The Association International du Film d’Animation (ASIFA) – an international organisation of animation films has declared October 28 as the International Animation Day. ASIFA’s chapter in India celebrated the occasion by honouring the best animation filmmakers in India.
Following a shortlist of 10 animation movies, the Awards of Excellence were conferred to Raju & I and Dhak – The Drum. William Dennis, President, Indian Chapter, ASIFA and K Chadrasekhar, GM, Visula Computing Labs presented the awards to the winners.
The award-winning animation film ‘Raju & I’ – a half-hour film on child labour, is directed by Gayatri Rao. Rajesh Chakraborty tries to capture the colours of life through his three-minute animation film ‘Dhak – The Drum’. Over 200 individual films were submitted for consideration for the competition. Form this, 50 were selected for the international jury, who then short-listed 12 finalists. These 12 films were screened in an audience in California who voted for their favourite film.
Karl Cohen, president, ASIFA San Francisco, headed the international jury panel. Speaking on the occasion, Dennis, expressed, “The ASIFA India Award of Excellence honours the remarkable animation talent in India. The competition creates a platform for animators in the country to showcase their talent to the global audience. We believe that this initiative will help put India on the global map.