.animationproductiondays.de/en/participants-2021/

Alongside the co-production and financing market and the APD conference, there will be additional digital networking opportunities to facilitate industry-specific exchanges and discussions.

About Animation Production Days:
Animation Production Days (APD) is a joint venture of the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film and the FMX – Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Immersive Media. All three events take place simultaneously. The APD’s funding partners are the Ministry for Science, Research and the Arts of Baden-Württemberg, the Creative Europe MEDIA Programme of the EU, the MFG Film Funding Baden-Württemberg and the Filmförderungsanstalt (FFA).

 

Press Contacts:

Animation Production Days
Marlene Wagener: marlene.wagener@animationproductiondays.de, +49 (0) 30 911 47499

Film- und Medienfestival gGmbH
Katrin Dietrich: dietrich@festival-gmbh.de, +49 (0) 711 925 46 102
Nora Hieronymus: hieronymus@festival-gmbh.de, +49 (0) 711-925 46-102

9 March 2021 - New Record - 52 Projects Selected for Participation from 97 Submissions

Stuttgart – the jury has selected 52 projects from 22 countries to take part in this year’s Animation Production Days (APD). A total of 97 projects were submitted, a new record in the event’s 15-year history. The curated business platform is taking place from 4 – 7 May 2021 as an online or hybrid event. In pre-planned, one-to-one video meetings, producers will have the opportunity to introduce their selected projects to potential coproduction and financing partners. APD is part of the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS) and the FMX – Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Immersive Media.

The global crisis has not impeded creativity in the animation industry. On the contrary: the wealth of genres, styles and topics among this year’s submissions was extraordinarily high. For adult audiences alone, almost every taste is catered for, ranging from gothic thrillers to cyberpunk heists, drama and comedy. Amongst the projects for older children (9-12 years) and teenagers, topics such as diversity, sexuality, cultural background and identity play a major role. And as always, there is an abundance of comedy and adventure material for younger children.

Around 60% of the projects are TV series. Feature films are also well represented at 20% with a further 20% being cross-media projects which, for example, include books, a game or other mobile formats in addition to a series or film. In terms of animation techniques, the range extends from stop motion and puppet animation through classic 2D animation and CGI to motion capture technology. Hybrid forms combining live action and animation are also featured.

Of the projects, 48 are from Europe, with 16 coming from Germany. Spain, Denmark and Belgium are also strongly represented, with projects from a total of 22 countries overall being selected. Those coming from outside of Europe include Mexico and Kenya, while two projects from China have also been invited following their nomination via a partnership with the International Cartoon Animation Venture-Capital Conference (ICAVC).

For the APD Talent Programme, eight fantastic projects have been selected from 24 submissions. At APD, the young producers and creatives have the opportunity to discuss their ideas with experienced industry experts, develop contacts and find partners for their projects. This year, the short film project “Nothing we say can change what we’ve been through” by Francesca de Bassa (director) and Arantxa Martin (producer) qualified for the Talent Programme as part of the APD’s cooperation with the European Animation Sans Frontières training programme.

An overview of all selected projects can be found on the APD website: https://www.animationproductiondays.de/en/projects-2021/

Registration Deadline for the Investor Programme is 11 March 2021

Representatives of broadcasters, streamers and world sales agents can find exciting new projects at APD, meet up-and-coming talents and give producers feedback on the requirements of the various European markets. Numerous important industry players have already confirmed their attendance including Amazon Prime Video, ARTE, Blue Zoo Rights, Canal+, De Agostini Editore, Edel Germany, Ferly, the Finnish Broadcasting Company (YLE), Gaumont, Global Screen, Imira Entertainment, Jetpack Distribution, KiKA – the Children’s Channel of ARD & ZDF, Koch Films, Meta Media Entertainment, Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk (MDR), Nickelodeon International, Pink Parrot Media, Radiotelevisione Italiana (RAI), SilkWayFilms, Sola Media, Sony Pictures Television, Studio Hamburg Enterprises, Südwestrundfunk (SWR/ARD), Superights, SUPER RTL, The Walt Disney Company, WarnerMedia, Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR), Windrose, WDR mediagroup, WildBrain, Wildseed Studios, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF) and Zodiak Kids. National and international funding institutions will also be present. The registration deadline for investors and financers is 11 March 2021.

