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Ketan Mehta, Nina Sabnani To be honoured at Animation Masters Summit 2021

admin   May 5, 2021

Organised by Toonz Media Group, the virtual Summit will be held from May 4 to 8, 2021, over the Zoom platform

Veteran filmmaker, media entrepreneur and Indian animation industry pioneer Ketan Mehta and artist, filmmaker and art academic Prof. Nina Sabnani will be honoured at the 2021 edition of Animation Masters Summit.

Organised by Toonz Media Group, the virtual Summit will be held from May 4 to 8, 2021, over the Zoom platform.

Nina Sabnani, who teaches at the IDC School of Design, at IIT Bombay, is one of the first women artists to foray into the field of animation in India

Hailed as a brilliant visual storyteller and recipient of several national and international awards, she received the National Award for Best Animation Film for her film Hum Chitra Banate Hai.

A Fulbright Fellow, Prof. Sabnani has also done extensive research in the areas of Folklore, Visual Ethnography, Participatory Filmmaking and learning pedagogies of traditional artists, among others.

She is also the author of several books on traditional art and design and has been acclaimed for her documentaries and short-films including The Stitches Speak (Tanko Bole Chhe), Baat Wahi Hai (It’s the Same Story) and Mukand and Riaz.

In 2018 she received the lifetime achievement award (BLBA) for Illustration from Tata Trusts at the Tata Lit Live Festival at Mumbai.

She will be awarded the Legend of Indian Animation Award at Animation Masters Summit 2021.

Ketan Mehta is the founder of Maya Academy — best known for popular animation IPs like Motu Patlu, Kisna, Vir- the robot boy, Een-Meena-Deeka

Ketan Mehta, best known for award winning films like Bhavni Bhavai (Gujarati), Mirch Masala, Maya Memsab, Mangal Pandey, Holi and Sardar (all Hindi), is the founder of Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics and Cosmos Maya Studios.

Maya Academy is best known for popular animation IPs like Motu Patlu, Kisna, Vir- the robot boy, Een- Meena-Deeka, etc.

Mehta is a recipient of the French Government’s “The officer of the realm of Arts and Literature’ award. He will be awarded the Special Contribution to Indian Animation Industry Award for his overall contributions to the industry.

Both the awards will be presented at the inaugural session of the Summit on May 4.

According to P Jayakumar, CEO – Toonz Media Group, “Every year at Animation Masters Summit we give away the Legend Award to a legendary animation master in recognition of their life-long contribution to Indian Animation. Prof Nina Sabnani is one of the most revered figures in Indian animation today. She is like a guru to all of us in the fraternity. As a pioneering woman animator, she is also an inspiration for hundreds of young women who aspire to join this industry.”

He added: “Mr Ketan Mehta, who is being awarded the Special Contribution Award, has helped put the Indian animation community on the global map by founding one of the most successful animation studios in India. He also played a significant role in fostering new talent by establishing the Maya Academy.” The five-day Animation Masters Summit will include sessions by a galaxy of stalwarts from diverse fields of media and entertainment across the world.

Legendary Indian filmmaker Subhash Ghai will deliver the keynote address at the inaugural session of the Summit.

Master sessions in the following days will be led by renowned artists and creators including legendary ad guru Rahul daCunha, best known for spearheading the Amul ad campaign, one of the longest running ad campaigns in the country.

The Summit will also have two panel discussions – one on the scope of animation in Education Technology (EdTech) and the another curated by Animation World Network (AWN) focussing on diversity in the kids entertainment industry.

Delegates can register for the event for free by logging on to http://www.animationsummit.in


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Masters to Speak Out at Animation Masters Summit 2021

admin   May 5, 2021

Screenwriter Meg LeFauve, Music composer Vidjay Beerepoot, Licensing and Merchandising expert Jigy George, Advertising veteran Rahul daCunha & Writer, director & creative producer Vani Saraswathi Balgam are the five ‘masters’ for the Animation Masters Summit 2021 edition organised by Toonz Media Group

Masters of animation industry will share their thoughts and speak their mind out at the 2021 edition of Animation Masters Summit.

