India Celebrates Week with Animation Masters

As many as 26 films from world-famous production houses including Channel V and MTV will vie for top honors at the 4th Annual Week With The Masters Animation Celebration’s Film Competition, hosted by Toonz Animation India Pvt. Ltd in Trivandrum, India on Nov. 4-7.

Selected from more than 300 entries in the Student, Independent and Commercial categories, nominated entries include works by filmmakers from countries such as India, Singapore, Japan and Korea.

Favored to take top honors in the commercial category is India’s own Vaibhav Kumaresh, whose five Channel V productions have made it into the finals. He exhibited his creative skills earlier at the 2nd Annual WWTM in 2000, bagging top honors in the student category.

Productions by students of the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad dominate the Student category this year. NID productions include Pudchyavarshi Iavkarya by Prashant Kadkol, Dhak-Drum by Rajesh Chakraborthy, Master Minds’ by Nilesh M Panse and Bheeru No.1 by the trio Mehul, Parag and Uttam. Shadow of Light by Vinod Raveendran of Karakolam also made it to the finals in this category.

The longest film at this year’s competition is Raju & I (30:00) by Mumbai, which highlights children’s rights, mainly the right to education. Other films jostling for top honors in this category include Kapporopitta (Let’s Have a Meal Together) by Mai Matsumura of Japan, a film on how a child’s aversion for food is changed by his meeting with three little monsters. Flutter by Srinivas Bhakta of Singapore shows how an office worker has a brief escape from her mundane life.

Other South-East Asian films that have made it to the finals are in the Student category and these include four films from Singapore: Amber Weird by Tan Kay Mui Tara Marie, A Particular Obsession by Goh Jian Wei Jeremy, Chrysalis by Poon Hui Xin Dorothy, Ma Ma Mai by Chan Jing Tsyr, and Lost Fang by Chan Venyan. The Letter by Jang Hyoung lo is the lone Korean film featured in this year’s competion.

According to festival director Tiersa Christine, the IN.SEA (India & South East Asia) competition, as the WWTM film competition is otherwise known, is the only one of its kind in India, providing a stage to showcase talents within Asia and give them international exposure. Entries are open to independent animation artists, including students from India and other Southeast Asian countries.

The Animation Competition forms the cornerstone of the Week With The Masters celebrations. The best entry will receive a Grand Prize of $2,000 and a prize of $1,000 will be awarded to the best entry in each category. The jury may also award additional prizes as they see fit.