March 13-2015
ZICA’s Aesthetics 2014-15: A grand success!

Aesthetics 2014-15, ZICA’s first ever National Student’s Meet was conducted on 27th & 28th February 2015. The event brought together all its students from across the nation under one roof and on a common platform for the very first time in ZICA’s history.

Aesthetics 2014-2015 gave students an opportunity to showcase their creativity via their independent films and awarding them on the same in various categories by the jury members. It was a hugely successful event with nearly 100 students who participated from all across India. There were 24 entries from 13 ZICA centers.

Set amidst the calm and peaceful greeneries of Karjat, the venue for this prestigious event was Mohili Meadows Resort. All the students reached the event by bus from Mumbai to Karjat.

On the day one the students had a whale of time as they explored the adventures at the resort and also engaged themselves with their fellow ZICAites from the other centres. The various adventure activities available for them were Zip line, Mud Fight, Sumo Wrestling, Rocket Ejection, Rifle shooting. In the evening, students enjoyed activities such as a Rain Dance and then a Bonfire Huddle which was filled with music and team engaging games like treasure hunt.

The second day started with the showcasing of student films. It was an exclusive opportunity for students to share their concept and vision on the basis of which they had prepared their short films. They also got to learn few things or more from the mentors of the various centres present during the screening.

The showstopper of the event was the Gala Awards night as the awards and cultural performances had the students exhilarated. The guest of honor was Mr. Subhajit Sarkar who has been one of the key persons in the Hollywood VFX & Animation industry since the last 12 years, having worked with major studios like Rhythm & Hues & Prime Focus. He has worked on some of the outstanding academy award winning films like Golden Compas, Alwin and the chipmunks, Life of Pi and many more. Students got an exclusive opportunity  to interact with Mr. Subhajit  as he shared his experience and guided  them how to build a good portfolio /showreel.

Apart from the buzz & excitement of winning the coveted Awards, the Awards night featured cultural performances by Students from Andheri and Banshankari. A tribute was paid to the Late Legendary Cartoonist, R.K Laxman. Mr. Chetal Gazdar, Head of VFX Dept. left the audience in splits by his hilarious stand-up comedy routine.

In all, Aesthetics 2014-15 was about creativity, power-packed talent, magnificent performances, entertaining acts- a complete package. At the end of the two days of fun, learning and creativity, students let their hair down and shook a leg to the tunes of the DJ; a fitting end to the event.

Following were the top three winners of the event:-

1st Prize winner – ZICA Jaipur

2nd Prize winner – ZICA Indore

3rd Prize winner – ZICA Andheri

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