 

About Animation Production Days:

Animation Production Days (APD) is a joint venture of the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film and the FMX – Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Immersive Media. All three events take place simultaneously. The APD’s funding partners are the Ministry for Science, Research and Art of Baden-Württemberg, the Creative Europe MEDIA Programme of the EU, the MFG Film Funding Baden-Württemberg and the Filmförderungsanstalt (FFA).

15 January 2021 - Animation Production Days 2021 – Submissions Now Open

Projects for the 15th Animation Production Days (APD) can be submitted from today. The most important co-production and financing platform in the German-speaking region for international animation projects will be taking place from 4 – 7 May 2021 as an online or hybrid event.

APD is a curated business platform for the European and international animation industry with around 170 participants every year. Animation producers from more than 20 countries present their new projects to potential financing partners and co-producers in pre-planned one-to-one meetings. The organisation of the 2021 Animation Production Days has been adjusted due to the COVID-19 situation.

“To enable all participants to make plans as soon as possible, we’ve decided to hold the one-to-one meetings in the co-production and financing market online. We already gained good experience of this last year which we can now build on. But we know that the industry is really missing meeting each other face-to-face. Hence we are adopting a hybrid concept for the conference and roundtables and – should the situation permit – we will have on-site participation on a smaller scale alongside the event’s online components,” said Head of APD Marlene Wagener.

APD is a joint venture of the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (4 – 9 May 2021) and the FMX – Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Immersive Media (online, 4 – 6 May 2021).

All information on project submission is now available on the APD website. Producers have until 22 February 2021 to submit their film, TV-series, mobile content, games, cross and transmedia projects. Hybrid formats mixing animation with live action are also eligible.

A maximum of 50 projects will be selected for presentation at APD. Particularly projects in an early stage of development will profit from the detailed feedback and tips provided by the numerous representatives from broadcasters, streamers, world sales agents, distributors, funding institutions and other investors who come to APD seeking innovative and highly promising projects.

Representatives from broadcasters, streamers, sales agents, distributors, film and media funders, publishers and banks can also register for APD 2021 via the online form.

Production companies and studios from the animation, games, VR and VFX sectors who do not wish to present their own projects but instead are looking for projects in which they can become involved as co-producers or service providers can apply for an accreditation to the Producers for Co-Production programme. Registration for this is also via the online form. Further information is available on the APD website.

Apply now for the APD Talent Programme!

The 15th edition of APD is once again offering up-and-coming European producers with their own project the chance to participate in APD free of charge. The aim is to bring newcomers together with established industry experts and thus help them make their first steps in the international market. A total of eight Talent Projects will be selected. All the application information can be found here.

This year, one project will again come from the European “Animation Sans Frontières” talent initiative. This is already the fourth time APD is cooperating with this training programme which is supported by the Creative Europe programme of the EU and is organised by the Animation Institute of the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg and three other European animation schools.

 

About Animation Production Days:

Animation Production Days (APD) is a joint venture of the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film and the FMX – Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Immersive Media. All three events take place simultaneously. The joint organisers of APD are the Film- und Medienfestival gGmbH and the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg. The APD’s funding partners are the Ministry for Science, Research and Art of Baden-Württemberg, the Creative Europe MEDIA Programme of the EU and the MFG Film Funding Baden-Württemberg.

8 May 2020 - Animation Production Days 2020 – Successful Digital Edition with around 600 Video Meetings

At midday today, the 14th edition of Animation Production Days (APD) – which this year took place as a purely digital event – came to an end. A total of 123 participants from 21 countries registered for the Digital Edition of APD. The selected animation projects and possible co-operations were discussed in around 600 individual, pre-planned video meetings. A joint venture of Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS) and FMX – Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Immersive Media, APD is the most important business platform for animation in Germany.

