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Technology Today - Asifa India Celebrates 20 years with Women Creators Program & Awards of Excellence

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Asifa India marked two decades of receiving its official Charter in India and Asifa international, the parent body also celebrated its 60th year recently. To mark the occassion Asifa India invited entries from Professionals & Students for its annual ASIFA India Awards of Excellence as a part of International Animation Day celebration during 2020-21. ASIFA India Awards of Excellence aims to recognizes and celebrates the best in the art of Animation. Asifa India announced winners for its AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE- 2020-21. Out of all entries a team of four experts were picked as jury members from across the world evaluated the entries.

Eminent Jury Members-

1.Ron Diamond-Curator & Presenter, Annual Animation Show of Shows at Acme Filmworks, Inc.

2.Jan Nagel-Entertainment Marketing Diva,

3.Rajeev Chilaka- CEO, Greengold Animation

4.Gayatri Rao- Cofounder, Animagic India

Asifa India takes immense pleasure to announce the Winners under various Professional & Student Category of ASIFA India Award of Excellence 2020-2021.

1. Student Films- Winners

2d animation-The Mist Calls

3d animation-The Freaky Fox

2. Professional Films - Winners

Animated Commercials- Vaibhav Studios (Nick Ident)

Animated TV Episodes- Captain Vidyut

Vfx in Film : Tanhaji- The unsung Warrior

Animated Short Film- Wade, (Ghost Animation)

Animated Feature Film-Bombay Rose (Geetanjali Rao & team)

Congratulations to all the winners and their team members on this unwavering commitment to outstanding performance. Thanks to everyone who participated.

The animated feature Bombay Rose which has been written and directed by Gitanjali Rao and had its world premiere at International Critics Week at the 2019 Venice Film Festival and later released on Netflix, won the Best Animated Feature Film under the professional category.

The animated feature Captain Vidyut created by Atish Tripathi and produced by Parijat Studios received the Best Animated TV Episode under the professional category. Expressing the excitement, director Atish Tripathi said, “Indeed, we are thrilled at getting this recognition. Captain Vidyut is a labor of love and a product of a very passionate team. Big congratulations are in order for the whole team of Captain Vidyut. We are very happy that our work has been awarded for its excellence and Captain Vidyut is getting love from all around. We are very grateful to Asifa India and the eminent jury members for giving Captain Vidyut this honor.”Tripathi further added, “It was a moment of great joy to read the following lines in the certificate from Asifa India. Asifa India takes immense pleasure in recognizing your contribution to Indian Animation sector. These lines will continue to reverberate with us and serve as an inspiration to pursue this amazing art form and keep the flag of India flying high in animation.”

Ghost Animation’s animated short film Wade written and directed by Upamanyu Bhattacharyya and Kalp Sanghvi won the Best Animated Short Film under the professional category.

Mumbai-based Vaibhav Studios led by Vaibhav Kumaresh bagged the Best Animated Commercial Award for NICK Indent under the professional category of ASIFA India Awards of Excellence.

For years now, women are levelling the playing field when it comes to gaming. In fact, women gaming experts are busy changing mindsets and breaking stereotypes.

But more needs to be done to attract women to this creative and lucrative field. In what can be called a fillip to the Indian gaming industry — for women in particular — Asifa India a global NGO announced ‘The Women Creators Program’ with Epic Games’ Unreal Engine, an advanced real-time 3D tool.

Twenty of India’s talented women producers and VFX professionals were selected to participate in a four-week long virtual training and mentoring programme. The participants will be mentored by former Unreal Fellowship graduates along with evangelists. The programme aims to inspire and train women creators and form a community of creators. The programme includes reputed evangelists and women mentors like Vani Balgam, Creative Producer, Dancing Atoms & President of Asifa India ; Charuvi Agarwal, Founder and Director, CDL; Marta Ampudia Dalmau; Arvind Neelakantan, Tech Evangelist at Epic Games; Dean Reinhard, Technical Account Manager at Epic Games; Jack Condon, Evangelist at Epic Games; Karan Parikh, Founder, Green Rain Studios and Unreal Authorized Instructor Partner for Epic Games.

The 20 women selected as part of the programme are Neha Hooda, Bharti Krishna Harale, Parul Wadhwa, Rutul Patel, Ananya Srivastava, Gautami Vegiraju, Hina Saiyada, Priyal Jain, Pragti Wadhwa, Rauli Singh, Rinki Verma, Shilpa Mehta, Richa Bhutani, Mitra Nitin Patil, Natalie Anne, Millar Jadhav, Rounak Magoo, Nida Arshia, Gayatri Rao, Ria Banerjee, and Pratima Pal.

All films were uploaded on - 

Of the 20 participants, the top 6 creators got a chance to showcase their films and talk about what inspired their creation and the journey during the programme. The creators were: Pragti Wadhwa, 2D Supervisor/ VFX Artist/ Compositor, Elements Vfx; Rounak Magoo, Producer, Green Rain Studios; Nida Arshia, Unreal/3D Generalist, Media Monks; Gayatri Rao, Creative Producer, Animagic Special Effects Pvt Ltd; Ria Banerjee, Senior 3D Generalist, Axis Studios and Pratima Pal, Creative Producer/Animator, Digitalclay Studios.

All women creators who completed their films successfully received a fellowship of $5000.00 from Epic, Switzerland. 

Asifa India Core Committee member Sanjay Khimesara told that apart from Awards of Excellence & Women Creators Program, Asifa India has been actively working with International Experts like Walt Jones, Ed Hooks, Pilar Alessendra, Dr.Stuart Sumedha, Joseph Kslender, Vaibhav Kumaresh, E.Suresh, Chetan Sharma etc by organizing regular e-CG meet up sessions virtually throughout 2020 and 2021. 

In 2020 , as part of International Animation Day, Asifa India created a 2 minute animated story with 10 students and support from NID Director, Vijayawada Sekhar Mukharjee. It gave insight about what makes them unique, what is significant for them as people of their region, culture, land, and language.  The combined film is called Spiritus Mundi: Animating the World and is inspired by W.B. Yeats who saw Spiritus Mundi as the world spirit that provides inspiration to the poet or writer.

The film made its debut on October 28th, 2020 to coincide with International Animation Day. In this era of growing hate and prejudice, ASIFA as a multicultural, multinational, network of artists has the untapped potential for communicating about shared humanity of Asifa. As founder member John Halas stated, “we consider animation as a universal expression which is capable of immense contribution if given a chance.”

SIFA (Association Internationale du Film d'Animation) was founded in 1960 in Annecy, France. Working with UNESCO, it strives to unite the animation world in peace by trying to find ways for animators from both sides of the Iron Curtain to meet in person. Asifa India is amongst its 40 international chapters. Asifa India marked its 20 years with lots of activities including Awards of Excellence, Women Creators Program, IAD, Spiritus Mundi, eCG Meetup etc.

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