FMX Conference Wraps Up with Over 3,200 Attendees
Stuttgart, Germany -- Europe's most influential conference on digital entertainment was concluded with yesterday's sold-out preview of the comic action highlight Iron Man 3 - once more, FMX 2013 delivers a positive and successful summary. More than 3,200 attendees flocked to the Haus der Wirtschaft, the Gewerkschaftshaus and the Gloria cinemas on all four conference days this year. Under the slogan "lean, smart and agile," FMX was again able to draw an international audience of professionals, creatives and innovative talents from 46 countries to Stuttgart. Nearly two thirds of all conference attendees were professionals - a new peak.
Niels Rinke, Managing Director at FMX since 2012, who knows the industry from his own work experience, comments on this year's success: "Thanks to its interdisciplinary focus, FMX 2013 constituted an ideal platform to bring industry, education and research together. Together with the International Festival of Animated Film Stuttgart and the Animation Production Day, FMX represents the current changes in the media industry as no other event."
This year's program highlights included the highly-anticipated keynotes by successful author Cornelia Funke and Disney Pixar Director Saschka Unseld, several discussions by renowned panelists on the structural change of the animation and VFX industry as well as the expanded games and transmedia series with a focus on Indie Games and World Building. The lively Marketplace reached a new peak in visitor numbers this year thanks to its exciting mixture of traditional company booths, innovative research projects and interactive media installations. The Recruiting Hub and School Campus offered various networking opportunities to specialists, creative talents, professionals and students. The Workshops were often fully booked up. In addition, CEO Summits and Transmedia Labs were brought to life for the very first time: Decision makers exchanged and discussed ideas in an intimate setting without an audience. The Animation Media Cluster Region Stuttgart (AMCRS) and Autodesk were FMX Main Partners this year.
Facts and figures: FMX speakers and attendees
289 speakers from 23 countries - only every fourth of them from Germany -- offered 292 presentations, workshops and master classes, curated program series and participated in various panels. Nearly two thirds of all attendees were professionals. Approximately one third of all attendees were students. This percentage as well as the slight decrease in visitor numbers is accounted for by the spatial reduction of the School Campus that confirmed the trend of internationalization with 20 schools from three continents -- only six of them from Germany. As in the previous year, every third conference attendee came from abroad. Most non-German attendees were from the UK, USA and Canada, Austria and Switzerland, followed by the Benelux countries, France and the Scandinavian countries. Last year's peak in female attendees was met again: 26% of all attendees were female; the percentage of female participation among students reached 34%. More than 100 journalists were accredited to cover FMX. The live-stream gained in popularity compared to 2012: More than 17,000 viewers from all over the world tuned in to experience the conference. Overall, the live stream reached a total of 200.000 view minutes.
Facts and figures: Marketplace, Recruiting Hub and more
The Forum was comprised of 79 partner companies, schools and research institutions from 13 countries. The Marketplace, which was well attended on all four days, assembled 26 industry partners and research departments, reached a new peak in visitor numbers. This popularity is partly due to the numerous, innovative R & D projects that were given even more space than ever before. The Marketplace featured the impressive camera crane "Technodolly" and current hardware - and software solutions as well as 3D printed models of the popular spheric animals from this year's Rollin' Safari FMX trailers. Two interactive student projects, the Digital Forest and the Tesla Arcade, were also featured on the Marketplace. The Concept Art exhibition in the Haus der Wirtschaft foyer displayed 30 pieces of art from more than 15 international Digital Artists. 20 companies including global players such as Crytek, Double Negative, MPC and Walt Disney Animation Studios scouted talent on the Recruiting Hub, among them six companies from the region. 14 schools presented their best projects in no more than five minutes in the newly initiated "Fast Forward Education" track and sparked the interest of talent scouts from renowned companies as well as Animation Production Day participants. 21 Workshops by industry leaders such as Adobe and Autodesk - that were fully booked up - Masterclasses such as Ed Hooks' "Acting for Animators" and Doerthe Eickelberg's "Improvising Animators" as well as a Company Suite by Autodesk with Workshops and live-demonstrations complemented this year's Forum.