Director Pramod Pati

 New Delhi: Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has instituted an award in the name of Odia short-film director Pramod Pati. Award to be given for excellent work in creative film from next year.

The award for the ‘Most Innovative Film’, carrying a trophy and cash prize of Rs 1 lakh, will be introduced at the 13th edition of the Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) for Documentary, Short & Animation Films scheduled to be held at the National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA) in Mumbai from February 3 to 9, 2014.

Born in 1932, Pati was a maverick in the field of cinema. After graduating from Utkal University in 1950, he took a diploma in Cinematography from SJ Polytechnic, Bangalore in 1952, and then worked with the Odisha Government as film officer from 1952 to 1956. During this period he made fourteen films as Cinematographer, Scriptwriter and Editor. He was awarded a Government of India fellowship to study puppet animation at FAMU, in Prague, Czechoslovakia, under Jifi Brdecka, Edward Hoffman and Jiri Trnka.

Returning to India he joined Films Division, Mumbai as head of its animation unit in 1959 and there he began making the first Indian animation film. Pati, who died an untimely death at the age of 42, was the maker of a one-minute classic film “Man and his World”, which won him Silver medal at the “Montreal Expo-67”.

He was also the first Odia filmmaker to receive a Film Fare award at Mumbai in 1968 for his short film, ”Perspective”, which was produced to mark International Adult Literacy Year and won a well-deserved international award too.

The film fraternity in Odisha welcoming the decision of I&B Ministry.

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18th International Children’s Film Festival

The 18th International Children’s Film Festival will take place in Hydarabad from November 14 to 20

The state government is making fool-proof arrangements for the 18th International Children’s Film Festival.

Hyderabad hosted the Children’s Film Festival (9th) for first time in 1995. After that the central government declared Hyderabad as the permanent venue for holding International Children’s Film Festival to be held from November 14 to 20 once in two years.

Information and broadcasting secretary Bimal Julka chaired a review meeting to oversee the arrangements for the event.

Speaking to mediapersons later, he said that the objective of the festival was to source films which had been either screened or received as entries at around 20 prestigious film festivals across the globe including.

The 18th edition of the Film Festival has received 848 entries from around 72 countries. Around 100 foreign delegates would also be participating in the film festival. Arrangements were also being made at the festival to screen films specially for children with special needs, Julka added.

State chief secretary PK Mohanty said that around 10 to 12 theatres were short-listed for screening films. Imax will be the main festival venue and the opening and closing ceremonies will be held at Lalitha Kala Thoranam in the Public Gardens at Nampally.

Around 1.50 lakh school children are expected to participate in the festival. Children’s Film Socity of India CEO M Shravan Kumar said that for the first time in the film festival there were 28 entries from South America. Various committees to oversee hospitality, guest relations, theatres, transport, cultural programmes and media relations were being constituted.

Workshops will be organised in this week-long festival on animation, script-writing and film appreciation. Cultural programmes will be held and one or two child prodigies will be felicitated at Lalitha Kala Thoranam. The Golden Elephant and cash prizes will be awarded for the best films selected on the last day.

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India and Japan have agreed to expand co-operation in the films sector particularly in co-production of animation films. In a joint statement issued after the meeting, both the countries have agreed to form a Joint Working Group in order to tap the huge business potential in the co-production of films and animation, skill development, exchange programs between training institutes and such other areas which are mutually beneficial to both sides. The agreement was signed by the Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Shri Manish Tewari and visiting Japanese Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Shri Toshimitsu Motegi in New Delhi.

During the discussions, Shri Tewari extended the invitation for Japanese partnership in setting up of the proposed National Centre for Excellence in Animation, Gaming and Special Effects (NCOE) in Mohali, Punjab. He also welcomed Japanese expertise in developing special training courses at the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune and the Satyajit Ray Film and TV Institute (SRFTII), Kolkata.

Welcoming Japan’s decision to be the Focus Country in the International Film Festival of India to be held in Goa this year, the Minister extended personal invitation to the Japanese Minister to attend IFFI, 2013.

