Toonz Media Group’s annual Animation Masters Summit has concluded in Trivandrum, Southern India, with the announcement of the winner of the Cocoon Concept Lab: Narayn Talakudar, with his animation project: The Adventures of Detective of Dodo Dumdum.
The Cocoon Concept Lab — a program to support authentic storytelling and original ideas by providing individualized concept development for emerging creators and writers with a TV/Digital series idea or screenplay — received 74 entries from around the world in this first edition, from as far afield as the United States or Nigeria. The projects were presented to a jury made up of the representatives of key broadcasters across India, and the three finalists selected were: Mr Inventor created by Narayan Talikdar; Kalu & Bhooto by Aruit Ghosh; and The Adventures of Detective Dodo Dumdum, by Narayan Talikdur, the winning project.
The winner was announced on stage by Bernard Boiteux, Sales Manager for the Asia Pacific Region at Toom Boom Animation Inc., and received a cash prize of 50,000 rupees as well as the greenlight for his project to be developed under the Toonz banner and presented to the international market.
Established as the first ever animation event in India in 1999, each year Toonz celebrates the “Art of Animation” bringing together experts and leading figures from the global animation industry to interact with aspiring artists and creative talents, and for masters to showcase their work to animation professionals, entrepreneurs and the media, sharing their knowledge, experiences, insights and inspirations. The theme at this year’s AM was Connecting Content: Seeing the Big Picture.