Bengaluru GAFX Conference (formerly known as ABAIFest)

2017 | 2016 | 2015

GAFX – India’s biggest Animation, Visual Effects, Gaming and Comics film festival held annually in Karnataka, India with the support of Government of Karnataka is a confluence of Indian and Global Digital art industry. The fest is an ideal platform for artists from various backgrounds across the globe to come together to celebrate the art of digital storytelling and exchange ideas.

Physics provides ideas and guidance, not rules: Alejandro Garcia
6:00 pm PDT 18/05/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

Based on the Troll dolls created by Thomas Dam, DreamWorks Animation released a musical romantic comedy adventure movie last year, Trolls which has been directed by Mike Mitchell and co-directed by Walt Dohrn. The characters in this movie were small in size and what was unique about them was their weird colourful hair. Alejandro Garcia who is a professor at San Jose State University, enlightened the attendees present at GAFX 2017 about how did they go about applying physics and … Read More


Karnataka based animation and VFX studios’ success stories
1:00 pm PDT 18/05/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

This year, we saw panel discussions taking place at GAFX 2017. Among the two panels was ‘Karnataka GAFX success stories’ where successful stories of the animation and VFX studios who are based in Karnataka were highlighted. The panellists included Thought Cloud Studio (TCS), director – business, Ganesh Pappana; MRT Studios, CEO, Naveen Kumar M; AUM Animation Studios, director, Vivek Bolar; Appu Series, head of marketing, Vishnu Saran; Videogyan, CEO, Vishal T. Moderating this panel was Technicolor, country head and ABAI, … Read More


Karnataka govt announces up to Rs 50 lakhs grants for original content creators
1:00 pm PDT 16/05/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

An exciting event came to an end with the elaborative closing ceremony of GAFX 2017 which was replete with stalwarts from various corners of the industry. The GAFX Festival 2017, which was formerly known as the ABAI Fest initiated on 12 May and after covering a comprehensive schedule of three days, came to an end on 14 May. The three days seem to pass in a jiffy as these were replete with workshops, competitions, presentations and panel discussions with veteran … Read More


Faraz Hameed unravels how previs became the visual backbone of ‘Doctor Strange’
7:00 pm PDT 14/05/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

Let’s be honest, Marvel’s Doctor Strange was arguably the most mind-bending movie of the recent times, at least visually. Replete with trippy, dimension-shifting visuals, Marvel was pretty successful in bringing about the essence of the comics to life in the feature, with great élan that is. However, it is pretty clear that in order to create a movie like this and to achieve what the makers have achieved, a lot of hard work and exhaustive research was required. One of … Read More


From comics to feature film, how Asterix was brought to life by Mikros Image
1:00 pm PDT 14/05/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

Released back in 2014, ‘Asterix & The Mansion of Gods’ had got fairly decent response from the critics and the public as well. It sold more than three million tickets in France and another three million worldwide in 34 countries where it was distributed. Another movie from the franchise is already in production. Mikros Image, executive producer and co-head of animation studio, Nicolas Trout took to the GAFX 2017 stage on the second day to give the attendees a glimpse … Read More


Attendees swarm to catch up on the making of ‘The Sword of Baahubali’
6:00 pm PDT 13/05/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

The second day of GAFX 2017 was dotted with talks and presentations from stalwarts all across. While almost all the sessions were met with equal importance, clearly, one session was the winner in terms of attendance and enthusiasm. Makuta VFX, co-founder, Pete Draper was present at the venue for a session displaying the VR property of the path-breaking franchise – S.S. Rajmouli’s magnum opus, Baahubali. The film shattered previous records becoming the first Indian feature to gross Rs 1000 crore … Read More


Masterclass with Sharon Calahan: Understanding ‘storytelling with light’ with the help of live-action movie stills
10:00 pm PDT 12/05/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

Day one of Bengaluru GAFX kick started today and it was a day full of workshops. Bengaluru’s  The Lalit Ashok’s Kalinga, Grand Ballroom and Lalit 1 and 2 halls were packed with students and professionals eager to soak-in all the knowledge being shared by the industry professionals. Many were waiting for Sharon Calahan’s ‘Storytelling with Light’ session and as the doors opened, the entire Kalinga hall got filled within minutes. Calahan has been a part of Pixar Animation studio since … Read More


GAFX 2017 Masterclass kicks-off with Steve Walker’s videogame character designing session
8:00 pm PDT 12/05/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

The 2017 edition of the GAFX festival kicked-off today at Bengaluru and as mentioned earlier, the first day was replete with Masterclasses and sessions. One of the sessions that we attended was that of Dhruva Interactive, art director, character art, Steve Walker. The Grand Ball Room of The Lalit Ashok soon was overflowing with an enthusiastic crowd for the inaugural session of the fest. The speaker had a rich experience in his field and it showed pretty well in his … Read More


Here’s the complete list of Talks and Presentations for GAFX 2017
5:00 pm PDT 12/05/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

As the second day of GAFX 2017 dawns upon us, here’s a list of Talks and Presentation sessions that are scheduled to take place: Making it Small: The Physics of Scale for DreamWorks Animation ‘Trolls’ by Alejandro Garcia From the Iron Giant to The Borrower Arrietty, creating scale in animation is a challenge faced by artists in all studio departments. This talk will present a wide variety of techniques, based on physics principles, for making characters seem very large or … Read More


Here’s the list for Workshops and Masterclasses at GAFX 2017
2:00 pm PDT 09/05/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

With just days to go before GAFX 2017 kicks-off in Bengaluru, here’s a quick list of all the Workshops and Masterclasses to help you plan your schedule. Day 1: Unity for Artists by Arvind Neelakantan This workshop will demonstrate the use of Unity’s new artist and animation tools that will be integrated directly into Unity’s editor without writing even one line of code. This workshop will primarily concentrate on three aspects of these tools. They will be using assets from an … Read More