Bangalore, September 2, 2013: The Karnataka Animation, Visual Effects, Gaming and Comics Summit saw India's bona fide TV success of an animation product honoured: Rajiv Chilakalapudi, the creative and business force behind the Indian animated film "Chhota Bheem" received the ABAI Leadership excellence Award .
Giving away the ABAI Award, S.R.Patil, Karnataka's minister for IT, BT and S&T said: "Karnataka is the first state to announce a dedicated policy for Animation, Visual Effects, Gaming and Comics Policy in the country. The animation and gaming sector is growing at 10 per cent across the globe to touch around $ 153 billion -- and 22 % in India, expecting to cross $ 5 billion this year"
Organized by The Association of Bangalore Animation Industry (ABAI), in collaboration with the Government of Karnataka, the Summit has become arguably India's biggest annual gathering of the animation and visual effects community.
In his keynote, Chilakalapudi detailed the long journey by his company Green Gold Animation to create and sustain a genuine Indian IP success story including its recent success in merchandising and licensing.
From the multinational side, Damian Froberville, Country Head of Dreamworks, described the progress of the Indian unit of Dreamworks and also gave some insight into the Asian scenario for global services.
Panelist Sean Feeney of Prime Focus World London, said "With constant demand for full CG content from Hollywood and the TV studios, with a mass of experienced artists, Indian studios if properly managed and directed are perfectly placed to access this work."
Said ISN Prasad, Principal Secretary to Government Department of IT, BT and S&T, Government of Karnataka: "Karnataka will continue to lead the animation, visual effects, gaming and comics (AVGC) growth in India. We have partnered with a cross section of the digital content industries through ABAI."