Justin K. Thompson at Pictoplasma Berlin 2019
09 – 11 MAY 2019
The annual Pictoplasma Festival turns Berlin into the world’s epicenter of character design and art—and a vibrant meeting point for a diverse scene of international artists, illustrators, filmmakers, and game, graphic or product designers.
Creators and producers meet for a central conference to exchange strategies for figurative aesthetics, while cutting edge screenings bring the latest animation to the big cinema screen, and daily workshops offer the chance to get your hands dirty. Additionally, an immersive media lab invites attendees to immerse themselves in selected game and interactive media projects, with the creators present to guide them through the experience, panels explore contemporary characterism in greater detail, and all night parties offer more than enough occasions to truly get into character!
09 – 11 MAY/
LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS
10178 BERLIN – MITTE
At the heart of the festival, the central Pictoplasma Conference presents 21 key lectures by the world’s most influential artists and upcoming talents, cutting-edge graphic and game designers and leading animation filmmakers, offering the chance to learn from and be inspired by some of today’s most innovative and avant-garde artists.
UK / SP
13:00 – 20:00
CHARACTER CRASH COURSE
With Rilla Alexander and Nathan Jurevicius
Pictoplasma Academy professors Rilla Alexander and Nathan Jurevicius invite you to a fabulous, fast-paced character crash-course, gleefully guiding participants on an exploration of how far you can alter and manipulate your creations—both physically and mentally. From silhouette and hero pose to expression and biography: drawing exercises incorporate elements of the annual masterclass and engage group participants in fruitful exchange and collaboration.
13:00 – 20:00
With dina Amin
Broken mice, defunct earphones, ancient VHS tapes: what to do with the growing mountain of obsolete electronic waste? Cairo-based product designer dina Amin invites attendees to join forces for a special DIY edition of her Tinker Friday. Choose from a giant heap of dysfunctional gadgetry and happily dissect, cut, weld, solder, hack, transform, and reassemble the inner parts to give them new life and reveal their true character!
13:00 – 20:00
With Cabeza Patata
Time to bring the ancient art of embroidery out of the past and into the present—in this hands-on, freestyle stitching session that is set to fuse the craft with the character greatness it deserves! Cabeza Patata share all their favorite tips and tricks: so grab a needle, thread, and pre-framed hoop, or even prepare to characterize your own T-shirt to the max! You might want to premiere your new character-fashion item at the Saturday night Post-Pictoplasma party…
18:00 – 19:30
Women in Creative Industries
Pfefferberg Theater Loft
Are things really changing? While women do have leading roles in the animation and games industries at the level of management and production, they remain dramatically underrepresented as creative leads or artistic directors. Join us for some much needed talk about why this is, and how to change it: with Cornelia Geppert (game developer, Jo-Mei Berlin), Sophie Koko Gate (filmmaker London), Kristin Labriola (producer, Hornet Inc. New York), Elizabeth Porter (producer, Netflix Los Angeles), Kitty Turley (producer, Strange Beast London), moderated by Lucy Bourton (It’s Nice That London).
Johnny Kelly at Pictoplasma Berlin 2019 Animation Festival
08 – 11 MAY/
The Festival’s film section brings animated newborns to the big screen, whisking the audience around the world in freshly curated programmes brimming with psychedelic eye-candy and storytelling genius.
After their morning premiere for the registered conference attendees, with many of the international studios and filmmakers present for Q&A rounds, the programmes await the wider festival audience for their re-run in the evenings.