In early March, 50 of the submitted projects were selected to be presented at APD 2020 – Digital Edition. On 13 March, when the corona pandemic meant that the event in Stuttgart had to be cancelled, 160 professionals had already registered to take part. “For us, it was actually clear immediately that we had to try and get a digital version up and running. A major part of the preparation work had already been undertaken and, for many animation producers, APD is a key event to progress the development of their projects. Because the one-to-one meetings are at the heart of APD, we focused on making them possible in digital form” said Marlene Wagener, Head of Animation Production Days.

123 participants from 21 countries and six different time zones took part in the digital edition. From 5–8 May, a total of around 600 video meetings were held via a specially set-up online tool.

Quotes from the organisers

Dieter Krauß, Commercial Managing Director of Film- und Medienfestival gGmbH (FMF), the organisers of ITFS, was delighted with the success: “It was a huge feat to reorganise APD as a digital event so quickly! Our heartfelt thanks go to our colleagues Marlene Wagener and Amelie Mack for this effort!“. Prof Ulrich Wegenast, Artistic Director of FMF, added: “I’m very pleased that Animation Production Days were so well received in their new digital form. This approach could be an opportunity for APD to develop a hybrid event format in the future.”

“With this year’s digital edition of APD, we believe we found an adequate format for a time of crisis, but we do hope that we can all meet together again in person next year. Because without personal contacts, we won’t be able to produce personal films in the long run,” said Andreas Hykade, Conference Chair of FMX.

The feedback from those taking part was highly positive:

“I never would have imagined that a digital edition with video one-to-one meetings could work as efficient as it did. However, I very much look forward to meeting again in person during an analogue edition 2021.”
Stefan Pfäffle, Deputy Head of Fiction, Acquisitions & Co-Production
, KiKA, Germany

“The e-meetings turn out to be almost as good as the face to face meetings that is the APD trademark. We had many great talks and a lot of laughs”.
Thomas Borch Nielsen, CEO & Producer, Nice Ninja, Denmark

Trickstar Business Award

The Trickstar Business Award of the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS), already in its fourth year in 2020, would normally be presented at an award ceremony during the APD programme. In spite of the corona pandemic, the award is also being presented this year – but online: the presentation will form part of the Grand Award Ceremony of the online edition of the ITFS (onlinefestival.itfs.de/en) in a free livestream on the evening of Sunday, 10 May at 7 pm. The Trickstar Business Award is endowed with €7,500 and recognises ground-breaking national or international business models for projects or companies in the animation industry. The award is sponsored by the Region Stuttgart association.

Highlights of FMX 1994–2020

In keeping with its tradition of providing a platform for outstanding personalities and projects, the FMX – Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Immersive Media has launched an online series entitled Highlights of FMX 1994–2020 to bridge the gap until the community can meet again in person.

The online series has already started and will continue on a two-weekly basis until the end of the year. The FMX is presenting highlights from talks and interviews with speakers from its 25-year history. The animation community will also have the chance to put questions to speakers themselves. The centrepiece of each show is an extended interview with the personality of the day. More at www.fmx.de.

 

About Animation Production Days:
Animation Production Days (APD) is a joint venture of the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS) and FMX – Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Immersive Media. The joint organisers of APD are Film- und Medienfestival gGmbH and Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. Its funding partners are the Ministry of Science, Research and Arts Baden-Württemberg, the Creative Europe MEDIA programme of the EU, the Filmförderungsanstalt (FFA) and MFG Baden-Württemberg.

13 March 2020 - Cancellation: Animation Production Days 2020 (6 – 8 May, Stuttgart)

Stuttgart – We regret to announce today that Animation Production Days (6 – 8 May 2020) cannot take place this year due to the Corona pandemic. According to today’s decision of the state capital Stuttgart, events in culture, education, sports and leisure as well as meetings, even with less than 1,000 participants, are prohibited with immediate effect. The partner events FMX – Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Immersive Media and the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS) will also not take place this year.

