For the first time in the history of India, four students from India and that too from Amity International Schools would be a part of the jury for International Animated Film Festival to be held in Annency, France from June 9 - June 14, 2008 along with 4 other French students.
The four young animators- Lakshaye Singh (AIS, Sector-44, Gurgaon), Ruhi Khosla (AIS, Saket), Shaurya Athley (AIS, Noida) and Akshath Sharma ( AIS, Pushp Vihar) are chosen by the members of ASIFA (Association International du Film d'' Animation- International Animated Film Association ) on the basis of the extra- ordinary creativity and exemplary animated films they have been making under Amity Animation Club.
The students from Amity will share the dias with eminent and veteran directors from all over the world such as John CANEMAKER- Director and historian, United States; Stephan-Flint MÜLLER -Director, Germany; Zbigniew RYBCZYNSKI- Director, Poland; Richard WILLIAMS- Director, Great Britain and many more to adjudge the competition
During a press interaction with the prodigies, Dr. (Mrs.) Amita Chauhan- Chairperson, Amity International Schools lauded the path breaking effort by young animators and Mrs. Bharti Sharma- Principal of Amity International School, Saket who initiated Amity Animation Club in 2002. Commenting on the lack of child centric programmes in India with respect to USA she said that in USA 30% of all programmes are reserved for child centric themes but unfortunately, in India there is no such provision. Talking about the stupendous works done by Amity Animators, she said that although their capability and talent is tapped, yet, there is a need to nurture and cultivate that talent at national level which can be done if these films are broadcast at the national level. She called upon the Government and Media to come forward and extend their support in this area. She also announced that Amity will soon establish three "Digital Heritage Labs" which would facilitate editing of the animation films thereby bolstering up the animation industry in India.
Mr. Nitin Donde, the animation teacher and an eminent Professor of animation at IIT, Delhi expressed his gratitude to Amity for being the pioneer in setting up Amity Animation Club which aims to promote art, culture and heritage amongst the students. Amity Group is the only school in India which has included animation in the main curricula as a part of SUPW thereby giving a boost to animation production in India. Talking about the talent pool in Amity Schools, he outlined the efforts of the young animators who at such an early age have over 30 animation films to their credit including " Cheeku goes to School", " The smelly shoes", "The flying tree", " The flying dog", " Mysterious creature", " The Plutonians", " Gastronomy", "Cruel Master" and many more.
About Amity Animation Club
Amity Animation Club was started in 2002 with only 6 students at Amity International School, Saket but has trained over 1000 students from all Amity International Schools. He has been with the Club since its inception and has been instrumental in chiseling the students and teaching them the nuances of animation. The students in the club are taught "East European" or "Classical Walt Disney" style of animation. The club provides a rich exposure to the young animators. Amity students were extended a special invitation during "South East Asian Conference in story telling" in which their animation films were screened and they demonstrated the art of film production.
Akshath Sharma, the 13 year old genius animator, has been learning animation for past 4 years. He is adept in creating monsters and gory ninja fighters.
Ruhi Khosla is 14 years old and has been learning animation for past two years. She has a sound understanding of the concepts of a