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Animations Sans Frontieres: international, highly creative, professional


Next year the European Animation Development Lab will take place for the 10th time. A good reason to look back with the project consultant.

For the 9th time, the European Animation Development Lab takes place at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg until October 21, 2016. 16 international participants, among them alumni from France, Hungary and Denmark, stay in Ludwigsburg to learn more about the European animation industry, work in multidisciplinary teams and develop their own projects.

Tina Ohnmacht
is the project consultant for Animations Sans Frontières (ASF), a co-funded project by the European Union, and study coordinator at Animationsinstitut/Filmakademie. She gives an insight into the international project.

1) Can you describe ASF with three words?
international - highly creative - professional

2) What can the participants expect at ASF?
ASF offers not only a deep insight into different European animation markets and the art and business of producing animation based projects, but the participants also get the opportunity to develop their own projects under the guidance of experienced professionals. On top of that, ASF is a unique occasion to get to know like-minded professionals from all over Europe and build a pan-European professional network.

3) How did you come up with the idea?

The idea for ASF was born by Prof. Thomas Haegele, the founder and long-time director of the Animationsinstitut, together with his colleagues Eric Riewer from G'OBELINS, Tim Leborgne and Morten Thorning from The Animation Workshop
and Joszef Fülöp from MOME in Hungary. They had realised that the graduates with main focus on animation were all very talented young people, but they did know way too little about the business side of producing animation. So ASF was founded.

4) What is your personal highlight from the last nine years?
There were way too many highlights to point out one. We are very happy that a lot of short films, series and games were produced out of projects developed with the help of ASF, and also the first feature, ADAMA by Simon Rouby (ASF participant in the first year), came to cinemas last year. Another feature by three ASF graduates is in production in Luxembourg at the moment. But what cannot be told in one sentence is maybe even more valuable: Over the years, we have been able to maintain and foster not only the close relationships between the four schools of ASF in many
different collaborations, but the network of ASF graduates themselfs is alive and growing and has helped many of them to work together on a European scope.
There is one highlight coming up: In 2017, the 10th edition of ASF will start, and we will definitely celebrate this anniversary!

5) Who can apply for ASF?

Any graduate of animation, production, technical directing or script writing from Europe can apply for ASF.

Das Institut für Animation, Visual Effects und digitale Postproduktion der Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg ist zuständig für die Ausbildung in den Studienschwerpunkten Animation und Interaktive Medien. Darüber hinaus ist das Institut zuständig für die digitale Postproduktion aller studentischen Projekte der Filmakademie, ist aktiv im Bereich Forschung & Entwicklung und veranstaltet jährlich die FMX Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Transmedia.