Accreditation fees already paid for APD 2020 will be refunded.

This step has not been easy for us and it is of great concern to us that the projects selected for APD 2020 receive the attention they deserve and that the registered broadcasters, investors, distributors and platforms have the opportunity to learn more about these projects. We will develop ideas for this in the coming weeks and keep in contact with all registered participants.

Marlene Wagener (Head of APDs) and Amelie Mack (Project Management APDs)
Dieter Krauß, Prof. Ulrich Wegenast (Managing Directors, Film- und Medienfestival gGmbH)
Prof. Andreas Hykade, Heike Mozèr (Directors FMX)

 

About Animation Production Days:

Animation Production Days (APD) is a joint venture of the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS) and FMX – Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Immersive Media. All three events take place concurrently in Stuttgart. The joint organisers of APD are Film- und Medienfestival gGmbH and Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. Its funding partners are the Ministry of Science, Research and Arts Baden-Württemberg, the Creative Europe MEDIA programme of the EU, the Filmförderungsanstalt (FFA) and MFG Baden-Württemberg.

4 March 2020 - 50 Projects from 19 Countries Selected

Stuttgart – the jury has selected 50 projects from 19 different countries for the 14th edition of Animation Production Days (APD) in Stuttgart. On 7 and 8 May, producers will negotiate possibilities of co-producing and financing these projects in pre-planned one-to-one meetings in Stuttgart’s L-Bank. A total of 80 projects in various formats were submitted. APD is the most important business platform for animation in Germany and takes place as part of the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film and FMX – Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Immersive Media. Around a third of the projects presented at APD in previous years have now been successfully produced.  

A notably large number of submitted projects deal with environmental and climate issues, often in dystopian scenarios; gender-related and historico-political topics are also well-represented and clearly reflect current public discourse. And there is plenty of action, comedy and fantasy material. From stop-motion animation to hand-drawn 2D, from 3D, CGI and hybrid projects to anima-doc formats, all animation techniques and genres will be present at APD 2020. Around 60 percent of the selected projects are being developed for children between 6 and 12 years of age, 20 percent for preschool children and a further 20 percent for teenagers and adults. Of the 50 selected projects, 18 are from Germany. Danish companies are once again strongly represented with a total of seven projects, followed by France and Belgium. The combined production value of the selected projects is around 170 million Euros.

Thirty projects alone were submitted for the highly popular APD Talent Programme, of which ten were chosen to participate. This year, APD is awarding 16 free accreditations to outstanding young talents. APD gives them the opportunity to discuss their ideas with experienced industry experts, establish contacts and find cooperation partners for their projects. This year, the project “Tales of Zale” by Sif Savery from Denmark has qualified for the APD Talent Programme via the ongoing cooperation with the European training programme, Animation Sans Frontières.

You can find an overview of all the selected projects on the APD website at:

https://www.animationproductiondays.de/en/projects-2020/

Registration for the Investor Programme open until 6 March 2020

Programme buyers, investors and potential co-producers can find exciting new projects at APD, meet up-and-coming talents and give producers feedback on the requirements of the various markets across Europe. Numerous national and international broadcasters and distributors will be attending. Blue Zoo Rights, Canal+, Cloudco Entertainment, Entertainment One, Ferly, France Télévisions, Hopster, Jetpack Distribution, Kidjo, Kids First, Koch Films, LevelK ApS, MFA+ FilmDistribution, Motion Pictures Entertainment, Netflix, Newen Distribution, Nickelodeon International, Pink Parrot Media, Radiotelevisione Italiana (RAI), SilkWayFilms, Sola Media, Sony Pictures Television, Studio 100, Studio Hamburg Enterprises, Südwestrundfunk (SWR/ARD), Superights Invest, RTL Disney Fernsehen / SUPER RTL, The Walt Disney Company, Tokyopop, WarnerMedia, WildBrain, Wild Bunch, the Finnish Broadcasting Company (YLE), Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF) and Zodiak Kids have already confirmed their participation. National and international funding bodies will also attend. The deadline for registrations by investors and financiers is 6 March 2020.

