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Berlin, 20. Dezember: Tricktisch 105, Das Berliner Animationsleutetreffen

Tricktisch Nr. 105 – Das Berliner Animationsleutetreffen
Mi 20.12.2017 – 20 Uhr – Z-Bar, Berlin (Mitte)

Als Special Guest begrüßen wir Tania De León Yong aus Mexico. Die Experimental-Animationsfilmerin wird uns mit ihren Filmen „“Un día“, „Escarlata“, „Zapping Animation“ und „El Conejo en la Luna“ überraschen.

Vorher gibt es noch die neueste Arbeit von Markus Kempken „Two Popes Talking About Xmas“ und eventuell etwas Rotkäppchen zu genießen.

Und von mir gibt es auch etwas zu sehen. Ich zeige den Experimentalfilm „Harz 1 / Waterfall“, eine Auftragsarbeit aus dem Erklärfilmbereich, ein paar Winzigkeiten und meinen diesjährigen animierten Weihnachtsgruß.

Mi 20.12.2017 – 20 Uhr – Z-Bar, Berlin (Mitte)
Kommt zuhauf und lasst uns feiern!

Deutscher Humor… FMX 2018 – Behind the Beard | Trailer #1

FMX 2018:

The FMX trailers are traditionally created by students of Animationsinstitut (Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg) in their third year of study.

The FMX trailers are traditionally created by students of Animationsinstitut (Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg) in their third year of study. This year’s FMX trailer Behind the Beard is all about everyday problems, the ones that might seem insignificant and dull at first, but end up turning our world upside down. This very relatable topic is discussed through the story of Bruno, a little beaver living in a forest, and Ben, a bearded hipster. Find out more about the trailer here:

SIGGRAPH Now: War for the Planet of the Apes

Join Weta Visual Effects Supervisor Anders Langlands as he discusses the body and facial performance capture used to create the film’s stunning VFX. This video is part of SIGGRAPH Now, a new series that shares additional educational content from SIGGRAPH Conferences.

Join us in Vancouver, 12-16, 2018 for #SIGGRAPH2018:

Content from “War for the Planet of the Apes,” courtesy Weta Digital VFX © 2017 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved.

Special thanks to the students at Cogswell College for intro motion graphics.

And the Baden-Württembergische Filmpreis goes to… Bester Animationsfilm: “ A Priori“ von Maite Schmitt

Mit viel Fantasie und künstlerischer Eigenart, so die Jurybegründung, erzählte die Ludwigsburger Animationsstudentin Maite Schmitt ihre Geschichte über Vorurteil und Freundschaft. Dabei flattern originell gestaltete Charaktere durch die detailreich mit Buntstift gezeichnete Welt der alten Bücher und drohen sie zu zerstören. ‚A Priori‘ begeistert die Jury durch die hohe Filmästhetik, die gelungene Kameraführung und den klugen Mix aus 2D und 3D Animation. Farbgestaltung und Ausführung der Animation passten sehr gut zum Stil der Geschichte. „Die einfühlsame Musik und das pfiffige Sounddesign unterstreichen die märchenhafte Atmosphäre des Films. Intelligent – meisterhaft umgesetzt“, heißt es in der Jurybegründung weiter.

Lobende Erwähnung für Michael Bohnenstingl für „Bis Donnerschdag“

Für seinen Animationsfilm ‚Bis Donnerschdag‘ erhielt Michael Bohnenstingl, Student an der Filmakademie in Ludwigsburg, eine lobende Erwähnung. Sein Filmschau-Beitrag fasst thematisch ein heißes Eisen an, Mobbing in Schulen, und überzeugte die Jury dabei durch brillante Erzähl-Ökonomie und den frechen Stil. Es gehöre viel Zivilcourage dazu, sich im Rampenlicht bei der Schulaufführung gegen die schwäbischen Rapper zur Wehr zu setzen. „Dabei besticht der Film durch die stilistische Geschlossenheit als SW-Strichzeichnung und die reduzierten, markanten Charaktere. Die ausgefeilte Animation bringt den trockenen Witz auf den Punkt: unschlagbar spritzig“, begründete die Jury ihre Entscheidung.

