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Anifest India 2013

Published on : August 22, 2013
Anifest India 2013

 At the ninth edition of Anifest India this weekend, the Indian arm of visual effects company Rhythm & Hues studio will present an in-depth look at the making of 2012’s Life of Pi winner of four Academy Awards, including best director and best visual effects. The organizers of the Mumbai-based two-day festival dedicated to all things animation say the presentation, filled with trade secrets, will be so confidential that even they aren’t allowed to record the sessions.

Launched in 2005, Anifest is the annual animation film festival of The Animation Society of India (Tasi), open to industry professionals, students, educators and all other animation film buffs. Each year, the event boasts of workshops, talks and panel discussions by industry insiders and also organizes screenings of dozens of Indian and international animated short films in three categories: student, independent professional and commissioned films. Festival attendees then choose their favourites for the Tasi Viewer’s Choice Awards (TVCA).
A still from “Paths of Hate”
This year’s highlights also include a behind-the-scenes showcase of monster sci-fi epicPacific Rim (2013) by the Singapore division of Lucasfilm Ltd. Adam Lee, a senior effects technical director at Lucasfilm’s Industrial Light & Magic, will take the audience through the minutiae of one of the massive oceanic showdowns. Polish director Damian Nenowwill present a start-to-finish account of his dark and gritty graphic novel-styled animated short, Paths of Hate . The film, produced by animation studio Platige Image and short-listed for an Academy Award nomination in 2011, features exhilarating World War-themed air combat sequences between two fighter pilots.
Industry experts from Indian animation production houses and independent studios will also share their insights on the country’s burgeoning animation scene. Prosenjit Ganguly, an alumnus and former member of faculty of the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, will discuss the “Secret Tonic” for healthy animation education in India and even give advice to aspiring animators. Pratheek Thomas, co-founder of Manta Ray, and Anuja Thirani, director of Campfire Graphic Novels, will speak about the challenges of indie comic and graphic novel publishing and some of their forthcoming projects.
Every year a panel discussion is also designed to bridge the gap between animated content consumers and creators. Tasi committee member Akshata Udiaver says channel heads of Disney India, Turner International India (Cartoon Network and Pogo) and Nickelodeon India will talk about how and why they choose between content created in India and readymade international shows like Doraemon and Shin-chan.
“In India, we still don’t get to see a lot of animated content. Even big Hollywood films like Rango and Bollywood releases only have week-long runs in the theatres or are reserved for matinee shows,” says Udiaver. “At Anifest, you can watch an hour of back-to-back short films from across the world in different styles, themes and techniques. Where else can you do that?”
Anifest India 2013 will be held on 23-24 August from 9am-8pm. The Fine Arts Society, Fine Arts Cultural Centre, Fine Arts Chowk, RC Marg, Chembur (022-25222988). Only members of The Animation Society of India (Tasi) can attend. Sign up as a member at the venue. Membership fees, Rs.400 (students) andRs.800 (professionals) for six months; Rs.600 (students) and Rs.1,200 (professionals) for a year; Rs.5,000 for lifetime membership. Click here for details.click here
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