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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.

3 December, 2018 - APD 2019 – Projects Can Now Be Submitted

Stuttgart – German and international producers can now submit projects for which they are seeking coproduction and financing partners to the 13th Animation Production Days (APD), the most important business platform in Germany for animation projects. Animation Production Days is taking place from 1–3 May 2019 in Stuttgart as part of the 26th Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (30 April – 5 May 2019) and FMX – Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Immersive Media (30 April – 3 May 2019).

The online form to submit a project is now available on the APD website. Animation projects in the areas of film, TV series, mobile content, games, cross-media and transmedia can all be submitted. Hybrid formats mixing animation and live action are also eligible. The project submission deadline is 21 February 2019. A total of 45 projects will be selected to participate in APD 2019.

The probability of finding suitable production and financing partners at APD is high. Already, around one third of the projects showcased in previous years have been successfully produced. Projects in an early stage of development particularly benefit from the detailed feedback and advice given by key industry representatives. In pre-planned one-to-one meetings, APD brings together around 170 producers, studios, broadcasters, sales agents, distributors, funding bodies and banks. Once again in 2019, an important part of the programme is the APD Conference where groundbreaking projects will be presented and new trends and business models will be introduced and discussed.

Representatives from broadcasters, sales agents, distributors, film and media funding bodies, publishers and banks can also register for APD 2019 using the online form, with an early bird rate available until 30 January 2019.

Programme for Studios and Service Producers

For production companies and studios who do not wish to present their own project but instead are seeking projects in which they can become involved as co-producers or service providers, APD has established the Producers for Co-Production programme. Here, producers and service providers from the fields of animation, games, VR and VFX meet to negotiate cooperations. You can register for this co-producers’ programme which, alongside the Producers for Co-Production event, also includes participation in the APD Conference and networking sessions, via the online form. Further information can be found on the APD website.

APD Talent Programme Continues

Thanks to renewed funding from the Creative Europe MEDIA programme, the highly successful APD Talent Programme is continuing in 2019. With this programme, APD offers 14 young German and European producers and graduates with animation and production degrees the opportunity to participate in APD free-of-charge and present their own project for which they are seeking production and/or financing partners. Young producers can apply to the programme via the online form on the APD website until the deadline of 21 February 2019.

Once again this year, one place on the APD Talent Programme has been reserved for a project from the European talent initiative Animation Sans Frontières” (ASF). This is the second time APD is cooperating with this training programme, which is supported by the Creative Europe Programme of the EU. ASF is organised by the Animationsinstitut of Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg and three other European animation schools. 

The Trickstar Business Award

From 6 December 2018, projects can also be submitted for the Trickstar Business Award. In 2019, this business award for the animation industry will be presented for the third time by the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS) as part of Animation Production Days. The 7,500 Euro prize is awarded to national or international innovative and groundbreaking business models for projects or companies in the animation industry. Projects submitted to APD are invited to submit for the Trickstar Business Award. Companies with an innovative business model can also apply to the Trickstar Business Award without submitting a project to APD. The deadline is 1 March 2019. The submission form and rules and regulations can be found on the ITFS website.

 

About Animation Production Days

Animation Production Days (APD) is a business platform for the international animation industry and is taking 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.

28 April, 2018 - APD 2018 – A Successful Conclusion to 12th APD

Stuttgart – the 12th Animation Production Day ended yesterday evening with the Trickstar Professional Awards Gala. During the last two days, 170 participants from 26 countries have been discussing new animation projects in the co-production and financing market. 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 and the FMX – Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Immersive Media.

This year, 48 highly promising projects with a total production value of around 170 million Euros were selected by the jury from a total of 71 applications to participate in APD. In over 700 pre-planned one-to-one meetings during the past two days, the 170 participating producers, studios, world sales agents, representatives from broadcasters, funders and investors discussed the new material. The range of projects extended from TV series, films and games for children to comedy and science fiction for teenage and adult audiences. Alongside the German TV channels ZDF, KiKA, SWR, HR, Super RTL, Disney and Nickelodeon, numerous big European and international broadcasters were present including the BBC, Canal+, France Télévisions, Turner and DHX. Streaming services like Amazon Prime Video and the toy company Mattel were also popular meeting partners. Over 300 people attended this year’s APD Conference which was held in the Rotunda of Stuttgart’s L-Bank on Thursday afternoon and was also open to FMX and ITFS industry guests.

