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Anifest India 2018

Anifest India is not only India’s oldest and largest animation festival but also the most loved and popular one. This year The Animation Society of India celebrates the 14th edition of the festival and everyone’s invited!


The USP of TASI events is the specifically curated content. As is the case every year, we are hard at work selecting and shortlisting specific sessions that can add real value to the artists and attendees of the festival. We invite you to send in your suggestions and recommendations for sessions that you would like to see at this years edition. Write in to us at info(at)tasionline(dot)org and we’ll definitely try to accommodate the sessions that get the maximum requests.


After a 2 year hiatus, the TVCA is back by popular demand. A call for entries has been announced. This year we have a unique addition with the announcement of the Annual BET (Bhimsain Emerging Talent) Award that carries a cash prize as well. For more details on the TVCA as well as BET click here

PLEASE NOTE: If you are NOT a TASI Member, but want to attend Anifest India 2018, first become a TASI Member.

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Sign up for Professional Annual Membership or Professional Half-yearly Membership or Life Membership

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What do you get as a TASI member?

  • FREE entry to 2 days of Anifest India 2018
  • FREE access to sessions conducted by TASI + discounted rates for select workshops, during the validity of your membership. For details check out Past Events and Join TASI
  • Please note: Membership fee does not include cost of food/snacks at events.

BET Award Trophy Contest

In loving memory of late Shri Bhimsain Khurana, his family, in association with TASI, has formally instituted an award in the name of this Indian animation pioneer. Aptly christened as the BET (Bhimsain Emerging Talent) award, from 2018, it will be presented every year to a young and upcoming artist.

For this inaugural year, we have announced a BET trophy design competition.

The design should embody the pioneering efforts of BHIMSAIN and capture the essence of his contribution to the Indian Animation industry.

LAST DATE for submissions: October 10, 2018


With these strong, recognisable visual motifs, the trophy design can embody a simple, yet resonating form.

BET Trophy design contest – submission guidelines:

  • Submissions can be sent online to info(at)climbmedia(dot)com on or before the last date mentioned above.
  • Submit the final design with a full color finished rendition of the look in 300 dpi digital image format of minimum A4 size – jpg/png/tiff/pdf (any one).
  • Submit a note (not more than 100 words) describing your idea clearly.
  • Mention the material for construction of the trophy – glass/metal/stone etc., and/or combination thereof. There is no restriction on the material to be used.
  • Clearly mention the proposed dimensions on the design.
  • Also submit finished full color front, side and 3 qtr views of the design.
  • You may use any medium – manual / digital /cgi to create the design.
  • A select panel of eminent artists including members of the immediate family, will decide the winner of this competition. Decision of this jury shall be final and binding on all.
  • The winning artist shall be awarded a non-transferable LIFE MEMBERSHIP of TASI, granting FREE access to ALL TASI events across the country.
  • Rights of the selected design and finished trophy shall rest with the Khurana family.
  • There is NO submission fee for this contest.
  • You may submit as many designs as you like, each design shall be accompanied by its respective description and in the format specified above.
  • The winner shall be felicitated during Anifest India 2018.

A Tribute to Bhimsain followed by Concept Art with Nikhil Shinde

Date: 26th May 2018
Time: 10am to 5pm
Venue: Whistling Woods International, Film City Complex, Goregaon East, Mumbai
Session 1 – Kireet Khurana
Session 2 – Nikhil Shinde


We all gathered at the sprawling Whistling Woods campus under TASI’s banner to pay homage to Bhimsain -a legend of Indian Animation- by holding a retrospective of his films.

Son Kireet Khurana gently reminisced and took the audience thru a rollercoaster ride of the struggles and passions of Bhimsain through those good old days of Film Division’s, Cartoon Film Unit. Films like, The Climb that won him the prestigious Silver Hugo at the Chicago Film Festival followed by the classic – Ek Anek aur Ekta – with its iconic title song ek titli, anek titliyaan, that cracked open the thirst for animation for many wild aspirants like us in our formative years, to take it up as a career!

Munni -a horizontal multi-plane breakthrough of those days, The Fire and what it took to composite live action and time-lapse footage with hand-drawn hand-painted acetates under the huge cameras. Also the grit it took to bring to the nation this art-form, with trials and errors, no line testing or compositing softwares to preview, counting on focused judgment and literally shooting in the dark and awaiting the results after the processed film arrives from the lab.

Luminaries like Mr. Subash Ghai spoke highly of Bhimsain and his obsession for the craft. The session ended with a slew of announcements, The Bhimsain Scholarship @ WWIL  for deserving and meritorius students of the institute for a total amount of Rs. 3 Lakhs in his honor to promote budding animators.

The Khurana family in association with TASI, announced The Bhimsain Emerging Talent (BET) award with a cash prize of Rs. 1 Lakh and The BET trophy design competition.

The best eulogy that summed it up was by Mrs. Bhimsain Khurana – a real tribute to a lifelong comradery and bond she nurtured with her better half. We could feel our throats choke as her voice gently broke down in an outpour of devotion to a life well lived, on his terms and with his own design.

The post lunch session showcased the lovely work of an upcoming and superbly talented artist – Nikhil Shinde. He took the audience through a detailed illustration of his approach to his digital paintings. Many an experienced artist in the audience learned a host of useful tips and tricks that give Nikhil’s work that unique look and style. Be it a 2d or 3d look, he emphasised the need to break free from the clutches of tools and software. A truly gifted artist, his humility and soft demeanour do an excellent job of hiding the raging passion that lies beneath.