Applications to the Trickstar Businesss Award open until 15 March

All projects selected for APD are invited to apply for the Trickstar Business Award. The 7,500 Euro prize is being awarded in 2020 for the fourth time by the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS). Companies with innovative business models can also compete for the award even if they are not participating in APD. The application deadline has been extended to 15 March 2020. The application form and the rules and regulations can be found on the ITFS website at https://www.itfs.de/en/branche/call-for-entries/.

About Animation Production Days:

Animation Production Days (APD) is a joint venture of the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS) and FMX – Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Immersive Media. All three events take place concurrently in Stuttgart. The joint organisers of APD are Film- und Medienfestival gGmbH and Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. Its funding partners are the Ministry of Science, Research and Arts Baden-Württemberg, the Creative Europe MEDIA programme of the EU, the Filmförderungsanstalt (FFA) and MFG Baden-Württemberg.

3 December 2019 - Project Submission Opens Today

Stuttgart – Projects for the 14th Animation Production Days (APD) can be submitted from today. The most important co-production and financing platform for international animation projects in German-speaking territories is taking place from 6–8 May 2020 in Stuttgart as part of the 27th Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (5–10 May 2020) and the 25th edition of FMX – Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Immersive Media (5–8 May 2020).

APD is a curated business platform for the European and international animation industry which hosts around 170 participants each year. Animation producers from more than 20 countries introduce their film, TV series, mobile content, games, cross-media and transmedia projects in pre-scheduled, one-to-one meetings; hybrid formats mixing animation with live-action film can also take part. Each year, around 50 projects are selected from an ever-increasing number of submissions to be presented at APD. Projects that are in an early stage of development particularly profit from the detailed feedback and tips given by the numerous representatives from broadcasters, SVoD platforms, world sales agents, distributors, funding institutions and other investors who come to APD on the hunt for innovative and promising projects. Alongside the one-to-one meetings, the APD programme also features a conference and a wealth of networking events.

The online form for project submissions is now available on the APD website. Producers have until 20 February 2020 to submit their projects. Representatives from broadcasters, distributors, sales agents, film and media funding institutions, publishing houses and banks can also use an online form to register for APD 2020. A reduced “early bird” rate is available until 30 January 2020.

Events Specifically for Studios and Service Producers

For production companies and studios not presenting their own projects at APD but who are looking for projects in which they can become involved as co-producers or service providers, APD has set up the “Producers for Co-Production” programme. Here, producers and service providers from the areas of animation, games, VR and VFX can meet to discuss collaborations. Registration for the Co-Producer Programme which, alongside the “Producers for Co-Production” meetings, also includes participation in the APD conference and networking events, can also be made via an online form. Further information can be found on the APD website.

Apply Now for the APD Talent Programme

For the 14th edition of APD, up-and-coming European producers again have the opportunity to apply for free participation in APD with their own project. It is our aim to bring together newcomers with established industry experts and help them take their first steps in the international market. A total of 14 talent accreditations is available. All information regarding applications can be found here.

And once again this year, one of the projects will be selected from the European “Animation Sans Frontières” talent initiative. This is now the third time that APD is cooperating with this training scheme which is supported by the Creative Europe MEDIA programme of the EU and is organised by the Animation Institute of the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg and three other European animation schools.

About Animation Production Days:

Animation Production Days (APD) is a joint venture of the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS) and FMX – Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Immersive Media. All three events take place simultaneously in Stuttgart. The joint organisers of APD are Film- und Medienfestival gGmbH and Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg GmbH. The APD funding partners are the Baden-Württemberg Ministry for Science, Research and Arts, the Creative Europe MEDIA programme of the EU, the German Federal Film Board (FFA) and the MFG Baden-Württemberg.