Screenwriter Meg LeFauve, Music composer Vidjay Beerepoot, Licensing and Merchandising expert Jigy George, Advertising veteran Rahul daCunha and Writer, director and creative producer Vani Saraswathi Balgam are the five ‘masters’ for the 2021 edition.

Oscar nominated, Annie Award-winning screenplay writer Meg LeFauve holds the writing credits for some of the most popular animation features of our times. Marvel’s blockbuster Captain Marvel, Pixar hits Inside Out and The Good Dinosaur to name just a few.

Meg began her film career as a producer and President of Egg Pictures, where she produced Emmy and Golden Globe nominated films. A storyteller par excellence, Meg has taught at the American Film Institute and served as co-chair of the Graduate Producers Program at University of California’s School of Film and Television, where she taught master level story and development classes for several years.

Vidjay Beerpoot is the man behind the soulful score of the new animation feature Ainbo and the edgy soundscape of Netflix’s The Little Vampire 3D.

Adopted from India and brought up in the Netherlands, Vidjay has gone through an interesting creative journey through different cultures all the way to Hollywood. Today, based in Los Angeles, he composes music for movies, TV shows and video games all over the world, including for Disney, Netflix, Universal Pictures, Warner Brothers, Sony and Nickelodeon.

Jiggy George began his career as a designer and then went on to work with some of the top media and entertainment brands, right from MTV and Pogo to Viacom and Times of India.

Throughout his career, Jiggy George deftly balanced the ‘ying’ and ‘yang’ of creativity and commerce, achieving what very few in the industry can boast of – an undying passion for creativity, coupled with a nuanced understanding of management. Today, Jiggy is a successful entrepreneur and founder of Dream Theatre, one of India’s leading brand management and licensing companies.

From award-winning commercials to the country’s longest running ad campaign, ad man Rahul daCunha’s portfolio is formidable, to say the least. Working with some of the biggest and oldest brands in India, Rahul mastered the art of snugly positioning brands in the public psyche through immensely relatable, riveting campaigns.

Most notable being the campaign for Amul, widely adored for its subtle, superbly-timed social commentary. But advertising is only one side of this creative genius. As a theatre artist, Rahul has worked on some avant-garde productions as a director and playwright. His plays have travelled across the world from Australia to USA.

Vani Saraswathi Balgam started associating with the animation industry at a time when the rest of us would have just started watching animation. Thanks to her dad, who started an independent 2D animation studio out of their home, Vani grew up in an exhilarating creative environment throughout her childhood.

Starting with painting, photography and amateur film-making as a teenager, she went on to establish a successful career in animation. She worked as the Head of Creative Management for DreamWorks Animation in Shanghai and as Executive Director of Rhythm & Hues studio in India. She managed the teams of artists and technicians that created the VFX and digital characters in Academy Award- winning movies like Life of Pi, The Golden Compass and The Chronicles of Narnia.

Organised by Toonz Media Group, the virtual Summit will be held from May 4 to 8, 2021, over the Zoom platform.

At the inaugural session, the welcome speech will be delivered by P Jayakumar, CEO, Toonz Media Group. This will be followed by a keynote address by filmmaker and founder of Whistling Woods Films Institute Subash Ghai.

Then comes the felicitation and AMS Awards declaration by Ashish Kulkarni, FICCI Chairman for Animation, Visual Effects, Gaming and Comic Forum.

Prof Nina Sabnani, winner of the Legend of Indian Animation Award at Animation Masters Summit 2021 and Ketan Mehta, winner of Special Contribution to Indian Animation Industry Award for his overall contributions to the industry, will deliver the acceptance speech.

On Day 2, the Ed Tech panel discussion to start at 10 am IST will have Ashish Kulkarni as moderator. The panelists are Dhimant Vyas, Chief Creative Director, Byjus, Dr M Srinivasan, Founder, GEAR Foundation, Prerna Jhunjhunwala, Founder, Little Paddington and Creative Galileo and Sasikumar Pillai, Executive Director, Toonz Education Services. From 11.30, there will be an in conversation session with Rahul daCunha.

While Day 3 will have an in conversation session with MegLeFauve and session by Jiggy George, Day 4 will have sessions by Vidjay Beerepoot and Vani Saraswathi Balgam.

