The KAVGC Summit is the annual business conference conducted by ABAI – the nodal trade body for the Animation, Video Games and Comics business in India.

Event Report

The KAVGC Summit held annually for the last 3 years with the support of the Government of Karnataka, continues to increase its focus on the business and industry of AVGC, aiming to provide a forum for knowledge sharing and improved connectivity among decision makers and stakeholders in the sector. The power packed audience will include senior Government officials, trade body representatives, CEOs, entrepreneurs and senior management. As usual, the event will feature the “Who’s Who” from the international AVGC world sharing their experience and expertise and making themselves available for those who want more from them.

KAVGC Summit 2013, was a two day event that was hosted by ABAI, and supported by the Dept. of IT, BT and S&T, Govt of Karnataka. The summit carried sessions by experts from the AVGC sector of India and abroad, and took networking to a truly global level.

Taking place on the 28th and 29th of August, at the Chancery Pavilion, the event was the third of its kind. This year the emphasis was on global networking and so, representatives from the Government, various Consulates, animators, VFX experts, comics, marketing experts and stalwarts changing the AVGC scenario, were involved with the event.

The two-day event was packed with talks by multiple speakers, panel discussions, specialised clinics and networking opportunities for all participants.

The first day of the event started off with the inaugural address by Mr. Biren Ghose, President, ABAI who gave everyone an insight into what the next two days had in store for them.

Following this was the address by the Mr.S.R. Patil Hon’ble Minister for IT, BT and S&T, Govt. of Karnataka who spoke about the dedication of the Government towards furthering this industry and how, through efforts like the KAVGC Policy, there was only more to look forward to, to build this symbiotic relationship.

Mr. I.S.N Prasad Principal Secretary, Department of IT, BT and S&T, Govt. Of Karnataka emphasised that the various opportunities and possibilities that would come out of the two days of the Summit should be exploited by the participants to the fullest .

Mr. Rajiv Chilaka, Founder, Green Gold Animation was awarded the “ABAI Leadership Excellence Award” for his contribution towards building India’s first iconic animation brand- ‘Chhota Bheem’. The events of the day commenced with the Keynote Address by Mr. Damien de Froberville (General Manager, DreamWorks Dedicated Unit, Technicolor, India.)

Panel Discussion – Day 1

VFX

Integration into global networks, the future challenges and opportunities in the AVGC field for India, in relation to Hollywood, and the development of VFX outsourcing. While the panel was moderated by Mr. Biren Ghose, panelists included Mr. Akhauri Sinha MD, MPC Bangalore, Mr. A.R. Seshaprasad Head of Digital Production, R&H Studios and Mr. Vamsi Ayyagiri Global Sales Director, Futureworks Media Ltd.

ANIMATION

This panel was moderated by Jai Natarajan CEO, Xentrix and comprised of Sean Feeney Executive Producer, Prime Focus World Animation, who touched upon building animation competencies in VFX studios, Taapas Chakravarti Chairman, DQ Entertainment, who discussed multi-window monetisation, and Owen Hurley, Creative Head, Technicolor Animation and Gaming, who shed light on western aesthetics with an Indian delivery.

Ankur Bhasin Director, Bhasinsoft, reflected on multi-platform approaches for SME’s and Jyotirmoy Saha CEO, August Media, spoke on ‘Leveraging Singapore : Government-Industry engagement model’.

OPPORTUNITIES IN CANADA'S DIGITAL ECONOMY

Setting the tone for global networking, this panel comprised of Kyle Nunas Consul and Senior Trade Commissioner, Canadian Trade Office, High Commission of Canada, who started the session by giving an overview of Canada’s animation and games sectors. The next panelist, Mr. Charles Gauthier Vice Consul and Senior Trade Commissioner, Quebec Office in Mumbai, gave an overview of the current scenario in Quebec.

This was followed by Ms. Mitali Bandekar Director, Business Development, Invest Quebec, who spoke about efforts to fund creativity and talent in Quebec. Concluding the session were Mr. Ajay Ramasubramaniam, Trade Advisor, International Marketing Center, Govt. of Ontario, who provided an economic profile of Ontario’s creative cluster, and Ms. Shukla Banerjee, Manager, Trade and Invest, British Columbia, who spoke about the intricacies of doing business with British Columbia, specifically the digital media sector.

