Animation Journalist, Writer & Creative Entrepreneur
Anand Gurnani is best known for his work as an animation journalist and for his hyper networking and guerilla marketing skills with which he built his company animationxpress.com, to become the undisputed leader in animation industry information for India and South Asia.
He has won 5 President’s National Awards and 3 International Awards including Japan and Austria. Won 15 Awards in various festivals in India and abroad. He is a Conceptualiser, Director & Co-writer for India’s 1st live-action & 3D animation combo feature film Toonpur ka Superrhero starring Ajay Devgn & Kajol, Produced by Eros International & Big Screen Entertainer released with very good audience & critics’ response on Dec 2010. He has Directed award-winning shorts on Child Rights for National Film Board of Canada co-produced with UNICEF for prestigious ‘Rights From The Heart’ series. He is the Creator, Director and Screenplay Writer for the Award-Winning animation series- ‘Adventures of Chhota Birbal’ which was aired on Cartoon Network (2002). Chhota Birbal has the distinction of being the 1st Indian animated character to be licensed. He is the Co-Director & EP for live-action feature film ‘Laadli’ (Children’s Film Society India, 2002) He is the CEO & Creative Head, of Climb Media (I) Pvt. Ltd. (2nz Animation Co.) and have executed 400+ Ad Films for 90+ leading brands including Birla, Coke, Pepsico, Kellogg, Unilever, Nestle, & Ad agencies JWT, O&M, Lowe, Saatchi, BBDO, Mudra etc.
Project Head and Creative Director at Crest Animation Studios.
I started my creative career in 1997,learned Arts and 3d animation from an
I have a deep interest in the visual arts, and the philosophy of science and cultures. I am committed to bringing the media to common people; to develop an interdisciplinary appreciation of audio-visual, moving-image media including film, television and theatre to various sections of the Indian society, such as students, women, teachers professionals in urban and rural areas. I am also passionately involved in nurturing and creating new young professionals for film, television and theatre.
Writer, Designer & Director, Chetan Sharma is an award winning animator and co-founder & director of Animagic, one of India’s most reputed independent animation studios.
A self taught artist, he started in animation at the age of 15 and has become one of India’s champions of 2d animation. His studios commitment to making original content has given Indian animation some of its finest and most diverse award winning films.Recipient of the 2005 National Award as Best Animator from the President A.P.J.Abdul Kalam for his work in the acclaimed short film “Raju & I” (2003), winner of 15 National & International Awards including the Unicef Campania Regiona Prize at Cartoons by the bay,Italy, the Alan Fortunoff Foundation Humanitarian Award at the Long Island Film Festival, ASIFA India’s Award of Excellence 2004, the Audience choice- Best short film Award at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA), 2005.His work on the design & storyboarding of the Cannes Silver winning Happydent & Xbox 360 TV Commercials and Bollywood Feature Films: Mission Kashmir (2000)and Eklavya (2007,India’s official entry to the Academy awards 2007) for which he also designed and animated a 3 min long Title/prologue sequence has been acclaimed widely.
He has illustrated over a dozen children’s books the most popular being those for ‘Karadi Tales’ series which won the coveted Parents choice award
Tripura, his first feature length film has won the Best feature award at FICCI FRAMES 2011 and he is currently working on the graphic novel adaptation of the same.
‘Tripura TheThree cityes of Maya’(2010) 78mins.
‘MAAAa-a-a!!!’ (2006) 19 mins.
‘Chakachak’ (2004) 3 mins
‘Raju & I’ (2003) as Animation Director
‘Bandar Bindaas Bandar’ (2000) as Co-Director
After studying Animation at The Royal College Art, London, Shilpa Ranade directed short animation