Trivandrum: Renowned film-maker, media entrepreneur, and a pioneer for the Indian animation industry Ketan Mehta and pathbreaking artist, film-maker, and art academic Prof. Nina Sabnani will be honored at the 2021 edition of Animation Masters Summit. Organized by Toonz Media Group, the virtual Summit will be held from May 4 to 8, 2021, over the Zoom platform.
Prof. 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. 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 Film-making, and learning pedagogies of traditional artists, among others. Author of several books on traditional art and design, Prof Sabnani 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. Her works have been showcased in exhibitions across the country, including the permanent exhibition ‘Discovery of India’ at the Nehru Centre, Mumbai. For her invaluable contributions to animation and other visual art forms, spanning over a career of more than two decades, Prof. Sabnani will be awarded the Legend of Indian Animation Award at Animation Masters Summit 2021.
Internationally acclaimed film-maker Ketan Mehta is best known for award-winning films like Bhavni Bhavai (Gujarati), Mirch Masala, Maya Memsab, Mangal Pandey, Holi, and Sardar (all Hindi). Mehta is also thefounder of Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics, a leading visual arts academy in India, and cosmos Maya Studios, one of the top animation studios in the country 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.
“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,” said P. Jayakumar, CEO – Toonz Media Group.
“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,” Jayakumar added.
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 film-maker 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. Academy Award-winning screenwriter Meg LeFauve (Inside Out, Captain Marvel, My Father’s Dragon), licensing and merchandising master and founder of brand management company ‘Dream Theatre’ Jiggy George, award-winning Hollywood music composer Vidjay Beerpoot (Anibo, The Little Vampire 3D, Triple Trouble) and noted animation director and producer Saraswathi Balgam who led the team of VFX and animation artists for projects like Life of Pi and The Chronicles of Narniaare the other masters leading sessions this time.
The theme for this edition of the Summit is Embracing Diversity: Finding beauty in our differences. The Summit will also have two-panel discussions – one on the scope of animation in Education Technology (EdTech) and the other curated by Animation World Network (AWN) focussing on diversity in the kid’s entertainment industry.
Delegates can register for the event for free by logging on to www.animationsummit.in