Mackevision and Nishikawa Communications announce strategic partnership

December 11, 2017, Stuttgart/Nagoya – Mackevision Medien Design GmbH in Germany and Nishikawa Communications Co. Ltd. (NICO) in Japan announce a broad partnership that enhances NICO’s position in marketing by leveraging Mackevision’s advanced 3D technology and content platform. The strategic alliance enables NICO to provide high-quality 3D as well as CG images and films that are required by domestic manufacturers including automotive companies, for effective marketing activities.

Interaction between brands and target groups is becoming increasingly important. In the age of digitization, brands and consumers encounter, mutually inspire and learn from one another. As a result, digital channels are progressively enhancing brand communications. Addressing the rise in customer touchpoints, Mackevision develops complete and integrated Single Source Publishing solutions (SSP) in which content is created once, maintained in a central location and can be utilized as often as desired. As a result, customers always receive the content they need at any specific time, based on their personal interaction history. Aim is, to provide customers with the very best visualization support and ensure harmonized and integrated brand and product communication,

In Japan, the product design and product marketing workflows are completely separate. Therefore, NICO has long been exploring the possibility of efficiently utilizing 3D and CGI as part of their marketing activities. “I am extremely happy to commence the strategic alliance with Mackevision, a leader in the CGI industry, where commercially viable 3D technologies such as Virtual Reality applications are evolving so rapidly,” explains Eiichi Nishikawa, President at NICO. “3D and CGI are capable of offering countless variations, new means of expression and will play an important role in improving the productivity of one-to-one communication. This represents the most important factor in digital marketing. I feel that Japan has started out late in the field of digital marketing in comparison with Western markets. NICO’s challenge is to bring added values to domestic marketing based on the track record achieved by Mackevision worldwide as quickly as possible.”

Mackevision’s solutions have proven themselves in the European and North American automotive markets for more than 20 years. Mackevision ensures high-quality technical expertise in CGI production and content delivery while NICO will support Mackevision with expanding its business. “We are very happy to team up with NICO. Our partnership is an important milestone in our expansion in Japan. We are looking forward to a great cooperation, successful projects and business opportunities in the future” states Armin Pohl, CEO of Mackevision.

Mackevision’s content platform efficiently provides customers with a standardized, high-quality brand experience that they expect anytime and anywhere.

Utilizing the system platform that Mackevision has developed, NICO will be capable of creating a single source publishing pipeline for its clients. This data-based approach allows complex product customization with every form of marketing material. The tools and solutions allow complex configuration systems as well as content production that benefit from intelligent CG data to create state-of-the-art customer experiences.

About Mackevision Medien Design GmbH (

Mackevision Medien Design GmbH is one of the global market leaders in computer generated imagery (CGI.) The company provides data-based 3D visualization, animation and visual effects. It designs and produces image and film material, as well as interactive applications in high-end quality. It develops technological solutions for generating images and covers the entire CGI process, from data preparation and creative design to the finished product. Its international team works with major corporations, SMEs and their agencies. Mackevision was founded in 1994. Today more than 500 people work for the company at its headquarters in Stuttgart and its branches in Munich, Hamburg, Birmingham, Florence, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York, Beijing, Seoul, Tokyo and Singapore.

About Nishikawa Communications Co. Ltd. (

NICO was founded in 1906 and excels in the printing industry, information and communications technology. NICO offers services and products to customers such as marketing, promotion, advertising, printing, logistics and eco-friendly labels. NICO’s services are highly appreciated by leading companies in the automobile, energy and retail fields. NICO’s headquarters are located in Nagoya and Tokyo, and the company maintains offices in Tokyo, Osaka, Hamamatsu in Japan. In addition, NICO has group companies in India and Singapore.

Aktuelle Jobangebote aus dem In- und Ausland!

Are you a Render Supervisor interested in working with us – the studio that brought you the LEGO Movie?! The Render Supervisor will be responsible for managing the delivery of data to and from production, managing render priorities and storage resources, as well as leading and mentoring the Render team. Follow the link to apply now:

New openings in our VFX division at our Montreal studio for long term contracts starting between now and the beginning of January.

