ONLINE PRO is the area for all professionals, i.e. industry visitors to the ITFS. Here, visitors can expect master classes, script workshops, lectures, talks and panels, as well as access to all the film programmes of ONLINE+ and exclusive one-to-one meeting opportunities for the industry.

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Exciting content from filmmakers and professionals in the animation industry freely available for all interested parties.

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What you can expect at ONLINE PRO:

  • Lectures
  • Masterclasses and Screenplay Workshops
  • Studio and School Presentationen
  • Talks and Panels
  • Access to the APDs Conferences
  • Exclusive One to One meeting opportunities when registering via our meeting tool
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In the Live-Stream you find here:

Wednesday 05.05. 4 PM: Presentation: Virtual Worlds – YULLBE and the Future of VR

In their presentation, Thomas Wagner and Marcus Ernst talk about immersive storytelling using the example of the location-based VR attraction “YULLBE” and report on the development process of this new form of entertainment. They also take a look at the future of virtual reality, not only in the field of free roaming attractions, but also in other application areas.

Saturday 08.05. 1 pm: Workshop talk in cooperation with the Film Comission Region Stuttgart

How did the animation and VFX industry fare in the crisis year of 2020? The year 2020 will go down in history as the year of the coronavirus – and has also left its mark on the animation and VFX industry. Therefore, we would like to talk with various professionals from the Stuttgart region about how they have fared so far. How has the crisis affected the VFX and animation industry – which is actually independent of filming with many people? What difficulties have the companies involved had to deal with? Have new opportunities opened up? And what are the prospects for the industry during and after the pandemic? The talk will be streamed live free of charge.

Sunday 09.05. 1.30 pm: NO MORE BABY-STEPS in cooperation with the AMCRS

Stefanie Larson talks with three young animation artists what it feels like leaving the cocoon and facing how the real world might hit back.


Every spring, running at the same time as the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS), FMX – Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Immersive Media usually attracts the international professional audience to Stuttgart. However, 2021 will be a very special edition of FMX: For the first time, professionals and students from all over the world will gather virtually at FMX 2021 Online (May 4 – 6, 2021).

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Business Platform for the International Animation Industry

Animation Production Days (APD) is the only German co-production and financing marketplace event which is focused exclusively on animation. It is taking place as part of the 28th Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS) and the FMX – Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Immersive Media. At APD, German and international producers present their films, series, games and cross-media projects to potential co-production partners, broadcasters, distributors, sales agents, funders and investors in a series of fruitful one-to-one meetings.
51 projects from 22 countries have been selected for APD 2021. All meetings will take place via a central online platform as video meetings.

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