25th Anniversary Edition of leading industry conference has been canceled because of the worldwide coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic; 2021 edition is set for May 4-7, 2021.
The FMX Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Immersive Media has just canceled their upcoming May 5-8 edition because of the worldwide coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic. In a publicly released statement, the organizers wrote:
Dear partners, guests, speakers and visitors,
It is with great regret that we have to inform you that this year’s FMX, scheduled for May 5 to 8, 2020, cannot take place due to the continuing global spreading of the Corona virus.
Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg is acting upon the current guidelines of the Robert Koch-Institut for the risk assessment of large-scale events. After consultation, the Office for Public Order of Stuttgart considers the decision to cancel FMX as being plausible in the light of infection prevention.
Taking this step has been very difficult for us but necessary as the health of our international and national partners, guests, speakers, visitors, and team members is our highest priority.
We hope for your understanding and look forward to welcoming you at the 25th anniversary edition of FMX from May 4 to 7, 2021, in Stuttgart.
Prof. Thomas Schadt (CEO of Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg), Prof. Andreas Hykade (Conference Chair FMX), Heike Mozer, Joachim Genannt, and the FMX team
The festival joins a growing list of events that have postponed or canceled their 2020 events, including Cartoons on the Bay, GDC, GTC, and MipTV.
As a longtime media partner and collaborator with the FMX Conference, AWN was looking forward to attending the upcoming event, always one of the most enjoyable and rewarding in our year. However, as with other industry events canceled over the last 30 days, we appreciate that concerns over the Covid-19 pandemic, and people’s health and safety, are first and foremost in organizer’s minds. We look forward to visiting Stuttgart again next year for the 2021 FMX Conference, and hope everyone’s efforts to combat the pandemic are as successful as possible.
Dan Sarto is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network.