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12 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.