KAVGC Summit 2013, was a two day event that was hosted by ABAI, and supported by the Dept. of IT, BT and S&T, Govt of Karnataka. The summit carried sessions by experts from the AVGC sector of India and abroad, and took networking to a truly global level.
Taking place on the 28th and 29th of August, at the Chancery Pavilion, the event was the third of its kind. This year the emphasis was on global networking and so, representatives from the Government, various Consulates, animators, VFX experts, comics, marketing experts and stalwarts changing the AVGC scenario, were involved with the event.
The two-day event was packed with talks by multiple speakers, panel discussions, specialised clinics and networking opportunities for all participants.
The first day of the event started off with the inaugural address by Mr. Biren Ghose, President, ABAI who gave everyone an insight into what the next two days had in store for them.
Following this was the address by the Mr.S.R. Patil Hon’ble Minister for
IT, BT and S&T, Govt. of Karnataka who spoke about the dedication of the Government towards furthering this industry and how, through efforts like the KAVGC Policy, there was only more to look forward to, to build this symbiotic relationship.
Mr. I.S.N Prasad Principal Secretary, Department of IT, BT and S&T, Govt. Of Karnataka emphasised that the various opportunities and possibilities that would come out of the two days of the Summit should be exploited by the participants to the fullest .
Mr. Rajiv Chilaka, Founder, Green Gold Animation was awarded the “ABAI Leadership Excellence Award” for his contribution towards building India’s first iconic animation brand- ‘Chhota Bheem’. The events of the day commenced with the Keynote Address by Mr. Damien de Froberville (General Manager, DreamWorks Dedicated Unit, Technicolor, India.)
The themes for the panel discussion on Day 1 of the Summit were :
VFX-integration into global networks, the future challenges and opportunities in the AVGC field for India, in relation to Hollywood, and the development of VFX outsourcing. While the panel was moderated by Mr. Biren Ghose, panelists included Mr. Akhauri Sinha MD, MPC Bangalore, Mr. A.R. Seshaprasad Head of Digital Production, R&H Studios and Mr. Vamsi Ayyagiri Global Sales Director, Futureworks Media Ltd.
Animation- this panel was moderated by Jai Natarajan CEO, Xentrix and comprised of Sean Feeney Executive Producer, Prime Focus World Animation, who touched upon building animation competencies in VFX studios, Taapas Chakravarti Chairman, DQ Entertainment, who discussed multi-window monetisation, and Owen Hurley, Creative Head, Technicolor Animation and Gaming, who shed light on western aesthetics with an Indian delivery.
Ankur Bhasin Director, Bhasinsoft, reflected on multi-platform approaches for SME's and Jyotirmoy Saha CEO, August Media, spoke on ‘Leveraging Singapore : Government-Industry engagement model’.
Opportunities in Canada's Digital Economy- Setting the tone for global networking, this panel comprised of Kyle Nunas Consul and Senior Trade Commissioner, Canadian Trade Office, High Commission of Canada, who started the session by giving an overview of Canada's animation and games sectors. The next panelist, Mr. Charles Gauthier Vice Consul and Senior Trade Commissioner, Quebec Office in Mumbai, gave an overview of the current scenario in Quebec.
This was followed by Ms. Mitali Bandekar Director, Business Development, Invest Quebec, who spoke about efforts to fund creativity and talent in Quebec. Concluding the session were Mr. Ajay Ramasubramaniam, Trade Advisor, International Marketing Center, Govt. of Ontario, who provided an economic profile of Ontario's creative cluster, and Ms. Shukla Banerjee, Manager, Trade and Invest, British Columbia, who spoke about the intricacies of doing business with British Columbia, specifically the digital media sector.
Digital Content, Comics and the Future of Storytelling- the final panel for the day was moderated by Sharad Devarajan Co-Founder & Chairman, Liquid Comics/ C-Founder & CEO, Graphic India, and had Kushal Ruja CEO, Amar Chitra Katha, Rudra Masta Founder, Rudra Matsa Entertainment and Prateek Thomas Co-Founder, Manta Ray Comics, discussing all things comic and drawing anecdotes from their own personal journeys in the field.