On the last day of the summit, there will be an AWN panel discussion. Dan Sarto will be the moderator, and Monica Lago Kaytis, Co-Founder, Rise Up Animation, Bryan Dimas, LatinX in Animation, LXiA Co-Founder and Co-Director, Jinko Gotoh, Vice President, Women in Animation and Mansi Darbar-VP, Corporate Strategy and Development, IN10 Media will be the panelists. This will be followed by Ri8brain launch.

Animation Masters Summit (AMS) is an annual event celebrated by Toonz Media Group, a leading name in animation and Kids & Family Entertainment. Established in 1999 as the first ever animation event in India called “Week with the Masters”, it was recently renamed as Animation Masters Summit (AMS).

Animation Masters Summit celebrates the beautiful art of animation, bringing talents and experts from around the global animation Industry to interact with aspiring young talents. The event also offers a platform for masters to offer inspirations and insights on what it takes to create, connect and drive engaging content in this invigorating new entertainment era.


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Animation Masters Summit 2021 to Honour Ketan Mehta & Nina Sabnani

admin   April 28, 2021

Veteran filmmaker, media entrepreneur and Indian animation industry pioneer Ketan Mehta and artist, filmmaker and art academic Prof. Nina Sabnani will be honoured at the 2021 edition of Animation Masters Summit. Organised by Toonz Media Group, the virtual Summit will be held from May 4 to 8, 2021, over the Zoom platform.

Sabnani, who teaches at the IDC School of Design, at IIT Bombay, is one of the first women artists to foray into the field of animation in India.

Hailed as a brilliant visual story-teller and recipient of several national and international awards, she received the National Award for Best Animation Film for her film Hum Chitra Banate Hai.

A Fulbright Fellow, Prof. Sabnani has also done extensive research in the areas of Folklore, Visual Ethnography, Participatory Film-making and learning pedagogies of traditional artists, among others.

She is also the author of several books on traditional art and design and has been acclaimed for her documentaries and short-films including The Stitches Speak (Tanko Bole Chhe), Baat Wahi Hai (It’s the Same Story) and Mukand and Riaz.

In 2018 she received the lifetime achievement award (BLBA) for Illustration from Tata Trusts at the Tata Lit Live Festival at Mumbai.

She will be awarded the Legend of Indian Animation Award at Animation Masters Summit 2021.

Ketan Mehta, best known for award-winning films like Bhavni Bhavai (Gujarati), Mirch Masala, Maya Memsab, Mangal Pandey, Holi and Sardar (all Hindi), is the founder of Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics and Cosmos Maya Studios.

Maya Academy is best known for popular animation IPs like Motu Patlu, Kisna, Vir- the robot boy, Een-Meena-Deeka, etc.

Mehta is a recipient of the French Government’s “The officer of the realm of Arts and Literature’ award. He will be awarded the Special Contribution to Indian Animation Industry Award for his overall contributions to the industry.

Both the awards will be presented at the inaugural session of the Summit on May 4.

According to P Jayakumar, CEO – Toonz Media Group, “Every year at Animation Masters Summit we give away the Legend Award to a legendary animation master in recognition of their life-long contribution to Indian Animation. Prof Nina Sabnani is one of the most revered figures in Indian animation today. She is like a guru to all of us in the fraternity. As a pioneering woman animator, she is also an inspiration for hundreds of young women who aspire to join this industry.”

He added: “Ketan Mehta, who is being awarded the Special Contribution Award, has helped put the Indian animation community on the global map by founding one of the most successful animation studios in India. He also played a significant role in fostering new talent by establishing the Maya Academy.”

The five-day Animation Masters Summit will include sessions by a galaxy of stalwarts from diverse fields of media and entertainment across the world.

Legendary Indian filmmaker Subhash Ghai will deliver the keynote address at the inaugural session of the Summit.

Master sessions in the following days will be led by renowned artists and creators including legendary ad guru Rahul daCunha, best known for spearheading the Amul ad campaign, one of the longest running ad campaigns in the country.

The Summit will also have two panel discussions – one on the scope of animation in Education Technology (EdTech) and the another curated by Animation World Network (AWN) focussing on diversity in the kids entertainment industry.

Delegates can register for the event for free by logging on to http://www.animationsummit.in