APD Conference

Tuesday, 23rd April, 13:45 – 16:30
L-Bank Rotunde

Hosts: Prof Lilian Klages, APD Curator

The event is open to FMX, ITFS & APD accredited attendees. It will also be recorded and will be available as VoD to all APD accredited participants. The event will be held in English.


13:45 – 14:00 Welcome
14:00 – 15:15 Panel 1
15:15 – 15:45 Networking Coffee
15:45 – 16:30 Panel 2

13:45 – 14:00


Carl Bergengruen, CEO of Medien- und Filmgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg (MFG)
Marlene Wagener, Head of Animation Production Days

14:00 – 15:15

Conference Part 1 / Panel Discussion
The Use of AI in the Animation Industry

The panel discussion will delve into the current state of AI in the animation film business and will contemplate the future development of AI. The panel will explore its potential transformative impact and analyse challenges such as maintaining artistic integrity amidst automation and ensuring diverse representation in AI-generated content.

Volha Paulovich
Co-Founder & COO PentoPix, USA

Meet Volha Paulovich, the visionary co-founder and COO of PentoPix. With over a decade of content production expertise, she’s revolutionizing movie-making by infusing technology into creative workflows. PentoPix’s AI platform redefines storytelling, turning scripts into mesmerising 3D scenes and videos. PentoPix brings AI efficiency into creative workflow and seamlessly integrates into it, while keeping you in full creative control. Volha is a well-recognised speaker & visionary who actively drives the conversation about the future of film at festivals like MediaTech Hub conference, Berlinale EFM and SXSW.

Christina Caspers-Roemer
Managing Director TRIXTER GmbH, Germany

Christina works as GM at TRIXTER. In her position, Christina is responsible for the day-to-day business across all ongoing & potential new productions from acquisition to final delivery. As technology in the film and especially post-production industry continues to evolve at an ever increasing speed & audience watching habits change as well, the use of the most current technology is absolutely essential in order to be at the highest industry standard not only budget-wise but creatively as well.

Thomas Kornmaier
Writer for TV/Film & Audio Serials, Germany

Thomas Kornmaier studied Media Informatics & Psychology and works as a freelance author for film/TV & audio productions. Since 2021, he has been researching the use of artificial intelligence in story development, in particular in regards to language models and their possible applications in the development of fictional and non-fictional stories and formats. Thomas advises production companies, professional associations and software companies on the creative use of AI models and is a guest lecturer at screenwriting schools, media and film universities.

Andy Cochrane
The AV Club Productions, Immersive Content Creator, USA

Andrew Cochrane is a celebrated interactive content creator known for his work in VR/AR, installations, live events, and apps. His expertise lies in weaving compelling narrative experiences that blend artistic innovation and cutting-edge technology. Andrew is currently a consultant and independent creative working to transform the entertainment landscape by harnessing AI and other emerging technologies to design immersive and interactive experiences for various platforms and audiences worldwide.

15:15 – 15:45

Networking Coffee Break

15:45 – 16:30

Conference Part 2 / Panel Discussion
Benefits and Challenges of Co-Productions

In cooperation with  

Join industry experts as they discuss the potential of collaborating across multiple countries to produce award-winning animated movies. From navigating cultural differences to securing funding and overcoming legal obstacles, our panelists will share invaluable insights into the coproduction process.

A Greyhound Of a Girl I Enzo d’Alò I Luxembourg, Italy, UK, Ireland, Lithuania, Estonia, Germany | 2023 | 79 min

No Dogs or Italians Allowed (Interdit aux chiens et aux Italiens) I Alain Ughetto I France, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland I 2022 I 70 min

Adrien Chef
Producer & Co-Owner, Paul Thiltges Distributions, Luxembourg

Adrien Chef is a Luxembourg based producer established in the Grand-Duchy since 2010 and co-owner of the company Paul Thiltges Distributions. Currently running one of the oldest and most prolific production companies in the country, Adrien has been involved in more than 25 films. Along with producer and sales agent Paul Thiltges, Adrien is bringing most of the films to develop and produce into the company’s slate of projects.

Nicolas Burlet
Producer & Founder, Nadasdy Film, Switzerland

Born in Geneva in 1969, Nicolas Burlet holds a degree in engineering, a master’s in political science, a master’s in business administration and a master’s in communication and media science. A film lover since childhood, he founded  with his friend, director Zoltán Horváth, Nadasdy Film. Since 2008, he has focused himself entirely to producing and developing Nadasdy Film. Since then, he has produced almost 116 animation projects, including 6 feature films, 76 shorts, 14 series, 3 documentaries and 14 specials.