Panel discussions on Day 2 of the Summit revolved around :
Technology- this panel focused on the more technical aspects of the industry. With Vishal Dhupar Country Head- India, NVIDIA as the moderator, areas like motion capture, GPU in the VFX workflow, metal ray and render, shared infrastructure were touched upon.
Discussions by Thomas van Els Manager, Human Motion Asia, XSENS, Wil Braithwaite, Senior Applied Engineer, NVIDIA, R. Balasubramanian Nation Business Development Manager for Cloud Solutions, HP and Prem Moraes Lead Animation AE in APAC, Autodesk, were extremely informative and enlightening for the audience.
Also adding to the discussion was Jayanta Dey CTO-Global Media and Communication Business, WIPRO Technologies.
AVGC in a Globally Connected World- moderated by Greg Childs Director, The Children's Media Foundation, UK, the panel had Charles Gautheir, Vice Consul and Senior Trade Commissioner, Quebec Office in Mumbai, Kyle Nunas, Consul and Senior Trade Commissioner, Mitali Bandekar, Director Business development at Invest Quebec, Eric Lavertu Consular General de France, French Consulate, Bangalore,and Tanaz Buhariwalla VP, Business Development, IDA Ireland discussing the possibilities and challenges of AVGC in the current globally aware scenario that the industry operated in.
Original Content Development- the need for and constant challenges faced while creating original content were debated by this panel, moderated by Suresh Seetharaman, Founder, Liquid Comics, with Arnab Chaudhuri Director Content and Creative, Walt Disney Television International, India speaking about the importance of engaging local art and passion.
Manoj Menon Art Director, Technicolor, Animation and Gaming presented his views on engaging with Hollywood, and Sharda Balaji Founder, Novojuris spoke on how to create original content and the different measures that could be taken to protect and promote work.
Education- The final panel discussion tackled the educational system and the importance of introducing different learning approaches that would aid students transitioning into this industry.
Moderated by Adi Shayan, who also presented his Karnataka Case Study, the panel consisted of Hanif Mohammed, Founder, AIGA who discussed building quality in a niche way.
Dr. Ashish Kulkarni Co-Chair, FICCI Forum and Governing Council Member, FICCI MESC highlighted the MESC Initiatives for Skill Development while Anand Baid Founder, Native Puppets brought in the artist's perspective. Dr. R. Kulkarni Director, Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath, College of Fine Arts spoke about supporting digital initiatives and Anirban Bhattacharya, Executive Coach, Founder and Director, The Painted Sky, spoke about the uniqueness and importance of art based learning approaches.
The clinics were conducted over the course of the Summit and broadly discussed IP, Technology, Co-Production and Outsourcing and Pitching. Under the wide umbrella of these subjects, issues like patents, engaging talent, high performance computing, flexible infrastructure, do's and don'ts in the fields of production and outsourcing, specialised marketing, and many more related topics were discussed with interested participants.
Special Address and Show &Tell
Apart from the panels and the clinics, two other noteworthy sessions were the special address by Rajiv Chilaka Founder, Green Gold Animation and the Show & Tell session by Arnab Chaudhuri, Director, Arjun-The Warrior Prince.
Rajiv Chilaka, who was felicitated at the event for his achievement in the field, reflected on the different challenges he had to face before Chhota Bheem became the household name it is today, and the journey ahead, in light of the resounding success of the series.
Arnab Chaudhuri took the audience through the experience of making 'Arjun- The Warrior Prince' and also stressed on the need for Indian animators to create content that had strong cultural rooting, so that it could hold its own in the global market.
The Summit saw experts in the field interact with each other, and also provided people looking to enter this field with a comprehensive insight, and a platform to network from.
Also announced at the event was the ABAI Fest, taking place later this year, along with the Train The Trainer and Digitalisation of Art Colleges initiatives, leaving everyone with a lot of exciting things to look forward in the near future.
The event was supported by KBITS, Wipro and HP.
The KAVGC Summit only looks like it’s going to get bigger and better in the coming years.