Deputy chief minister and minister for IT/BT department Dr G Parameshwara said Karnataka is one of the first states to give prominence to animation and gaming, which has helped in creating jobs in this emerging sector.
Delivering the valedictory address at the three-day Bengaluru GAFX 2019 on Sunday, he said experts were looking at Bengaluru as the Creative and Animation Capital of India with labs of companies like Dreamworks, Technicolor, Zynga, MPC, Mr X and many others investing in Bengaluru’s AVGC sector.
He expressed confidence that the Centre of Excellence for AVGC will nurture small, medium as well as independent studios to produce work of global standard.
“The Government of Karnataka encourages students of creative arts and creators to come forward with their IPs. This is the way forward to lead the industry,” he said.
The one-of-a-kind global event identified and provided a global platform to talents and also attracted industry veterans, professionals, students, academia, technology partners, animation, VFX and games studios and production houses and generate jobs.
Experts from all over the world including Avrill Stark, Sheila de Courcy, Pete Draper, Axel Bonami, Avneet Kaur, Munjal Shroff showcased the work of AVGC industry both nationally and globally.
Bengaluru GAFX 2019 and Secretary, ABAI, B S Srinivas said, the conference had successfully brought together greatest minds of the AVGC industry and provided an incredible platform to students and professionals alike. GAFX has been a bridge to connect B2B and students with mentors.
Biren Ghose, president, ABAI, applauded the enthusiasm of participants and foresaw a brilliant future for AVGC industry in Bengaluru.
Gaurav Gupta, Karnataka Principal Secretary, Department of Information Technology, Biotechnology and Science & Technology said the government was the first to introduce the AVGC policy under the ITBT department.
“This has paved the path for artist collaborations, B2B and flourishing academia. We aim to provide support in every form to take the industry ahead,’’ he said.
The winners of GAFX Art Animathon 2019, Asia’s biggest art and animation competition were announced at the valedictory ceremony.
The premiere competition had eight categories to compete for with a cash prize of Rs 8 lakh. The winners of ‘Kalayodha-2019,’ a contest exclusively for all digital art centres across Karnataka too were announced on the occasion.―Daijiworld