Stuttgart, Germany
April 24 - 27

FMX 2012: Testimonials

"FMX is a fantastic conference and continues to get better and better. You should be very proud of yourselves this year. I look forward to continuing my involvement with FMX." - Dave Gouge, Head of Marketing, Weta Digital

"It's such an amazing conference. Every FMX I go away with more ideas and more inspiration then I had come with!  I personally feel it's the best get together that takes place in VFX." - John Dietz, VFX Supervisor, Producer and Founder, Vispop

"It was GREAT to be there again this year. As always, it remains the best-run conference I attend regularly. It was especially an honor to present the work of both residents of Stuttgart, and graduates of the Filmakademie this year on 'Hugo'! It's a sign of the success of the school and the teachers there." - Ben Grossmann, Visual Effects Supervisor, Pixomondo

"I was totally impressed with the conference in its entirety. The presentations, speakers, job fair, dinners and tour of Filmakademie were illuminating and extremely well-coordinated, organized and executed. I was so impressed by the students and their work, particularly the TD students. I, along with other industry professionals, left FMX with a resolve to hire all your TD students!" - Ken Maruyama, Vice President Recruiting & Academic Relations, Sony Pictures Imageworks

"It was a pleasure, as always, to come to Stuttgart to participate in what I think is one of the best conferences in the whole world." - Thierry Frey, CTO & Co-Founder. D.S.T.M.

"It was my pleasure to be there, and it is refreshing to see FMX growing and becoming more and more a reference point in the industry." - Sebastian Sylwan, Chief Technology Officer, Weta Digital

"It was an absolute pleasure attending and presenting at FMX. I would love to participate in the future. What impressed me the most was the students. They seemed proud of their school and their work was amazing. FMX is a fantastic event for them." - Rick Stringfellow, Executive Art Director, EA Sports

"I had a superb time at my first FMX. It would be my pleasure to come back and present a few lectures at the Filmakademie." - Matthew Gratzner, Creative Director, New Deal Studios

"Thank you again for the excitement and fun of FMX, and the pleasure of working with your students.  Both were wonderful experiences." - Stuart Sumida, Professor of Biology, California State University San Bernardino

"It was awesome to be there and I was amazed at the level of the student work. It was great to get out of the Hollywood bubble and see what the rest of the world is up to. I literally can't think of a single complaint or critique - it was very organized and professional and well done. Way better than anything I've seen here in the States. Stuttgart is also a beautiful city and I intend on visiting with my wife when we have some time off or of course for the next FMX." - Casey Schatz, Head of Virtual Production, The Third Floor

"The levels of discussions and exchanges with all involved were of the highest level and have triggered a lot of stimulating thoughts for the present and future. I would, of course, be delighted to participate in upcoming editions." - Mario Janelle, Cinematographer

"The Virtual Production track was timely, important, inspiring, and sometimes revolutionary. The program was deep and broad, which is difficult to do, and presented by leading practitioners of previsualization, visual effects and cinematography. I give you all a huge 'Well done!'" - Barbara Robertson, Journalist, 3D World, Computer Graphics World

"I was very impressed with the students I met and the projects they have developed." - Scott Walker, President, Brain Candy

"The event was one of the most professional I've attended, and it was great to get the opportunity to see so many industry professionals at one event." - Ben Cammarano, Director of Central Media, Microsoft Studios

"Thank you for inviting me and having the Focus on Estonia track! It was a big thing for the Estonian companies." - Heilika Pikkov, Programme Director, AnimaCampus Tallinn

"It was so great to meet such a wonderful FMX family of people - I couldn't stop telling everyone back here in Toronto how great the experience was. You and the rest of the organizers did a wonderful job and made all of us strangers feel very welcomed and comfortable in your beautiful city of Stuttgart." - William Cheng, Set Designer

"We love to come to FMX and we appreciate each year the quality of the conferences. It was a big honor to be part of this event." - Joelle Caroline, Associate Director of CGI Operations, Ubisoft

"Whether the diners, museum visit, opportunity to network in the fabulous conference location or just take advantage of Stuttgart's various places, it was a great experience." - Alexandre Renaud, Manager, Corporate Services and Research & Development, CentreNad


FMX 2012 schedule

VFX legend Douglas Trumbull

Motion capture

Daniel McCoy (Pixar)

Academy Award winners Rob Legato & Ben Grossman


FMX is funded by the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts and the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Housing of the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg, the City of Stuttgart and the MFG Film Funding, taking place in cooperation with VES Visual Effects Society, ACM SIGGRAPH and the World Building Institute, supported by Animation Media Cluster Region Stuttgart (AMCRS), AMD, AutodeskBackstage, Epic Games and Mackevision. FMX is an event by the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg, organized by the Animationsinstitut, hosting the Animation Production Day (APD), a joint venture with the Festival of Animated Film Stuttgart (ITFS).