In Review: fmx/08 In Stuttgart
A major indicator of the success of the concept and quality of these events was the participation of practically all leading members of the industry, including Pixar, Disney, Autodesk, Microsoft, Adobe, Softimage, NVIDIA, NaturalMotion, Luxology, weltenbauer., MAXON, Massive Software, Side Effects and Quantel. The feedback at the recruiting desks was particularly noteworthy. Students and new talent had the opportunity to meet the employer of their dreams from Germany, Europe and the U.S. -- which they did in droves. At the same time, most companies of distinction sent recruiters to Stuttgart to build contacts or crew up for upcoming projects.
The first-ever annual Digital Entertainment Award was the result of a cooperation between the Deutsche Telekom and fmx/08 and targeted established companies and research institutions as well as the independent scene and students. An expert jury selected three winners from nine nominees in three categories. Each winner received a prize of 5,000 Euros and an individual consultation with experts from the Deutsche Telekom.
The winners were:
Best New Technology in Effects & Animation:
PRO FX by Dr. Sebastien Deguy, Allegorithmic, France
Young Talents Award:
COMINO by Jakob Leitner, Fachhochschule Hagenberg, Germany
Best Interactive Design & Usability:
MOTIONIZED by Philippe J. Dewost, Realeyes3d, France
fmx/08 was an event by Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg in collaboration with VES, Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film and ACM Siggraph.
fmx/08 was organized by the Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Postproduction of Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg and NX Publishing.
fmx/08 was funded by the Ministry of State Baden-Wuerttemberg, Ministry of Economic Affairs Baden-Wuerttemberg, MFG Baden-Wuerttemberg Public Film Fund, MFG Baden- Wuerttemberg Public Innovation Agency for Information Technology and Media and the FFA German Federal Film Board.
Program partners of fmx/08 were AIAS -- Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, HdM -- Stuttgart Media University, Gobelins -- l'ecole de l'image and the University of Applied Sciences Augsburg.
The event partners of fmx/08 included the Animation Production Day, Cluster Visual Computing, G.A.M.E, MFG Innovation Agency for Media and IT, MFG Public Film Fund, Deutsche Telekom, Design Center Stuttgart, AIAS -- Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, flashconference and Eyes & Ears of Europe.
Furthermore, fxm/08 was supported by numerous partners from the industry, particularly Adobe Systems, Autodesk, Microsoft and NVIDIA as well as Sony and TVD.