“APD has developed into one of the important dates in the European animation calendar. I am especially glad that the submitted projects displayed such a large diversity of content and form and that up-and-coming talents were able to provide new impetus.”
Prof. Andreas Hykade, FMX Conference Chair and co-organiser of APD

“I’m delighted that APD has once again been such a successful event and that new players in the animation industry such as Playmobil and Mattel have been part of it. This shows that animation is now extending far beyond the traditional areas of cinema and television and new business models are being created!”
Prof. Ulrich Wegenast, Managing Director, Programme, ITFS and co-organiser of APD

“It was once again wonderful to see that, alongside the very concrete negotiations about financing, all the APD participants used this special opportunity to network with the players in the international animation scene and to inspire each other in exchanges about the current artistic and economic challenges and opportunities in all the many aspects of animation.”
Dieter Krauß, Managing Director, Organisation and Finance, ITFS and co-organiser of APD

Comments of participants:

“APD gives great access to broadcasters, producers and buyers. I’ve had many interesting conversations and I’ve also met potential German co-producers.”
Tamsin Lyons, Ink and Light, Ireland

“It was a wonderful experience, a very productive two days, and I’ve met producers I haven’t met at other TV conferences – very talented producers.”
Karen Vermeulen, American Greetings Entertainment, USA

“We came here to look for projects that we can co-produce. We’ve seen many interesting projects and met many producers who we would like to work with.”
Ives Agemans, Cyborn, Belgium

“We’ve been to every APD since the beginning. We meet all the people that we work with here.”
Dominique Schuchmann, M.A.R.K. 13, Germany

Awards Ceremony as the Grand Finale

A special highlight drew the APD programme to a close: the Trickstar Professional Awards Gala of the animation festival. This year, as part of the gala, ITFS brought together all the business-orientated award presentations in a single ceremony, thus creating a top-class networking event where producers, filmmakers, writers, young talents and many of the industry’s decision-makers could meet and enter into conversation.

In its second year, the Trickstar Business Award went to Studio Pupil’s Tünde Vollenbroek who, with her project “House of Broken Hearts”, had already been selected for the APD’s Young Talent programme. The Tricks for Kids national series prize was awarded to Animanimals – Sloth” by Julia Ocker; the Tricks for Kids international series prize to “Hey Duggee – The Tadpole Badge” by Grant Orchard. “Migros – Finn” won the Animated Com Award International. The German Animation Screenplay Award went to the screenplay for “Peterchens Mondfahrt” by Ali Samadi Ahadi and Arne Nolting. This year also saw the inauguration of the Germany’s Next Animation Talent award: Jens Opatz and Pia Auteried are the happy winners with their project “The Snollies“.

As part of the co-operation with CARTOON, European Association of Animation, once again this year three German producers will have the chance to pitch their series projects at the CARTOON Forum in Toulouse in September. The three prize winners are: “Digedags – The Knight Runkel Series” (Mar Vista Media), “RuneMasters” (bigchild) and “The Orbiteers” (Wolkenlenker).

The 2019 Animation Production Day will take place on 2nd and 3rd May 2019.

 

About Animation Production Day:

Animation Production Day (APD) is a business platform for the international animation industry and took place as part of the 25th Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film 2018 and FMX 2018 – 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, 2018 - APD 2018 – Conference Programme with Top-Class Experts

Stuttgart – the Conference programme for the 12th edition of Animation Production Day is bringing together top-class speakers on trends and developments in the animation industry. The half-day Conference is taking place on 26th April at Stuttgart’s L-Bank. This year, 170 participants from 28 countries are accredited for Animation Production Day which, alongside the Conference, comprises a co-production and financing market for new animation projects. APD is the biggest business platform for the animation industry in Germany and is held as part of the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS) and the FMX – Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Immersive Media.