DIGITAL CONTENT, COMICS AND THE FUTURE OF STORYTELLING

The final panel for the day was moderated by Sharad Devarajan Co-Founder & Chairman, Liquid Comics/ C-Founder & CEO, Graphic India, and had Kushal Ruja CEO, Amar Chitra Katha, Rudra Masta Founder, Rudra Matsa Entertainment and Prateek Thomas Co-Founder, Manta Ray Comics, discussing all things comic and drawing anecdotes from their own personal journeys in the field.

Panel Discussion – Day 2

TECHNOLOGY

This panel focused on the more technical aspects of the industry. With Vishal Dhupar Country Head- India, NVIDIA as the moderator, areas like motion capture, GPU in the VFX workflow, metal ray and render, shared infrastructure were touched upon.

Discussions by Thomas van Els Manager, Human Motion Asia, XSENS, Wil Braithwaite, Senior Applied Engineer, NVIDIA, R. Balasubramanian Nation Business Development Manager for Cloud Solutions, HP and Prem Moraes Lead Animation AE in APAC, Autodesk, were extremely informative and enlightening for the audience.

Also adding to the discussion was Jayanta Dey CTO-Global Media and Communication Business, WIPRO Technologies.

AVGC IN A GLOBALLY CONNECTED WORLD

Moderated by Greg Childs Director, The Children’s Media Foundation, UK, the panel had Charles Gautheir, Vice Consul and Senior Trade Commissioner, Quebec Office in Mumbai, Kyle Nunas, Consul and Senior Trade Commissioner, Mitali Bandekar, Director Business development at Invest Quebec, Eric Lavertu Consular General de France, French Consulate, Bangalore,and Tanaz Buhariwalla VP, Business Development, IDA Ireland discussing the possibilities and challenges of AVGC in the current globally aware scenario that the industry operated in.

ORIGINAL CONTENT DEVELOPMENT

The need for and constant challenges faced while creating original content were debated by this panel, moderated by Suresh Seetharaman, Founder, Liquid Comics, with Arnab Chaudhuri Director Content and Creative, Walt Disney Television International, India speaking about the importance of engaging local art and passion.

Manoj Menon Art Director, Technicolor, Animation and Gaming presented his views on engaging with Hollywood, and Sharda Balaji Founder, Novojuris spoke on how to create original content and the different measures that could be taken to protect and promote work.

EDUCATION

The final panel discussion tackled the educational system and the importance of introducing different learning approaches that would aid students transitioning into this industry.

Moderated by Adi Shayan, who also presented his Karnataka Case Study, the panel consisted of Hanif Mohammed, Founder, AIGA who discussed building quality in a niche way.

Dr. Ashish Kulkarni Co-Chair, FICCI Forum and Governing Council Member, FICCI MESC highlighted the MESC Initiatives for Skill Development while Anand Baid Founder, Native Puppets brought in the artist’s perspective. Dr. R. Kulkarni Director, Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath, College of Fine Arts spoke about supporting digital initiatives and Anirban Bhattacharya, Executive Coach, Founder and Director, The Painted Sky, spoke about the uniqueness and importance of art based learning approaches.

Clinics

The clinics were conducted over the course of the Summit and broadly discussed IP, Technology, Co-Production and Outsourcing and Pitching. Under the wide umbrella of these subjects, issues like patents, engaging talent, high performance computing, flexible infrastructure, do’s and don’ts in the fields of production and outsourcing, specialised marketing, and many more related topics were discussed with interested participants.

Special Address and Show &Tell

Apart from the panels and the clinics, two other noteworthy sessions were the special address by Rajiv Chilaka Founder, Green Gold Animation and the Show & Tell session by Arnab Chaudhuri, Director, Arjun-The Warrior Prince.

Rajiv Chilaka, who was felicitated at the event for his achievement in the field, reflected on the different challenges he had to face before Chhota Bheem became the household name it is today, and the journey ahead, in light of the resounding success of the series.

