The animago Award and Conference is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and will be held for the first time at the Gasteig Centre, Munich. Organisers are looking forward to welcome a number of high-profile industry experts and world renowned studio execs to the new location. Animation and visual effects (VFX) creative and digital artists will descend upon Munich on 27 and 28 October 2016 to showcase their work. Keynote Speaker of this year´s conference program: Animation and Visual Effects Topic: The Audience’s Eye: Camera and Staging in Animated Filmmaking Adam Habib, Lead Camera and Staging Artist, Pixar Animation Studios, California Topic: The Art and Technology of “Zoomania” Brandon Jarratt, General TD, Walt Disney Animation Studios, California Topic: Concept design for “Star Wars” and more Luis Guggenberger, Sr. Concept Artist, Industrial Light & Magic, UK Topic: Animating Creatures with Framestore Kevin Spruce, Head of Animation, Framestore, UK Topic: Making-of “The Shallows” Thomas Zauner, CEO, ScanlineVFX, Germany Topic: The Visual Effects of “Gotthard“ Juri Stanossek, VFX Supervisior, Mackevision Medien Design, Germany Topic: VFX for “Independence Day: Resurgence” Andrea Block und Christian Haas, CEOs, LUXX Studios, Germany Visualisation and Industry Design Topic: Digital Creation at Adidas – Virtual Product Lifecycle from Design to Production Detlef Müller (Director Creation Technologies) and Michael C. Müller (Manager Creation Technologies), adidas Group, Germany Topic: Digital Production Tools & Workflows in Live Entertainment & Live Presentation “Perspective Tracking in Realtime” Matt Finke, Managing Director, loop light GmbH, Germany Topic: Model Cities with the Tech behind “Independence Day: Resurgence” Dominik Tarolli, Director for Global Business Development 3D Geodesign, Esri Kalifornien und Matthias Buehler, Founder, vrbn Topic: Case Study: Mercedes Benz – Backstage – how we created a fully digital music concert Henning Westerwelle, Managing Director, INFECTED Postproduction, Germany Special guest speakers from Canada in corporation with the Embassy of Canada Topic: Animation on Major VFX films: “Independence Day 2” vs. “Pixels” vs. “Deadpool” Phil Cramer, Head of Animation & Animation Director, Digital Domain Topic: Small companies big projects: How a 15 person team creates animations for Disney, Marvel and Microsoft Ian Dominic Kirby, Founder and Creative Director, The Sequence Group Topic: Take me to Valhalla: A look into the VFX behind Vikings Tom Morrison, Lead Lighting Artist, Mr. X Inc. 20 Years of animago Award: Anniversary Welcome, Sketch Battle and Live Band 20 years ago the German-language magazine Digital Production launched the animago Award as a means of honouring digital artists in all disciplines relating to the burgeoning field of digital media production. Today, the animago is known across the globe as one of the most important international competitions and platforms. The work of digital artists is reviewed by a jury of experts who select and honour their favourite projects at a gala award presentation that serves to showcase the work to a wider public audience. In the lead-up to this year’s anniversary edition of the animago Award, the organisers received 1,076 submissions from 58 countries. The gala awards ceremony will get underway on the evening of Thursday, 27 October 2016 with an anniversary reception organised by Digital Production’s publisher ATEC Business Information GmbH. The main sponsor behind the celebrations is Vogelsänger Studio GmbH & Co. KG. The traditional Sketch Battle sponsored by Wacom will take place this year at the anniversary reception. In keeping with the new Bavarian event location, Sketch Battle participants will be asked to draw a “Wolpertinger”, a mythical creature from the Bavarian Forest that embodies up to five different animals. Participants will draw on-stage, in front of an audience and under significant time pressure. The highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the annual animago Awards. The after-show party will be accompanied by the music of Natalie Elwood and her band Soul Junction, a music project supported by the Initiative Musik gGmbH and Munich’s Department of Culture.