Toonz Working Vacation For Animation Masters Begins

Thiruvananthapuram: | Updated: Nov 4 2003, 05:30am hrs
Over 300 animation film entries, which have been jostling for top honours at the IN.SEA (India and South East Asia) competition of Toonz Animations Week with The Masters, have been pruned to 26. The fete gets underway here Tuesday.

The shortlist includes Mai Matsumuras Japanese film and entries by production houses like Channel V and MTV. Ad film maker, Prahlad Kakkar, will kick off the finals of the competition and Bollywood director, Shekhar Kapur, will be the star of the closing ceremony, according to Toonz Animation CEO, Bill Dennis.

Some films from the UK and US were rejected since they came from beyond the prescribed geographical boundaries for the competition.

This years Masters include Paul Dreissan, Joel Slayton, Jimmy Murakami, Wendy Tilby, John Cary and Sanjit Ghosh. Its going to be a working vacation for them in gods own country, he told eFE.

The week will be filled with workshops conducted by the masters on various aspects of contemporary animation, transition in technology, need for creation of indigenous content and identity worldwide through education, training and support systems.

Competing films were chosen after screening over 300 entries in the student, independent and commercial categories. These include feature film makers from India, Singapore, Japan and Korea. In the commercial category, Indias Vaibhav Kumaresh is rated very high. Five of his commercials, including Field Setting and Popstars for Channel (V), have got through to the finals.

Productions by students of National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, dominate the Student category. These include Pudchyavarshi Iavkarya, Dhak-Drum, Master Minds, etc, on various themes. The theme of Master Minds focuses on the complexities of human mind in the context of terrorism.