Animation Producers Association of India (APAI) will celebrate the International Animation Day on 28th October 2002 in Hyderabad.
APAI was officially inaugurated by the I&B Minister, Sushma Swaraj at the 33rd International Film Festival of India on 3rd October 2002, where she said, "It's a dream come true for me that the animation companies of India have come together in this fashion. Today Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Winnie the Pooh dominate the world. We have our own Ganesh and Hanuman and the skills and facilities to make animation product that will sell worldwide. I am sure India will become a dominant force in animation".
The APAI has the mandate to showcase Indian talent in animation and visual effects creation, as well as develop on behalf of its affiliate companies, a network of international partners in film, television and commercial production to create new business opportunities within the global entertainment industry.
The Animation Producers Association of India (APAI) also made its international debut with a formal launch by Subhash Chandra, Chairman of Zee TV at the E City Booth at MIPCOM 2002 in Cannes.
About 40 India Animation companies form the Animation Producers Association of India including A&A and Acropotel, Bangalore, Dataquest and Padmalaya Telefilms, Hyderabad, DLM Studios, Chennai, Indian Academy of Art and Animation, Mumbai, Moving Picture Company, New Delhi to name a few.