The Association of Bangalore Animation Industry will stage ABAI 2013, India’s first exclusive film and digital arts festival for animation, VFX and gaming on December 6 and 7. The event will unfold at three venues in the Manasagangotri campus of University of Mysore — Senate hall, humanities auditorium and the open air theatre — on both days from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The event will feature some of the best names in animation industry such as DreamWorks Animation. Feature films, short films, game cinematics and visual effects will be featured. Raman International Institute of Information Technology (RiiiT), an IT finishing school here, has given local support to the event.

Addressing presspersons here, ABAI convener and executive committee member Archana Krishnamurthy said the animation industry in India is growing and needs talent to keep it going. There are plenty of employment opportunities in the field. Mysore can become the animation hub over the years. The combination of art, culture, technology and heritage works well for this industry. For this reason, ABAI has been brought to Mysore.

Animation is used in the fields of education, medicine, defence etc. It is used by the corporate world for training and assessment. But, there is not much awareness about animation and this needs to be addressed seriously,” Ms. Krishnamurthy said.

Stan Lee, the co-creator of Spiderman, Hulk, X-Men, Fantastic Four, Iron Man and the Avengers, along with Sharad Devarajan of Graphic India, will showcase Indian superhero Chakra.

Ron Diamond, member of the Academy of Motion Pictures will present ‘The Giants’ First Steps’ and the ABAI special edition of ‘Show of Shows’. Shelley Page of DreamWorks Animation will present her ‘Eye Candy Show’.

There will be a screening of Shilpa Ranade’s ‘World of Goopi and Bagha’, a film based on Satyajit Ray’s Goopy Gayne Bagha Bayne. The 3D animation film ‘The Croods’ will also be screened. Animation artistes from the State have contributed significantly to making the film.

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