Indian animation industry
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The Indian animation industry encompasses traditional 2D animation, 3D animation and visual effects for feature films. In 1956, Disney Studios animator Clair Weeks, who had worked on Bambi, was invited to Films Division of India in Mumbai to establish and train the country's first animation studio as part of the American technical co-operation mission. He trained a core group of Indian animators, whose first production was a film called The Banyan Deer (1957). Veteran animator Ram Mohan started his career at Films Division's Cartoon Unit.
Another landmark animated film from Films Division is Ek Anek Aur Ekta, a short traditionally animated educational film released in 1974. The film is presented as a fable meant to teach children the value of unity, and was frequently broadcast on India's state-run television station, Doordarshan. The first Indian animated television series was Ghayab Aaya, which aired in 1986 and was directed by Suddhasattwa Basu. The first Indian 3D and VFX were done for the television series Captain Vyom by animation.
Toonz India Ltd based in Trivandrum is the most successful animation company in India and have produced several internationally acclaimed movies such as Freefonix, Wolverine and the X-Men, Dragonlance: Dragons of Autumn Twilight, Kid Krrish, The Adventures of Tenali Raman, Return of Hanuman and Gaturro
Awards and festivals
Awards and conventions for the Indian animation industry include:
- National Film Award for Best Non-Feature Animation Film
- National Film Award for Best Animated Film
- Animation Masters Summit, Toonz India Ltd, Trivandrum
- 24FPS Animation Awards, organized by Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics (MAAC)
- TASI Viewers Choice Awards (TVCA)
- Anifest India
- Annual Graphics and Animation Film Awards (AGAFA) from the Society for Animation in Delhi (SAID)[Not Functioning Anymore]
- Orbit Live and Kalakari, organised by Arena Animation
Societies and organizations
The Animation Society of India (TASI) is a non-profit organization with its head office in Mumbai. It hosts Anifest India, the biggest annual animation festival in the Indian subcontinent.
The Society for Animation in Delhi (SAID) is a non-profit body for animation and related arts. It has now been closed.
Media & Entertainment Association of India (MEAI) is an active body promoting the Indian AVGC industry. MEAI is also noticeable for high powered delegations to international markets and festivals.
List of Indian animated movies
Since The Banyan Deer was released in 1957, over 130 animated movies have been produced in India. The following animated movies were released in India.
List of films
Animated Series produced in India
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