Very soon temperatures will rise, snow will melt, smiles will spread - and Berlin awaits you for a special spring awakening of the eye-opening kind:

It's time for the world's leading and largest Conference and Festival of Contemporary Character Design and Art, and with it a multitude of inspiring artist talks, big screen animation programs, hands-on workshops, numerous exhibitions and art-happenings, ...

... and in the middle of it all possibly YOU, ON STAGE, PRESENTING YOUR WORK!

For our 11th edition we've decided to stir things up: This time, besides the conference, it's the attendees themselves that enter the lime-light to introduce their personal projects to a professionals-only room full of international makers and shakers from companies such as Hornet, Passion, Strange Beast, Disney, Sony Pictures, Lego, Wooga, WGSN or Agent Pekka...

(scroll all the way down for details)! But first things first:


April 30 – May 2

The Pictoplasma Conference is your chance to get inspired by the international crème de la crème of today's visual creation - literally eye to eye! This year's epic line-up of presenting artists covers a mind-bending range of media and disciplines, mixing edgy editorial design with fine art, global mascots with subversive graphic novels and shiny sculptural installation with surrealist motion graphics. No matter how diverse, what unites all speakers is their shared focus on creating memorable visuals with exceptional appeal:

Sticky Monster Lab
Sticky Monster Lab (KR)
Internationally acclaimed multidisciplinary studio with a soft spot for cute monsters
Andy Ristaino (USA)
Emmy Award winning character designer for Cartoon Network's Adventure Time
Hikari Shimoda
Stefano Colferai
Hikari Shimoda (JP)
Fine artist of unsettling pop-surrealism, clashing cuteness with subtle horror
Stefano Colferai (IT)
Upcoming Milan illustrator gone hands-on-plasticine as the base of his compositions
Birdo (BR)
São Paulo based animation studio and creators of the official 2016 Olympic mascots
Loupblaster (FR)
Multi-talented artist, animator, director and VJ with a distinct DIY handmade approach
Juan Cornella
Yves Geleyn
Juan Cornella (SP)
Cartoonist and Internet phenomena, famed for his subversively dark six panel strips
Yves Geleyn (FR)
Award-winning mixed-media storyteller of delicate, poetic character worlds
Tado (UK)
Creative power-duo, internationally renown for their quirky yet adorable characters
AnimalitoLand (ARG/SP)
Artist releasing her characters in intricate pencil drawings and large scale murals
Nadine Redlich
Mr Kat
Nadine Redlich (DE)
Illustrator known for her trademark eccentric imagery and tongue-in-cheek creatures
Mr Kat (PER/SP)
3D illustrator and carnivore expert focusing on material and sculptural bodies
Brosmind (SP)
Barcelona based design and illustration-duo driven by joyfully twisted optimism
Yomsnil (KR)
Character-centric artist from Seoul and master of anthropomorphic porcelain
Lukas Zanotto
many more
Lukas Zanotto (FIN/IT)
Director and motion designer, virtuously mixing digital and analogue media
And many more
to be announced



April 29 – May 3

Additionally, the accompanying Pictoplasma Festival invites all character lovers to discover a fine selection of curated group shows, installations and art happenings throughout the city, illuminates the big screen with a brand new selection of pearls-only Animation programs and make sure you truly get into character with endless art-happenings, live-performances and all-night parties...

Besides the Academy All-Stars group show at Urban Spree presenting exciting new character worlds by the 27 talents of our new master class, the main Festival exhibition features never befor seen original work and limited editions by this year's Festival artists. Don't let yourself be scared off by the unusual venue: A recently re-discovered dormant crematory, hidden away in the trending Wedding district!

Silent Green
Main Festival Exhibition
The former crematory Silent Green, at night the Characters come out...
Animation Screenings
Academy All-Stars
Animation Screenings
random pick: Hornet / Encyclopedia Pictura
Academy All-Stars Group Show
random pick: Tien Hee
Main Festival Exhibition
random pick: Tado
Hands-on Workshops
Jamming with Stefano Colferai

And here comes the bit placing you in an unforeseen situation:


May 1 - 2

After 10 year's of tirelessly offering a stage to a hand-picked line-up of character-defining artists, this time we want to enable you, the attendees of the conference, to introduce your personal portfolio and character based projects to an exclusive audience of today's top professionals from the fields of production, licensing and marketing of character design.
All of this in a warm, cosy, intimate surrounding, where selected attendees and industry professions get the chance to privately hook up for focused discussion, give instant feed-back, and draft common strategic plans for world domination …

Character Forum

Starting now, until April the 8th, all registered conference attendees can apply for one of the limited Character Forum presentations slots. All information and how to submit your proposal can be found at

With eyes wide open,

peter and lars

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