Arnab Chaudhuri took the audience through the experience of making ‘Arjun- The Warrior Prince’ and also stressed on the need for Indian animators to create content that had strong cultural rooting, so that it could hold its own in the global market.

The Summit saw experts in the field interact with each other, and also provided people looking to enter this field with a comprehensive insight, and a platform to network from.

Also announced at the event was the ABAI Fest, taking place later this year, along with the Train The Trainer and Digitalisation of Art Colleges initiatives, leaving everyone with a lot of exciting things to look forward in the near future.

The event was supported by KBITS, Wipro and HP.

The KAVGC Summit only looks like it’s going to get bigger and better in the coming years.

Biren Ghose

PRESIDENT, ABAI & COUNTRY HEAD, TECHNICOLOR INDIA

Spearheading ABAI's interface between government, industry and academia. Has established India as a primary hub for Technicolor’s foray in CG animation and has also developed India as a major center in MPC's ecosystem for VFX.

S R Patil

MINISTER FOR PLANNING AND STATISTICS, IT, BT, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY | BAGALKOT DISTRICT IN-CHARGE

Mr. S R Patil recently took charge as Karnataka's Minister for Planning & Statistics, IT, BT and S&T. In this short time, he has taken a keen interest in the working of ABAI and has been a constant source of encouragement and support for ABAI's activities.

ISN Prasad

PRINCIPAL SECRETARY TO GOVERNMENT, DEPARTMENT OF IT, BT AND S&T

Mr. ISN Prasad has been instrumental in providing strategic direction to execute the government's KAVGC policy. He has been proactively partnering with ABAI in pioneering projects which will help develop the talent eco-system. His vision and proactive approach has been a strong driving force in shaping the AVGC agenda in Karnataka and he also provides this leadership to the IT; Biotech and Science & Technology sectors

Rajiv Chilaka

FOUNDER, GREEN GOLD ANIMATION

Over the past Twelve years, Rajiv’s leadership and creative abilities took Green Gold from being a producer of one television movie to having produced over 300 episodes of animation content, 25 television movies and 2 theatrical movies. He also ensured that the company would setup its own Licensing & Merchandising Division, exclusive stores, and distribution network across India.

Greg Childs

EDITORIAL DIRECTOR, THE CHILDREN’S MEDIA CONFERENCE

Greg is the co-creator and Editorial Director of The Children’s Media Conference, now in its 11th year of operation, a Head of Studies at the German Akademie Für Kindermedien, and Director of the Children’s Media Foundation. Greg was made a Fellow of the RSA in 2010 in recognition of his contribution to children’s rights and culture.

Damien de Froberville

GENERAL MANAGER, DREAMWORKS DEDICATED UNIT, BANGALORE

Damien de Froberville has led entertainment organizations in North America, China and India. He has been managing large teams Involved in production of Games and both live action and animated features. He has been involved in organizations focused on creative content as service providers and IP creators.

Jai Natarajan

CEO, XENTRIX STUDIOS

As a CEO of a fast growing 3D animation studio in Bangalore, Jai has gained broad experience in art, technology, education and the business of animation. As a Technical Director at Industrial Light and Magic (ILM), he worked on major Hollywood films like ``Star Wars - The Phantom Menace``, ``The Perfect Storm``, “Wild Wild West” and ``Flubber”

Owen Hurley

CREATIVE HEAD, TECHNICOLOR

An impassioned storyteller, he brings with him experience leading teams in excess of 100 people and a Directorial focus on narrative.

Charles Gauthier

VICE-CONSUL AND SENIOR TRADE COMMISSIONER FOR INDIA, QUÉBEC OFFICE IN MUMBAI

Mr. Charles has been posted in India since July 2013. Prior to this posting, he has worked in international affairs for the Government of Québec since 1990 - as Benelux Desk Officer and New York Desk Officer in Montréal at the Ministry of Economic Development, Innovation and Exportations; as Commercial Attaché at the Québec Office in New York and as Director of Economic Affairs at the Québec Government Office in Los Angeles.

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