Film-maker Ketan Mehta and Prof. Nina Sabnani to be honoured at Animation Masters Summit 2021

Trivandrum, April 28: Renowned film-maker, media entrepreneur and a pioneer for the Indian animation industry Ketan Mehta and pathbreaking artist, film-maker and art academic Prof. Nina Sabnani will be honoured at the 2021 edition of Animation Masters Summit. Organized by Toonz Media Group, the virtual Summit will be held from May 4 to 8, 2021, over the Zoom platform.

Prof. Nina Sabnani, who teaches at the IDC School of Design, at IIT Bombay, is one of the first women artists to foray into the field of animation in India. A brilliant visual story-teller and recipient of several national and international awards, she received the National Award for Best Animation Film for her film Hum Chitra Banate Hai. A Fulbright Fellow, Prof. Sabnani has also done extensive research in the areas of Folklore, Visual Ethnography, Participatory Film-making and learning pedagogies of traditional artists, among others. Author of several books on traditional art and design, Prof Sabnani has been acclaimed for her documentaries and short-films including The Stitches Speak (Tanko Bole Chhe), Baat Wahi Hai (It’s the Same Story) and Mukand and Riaz. In 2018 she received the lifetime achievement award (BLBA) for Illustration from Tata Trusts at the Tata Lit Live Festival at Mumbai. Her works have been showcased in exhibitions across the country, including the permanent exhibition ‘Discovery of India’ at the Nehru Centre, Mumbai. For her invaluable contributions to animation and other visual art forms, spanning over a career of more than two decades, Prof. Sabnani will be awarded the Legend of Indian Animation Award at Animation Masters Summit 2021.

Internationally acclaimed film-maker Ketan Mehta is best known for award-winning films like Bhavni Bhavai (Gujarati), Mirch Masala, Maya Memsab, Mangal Pandey, Holi and Sardar (all Hindi). Mr Mehta is also the founder of Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics, a leading visual arts academy in India, and Cosmos Maya Studios, one of the top animation studios in the country best known for popular animation IPs like Motu Patlu, Kisna, Vir- the robot boy, Een-Meena-Deeka, etc. Mr Mehta is a recipient of the French Government’s “The officer of the realm of Arts and Literature’ award. He will be awarded the Special Contribution to Indian Animation Industry Award for his overall contributions to the industry. Both the awards will be presented at the inaugural session of the Summit on May 4.

Every year at Animation Masters Summit we give away the Legend Award to a legendary animation master in recognition of their life-long contribution to Indian Animation. Prof Nina Sabnani is one of the most revered figures in Indian animation today. She is like a guru to all of us in the fraternity. As a pioneering woman animator, she is also an inspiration for hundreds of young women who aspire to join this industry,” said P. Jayakumar, CEO – Toonz Media Group.

Mr Ketan Mehta, who is being awarded the Special Contribution Award, has helped put the Indian animation community on the global map by founding one of the most successful animation studios in India. He also played a significant role in fostering new talent by establishing the Maya Academy,” Mr Jayakumar added.

The five-day Animation Masters Summit will include sessions by a galaxy of stalwarts from diverse fields of media and entertainment across the world. Legendary Indian film-maker Subhash Ghai will deliver the keynote address at the inaugural session of the Summit. Master sessions in the following days will be led by renowned artists and creators including legendary ad guru Rahul daCunha, best known for spearheading the Amul ad campaign, one of the longest running ad campaigns in the country. Academy Award-winning screenwriter Meg LeFauve (Inside Out, Captain Marvel, My Father’s Dragon), licensing and merchandising master and founder of brand management company ‘Dream Theatre’ Jiggy George, award-winning Hollywood music composer Vidjay Beerpoot (Anibo, The Little Vampire 3D, Triple Trouble) and noted animation director and producer Saraswathi Balgam who led the team of VFX and animation artists for projects like Life of Pi and The Chronicles of Narnia are the other masters leading sessions this time.

The theme for this edition of the Summit is Embracing Diversity: Finding beauty in our differences. The Summit will also have two panel discussions – one on the scope of animation in Education Technology (EdTech) and the another curated by Animation World Network (AWN) focussing on diversity in the kids entertainment industry.

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About AMS

Established in 1999, Animation Master Summit (previously known as “Week with the Masters”), is a not-for-profit event organized by Toonz Media Group that seeks to bring together the most distinguished figures in the field of entertainment.  It is the first significant animation industry event to be held in Asia. Each year, Toonz brings in experts and leading professionals working in animation from around the world to showcase their mastery of crafts. AMS also provides a platform for young artists seeking knowledge and inspiration to interact with the masters. Among the masters who have graced the previous editions of AMS are Academy Award and BAFTA nominee Rob Coleman, Academy Award nominee Bill Plympton, Academy Award Nominee and BAFTA winner Shekhar Kapur, Academy Award winner Resul Pookutty, Academy Award Winner Fabienne Rawley, Jean-Marie Olivier, Devdutt Pattanaik, Anjum Rajabali, Sabu Cyril, Ravi K. Chandran, Shantanu Moitra, etc.


About Toonz Media Group

Toonz is a 360-degree media powerhouse with over two decades of unparalleled experience and one of Asia’s most active animation production studios (over 10,000 minutes of 2D and CGI kids and family content per year). Toonz, having worked with many of the leading entertainment studios, channels and networks including Marvel, Nickelodeon, Turner, Disney, Netflix, Dreamworks, Lionsgate, 20th Century Fox, Paramount, Sony, Universal, BBC, Amazon, Google, Hulu, HBO and Exodus Film Group, has several animation and live action series and feature films to its credit.