Roadside Romeo (Yash Raj Films and Walt Disney and Tata Elxsi) has won the best Animated Feature Film award presented by Arena Animation and Cell18 . In its second year, ‘The Golden Cursor Animation Awards’ were graced by the presence of world renowned animation and gaming artists – Anthony Christov, Art Director for the Academy Award winning Wall-E and BAFTA winning Ian Livingstone, of Tomb Raider fame as the chief guests for the evening. Ninad Karpe, CEO & MD, Aptech Ltd, Anuj Kacker, Global Head – Arena Animation& Aptech, & Ravi Dighe, Sr. Vice President, Aptech Ltd., graced the occasion.
‘The Golden Cursor Animation Awards’ is an initiative honouring the best work in Indian Animation that has enthralled the world. In its first year ‘The Golden Cursor Animation Awards’ received an overwhelming response. The industry recognised them as a welcome initiative to recognise and encourage the outstanding work done by Indian Animators.
The momentum continued in the second year with entries pouring in for various categories. A highlight this year was the ‘Amateur Storytelling Contest’ that received more than 200 entries.
Anuj Kacker, Global Head, Arena Animation, said, “India is home to some of the world’s best creative talent that has produced work of global standards. At Arena Animation it has been our constant endeavor to nurture and refine that talent and give a platform to all those creative people to showcase their work to the global audience. Golden Cursor award is a manifestation of these efforts. ”
While commenting on the awards Neel Chowdhury, Vice President, Marketing, CNBC-TV18 and CNBC AWAAZ said, “Indian Animation industry has proved itself as being one of the best in the world. From being an outsourcing destination for animation it is increasingly being recognized for its creative contribution in the animation industry. These awards recognize the strides made by the creative professionals of the Indian Animation Industry and honour the best in the animation sector. The awards will also further spur the growth of the industry in India and empower the industry to its next level of growth.”
The winners of Golden Cursor Animation Awards were chosen after a comprehensive three-stage process that involved the Indian Animation Industry nominating some of their best work across 25 categories. Post that, a panel of experts short listed the top 3-5 nominees in every category and the same were presented to an eminent jury panel comprising of the animation industry’s most revered names, who short listed the entries based on the pre – determined parameters. The distinguished panel for the awards included Madhusudanan – Director and CEO-Geon Studios, Mr.Madhavan – CEO-Crest animation, Gitanjali Rao – Animation film maker, Yunus Bukhari – VFX Producer, Artery Animation & Fx, Ashish Kulkarni – CEO, Big Animation, Puneet Sharma – Technical Advisor, Arena Animation & Anand Gurnani – CEO, Animationxpress.com