Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Bangalore: VFX blitz to hit the City of Palaces

Mysore will host India’s first exclusive film and digital arts festival, which will showcase a buffet of curated films, and the latest in game cinematics, and visual effects.

The ABAI Fest 2013, organised by the Association of Bangalore Animation Industry (ABAI) is aimed at professionals and aficionados of cinema and television, and computer games developers to give them and the audience a taste of what it is to be part of this revolutionary new world of digital content creation. The two-day festival, to be hosted at the Manasa Gangotri complex, University of Mysore, will get under way on December 6.

Explaining the rationale for holding the event in Mysore, ABAI president and country head of Technicolor India, Biren Ghose, told dna, “Globally, animation and media festivals take place in small towns so that the event creates a dominant presence. Annecy (in France) ranks among the largest live action film festivals. Mysore will attract professionals and students from tier II and II towns, which is our target audience. It will also attract people from other parts of India who will travel to any location to see world class content. Normally, we go from here to Annecy and Cannes to see the same content.”

ABAI will not make arrangements for people from Bangalore to travel to Mysore, but is providing assistance by blocking a certain number of rooms half a dozen hotels and boarding houses there, Ghose said. The festival is being supported by the Karnataka government as a part of its policy to promote AVGC (animation, visual effects, gaming and comics) initiatives in the state.

On other ABAI initiatives, the association’s president said, “The execution of the (AVGC) policy is taking place in parts. The Train The Trainer module has already been built and faculty hired too. It will be inaugurated soon. Digital arts centres have been sanctioned by the government, and advances paid for setting up seven centres through ABAI. The infrastructure project to create facilities for small, medium and large companies has already been scoped and a global tender for it will be released this month.”

Highlights of the festival

Ron Diamond, a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures, will feature in the ‘ABAI special edition’ of ‘show of shows’ where world leaders trace their journeys.

Shelley Page of DreamWorks Animation will be presenting her ‘Eye Candy Show’ which has travelled across the world. She was an artist on the famous Who Framed Roger Rabbit as well as the Shrek, Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda films.

The university venue will be retrofitted with three large screening facilities where stalwarts of the industry from Hollywood, Europe and India will present the films.

4 feature films which will be screened in the amphitheatre.

There would be 3 international short film packages.

Workshops on filmmaking and game design and development, comic and merchandising would be organised.

Master classes on animation and VFX styles will be presented in a “carnival” like atmosphere.