4 May 2019 - Notable Sense of Optimism in the Industry

Stuttgart – Last night, the 13th edition of Animation Production Days (APD) drew to a close in Stuttgart. During the last two days, around 800 one-on-one meetings between producers and potential production and financing partners for new animation projects have been held in Stuttgart’s L-Bank. APD is the most important business platform for animation projects in Germany and takes place every year as part of the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS) and FMX – Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Immersive Media.

This year, the jury selected 50 projects with a combined production value of around 180 million Euros to be presented at APD. Alongside classic children’s series and family films, cross-media concepts, games, VR projects and online formats were also represented, including numerous projects for teenage and adult audiences. Subject matters ranged from edutainment, comedy, adventure stories and fantasy for kids, to historical and political material, animated documentaries, satire and science fiction. The 165 participants from 23 countries discussed financing strategies and cooperations for these projects in around 800 one-on-one meetings and at various APD networking events.

“A spirit of optimism is prevailing in the industry, something we also noticed in the high number and consistently excellent quality of the submitted projects. There is a huge programming demand from the buyers. For this reason, we are confident that many of these projects will find a successful path to production,” said Marlene Wagener, Head of APD.

Alongside German TV channels ZDF, KiKA, SWR, HR, MDR, Super RTL and Disney, big European and international broadcasters were also represented including the BBC, Canal+, France Télévisions, Turner, Sony Pictures Television and DHX, as well as numerous world sales agents. Streaming services such as Amazon Prime Video and Hopster also proved to be popular meeting partners. Over 300 visitors attended this year’s APD Conference which took place on Thursday afternoon in the rotunda of Stuttgart’s L-Bank, and which was also open to industry guests from FMX and ITFS.

Quotes from the organisers:

“The animation industry is undergoing a disruptive transformation too, but this is also providing a great chance for new formats and content. I’m delighted that APD is reacting to this potential via the opportunities given to and the integration of new players like streaming platforms. Thus, linking the two ITFS events, the Trickstar Professional Awards and the mini-conference on VR, AI and Blockchain – New Business Models for Animation to APD makes a lot of sense.”
Prof Ulrich Wegenast, Managing Director – Programme, ITFS and Co-Organiser of APD

“We also sense the aforementioned spirit of optimism from the international animation industry in the ITFS which we want to support with additional industry events. With these and FMX we are a beacon of the German animation scene shining far beyond Europe.”
Dieter Krauß, Managing Director – Organisation and Finance, ITFS and Co-Organiser of APD

“We are particularly delighted that up-and-coming talents presented such original and highly promising projects at this year’s APD. Young filmmakers are using their short films as springboards for ambitious series with international appeal. Hopefully, these talents will find the partners to help them finance and produce their projects.”
Prof. Andreas Hykade, Conference Chair FMX and Co-Organiser of APD

Quotes from participants

“It’s a good way to get started. People are super sweet, helping us with our project. We very much like the atmosphere: so many people from different countries and different backgrounds.”
Piotr Chmielewski (Poland) & Julie Peitersen (Denmark)
Participants of the APD Young Talent Programme

“For us it’s a very useful event. We can meet new partners here that we cannot meet at other markets. And it’s a very focused atmosphere, you really have time to talk.”
Zia Bales, Turner Broadcasting, UK

“I’m very impressed. It’s a wonderful meeting place and it’s extremely important for the German animation industry.”
Peter Voelkle, Atmosphere Media, Germany

Award Ceremony as the Closing Event
This year, the programme once again culminated in the animation festival’s Trickstar Professional Awards Gala. As part of the gala, the ITFS presents business-related prizes such as the German Animation Screenplay Award, which this year went to Xavier Romero and Llorenç Español for the screenplay “Aisha’s Light”; the prize for Germany’s Next Animation Talent, which went to Elisabeth Jakobi for her project “Juli auf dem Zauberberg (Juli on the Magic Mountain)”; the Arab Animation Forum Pitching Award which went to the project “Traitors of the Eyes” by Abdelrahman Dnewar und Saad Dnewar; and last but not least, the Trickstar Business Award itself. Presented this year for the third time, the Trickstar Business Award recognises new business models in the animation industry. The winner was the Danish company Copenhagen Bombay with their project “CoboStories”, with a Special Mention going to “Smosh Mosh” by Kinky Udders Ludwigsburg, a project that was also presented at the 2019 APD.

