India’s most comprehensive VFX Awards ceremony to take place on 20 February

Aiming to be a platform for though-leadership, industry connectivity, emerging technologies and followed by the honouring of excellence in the VFX ecosystem, AnimationXpress is bringing VAM Awards, slated to take place on 20 February 2021.

VAM Awards, India’s first premier and most comprehensive awards, is a part of an initiative to showcase and reward excellence in the VFX sphere in India. The event is co-powered by Unreal Engine, WorkDeer and Autodesk are the session partners, disguise is the technology partner, SpeedGaze is the award fulfillment partner, ICE Studios is the innovation partner and Huion is the support partner.

With jury members hailing – both from India and abroad – giving their verdict, the event will see a powerful line-up starting with Jellyfish Pictures CEO Phil Dobree’s keynote surrounding VFX in the post-pandemic age.

Dobree will be providing insight into the future of visual effects and animation studios in a post Covid-19 world. Having pioneered the adoption of virtual studios, using the cloud and technologies such as Teradici’s PCoIP to create one of the most scalable and flexible studios in the world, Phil will talk about the benefits of a blended studio. The blended way of working sees facilities harnessing the power, security and agility of cloud and virtual technologies, enabling a global reach to talent, and the ability to take on the best projects, without having to commit to costly on-prem hardware or physical studio space. Dobree will take you on Jellyfish’s journey and demonstrate how the way they work has changed forever.

It will be followed by an exclusive presentation and discussion by Autodesk India & SAARC technical solutions specialist M & E Samit Shetty, Futureworks Media pipelines specialist Siddharth Basu and Futureworks Media founder & CEO Gaurav Gupta.

The day will also be graced by Digital Domain 3.0 VFX producer Praveen Kilaru and VFX producer Suresh Guttula who will dive into some of the most challenging shots and the techniques that were deployed to create the imagery.

SpeedGaze CEO Upen Desai will also be presenting about his company.

With an elite round-up of some of the best minds of the VFX industry, the VAM Awards will see a definitive interaction amongst all the advisory committee members who helped weave together this VFX extravaganza. They will be seen discussing “Indian VFX Industry: Vision 2025”.

VFX professionals will also reflect on trends and developments in every aspect of the business and technology associated with the highlighted projects.

The attendees will include industry trailblazers, thought-leaders, academicians, filmmakers and VFX professionals and every other stakeholder in the value chain who will witness the honouring of the best imagery in the effects industry.

The ceremony will see winners representing the entire spectrum of motion pictures domain ranging from VFX-heavy OTT premium originals to commercials to shorts to movies and more along with an exploration of ways to inspire the young generation to follow in the footsteps of the award-winners.

The growing phantasmagoria of VFX-generated fictional worlds and virtual production is testament to the fact that the Indian VFX and animation market is on the rise and it is about time to highlight their achievements and rewards their artistry.

The VAM awards or Vammies is set to be a benchmark event, emerging as the beacon for the visual effects industry with a vision to highlight the best practices and inspire the next generation of artists.