India a major outsourcing hub for animated films

India a major outsourcing hub for animated films


The history of animation in India begins with the father of Indian cinema himself. In the early 1910s, Dadasaheb Phalke created a short stop-motion animation, capturing the growth of a pea plant. Since then, though it has been relatively underrepresented in the film industry, Indian animation has been kept alive by artists and filmmakers in forms as varied and creative as can be.

While India has become a major outsourcing hub for animated films from around the world, organizations like the Films Division of India and Children’s Film Society India, along with educational institutions and independent artists, have promoted the production and exhibition of social, political, experimental as well as purely story driven animations that are uniquely Indian in their aesthetic.

Through diverse means including publications, exhibits, talks, and of course film screenings, the festival is conceived to trace the lineage of Indian animation over the past hundred years, and to celebrate the work of its pioneers and custodians.
To draw parallels of its course the festival shall also reflect on our counterparts from Spain to understand the course of this journey. This will be accomplished by brief sessions of discussion and seminar, along with two brilliant movies offered by the Instituto Cervantes, New Delhi.

18th December
Friday, Day 1

5PM: Opening

●Film festival trailer [04m]
●Panel discussion with teachers and practitioners on India’s legacy and the future of animation featuring Shilpa Ranade and Vivekananda Ghatak.

Glimpses of Indian Animation (R. Swamy, 1997) [30m]

A Selection of films from Films Division

You Said It (Ram Mohan, 1972) [08m]
Connoisseur (R.R. Swamy, 1988) [03m]
The Thinker? (A.R. Sen, 1981) [9m]
The Balloon (B.R. Shendge, 1980) [07m]
Ek Anek Aur Ekta (Vijaya Mulay, 1974) [07m]
Abid (Pramod Pati, 1972) [05m]
Trip / Udaan (Pramod Pati, 1970) [04m]
This Our India (Pramod Pati, 1961) [08m]

19th December
Saturday, Day 2

Arrugas / Wrinkles (Ignacio Ferreras, 2011) [Spanish / 90m]

Student Film Screenings from Chitrakatha [60-70m] with introduction by Mr. Prakash Moorthy


Brief talk on current trends in the animation industry
Fisherwoman and Tuk Tuk (Suresh Eriyat, 2015) [15m]
Journey to Nagaland (Aditi Chitre, 2010) [26m]
Raju and I (Gayatri Rao, 2006) [30m]
Printed Rainbow (Gitanjali Rao, 2006) [15m]

20th December
Friday, Day 3

A Selection of films from Films Division

You Said It (Ram Mohan, 1972) [08m]
Connoisseur (R.R. Swamy, 1988) [03m]
The Thinker? (A.R. Sen, 1981) [9m]
The Balloon (B.R. Shendge, 1980) [07m]
Ek Anek Aur Ekta (Vijaya Mulay, 1974) [07m]
Abid (Pramod Pati, 1972) [05m]
Trip / Udaan (Pramod Pati, 1970) [04m]
This Our India (Pramod Pati, 1961) [08m]

4:30 PM
Chico Y Rita (Tono Errando, Javier Mariscal, Fernando Trueba, 2010) [87m] [Free Entry]


●A Selection of Films from CFSI

Closing Films
Manpasand (Dhvani Desai, 2007) [11m]
The World of Goopi and Bagha (Shilpa Ranade, 2013) [1h 19m]


1) Displays of storyboards, sketches and photographs from the career of Clair Weeks, a pioneer of Indian animation (material courtesy of

2) A simulation of the first animation film produced in India, a stop-motion animation produced by Dadasaheb Phalke that chronicled the blossoming of a pea-plant.

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