What an animated journey! Everything from the hotly contested nominations, long jury meetings, best summer-time venue (Goa) and months of hard work by the team came to a fitting conclusion on May 16th, culminating several weeks of suspense in one smashing grand award ceremony in Goa.
The occasion: Frameflixx 2 Awards organized by animation education major Frameboxx. It couldn't have been bigger than this: the fantastic venue, Morjim beach, was packed with 500 strong attendees, with renowned industry stalwarts including Pankaj Khandpur, Seshaprasad, Kireet Khurana, Vaibhav Kumaresh, Ashish Kulkarni, Yunus Bukhari, AK Madhavan, Biren Ghose and Sanjay Gadhvi among them.
As the wave of animation is surging high internationally, Indian animation is seeing some positive growth too. Frameflixx mirrored that; with the quality of movies screened, no one could guess that this was the work of students! Thanks to awards like Frameflixx Animation Awards, Indian artists and students are getting into the habit of short film making, even as the quality of Indian Animation production keeps improving with time.
The event kick-started with the opening remarks of Rajesh Turakhia, MD of Frameboxx. "We have been getting an overwhelming support from the industry. Despite Frameflixx being organized in Goa, a majority of industry veterans managed to make it to the event. Plus the quality of films has grown compared to last year. We wish to cross more landmarks in terms of quality in the forth coming editions of Frameflixx," said Rajesh.
The nominated entries this year were challenging to judge as they were exceptional. As A K Madhavan, CEO of Crest Animation Studios and part of the award jury, said, "The level of competition was so good it was fun to judge the entries. Whether it's an Oscar or a Filmfare award the judgment process remains the same, based on certain parameters like the quality of animation, the character design, background design or the rig. Obviously there are parameters that you need to choose which is better than the other."
Amongst the key highlights of the event was the moment when Big Animation CEO Ashish Kulkarni and Artery FX CEO Yunus Bukhari took the centre stage to compare the show in a unique Hyderabadi lingo! The result was as expected - a thunderous round of applause.
Ashish Kulkarni was mighty glad with what he saw, "There's a huge change. Unlike earlier, most films had their storytelling in place. Also, the pre-production and the post-production (sound) was really taken care of, and this is something which is heartening to see that students are not only production driven, but are looking to the whole process of ideation-to-script and script-to-screen. The timing, concept and the direction were mind blowing."
Winners of 11th TBS DIGICON6 India edition Awards were also announced and the awardees felicitated by handsome cash prizes sponsored by Digicon and Frameboxx. These awards were presented by TBS Digicon's Taka Fumi Yuki who also announced Frameboxx as their Indian partner for the next edition.
In a nascent industry like this, getting the community together and pushing for collaboration is of primary importance. And Frameboxx truly managed to do it well. Proof: At the end of it, every spectator was truly animated!
Long way to go Frameflixx!
Here is the complete list of award winners:
Frameflixx Animation Grand Challenger Award
Shakti Soni (Frameboxx Ghole Road)
Frameflixx Visual Effects Grand Challenger Award
Divyam Mehrotra - Image college of arts animation and technology, Chennai
Frameflixx Photography Grand Challenger Award
Prerit Ahuja (Frameboxx Bhopal)
The Frameflixx Design Grand Challenger
Rajinder Gurjor - Indore
Frameflixx Award for Best Live action - Category - student - Open
The Commonman - Same Team -by Krishna Kotian
The Frameflixx Award for Best Animation short Film Category - student - Open (Indian)
The Hunger - Vajra Pancharia - IIT Mumbai
The Frameflixx Award for Best Animation short Film Category - student - Open (International)
Inka Bola - Melody CISINSKI, Jacques JARCZYK - Gobelins
The Frameflixx Award for the best Pre-Production Demoreel
Ajay Kalwaniya - Frameboxx Chandigarh
The Frameflixx Award for the best Modeling & Texturing Demoreel
Saralarao.k - Frameboxx Malleswaram - Bangalore
The Frameflixx Award for best Lighting Demoreel
Shivkumar koli - Frameboxx Thane
For The Frameflixx Award for best Animation Demoreel
Aman Bhanot - Frameboxx Chandigarh
Frameflixx Award for best Visual Effects Demoreel
Nishant Teli - Frameboxx Andheri
Frameflixx Award for Live Action
Winner - Trickster - Frameboxx Andheri
First runner up: 2gether - Frameboxx Preet Vihar
Second runner up: "Last Option" - Frameboxx Kanpur & "Click" - Frameboxx Kamlanagar
Visual Effects Short Film
Winner: Error 303 - Frameboxx Borivali
First runner up: Ironbug - Frameboxx Kamlanagar
Second runner up: Event Horizon - Frameboxx Pitampura
Experimental Short film category
Winner: Magical Razor - Frameboxx Chandigarh
First runner up: Monsoon - Frameboxx Ghole Road
Second runner up: The Box - Frameboxx Ghole Road
The Frameflixx Platinum Achievers' Award
For an Individual for his Contribution to Animation & Visual Effects Industry
Merzin Tavaria, of Prime Focus.
For Best Visual Effects
Eyeqube Studios for Aladin
Frameflixx Award for The Best Animation Film
Frameflixx Award for "Best Story / Concept, in a 3D Animation film",
The Stamper - Frameboxx Ghole Road
Frameflixx Award for "Best CG Asset creation (Modeling and Texturing) in a 3D Animation film
1life - Frameboxx South Ext
Frameflixx Award for "Best Visual Appeal (lighting and cinematography) in a 3D Animation film
1 life - Frameboxx South Ext
Frameflixx Award for "Best Animation in a 3D Animation film",
The Stamper - Frameboxx Ghole Road
Frameflixx Award for "Best Sound Design in a 3D Animation film"
Tongue Twisters - Frameboxx Andheri
Best Animated film : "Viewers Choice Award for Best Animation short film student
Best Animation movie
Winner : Aquarius - Frameboxx South Ext
First runner up: 1 life - Frameboxx South Ext and Tongue Twisters - Frameboxx Andheri
Second runner up: The Stamper - Frameboxx Ghole Road
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