It is due to the creative vision and passion of our respected Chairperson, Dr Amita Chauhan , that the Animation Club was initiated in Amity International School, Saket six years back when hardly anyone had heard of it. It is a matter of great pride for our country and the school that the animation films have been deeply appreciated by the International Forum and AAA ( Atelier de cinema d’ animation d’ annecy et de haute-savoie) invited four students of our school to the Annecy Film Festival as young Jury members.
Every year for the last 45 years France has been hosting the International Animation Film Festival in which the world’s best animation films in all the languages are showcased in front of a panel of jury members and connoisseurs of animation films.
This year, the festival from 09 June to 14 June 2008 in Annecy, France had its theme "INDIA". It is a matter of pride and honour that 4 Indian children animators from Amity International School walked the red carpet as members of the elite jury panel. They were accompanied by Mr Nitin Donde, School Animation Teacher and Ms Jyoti Arora, Resource Centre Coordinator, All Amity Schools. They attended several official programmes presented during the festival and choose prize winners for short film and graduation film category.
The 4 young animators - Shaurya Athley, Akshath Sharma, Ruhi Khosla and Lakshaye Singh joined with 4 children from AAA ( Atelier de cinema d’ animation d’ annecy et de haute-savoie ), namely Maroussia Humbert, Leo Grimaud , Thibault Comte and Yan Song Le Van Ho were the official jury members of the festival which also commemorated 100 years of animation this year. They awarded two prizes in the official selection , presented at the closing ceremony.
This unique opportunity to be the jurors at the festival was a life time experience which not only enabled the youngsters to interact with the well known animators like Doug Sweetland ,Matt Groening,Ram Mohan,David Silverman,Michel Orcellot etc. but also helped them to capture the diverse ambition and richness of this progressive industry which will take the world by storm in the next couple of years. Children also learnt many new tricks like flip book,sand animation cereal animation, pin board animation etc.
Staying of the students with the French families --- the Humbert family , Le van Ho family and Grimaud family was another pleasurable experience which made them realise the uniqueness of the French culture.
Every day the students had a watertight agenda—Watching films, meeting delegates from different countries, visiting French Schools , learning different techniques of animations, attending press conferences etc.Watching and judging around 100 films in diverse languages and being at the centre stage not only made the young Amitians feel important but also infused them with pride.
The final moment of being on stage in a traditional Indian costume and announcing the best short film was a golden moment which they would cherish throughout their life.
Ms Jyoti Arora, meet the Directors of some French schools in Annecy and the world famous Les Gobelins Animation School in Paris to work out Indo-French Educational Exchange programmes. Design plans to organize an International Animation Festival for Children next year by Amity Schools were also the focus of the meetings.