The Animation Society of India made its debut at the prestigious International Film Festival of India at Goa this year. TASI presented a variety of films including a retrospective of Indian animation, contemporary and upcoming feature animation films. Amongst its distinguished speakers were the maestros – Bhimsen and VG Samant. Ram Mohan who was also scheduled as part of the original troika could unfortunately not be present due to urgent commitments back home. The retrospective films attracted an interesting crowd to the hall. Films from yesteryears that shaped many a career were showcased bringing back pleasant memories to the seniors in the audience. The highpoint was an interaction with the Gurus where they shared lesser known facts about the history, making of, concepts and hardships they faced while making the films.
TASI also had a dedicated stall at the short film center that was graced by the presence of the Hon. Chief Minister of Goa Shri. Digambar Kamat who took a keen interest in the activities of the Society. He was particularly attracted by the Anifest India 2009 diaries on display. A TASI Mug and Anifest India diary were presented to him as mementos. The highpoint of the evening was a pixillation test conducted by Tony and Vaibhav. On day 1 of the festival we followed it up with a pixillation workshop with participation from members of the audience.
A collection of contemporary films was presented on day 3 and 4 by Prakash Moorthy.
Day 5 had Chetan Desai and Jai Natarajan from Maya Entertainment Ltd. presenting the making of Ramayan, The Epic.
On Day 6, Arnab Chaudhuri showcased his directorial debut Arjun, The Warrior Prince.
The last day had Chetan Sashital, the man behind the most popular voices in Indian Film & Television, present an interactive session on Voicing for Animation.
The TASI stall at the attracted a lot of attention from curious delegates who wanted to know more about the society’s activities and the Indian animation scenario in general.