As part of the cooperation with CARTOON, European Association of Animation, two German producers once again this year are being given the opportunity to pitch their series project at the CARTOON Forum taking place in Toulouse in September. The first two places on the list went to “Boots & Paws” (Studio Soi Filmproduktion) and “Spookies” (Wolkenlenker). Tradewind Pictures may present their project “Tafiti – Through the Desert” at CARTOON Movie next year in Bordeaux.

The 2020 Animation Production Days will take place from 6 – 8 May 2020.

About Animation Production Days:

Animation Production Days (APD) is a business platform for the international animation industry and takes place annually as part of the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film and FMX – Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Immersive Media. APD is organised by the Film- und Medienfestival gGmbH and the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. It brings together co-production, financing and distribution partners for animation projects in a series of one-to-one meetings and, with the APD Conference, offers focused discussions and presentations on current challenges facing the industry.

21 March, 2019 - Animation Production Days Conference Highlights Current Industry Trends

Stuttgart – the conference programme for the 13th Animation Production Days has been finalised and offers inspiration for the future of the industry with case studies detailing the use of game engines in animation production and new ideas and strategies for the exploitation of animation projects. APD is the most important business platform for animation projects in Germany and takes place as part of the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS) and FMX – Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Immersive Media. In addition to the APD conference, Animation Production Days (from 1–3 May 2019) comprises a two-day co-production and financing market. Its conference is being held on the afternoon of 2 May in the Rotunda of Stuttgart’s L-Bank.

In the first part of the conference, producers who have explored new paths will share their experiences. Thomas Borch Nielsen (Nice Ninja) and Dirk Hampel (B-Water Animation Studios) have both produced projects using game engines and will report on lessons learned.

Can you build a series and establish a successful brand without a linear platform? Helen Howells and Oliver Ellis from Hoho Entertainment will discuss how they refused to give up on their preschool brand, Cloudbabies, long after the series finished airing on terrestrial TV in the UK.

Niko and the Sword of Light went from being a hit animated comic book app to an almost cancelled series to an Emmy award winner. Co-creator Bobby Chiu will recount the strategies, trials and tribulations behind the series.

In the conference’s second section, the Content Briefing Session, representatives from German and international TV channels and distributors will provide an overview of current industry trends and market developments. Dr Astrid Plenk (Managing and Programming Director of KiKA, the Children’s Channel of ARD and ZDF), Dominique Neudecker (Senior Manager of Acquisitions & Co-Production, Disney Channels GSA), Richard Rowe (Director of International Acquisitions & Co-Productions, DHX Media) and Chris Rose (VP of Animation Production/Development, Nickelodeon International) will introduce their programming requirements and strategies with regards to animated content.

Access to the APD conference is granted to all accredited APD participants and also to industry guests with ITFS and FMX accreditation.

Over 160 participants from 23 countries are accredited for the APD co-production and financing market. In around 800 pre-planned one-to-one meetings on 2 and 3 May, they will be discussing the 50 animation projects chosen by the jury (from a total of 84 applications) to be presented at this year’s APD.

An overview of all the selected projects can be found on the APD website at:

https://www.animationproductiondays.de/en/anmelden/projects-2019/

A list of the APD participants can also be found on the website at:

https://www.animationproductiondays.de/en/anmelden/participants-2019/

About Animation Production Days:
Animation Production Days (APD) is a business platform for the international animation industry and takes place annually as part of the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film and FMX – Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Immersive Media. APD is organised by the Film- und Medienfestival gGmbH and the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. It brings together co- production, financing and distribution partners for animation projects in a series of one-to-one meetings and, with the APD Conference, offers focused discussions and presentations on current challenges facing the industry. APD 2019 is supported by the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts Baden-Württemberg, the Creative Europe MEDIA programme, the German Federal Film Board (FFA) and the Medien- und Filmgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg (MFG).

