Animation Xpress Felicitates Our CEO

Animation Xpress’ first edition of EduSpark Summit and Awards 2022 took place on-ground on 14 May 2022 at The Lalit, Mumbai. The event witnessed a turnout of more than 650 plus people which included speakers, delegates, and students. EduSpark Summit turned out to be an insightful and knowledgeable affair. There were several sessions lined up, right from meet the makers to fireside chats and panel discussions.

The last session of the day was a panel discussion on ‘Reshaping India’s University Education’. Panellists for the same were MESC CEO Mohit Soni, Ajeenkya DY Patil University – School of Film & Media head of school & professor Dr Manju Rughwani, Arena Animation business partner, Asifa India core committee member & Horizon Institute of Design founder Sanjay Khimesara, Dr Vishwanath Karad MIT World Peace University – school of design assistant professor Dr (H.C.) Ankit Jain, Ramesh Sippy Academy of Cinema and Entertainment managing director & Ramesh Sippy Entertainment Pvt Ltd director Kiran Sippy, L.S. Raheja School of Art principal Radha Ambekar, RD & SH National College head of department of computer science & vice principal Vipul Saluja, and DNEG India head of VFX Jigesh Gajjar. The panel discussion was moderated by Punnaryug Artvision founder & FICCI AVGC forum chairman Ashish Kulkarni. The panellists discussed in length about the new education policy of the Indian government and its benefits to the AVGC sector and students. They also shared the steps taken by their institutions and the kind of courses they offer to students. Jain said, “Once they (students) grow, we do teach them managerial skills as well, as students need to learn every aspect.” Saluja shared, “We being a college and university have lots of courses, but regulations come in from UGC.” He revealed that once in their college ‘no games were allowed’ and now they test games! Ambekar said, “We are running a course which focuses more on graphic designing and advertising and have basic courses of art education. Basics are necessary, after learning basics, students can gradually move towards high-end technology.” The need for students being exposed to studio life was highlighted by Sippy. She said, “Internships are important because that makes students industry ready.” Khimesara mentioned what needs to be taught to kids in school. He said, “Instead of teaching animation at school level, we should teach the foundation.” A question about the job selection process was put forward to which Jain replied, “If you have a riveting portfolio, the doors are open for you.” In the end, Kulkarni gave the remarks that “formal & informal education are equally gearing up.” 

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Visit from Star Alumni Arjit Parsai

One of the Star Alumni & graduate of 2015 Batch, Arjit Parsai, currently working with Outpost, US as Sr.Paint Artist visited Arena Animation, Geeta bhawan Square, Indore Campus on 7th May 2022.
Kudos to him for his amazing contribution on huge number of International assignments. He has worked with MPC for nearly four years before moving to Outpost and has achieved tremendous heights including contribution to Oscar Awarded Films like 1917. We are super excited to observe his progress & wish ‘the best’ to him for a super progressive Career ahead.

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Journey of Women Creators batch 1 covers Arena Geeta bhawan Mentors Shilpa & Rinki & alumna Rauli Singh

Journey of women creators batch 1 covered by Animation Express. Women Creators from batch 1 share their experiences & journey during the Unreal fellowship program. They have also shared their thoughts on Dos & Donts for WCP fellowship. Also , how this WCP fellowship on Unreal Engine has changed their lives .
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Article has featured Rinki Verma, Shilpa Mehta , Rauli Singh & Sanjay Khimesara
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Amazing Success to Women Creators Program applications for Batch-2

Asifa India in partnership with Unreal Engine launched Women Creators Program Batch-II
The Women Creator Program is a paid virtual fellowship and funded in two milestones (Previz) & (Final Submission) from May – July 2022. The women creators will be paid USD 5,000 for the submission of their project. We, at Asifa India, called for women creators to nominate and register experienced talented women creators.

The candidates will be selected from the following countries: India, Singapore, Malaysia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia.

The Women Creators Program is for storytellers, producers, VFX supervisors and VFX artists, animators, storyboard artists having industry experience of over 5 years.The trailblazing program will have reputed evangelists and top industry experts as trainers, mentors, and producers supporting your creative vision.The program will train you on the Unreal Pipeline, Animation and DCC workflows, world-building and terrain tools, lighting and post-processing, material editor, sequence, Livelink, and blueprint.
30th April 2022- Official Selection Announcement
16th May 2022- Program Commencement
27th May 2022- Pitch Submission/Shot Blocking
28th June 2022- Final Submission
Asifa India President – Saraswathi Vani Balgam said -” UNREAL changed my life in 2020, and has given me new creative strength. I am working on writing my preschool show keeping unreal animation pipeline in my mind.”
Asifa India Director Sesha Prasad said,” The consumption of content in various forms has created wider opportunities not only for the VFX players but also for a large number of content creators. The unreal fellowship program is a great opportunity to put women at center stage in the creation of some fresh content.”
Asifa India Director Sanjay Khimesara said, “ In 2021, the Indian VFX sector grew by 103 percent to reach Rs 38.2 billion, while post-production grew by 49 percent to reach Rs 14.4 billion. Asifa India is determined to step up its efforts in building a strong ecosystem to bridge the gaps in making India a Global SuperPower in this space. The first batch of the Women Creators Program has already shown its amazing results and is a significant step to empowering talented women creators & provide a platform to express their creativity.
Last date to register was : April 18,2022 11:59 PM (IST)

Thanks to overwhelming response from Women Creators across Asifa. Currently Asifa & Epic teams are working to shortlist the registered women creators.
It may be noted that founder of HID & Business Partner of Arena Geeta Bhawan, Indore Sanjay Khimesara is Core Committee Member of Asifa India and Director of Asifa Animation Foundation and actively volunteered for previous and current batches of WCP

Asifa India Core team

LIVE Brush Calligraphy Workshop Today

Arena Animation presents The World Creativity & Innovation Day by conducting a LIVE Brush Calligraphy Workshop with Ms. Labdhi Shah
PROFILE: Ms. Labdhi Shah is an illustrator in Indian Talent Publication and has her own Academy located in Mumbai.
She has been an esteemed guest lecturer in many reputed institute like the Rajiv Gandhi Academy, Pearl Academy etc.
So lets make the most of her expertise.