In 2017 we started this fest and conference to celebrate the design process of film, animation and games. The Art Department focusses on art and design for film, animation and games. We dive into the creative process and put a spotlight on artists that are responsible for the creation of world, characters and stories.

The last years we had the pleasure to have industry greats such as character designers Carter Goodridge (Despicable Me), Loish (Horizon Zero Dawn), Peter De Sève (Ice Age), Borja Montoro (Moana), but also amazing concept artists, VR heroes and world builders like Jama Jurabaev (Ready Player One), FX Goby (Back to the Moon) and Santa Monica Studios (God of War) on our stage.

We’re happy to meet around 4.000 filmmakers, concept artists and other creatives in Eindhoven in our impressive industrial venue Klokgebouw.

In 2019 we expanded our adventures to the amazing city of Berlin to meet 1.500 Berlin based creatives.

In 2020 we organized two online editions of The Art Department. For free, to support the community. And we connected with all of you around the globe! Ca. 60.000 (!) unique viewers joined us for talks, demos, panels, portfolio reviews, paint-overs and a slow tv sketching channel.

In April and May 2022 we returned to Eindhoven and Berlin and hosted two editions of The Art Department at both cities. These festivals were sold out and we had a blast!

Save the date & get your tickets now!
20+21 April 2023, Eindhoven
13+14 May 2023, Berlin


Cannot wait? Re-watch talks on our platform Replay! 

Over the years Playgrounds has collected amazing presentations during our festivals. These rich archives are now gathered in one place.
You can re-watch talks, demos and panels for free. All you have to do is register. What are you waiting for? Let’s go ➡️ Replay