1 March, 2019 - APD 2019 – 50 Outstanding Projects Selected from over 80 Submissions

Stuttgart – with a total of 84, more animation projects than ever before have been submitted for the 13th edition of Animation Production Days (APD) in Stuttgart. Yesterday the jury selected 50 of these projects from 17 different countries to be presented at APD. On 2 and 3 May 2019 the producers of these projects will discuss coproduction and financing opportunities with potential partners in a series of pre-planned one-to-one meetings in Stuttgart’s L-Bank. APD is the most important business platform for animation projects in Germany and takes place as part of the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film and the FMX – Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Immersive Media. Around a third of the projects presented here in previous years have now gone on to be successfully produced.

The large number and consistent high quality of the submitted projects are indicative of a continually expanding industry in which a spirit of optimism prevails. In comparison to live-action film, and despite fierce competition, European animation has a successful track record on the international market. The submissions also reflect the great diversity of genres, formats, styles and techniques that distinguish animation. Alongside classical series and films, also cross-media projects, Games, VR projects and online formats are represented, including numerous projects for teenage and adult target audiences. Topics range from edutainment, comedy, adventure stories and fantasy for kids to historical and political material, animated documentaries, satire and science fiction.

Of the 50 selected projects, 19 are from Germany. And with 10 projects, Danish production companies are strongly represented. The total production budget for the selected projects is around 180 million Euros.

9 of the projects are from newcomers who have gained a place via an application to the APD Talent Programme. This year, as part of its funding from the Creative Europe MEDIA programme, APD can award a total of 15 free accreditations to outstanding young talents. At APD they are given the opportunity to discuss their ideas with seasoned industry experts, develop contacts with important decision-makers and find cooperation partners for their projects. One example of this is the short film “Crabs” from Poland which has qualified for participation in the APD Talent Programme as part of a cooperation with the Animation Sans Frontières European training programme.

An overview of the selected projects can be found on the APD website at the following link:

https://www.animationproductiondays.de/en/anmelden/projects-2019/

Investors Can Still Register until 8 March 2019

The demand for new content for the growing number of linear and non-linear platforms is high. At APD, programme buyers, investors and potential co-producers can find exciting new projects and give producers feedback on the requirements of the various European markets. Numerous national and international broadcasters and distributors will be there, including BBC Children’s, Canal+, DHX Media, Finnish Broadcasting Company (YLE), France Télévisions, Hessischer Rundfunk (HR), KiKA, Radiotelevisione Italiana (RAI), Sony Pictures Television Networks, Südwestrundfunk (SWR), Turner Broadcasting Systems Europe, The Walt Disney Company, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF), Entertainment One, Federation Kids & Family, Jetpack Distribution, Motion Pictures Entertainment, Pink Parrot Media, Sola Media GmbH, Wild Bunch Germany, Newen Distribution, SUPERIGHTS, Zodiak Kids. SVoD platforms like Amazon and Hopster have likewise confirmed their participation and national and international funding bodies will also attend. The registration deadline for investors and financiers is still open until 8 March 2019.

Applications for the Trickstar Business Award Accepted until 15 March 2019

All projects selected for APD are invited to apply for the Trickstar Business Award. The 7,500 Euro prize is being presented in 2019 for the third time by the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS). Companies with an innovative business model can also apply for the award even if they are not participating in APD. The deadline is 15 March 2019. The submission form and detailed rules and regulations can be found on the ITFS website at https://www.itfs.de/en/branche/call-for-entries/.

About Animation Production Days:

Animation Production Days (APD) is a business platform for the international animation industry and takes place annually as part of the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film and FMX – Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Immersive Media. APD is organised by the Film- und Medienfestival gGmbH and the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. It brings together co-production, financing and distribution partners for animation projects in a series of one-to-one meetings and, with the APD Conference, offers focused discussions and presentations on current challenges facing the industry.