STUTTGART, GERMANY – The 13th version of Animation Manufacturing Days (APD) drew to an in depth in Stuttgart this previous Friday, ending up with over 800 one-on-one conferences between producers and potential manufacturing and financing companions for brand spanking new animation initiatives. APD is crucial enterprise platform for animation initiatives in Germany and takes place yearly as a part of the Stuttgart Worldwide Competition of Animated Movie (ITFS) and FMX – Convention on Animation, Results, Video games and Immersive Media.
This 12 months, the jury chosen 50 initiatives with a mixed manufacturing worth of round 180 million Euros for presentation on the convention. Alongside traditional kids’s sequence and household movies, cross-media ideas, video games, VR initiatives and on-line codecs have been additionally represented, together with quite a few initiatives for teenage and grownup audiences. Topic issues ranged from edutainment, comedy, journey tales and fantasy for youths, to historic and political materials, animated documentaries, satire and science fiction. The 165 individuals from 23 nations mentioned financing methods and cooperation for these initiatives in one-on-one conferences and at numerous APD networking occasions.
Award Ceremony because the Closing Occasion
This 12 months, this system as soon as once more culminated within the animation competition’s Trickstar Skilled Awards Gala. As a part of the gala, the ITFS presents business-related prizes such because the German Animation Screenplay Award, which this 12 months went to Xavier Romero and Llorenç Español for the screenplay “Aisha’s Gentle;” the prize for Germany’s Subsequent Animation Expertise, which went to Elisabeth Jakobi for her undertaking “Juli auf dem Zauberberg (Juli on the Magic Mountain);” and the Arab Animation Discussion board Pitching Award which went to the undertaking “Traitors of the Eyes” by Abdelrahman Dnewar und Saad Dnewar. As well as, the Trickstar Enterprise Award, which acknowledges new enterprise fashions within the animation business, was awarded for the third time. This 12 months’s winner was the Danish firm Copenhagen Bombay with their undertaking “CoboStories,” with a Particular Point out going to “Smosh Mosh” by Kinky Udders Ludwigsburg, a undertaking that was additionally offered on the 2019 APD.
As a part of the cooperation with CARTOON, European Affiliation of Animation, two German producers as soon as once more this 12 months are being given the chance to pitch their sequence undertaking on the CARTOON Discussion board going down in Toulouse in September. The primary two locations on the checklist went to “Boots & Paws” (Studio Soi Filmproduktion) and “Spookies” (Wolkenlenker). Tradewind Footage might current their undertaking “Tafiti – By means of the Desert” at CARTOON Film subsequent 12 months in Bordeaux.
“A spirit of optimism is prevailing within the business, one thing we additionally observed within the excessive quantity and persistently glorious high quality of the submitted initiatives. There’s a large programming demand from the consumers. For that reason, we’re assured that many of those initiatives will discover a profitable path to manufacturing,” stated Marlene Wagener, Head of APD.
Prof. Andreas Hykade, Convention Chair FMX and Co-Organizer of APD, commented, “We’re significantly delighted that up-and-coming skills offered such unique and extremely promising initiatives at this 12 months’s APD. Younger filmmakers are utilizing their quick movies as springboards for formidable sequence with worldwide enchantment. Hopefully, these skills will discover the companions to assist them finance and produce their initiatives.”
Alongside German TV channels ZDF, KiKA, SWR, HR, MDR, Tremendous RTL and Disney, massive European and worldwide broadcasters have been additionally represented together with the BBC, Canal+, France Télévisions, Turner, Sony Footage Tv and DHX, in addition to quite a few world gross sales brokers. Streaming companies reminiscent of Amazon Prime Video and Hopster additionally proved to be widespread assembly companions. Over 300 guests attended this 12 months’s APD Convention which occurred on Thursday afternoon within the rotunda of Stuttgart’s L-Financial institution, and which was additionally open to business friends from FMX and ITFS.
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