Happy Holidays from PXO GLOBAL! our Toronto branch is hiring for the new year! 3D Modelers, Texture artists, Lighters,CG Supervisors and VFX Supervisors. Check our website for open position and send us your reel/ resume to

Are you a Software Developer interested in joining our core R&D group to develop and enhance our proprietary rendering software (Glimpse); including our state-of-the-art rendering engine, shading system, and scene representation? If the answer is yes, then read on:

Happy Holidays #Animators. We’re looking for a senior Animator to join us at Method Studios  #Vancouver early January 2018. If you’re in Vancouver, interested and looking for your next adventure, let’s chat!  Email me at: View the posting at: This trailer is #awesome.


Image Engine is calling for FX TD (junior, mid, senior, lead) to start in January on some exciting and challenging projects! Please apply directly via our website if you are interested:

FX TD – Senior

The Lucasfilm and ILM-SF 2018 Summer Internship positions are now online!


Galassia Studios Lahore Now Looking  CG Artist  Job Responsibilities: Basic Modeling using Max/Maya Keyshot Adobe Photoshop Adobe Illustrator Texturing Rigging & Rendering Send your resume to

Mackevision, Stuttgart:

We’d like to share with you some exciting job openings at our headquarters in Stuttgart with you. We are looking forward to your application: Werkstudent 3D Animation (m/f): Junior Technical Compositing Artist (m/f): Junior 3D Artist (m/f): 3D Modeling Artist (m/f): More jobs:

MPC are currently looking for an experienced Tech Ops to join our Advertising team in New York Please visit for more info and to apply #MPCAdvTalent

Attn: Animators with advanced knowledge of Flash, Adobe Animate or TV Paint Toon Boom Animation looking for experts to do unbiased product comparisons. – Do you know how to animate in Harmony? – Have you used Flash/Adobe Animate or TV Paint on a major production? – Are you an advanced user on any of these products? This is a contracted engagement – if interested, contact us at


We’re looking for highly talented and driven people! If you want to join our exceptional global team and work in a collaborative and inspiring environment apply today:


VFX-Stammtisch Stuttgart: Einladung zum Weihnachts-Stammtisch des Jahres am Donnerstag, 14. Dezember 2017

Paulines neuer INDACHS

Der letzte Stammtisch des Jahres bei gemütlichem Lagerfeuer unten im Bounge! Wir freuen uns auf euch! 🙂

California Bounge

Börsenplatz 1, 70174 Stuttgart


Donnerstag um 20:00 Uhr

Neko Yasha

The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) mourns the passing of Canadian film and animation legend Grant Munro, O.C., who died in Montreal on December 9 at the age of 94.

December 11, 2017 – Montreal – National Film Board of Canada (NFB)

The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) mourns the passing of Canadian film and animation legend Grant Munro, O.C., who died in Montreal on December 9 at the age of 94. Born in Winnipeg on April 25, 1923, Munro attended the Musgrove School of Art, the Winnipeg School of Art as well as the Ontario College of Art―where his teacher, Group of Seven painter Franklin Carmichael, arranged to have Norman McLaren interview Munro’s class for a position at the NFB. Munro was hired, joining a group that included fellow animation pioneers George Dunning and René Jodoin. “Grant Munro was a Canadian animation legend, whose work has left an indelible mark on Canadian culture and on the global animation world. He was part of the first generation of young animators that Norman McLaren hired, trained and worked with, as the NFB was starting up in the early 1940s. For five decades, Grant worked on films here in addition to being a sculptor, painter and artist—for he was ceaselessly creative. He inspired so many who would follow in his footsteps, at the NFB and beyond, and we are forever in his debt,” said Claude Joli-Coeur, NFB Commissioner. Munro quickly established himself as an animator of paper cut-outs, working on such musical shorts as The Three Blind Mice (1946) with Dunning and another newcomer, Robert Verrall. Read more

Animation Production Day 2018: Call for Projects

Für den zwölften Animation Production Day (APD) können Produzenten ab sofort Projekte einreichen, für die sie Koproduktions- und Finanzierungspartner suchen. Der APD ist die wichtigste Businessplattform für Animationsprojekte in Deutschland und findet vom 26. – 27. April in Stuttgart im Rahmen des Internationalen Trickfilm-Festivals Stuttgart und der FMX, Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Immersive Media statt. Vertreter der deutschen und internationalen Animationsbranche verhandeln auf dem APD zwei Tage lang über Kooperationen und Finanzierung für die dort vorgestellten Projekte.

Ein neues Online-Formular für die Projekteinreichung steht ab sofort auf der Website des APD zur Verfügung. Bis zum 20. Februar können Animationsprojekte aus den Bereichen Film, TV-Serie, Mobile Content, Game, Cross- und Transmedia eingereicht werden. Auch Hybridformate, also eine Mischung aus Animations- und Realfilm, können teilnehmen. Insgesamt 40 bis 45 Projekte werden für eine Teilnahme am APD 2018 ausgewählt. Die Chancen, auf dem APD passende Produktions- und Finanzierungspartner zu finden, stehen gut. Rund ein Drittel der hier in den vergangenen Jahren vorgestellten Projekte sind mittlerweile erfolgreich produziert worden. In vorab geplanten One-on-One Meetings bringt der APD rund 150 Produzenten, Sender, Vertriebe, Verleiher, Förderinstitutionen und Banken zusammen. Wichtiger Teil des Programms ist auch 2018 wieder die APD Konferenz. Hier werden wegweisende Projekte präsentiert und neue Trends und Geschäftsmodelle vorgestellt und diskutiert.

Highlight: Trickstar Business Award

Der mit 7500€ dotierte Preis wird 2018 zum zweiten Mal im Rahmen des APD durch das Internationale Trickfilm-Festival Stuttgart (ITFS) vergeben. An der Auswahl für den Trickstar Business können Projekte teilnehmen, die ein innovatives Businesskonzept haben. Alle für den Animation Production Day (APD) ausgewählten Projekte qualifizieren sich automatisch für die Auswahl. Unternehmen mit einem innovativen Geschäftsmodell können sich – unabhängig von einer Teilnahme am APD – ebenfalls für den Award bewerben. Anmeldeschluss ist der 1. März 2018.

Das Anmeldeformular sowie das ausführliche Reglement gibt es auf der Website des ITFS.

Neu: Studios und Service-Produzenten bei „Producers for Co-Production“

Vor zwei Jahren hat der APD mit „Producers for Co-Production“ einen eigenen Programmteil für die Hersteller von Animationsprojekten etabliert. Hierfür können sich in Zukunft auch Studios und Service-Produzenten anmelden, die nicht als Ko-Produzenten, sondern als Auftragnehmer agieren. Damit reagiert der APD auf Ergänzungen in der wirtschaftlichen Filmförderung beispielsweise durch den DFFF II, die auch für Animationsfilme relevant sind.

Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film: APPLY NOW FOR TRICKSTAR BUSINESS AWARD

25th Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (April 24 – 29, 2018)


Dear filmprofessionals, dear friends of the Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film,

‘Trickstar Business’ is the name of the animation industry’s business prize which will be awarded for the second time during Animation Production Day (APD) 2018 by the Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film (ITFS).

From now on, you can apply with a project that has an innovative business concept, for example, in the area of financing, distribution, marketing or exploitation of rights. All projects submitted to APD also qualify for the Trickstar Business Award. Companies with an innovative business model can also apply for the award independently of participation in APD.

The Trickstar Business Award is the world’s first animation prize to be explicitly focused on business. The prize is worth 7,500 € being sponsored by the Stuttgart Region. In 2017, the award winner was the Polish project „The Shadows“ by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman (BreakThru Films).

Joint award gala and professional meeting
The Trickstar Business Award will be awarded on April 27, 2018 in a joint award gala with the „German Screenplay Award“, „Animated Com Award International“ and the „Tricks for Kids Series“ (national and international) awards. The event takes place at the Stuttgart L-Bank Rotunda: perfect for networking opportunities between animation artists, authors, agencies and producers.

The regulations (pdf) and submission form (pdf) can be found here.

Submission Deadline is March 1, 2018. 

We look forward to your application!


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