Animela Festival

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A cinematic journey with our curated selection of 90+ global animated feature films and award-winning short films.

Animation Events:

  • Opening Film: Sultana’s Dream
  • Anime Premiere: The Concierge at Hokkyoku Department Store
  • World Premiere: Lucky Dog (Indian short)
  • International film Premieres: The Peasants, Unicorn Wars, Slide and more…
  • Work in Progress: 2D Indian animation feature film Heirloom

VFX Specials:

  • Behind the scene of Blockbusters:  Baahubali and  RRR by Srinivas Mohan & Shobu Yarlagadda
  • Work in Progress: Chhota Bheem from Animation to Live Action

Experiential Zone

An immersive space featuring gaming booths, VR/AR experiences, comic showcases, and meet-and-greets with artists and game developers.

  • 360-Degree Immersive Dome Theatre: 25 Films across various environments with Indian & International collaborations 
  • VR Films360-degree experience of Kumbh Mela & a  WIP short cinematic virtual reality thriller film – The Prey
  • Interactive VR experience: Short story played using  mouse clicks and eye blinks
  • PlayStation Booth: Best of titles and games! 
  • VR Reality Aircraft Simulator 
  • Jambudweep a meditative 360 degree VR flying experience into the middle realm of cosmology
  • Immersive app based 3D Video game Rokeya Museum 
  • AR boards at different points covering historically defining Indian Animation films and game trailers
  • Indie Comix Fest curated exhibition and interactions with  35+ creators and artists

Knowledge Sharing

A hub for learning and interaction, with 20+ sessions, including workshops and masterclasses led by industry experts in Animation, VFX, Gaming, Comics, and XR.

  • AniMela-International MIFA Campus Workshop and Pitch event
  • VFX sessions: Making of RRR and Baahubali
  • Game Design Workshop
  • Masterclass: Oscar-nominated filmmaker Lachlan Pendragon
  • Masterclasses: IMC mentors – writer Johanna Goldschmidt & director Reza Riahi
  • Job security in the GenAI era with Nvidia
  • A kaleidoscope of Extended Reality with AR, VR, Metaverse etc
  • Publishing Comic books in India
  • An ask-me-anything session on Education & career pathways in AVGC
  • Distribution and Film Market
  • Strategies for securing Intellectual Property Rights 
  • Comic to screen with prominent publishers

Professional Networking

A vibrant platform for Indian IPs, aimed at promoting young, emerging talent to take their stories to the world. It functions as a nexus for establishing connections, fostering collaborations, and presenting ideas to prospective investors.

  • By-invite Networking: Opening, MIFA Pitch & Closing Dinner  
  • Distribution of animation in India : Closed door session with local & International Producers, Distributors & Filmmakers
  • Exclusive Networking Lounge
  • Lunch with AniMela & Annecy team with Prithul Kumar – Jt. Secretary ministry of Information & broadcasting, Govt of India
  • IMC Pitch attended by prominent local & International Producers, Distributors & Filmmakers – Ashutosh Gowariker, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Miyu Distribution (France) etc.
  • International guests visit of Animation Studios & International Institutes
  • Government officials interact with International & local Industry Leaders – Vikas Kharge, Principal Secretary to CM, Govt. of MH, Aseem Gupta, Principal Secretary, Urban Development, Govt. Of Maha
  • Film Industry Dinner hosted by Aarti & Kailash Surendranath for AniMela’s International & Indian guests