With the title “Enable – Case Studies and Market Trends”, the first part of the APD Conference focuses on the challenges involved in the development of new content. Experts have been invited who, beginning from very different starting points, are developing and realising successful material in highly contrasting ways. Perrine Gauthier and Joeri Christiaen (Thuristar, Belgium) will describe their journey from creating their short film “850 Meters” to the series “My Knight and Me”; Eric Shaw (screenwriter, USA) will discuss the modernisation of a brand with reference to “Muppet Babies”; Karina Schaapman (writer, the Netherlands) will report on the successful construction of a 360° brand using her project “Mouse Mansion” as an example; and Lars Wagner (Playmobil, Germany) will introduce the digital strategies for the analogue toy world of Playmobil.

The second part of the Conference, the Content Briefing Session, will get underway this year with a keynote speech from Peter Robinson (Dubit, UK) who will introduce facts and figures about the ways children and young people use TV and SVoD. Then Miki Chojnacka (Chief Content & Creative Officer, Hopster), Michael Stumpf (Head of Children & Youth Main Editorial Department, ZDF), Luca Milano (Director, Rai Ragazzi) and Steffen Kottkamp (Director Kids & Family, Viacom International Media Networks GSA) will introduce their programming 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.

170 participants from 28 countries are accredited for the APD co-production and financing market. In more than 700 pre-planned one-to-one meetings on 26th and 27th April, they will discuss the 48 animation projects selected by the jury from a total of 71 submissions for presentation at this year’s APD.

An overview of all the selected projects is on the APD website at:

https://www.animationproductionday.de/en/projects2018/

 

A list of participants is also available on the website at:

https://www.animationproductionday.de/en/anmelden/participants-2018/

 

About Animation Production Day:

Animation Production Day (APD) is a business platform for the international animation industry and is taking place as part of the 25th Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film 2018 and FMX 2018 – 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.

28 February, 2018 - APD 2018 – 48 Outstanding Projects Selected

Stuttgart – 71 animation projects were submitted for the 12th edition of Animation Production Day (APD) in Stuttgart. Yesterday, the jury selected 48 of these projects – originating from 19 different countries – to participate in APD. On 26th and 27th April 2018 the producers of these projects will discuss co-production and financing possibilities with potential partners in a series of pre-planned one-to-one meetings in Stuttgart’s L-Bank. The total production value of the projects is around 170 million Euros. 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 FMX Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Immersive Media. Around a third of the projects presented at APD in previous years have gone on to be successfully produced.     

Seventeen of the projects come from Germany, 28 from other European countries and three from countries outside of Europe. Alongside France and Belgium, Spain and Hungary are also strongly represented with projects from Denmark, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine, Russia, Israel and Brazil also present. It is not only the number of participating countries that grows every year but also the range of projects which extend from TV series, films and games for children to comedy and science fiction projects for teenagers and adults. And, with a total of 11 projects, cross-media formats are also strongly represented. The variety of formats, topics, styles, animation techniques and genres demonstrates the great potential of animation programmes in an increasingly diversifying market.

The participants in the APD Talent Programme in particular are introducing innovative projects. Creative Europe MEDIA funding makes it possible for APD to offer 16 up-and-coming producers free participation in the event. Fresh out of university, they can discuss their ideas with experienced industry experts, establish contact with important decision-makers and develop their career perspectives in Europe. An example of this is the series concept “Dimitri & Kim” from Serbia which qualified for the APD Talent Programme as part of our cooperation with the European Animation Sans Frontières training programme.

An overview of all the selected projects can be found on our website at this link.

Investors can still register until 6th March 2018

The interest in new ideas is high. Alongside representatives from numerous national and international broadcasters such as ZDF, KiKA, HR, SWR, Super RTL, Disney, BBC, Turner, Canal+, etc, distributors such as Sola Media, MFA+, Koch Films, Edel Germany, DHX Media, Zodiak Kids, APC Kids and also SVoD platforms like Amazon and Hopster have already announced their participation. Funding bodies will also be present. The registration deadline for investors and financiers is 6th March 2018.

Submissions for the Trickstar Business Award open until 15th March 2018

All projects selected for APD are invited to apply for the Trickstar Business Award. In 2018 the 7,500 Euro prize is being presented for the second time at APD by the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS). Companies with an innovative business model can also apply for the award irrespective of their participation in APD. The deadline is 15th March 2018. The application form and detailed terms and conditions can be found on the ITFS website.