Contributed by Gayatri Rao and Ranjit Singh


10am to 1pm – Session 1

10:00 – 10:30 Registration
10:30 – 10:40 Brief Introduction by TASI, followed by Kireet Khurana
10:40 – 10:43 “Meet Bhimsain” Audio visual presentation
10:43 – 11:05 Mr. Subhash Ghai – Announcement of Bhimsain Scholarship
11.05 – 12:45 Bhimsain Animation retrospective
The Climb (1 min)
Kahani Har Zamane Ki (9.21 mins)
Mehmaan (8 mins)
Business is People (8.17 mins)
Munni (9.14 mins)
The Fire (9.5 mins)
Ek Anek aur Ekta (7.06 mins)
Mahagiri (5 mins)
“O” (5 mins)
Locked (5 mins)
The Prince and the Magician (7 mins)
12:45 – 13:00 Bhimsain Emerging Talent award audio visual presentation
Announcement of Trophy Design Competition… click here for details

1pm to 2pm –

  • Lunch Break

2pm to 5pm – Session 2

  • A session on Concept Art Development with Nikhil Shinde

A Tribute to A Legend – Bhimsain Khurana


Considered as India’s animation pioneer and avant-garde film maker, Bhimsain was one of the pioneers of parallel cinema movement in India of the 70s.

Born in Multan (now Pakistan) in 1936, Bhimsain moved to Lucknow after the partition. Belonging to family of artists, he gravitated to arts and music early, studying fine arts and learning classical music which held him in good stead throughout his life. In 1961, Bhimsain moved to Mumbai after he secured a job at the monolith Films Division as background-painter. It is here that he learned the art and craft of animation film-making.

In 1971, he became independent. His first animation short film “The Climb” won him the prestigious “Silver Hugo award” at the Chicago Film Festival. He christened his company Climb Films (now Climb Media) after the film’s success. Since then there has been no looking back. “Ek Anek Ekta” (1974) is considered India’s most popular animation short film. This was followed by path breaking feature films “Gharaonda” (1977) & “Dooriyaan” (1979) and many TV series and documentaries bringing him accolades and awards galore.

Bhimsain has an unprecedented 16 President’s National awards, several International awards and lifetime contribution awards by leading institutes and organizations.

The Animation Society of India is deeply saddened by the loss of our great stalwart. We shall always cherish the memories of our interactions with you. This tribute is a small token of our love and appreciation for your guidance, encouragement and pathbreaking work that showed the way to many young artists. Rest in peace.

For more information about Bhimsain and his work visit his website.



Shortlisted films will be announced on the TASI website 15 days before the festival 


Back by popular demand, TASI is happy to announce TVCA 2018

Send your short animated films to India’s premiere animation awards. All entries received are previewed by a panel of eminent industry professionals at a special screening where the jury shortlists films for the final competition.

The shortlisted films are screened at the festival for voting by the audience. Votes are counted on the spot and the entry receiving the most votes is declared the winner for that category.

In case of a tie, one winner per category will be decided by members of TASI managing committee.

TVCA 2015Categories:
1. Student films (S): Animation films produced / directed by students
2. Independent Professional short films (I): Animation short films produced / directed by professionals
3. Commissioned films (C): Animated ad films, promos, packaging, music videos, public service films

Maximum duration of films: 10 mins (Films of longer duration will not be considered for the competition)

Submission Details
Offline Format:
DVD (.VOB format)
Online Format: .MOV / .AVI  / .MPEG / .MP4
(Full HD / 720p / H.264 compression)

Last Date for entries: OCT 10, 2018

Send DVD entries to:
The Animation Society of India
c/o 2NZ Animation / Climb Media Pvt. Ltd.,
287, Surbala, 1st floor, S.V. Road, Bandra (west), Mumbai, Maharashtra 400050

Send entries via online file transfer (e.g WeTransfer) to:
tehzeeb (at) climb media (dot) com
TVCA 2018 – <mention category – S / I / C >
(please ensure all accompanying documents are uploaded with the films)
Please note: You can send a download link to the above email address. Ensure that the accompanying documents outlined below are also sent with the film. Submissions without documents will not be considered.

Submission Fee: Free

Validity of Films: Only films made after Aug 1, 2017 are eligible

Rules and Regulations:
• Each film MUST be accompanied by its respective entry form duly filled. Entries with incomplete forms will be immediately disqualified. Download form here.
• Films sent as entries will be added to the TASI archives.
• TASI reserves the right to use any/all of the entries for its promotional activities.
• Students have to provide a letter from their institute certifying validity of film(s) for student category.
• TASI reserves the right to accept/reject entries at its discretion.
• The Viewer’s Choice Award consists of 1 single trophy per category.
• In case of a tie, one winner per category will be decided by members of TASI managing committee.
• Each physical entry to be submitted on a separate DVD.
• Each online entry to be submitted as a separate file.
• Submission can be under any 1 category only.
• Entry must be a standalone film, clip or sequence. Campaigns and episodic series will NOT be considered.
• In case of episodic series, each episode may be submitted as a standalone entry.
• The prizes have to be collected from TASI by the winners within 30 days from Anifest India 2018, failing which TASI reserves the right to award the winnings to the next best film. All applicable taxes, levies, transportation and other costs to be borne by the respective awardees.
• Decision of the society regarding any/all of the above will be final and binding on all parties without prejudice

BET Award

If you wish to also apply for consideration to the BET award:

  • Please follow this link for ADDITIONAL criteria.

Send your queries to: