Animationsinstitut was founded in 2002 as part of the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg. Since then it has evolved into one of the most renowned academic institutions for Animation, VFX and Interactive Media.Training follows a practice- and project-oriented approach, encouraging the interdisciplinary exchange with all students at the Filmakademie. All styles of animation are taught and seminars are led by distinguished international guest lecturers. In addition, the Institute is linked to other renowned film schools and institutions worldwide. Practical education is complemented by innovative academic research and by facilities equipped with state of the art technology. Verifying the Institute’s training concept, its student films continuously win awards on the festival circuit. The students’ diploma projects, in particular, are very successful, regularly winning prizes at the most prestigious festivals, including SIGGRAPH and the VES Awards. As a consequence, the Institute’s alumni are highly sought after. Many start their careers in international media companies or renowned studios. Others found their own company, often based on concepts developed during their studies. Since 1994, Animationsinstitut organizes the prestigious FMX, International Conference on Animation, Effects, VR, Games and Immersive Media. The English-speaking non-profit event has evolved into Europe’s most influential conference for the creation, production and distribution of digital entertainment, bringing the key industry players to Stuttgart each spring.