Shri Motegi affirmed full Japanese cooperation in the media content industry of India. He said that a beginning has been made by way of co-production of films, particularly animation films. The Minister said there is a significant potential for growth in the media sector in India as the country is making rapid economic progress.

Shri Bimal Julka, Secretary I&B welcomed the initiatives outlined and stated that immediate steps would be taken to establish the Joint Working Group.

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Walt Disney Pictures has released this new poster for their 53rd full-length animated flick, ‘Frozen.’ Featuring the voices of Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad and Idina Menzel, ‘Frozen’ journeys into theaters on November 27th in the US and December 6th in the UK. Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck direct the 3-D musical adventure, while Tony-award winner Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez wrote the music. The official synopsis for ‘Frozen’ is as follows.

Walt Disney Animation Studios, the studio behind “Tangled” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” presents “Frozen,” a stunning big-screen comedy adventure. Fearless optimist Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) sets off on an epic journey—teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff) and his loyal reindeer Sven—to find her sister Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom. The film is directed by Chris Buck (“Tarzan,” “Surf’s Up”) and Jennifer Lee (screenwriter, “Wreck-It Ralph”), and produced by Peter Del Vecho (“Winnie the Pooh,” “The Princess and the Frog”). Featuring music from Tony® winner Robert Lopez (“The Book of Mormon,” “Avenue Q”) and Kristen Anderson-Lopez (“In Transit”), “Frozen” comes to UK cinemas December 6, 2013.

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Animation and gaming market is expected to expand well this year

The Association of Bangalore Animation Industry (ABAI), in collaboration with the Government of Karnataka organised the ABAI - AVGC (Animation, Visual Effects, Gaming and Comics) Summit on 28 and 29 August in Bangalore, focusing on discussion and script the future of the media and animation industry.

The KAVGC Summit held annually for the last 3 years with the support of the Government of Karnataka, continues to increase its focus on the business and industry of AVGC, aiming to provide a forum for knowledge sharing and improved connectivity among decision makers and stakeholders in the sector. The power packed audience included senior Government officials, trade body representatives, CEOs, entrepreneurs and senior management. As usual, the event featured the "Who’s Who" from the international AVGC world sharing their experience and expertise and making themselves available for those who want more from them.

Hosted by Karnataka Government, the inauguration took place by S R Patil, minister for IT, BT and S&T Government of Karnataka, along with I S N Prasad, principal secretary, Department of IT, BT and S&T, Government of Karnataka, and CEOs and MDs of several well-known companies in this sector like Rajesh Rao of Dhruva Interactive.

Addressing the delegates, Mr. S R Patil said, "Karnataka is the first state to announce a dedicated policy for Animation, Visual Effects, Gaming and Comics Policy in the country."

"AVGC sector is growing at a CAGR of over 10 per cent across the globe," he said and further added that the Animation and Gaming global market alone is expected to touch over 153 billion US Dollars during this year.

Mr. S R Patil further opined that the Indian Animation and Gaming industry when compared to the global market is growing at a CAGR of 22 per cent and is expected to cross 5 billion US Dollars during this year.

"Our aim is to make Karnataka the most preferred and lucrative outsourcing destination as well as attracting venture capital funding for new entrants in the AVGC sector," he added.

Mr. Biren Ghose, president, ABAI and Country Head, Technicolor India, said, "The 2013 edition of the ABAI Karnataka AVGC Summit is meant to provide new direction to professionals and companies highlighting growth and opportunity areas. It showcases our engagement with the academia, government and industry and highlights the policy execution we have enabled as well as the roadmap for the next year."

Mr. Rajiv Chilaka, Founder, Green Gold Animation was awarded the “ABAI Leadership Excellence Award” for his contribution towards building India’s first iconic animation brand- ‘Chhota Bheem’.  

The Summit saw experts in the field interact with each other, and also provided people looking to enter this field with a comprehensive insight, and a platform to network from.

 

Also announced at the event was the ABAI Fest, taking place later this year, along with the Train The Trainer and Digitalisation of Art Colleges initiatives, leaving everyone with a lot of exciting things to look forward in the near future. 

The event was supported by KBITS, Wipro and HP. 

The KAVGC Summit only looks like it’s going to get bigger and better in the coming years.

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