Bangalore, Karnataka, India: The 11th edition of ABAI Fest and Karnataka Animation, VFX, Gaming and Comics (KAVGC) Summit will commence from April 16-17, at The Lalit Ashok Hotel. This event supported by the Government of Karnataka, Dept. of IT, BT & S&T and KBITS.
Bangalore is already the hub for animation, VFX, and gaming in India. Some of the top global companies like DreamWorks Animation, Technicolor, MPC, Zynga Games, Rockstar Games and also some of the very successfulIndian studios like Xentrix Studios, Dhruva Interactive and Moonfrog labs operate out of here. Hosting a mega event like this that boasts of a line-up of speakers and content comparable with some of the top global industry events solidifies Bangalore’s numero uno position in India.
It’s been the endeavour of Government of Karnataka as well as ABAI to make this event accessible to a wide audience, the registration fees are nominal, Rs 100 for students and Rs 250 for professionals for two days of high quality engagement and learning.
The highlights of this edition are: top speakers like Mark Osborne, Director of The Little Prince and Co-Director of the blockbuster Kung Fu Panda, Michael Kurinsky, Production Designer of Hotel Transylvania 2 / Sony Pictures Animation and Mark Skaggs, Director, Moonfrog Labs –creator of hit games like FarmVille, CityVille and more. The presentations will feature blockbusters like Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Zootopia,Bahubali, Bajirao Mastani and trending topics like Virtual Reality (VR)& 360 Film Making, Cloud Rendering, Digital Platforms, etc.
The event will also feature India premiere screenings of the some of the finest animation films like Cesar Award Winner The Little Prince, Oscar nominated Boy & The World, Annecy Cristal Award nominated Mune: Guardian of The Moon and Cesar Award nominated Adama. According to Biren Ghose – President ABAI & Country Head- Technicolor India, “ABAI Fest and KAVGC Summit 2016 pushes the envelope in a truly world class event. This is in a league among the world’s major industry events in curating discussions with masters in the craft. The topics represent opportunities in areas trending globally! The event is a lighthouse for the Indian animation, VFX and games industry. Don’t miss this chance to be among an exemplary melting pot of thoughts, learning’s and ideas with the who’s who from Disney, DreamWorks, Zynga, Technicolor, MPC, Rockstar Games, EA, Ubisoft and many more industry icons.”
For the first time in the history of animation VFX and gaming in India, a live artistic competition and hackathon will be conducted, this could potentially be the largest live competition in Asia. There is a special focus to bring all the Fine Arts colleges across Karnataka especially in tier 2 and 3 towns like Hubli, Dharward, Tumkur, Gadag, Bidar, Chickmaglur, Belgaum, etc., to the main stream industry. Cutting edge technology is used in the animation, VFX and gaming Industry, there is effort being made to put Bangalore on the forefront of technology within the animation, VFX, and gaming space. Engineering colleges are being tapped to showcase career opportunities within the AVGC industry and the hackathon is one of the steps in that direction. PUC college students too have been tapped to come experience the career possibilities in the animation, VFX and gaming industry, career fair and talks are part of the event.
In addition the event for the first time is creating an education – industry interface, a forum for constructive dialog and better alignment with market realities and requirements. Overall this event with many dimensions to it is expected to attract professionals and students from all over Karnataka and other cities in India.