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Thiruvananthapuram: Animation Masters Summit 2017, organised by Toonz Media Group, will be held on May 5 and 6 at the Travancore Hall at Technopark here.

Eminent figures from the media and entertainment industry from across the world will assemble at the Toonz platform where they will share their invaluable treasure of knowledge with the young and aspiring artists and enthusiasts.

The two-day annual Summit will commence with the inaugural ceremony at 9 am on May 5. The  event will be inaugurated by industry veteran Fred Wang, Hon. Vice President of the China Film Foundation, Director of the Board of the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society Limited, Committee Member of the Hong Kong-France Business Partnership and Chairman of Salon Films Group.

Other high profile dignitaries from the industry will also grace the occasion. The inaugural ceremony will be followed by sessions from the Masters. Following tradition, this year also Toonz has curated a line-up of the finest experts from the industry, including Lauren Glaubach, Head of Programming and Strategic Management, YouTube Family and Learning, USA; Amy Blair, Programming Manager, YouTube Kids, USA and Creative Directors from Iconix, Korea,  the creators of Pororo and John McKenna.

Anjum Rajabali, Bollywood scriptwriter; Ronojoy Chakraborty, VP Content and Programming, Sony Pictures Networks; Keyur Patel, venture capitalist and innovation expert; Chris Henderson, internationally-renowned executive producer, USA and Abhijit Avasti, renowned advertisement expert. Besides the Masters, a high profile delegation from Amazon India, a top representative from Turkish national broadcaster, representatives from national and internationals broadcasters, top-notch production and creative studios and other experts and members from the fraternity are also expected.

Dr. Avaneesh, Head of Development Toonz Media Group, will be curating the Summit and Anoop Vince, Business Analyst at Toonz, will be the Festival Coordinator.

“Animation Masters Summit is Toonz’ humble way of giving back to society. Through this sublime event, we provide a platform for amateurs to interact with and learn from the legends of the industry. We have been organising AMS for so many years that now it is a fixed event in every industry personnel’s calendar. Those who are passionate about the media in general and animation in particular are welcome to the summit,” said P Jayakumar, CEO, Toonz Media Group.

In conjunction with the Summit, Toonz will also organise the Flying Elephant Competition, an international short film contest for students and professionals. The Summit will conclude with the Flying Elephant award ceremony where the winners of the contest will be laurelled.