animago AWARD deadline

Munich / Potsdam, 16 July 2013 – Now it´s time to hurry up!

Just one week – until Monday, 22 – digital artists can participate in the animago AWARD 2013. The international established competition covers the entire field of digital media production with eleven different categories. The participation is free of charge. Industry professionals as well as rising stars are invited to submit their entries (types FILM, STILL, INTERACTIVE) online on 

On 20 August 2013 an independent jury of experts will decide on the nominees and prize winners.

The awards presentation will take place on Thursday 24 October 2013 as part of the animago AWARD & CONFERENCE (24-25 October 2013) at the Metropolis Hall, located at the famous film production place and media site Potsdam-Babelsberg, Germany.

The 2013 animago jury:

Günter Hagedorn, animago AWARD organiser and jury chair, Hamburg

Günter is a graphic designer and freelance editor who has been organising the animago AWARD since it was launched in 1997. He is both the jury chair and the go-to guy for competition entrants and he also acts as a link between the jury, participants and event planners.

Dirk Beichert, Photographer and Architectural Visualizer, Frankfurt am Main

Dirk’s first contact with CG software and 3D animation already took place in the early 1990s. He was creating architectural visualizations when he got into contact with MAXON Computer, the makers of CINEMA 4D. For the next 15 years Dirk helped promoting the German software from the status of a newbie in the industry to what now is renowned as one of the leading 3D solutions worldwide – lastly in the position of the marketing director. Today Dirk lives and works in Frankfurt / Main as a corporate photographer, combining his skills in the emerging markets of classical photography and CGI.

Christian Braun, Manager Visualization at Porsche AG, Stuttgart

Christian Braun has been active at Porsche AG since 1999. He is responsible for the digital design presentations of all series in Porsche AG’s design field. In inviting Christian Braun to join the jury, the animago has won an absolute expert for industrial design and automobile visualization.

Alexander Ellendt, Leitung Vogelsänger Film, Düsseldorf

Since 1997, Alexander Ellendt is part of Vogelsänger Film. In 1999 he was promoted as a Producer and 2005 he became ExecutiveProducer. On the side of managing director and owner Manfred Vogelsänger he run Vogelsänger Film. His leading position includes managing the subsidiary companies v2film, VLAB and TATORT Studio.

In 2013 the changeover to the Vogelsänger GmbH (merger of VS Event GmbH, VS Film GmbH, VS Neue Medien GmbH ) was fullfilled. Along with Siegfried Stammeier and Ralf Vockel Alexander Ellendt now runs the Vogelsänger GmbH, including the units Film, Event and New Media. He advises and assists Costumers concerning digital networking, social media and web content.

Florian Gellinger, Founding Member and Visual Effects Supervisor at RISE | Visual Effects Studios, Berlin

Florian Gellinger has worked extensively as a visual effects designer in both compositing and 3D, making it his mission to reconcile the two practices. (e.g. VFX Supervisor on Roman Polanski’s “Oliver Twist”). In 2007 he became one of the founding members of RISE | Visual Effects Studios. His work as visual effects supervisor and some of the radical new techniques he used for the German film “This is Love” directed by Matthias Glasner received overwhelming feedback from the VFX community and made RISE known across the globe. He worked on such films as “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”, “Captain America”, “X-Men: First Class”, “Cloud Atlas” and “Iron Man 3”.

Sabine Hatzfeld, animago editor at DIGITAL PRODUCTION

Sabine Hatzfeld has been active on the DP editorial team since 2004 and also worked on the development of the animago AWARD for many years. In addition to the fields of film/making-ofs/VFX, she is also responsible for the science & education section at DP.

Robert Hranitzky, Freelance Designer, Munich

Since he finished his design studies in 2006 Robert Hranitzky worked in several design studios, including the well-known motion graphics design studio SEHSUCHT in Hamburg. For the past six years he has been working successfully in Munich as a freelance motion graphics designer creating animations for clients like Audi, BMW, Kawasaki, Zeiss, Wacom, Adobe, Maxon and Mammut.

Csaba Letay, Design, Direction & Compositing at Polynoid, Berlin

In 2004 Csaba Letay began studying Animation/Digital Effects at the Filmacademy Baden-Württemberg, Ludwigsburg/Germany, at the Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digitial Postproduction. He worked as a Digital Artist at BUCK Inc., Los Angeles, CA, before he joined the artist collective Polynoid in 2009. In 2010 Csaba Letay graduated from Filmacademy BW with the short film “Loom”, which he directed with Ilija Brunck and Jan Bitzer. (animago AWARD prize winner 2010). He co-founded Berlin-based Motion- design/Animation company Polynoid GmbH&Co.KG, where he primarily focuses on design, direction and compositing.

Mate Steinforth, Creative Director at SEHSUCHT, Berlin

Mate Steinforth has been working as a digital artist about more than 20 years. Several stints at several amazing studios in several cities – including Madrid and New York as a Creative Director at PSYOP – led him to a settled position as a Partner and Creative Director of SEHSUCHT in Berlin. Here he works with a hardcore bunch of crazy design fanatics on their signature style of moving images.

Nhat Quang Tran, Visual Effects Supervisor at nhb studios, Berlin

Nhat Quang Tran is a visual effects supervisor with a strong design knowledge and creative background. As a digital artist and graduate (German Film School for digital production in Berlin) he knows his way around a wide array of software and technologies in the fields of VFX, S3D, motion capture, motion control and CGI. Keeping the design aspect in mind, he for example works for clients like Mercedes Benz, Audi, Skoda, Telekom, Telefonica O2, or Euronics.

Sabrina Wanie, Produser, Director and Managing Director of Animation Studio DIGITRICK, Potsdam-Babelsberg

Sabrina Wanie has been active for almost 20 years as managing director and production manager at the animation studio DIGITRICK in Potsdam/Babelsberg, and her special focuses lies on promoting young talent. After working for a year as a professor at the German Film School, she has most recently been focusing on the conception and implementation of the Film Art & Animation degree program at the Berlin Games Academy.

Anastasia Ziegler, head of funding in business location projects and audiovisual content, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg

Anastasia Ziegler has been in charge of media business marketing and development at the Medienboard since 2004. In 2013, she also became head of funding in the field of business location projects and innovative audiovisual content. In this capacity, she tracks current trends and developments in new mobile and digital entertainment technologies and evaluates cross-media projects – online, mobile, social and interactive – at the intersection of content and technology.

Submit your entries to the following address:
Günter Hagedorn
»animago 2013«
Langenharmer Weg 88
22844 Norderstedt

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