Flying Elephant Awards Presented at Toonz Animation Summit

Thiruvananthapuram: The two-day summit organised by Toonz Animation culminated with the announcement of the winners of the ‘Flying Elephant Animation & Short Film Competitionhere the other day. The prestigious award was won by Vinnie Ann Bose of Studio Eeksaurus, Mumbai for her movie What is your brown number? in the Students’ Short Film category.

Shaaz Ahmed from Mud & Water Productions, Haryana received the award in Animation Short Film category for his film Talking Walls. The award in the Live Action Short Film category went to Varun Tandon of Mumbai-based Kya Baat Hai Productions for his movie Syahi. Masatsugu Arakawa and Suhas Sundar of Nihodo Media Pvt. Ltd., won the Flying Elephant Trophy for their production Batu Gaiden in the Animation Features & TV Series category.

The awards were presented to the winners by Rishiraj Singh IPS, Jail DGP, Kerala.In his address he said, “Indian industry is doing a lot in the international animation field that today it has become a hub of such works and I hope to see the industry growing by leaps and bounds in the country and Toonz playing a pivotal role. We want to see more talent coming out of Kerala in the field of animation and creating a mark on the global arena.”

Speaking at the valedictory function, P Jayakumar, CEO, Toonz Media Group said, “The Animation, Gaming and VFX (AGV) industry today is worth $ 45 billion and is expected to expand at CAGR of 16.3 per cent reaching $ 95.5 billion by 2019. Growth in international animation films, especially 3D productions, and the subsequent impetus for Indian production houses will further help the growth of this segment. With the government’s stress on Make in India, the AGV industry is expected to lead growth with opportunities in digital technologies as well. At this time we as an industry need robust policies that will support this growth of home-grown companies in the field of IPR, film preservations, production, talent management, etc.”

The second day of the summit had masters such as Art Director Sabu Cyril talking on his life as an Art Director; Arnab Chaudhari, the director of animation movie Arjun, the Warrior Prince, and Don Anderson, renowned painter, sculptor and animator, and APAC Head of Youtube Kids and Learning channels also spoke.