Bengaluru to host India’s largest conference for Animation, Games & VFX industry

Government of Karnataka will organize a three-day animation, games and visual effects conference in Bengaluru in a move to offer global platform to students, artists and professionals. The Department of IT, BT and ST of Government of Karnataka has announced the launch of the Bengaluru GAFX Conference 2017 from May 12 to 14 at Hotel Lalit Ashok.


The conference will have workshops, master classes, talks, presentations, screenings of some of the popular and best content from all across the world, live marathon, artistic competitions and technical hackathons. Bengaluru GAFX will also hold virtual reality demo and experience zones, job and career fair and education symposium.


As part of the event, internationally acclaimed animation films including Academy award nominated ones will be screened and many of them will be premiered in Indian during the event.At Bengaluru GAFX, global experts in the areas of story, production design, cinematography, character animation and physics and mathematics will speak. Leaders popular studios and production houses such as Pixar Animation Studios, Walt Disney Animation Studios, DreamWorks Animation, Double Negative, The Third Floor, MPC, Ubisoft will take part and talk about projects across all formats including virtual reality and 360 films.


Unveiling the logo and website of Bengaluru GAFX Conference 2017, honourable Chief Minister of Karnataka, Siddaramaiah said: “I welcome to studio leaders, professionals, students, academia and technology partners to experience the vibrancy at Bengaluru GAFX and Bengaluru International Festival and experience the vibrancy. If you have anything to do with Animation, VFX and Games, you ought to be in Bengaluru, it where the action is. I urge every studio leader to consider opening up a studio in the city and I assure you that you will have the best all-round support to run your productions out of the science and technology capital of India.”


The Karnataka Government has taken an array of steps to support this industry and the eco-system as a whole. The key step amongst them is a new policy for this sector and it will be announced shortly.


The State Government will offer an array of benefits through the policy:


  1. a) Up to Rs 50 lakh fund support to IP creation through Idea to Proof of Concept Model,

  2. b) Production incentives to attract international and domestic work,
  3. c) Skill development starting from beginner to super specialized programmes,
  4. d) Marketing, business development & exposure support,
  5. e) Infrastructure development like creating digital media city and post production lab,
  6. f) Conducting world-class events.


Notably, Karnataka Government has a very successful Digital Arts Center Program (DAC) for the beginners now in its third year. It has supported 7 Fine Arts Colleges with Digital Labs, Curriculum and Train the Trainer programmes for 3 years and 11 more colleges have been enrolled for next phase.


Highlighting Bengaluru’s identity on the global map of animation and visual effect, State IT, BT and ST Minister Priyank Kharge said: “Bengaluru has every potential to offer an international platform for animation, visual effect and gaming industry. The objective of this event is to give professionals, artists and students from all over India access to quality content and bringing renowned speakers at an affordable price.”


Bengaluru has a conducive eco-system for such industries with contribution on great visual effect works on The Jungle Book, which won the Oscar for the best visual effects, and some of the best feature animation production in the Asia region Penguins of Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda 3, Trolls etc. The city also contributes majorly to research & development across hardware, tools, pipeline in animation technology, VFX and Games.

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