Born in the Southern most state of India, Kerala, in 1973, Suresh graduated from the prestigious National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad specializing in communication design, super specializing in Animation Film Design in 1997. Since then, he has been relentlessly working in the ﬁeld of animation and ﬁlm design. In the difﬁcult phase of development of the animation genre within its borders in the early days, Eriyat established Famous House of Animation in 1998. It was this landmark venture through which he was able to realize numerous animated ads, shorts, music videos with many ﬁrsts, which brought not only national and international recognitions but also changed the way people perceived animation in India.
Optimizing the learning and experience of 11 years from there, he founded Studio Eeksaurus, in partnership with his wife Nilima Eriyat since 2009. The studio deals with production of ﬁlms in a media agnostic manner indulging into cinema, television, web and digital platforms. Suresh’s is a respected resume, which goes beyond 400 ﬁlms to his name, which has allowed him to receive numerous awards, including the prestigious Annecy festival Cristal in 2015, a ﬁrst for India. Although acknowledged globally, Eriyat has repeatedly stressed on the difﬁculty of perception of animation in India: “It is still considered a technique, not a means to tell stories,” he said in a recent interview. Suresh Eriyat’s ﬁlms draw energy from the idea that animation is not just a genre for the infant audience. His stories come to life from the socio-cultural and political tradition of the country where he lives. People, habits, culture and society are the ingredients that are part of his ﬁlms’ subjects. Indigenous Visual Design is inherent in his craft of ﬁlm making.
He has been part of ﬁlm festivals, seminars and many creative forums as a juror, speaker, conducting masterclasses and expert workshops and courses. Besides educating animation and design students across the mushrooming ﬁlm/design schools in India, Suresh regularly attends seminars and conferences to share his greater vision for the Indian animation ﬁlm industry. He also has been a part of more than 25 jury panels of various ﬁlm festivals across the world like Clio, Asia Image Apollo, D&AD, Asia Paciﬁc Adfest, Promax, London International Awards, Krok to name a few.
His achievements and landmarks have contributed to the dynamic growth of animation as a ﬁlmmaking medium in India during his span of ﬁlmmaking career. He won the President of India’s National award twice for the Best Animated Film, for “Fisher Woman and Tuk Tuk” in 2016 and in 2018 for his ﬁlm ‘Tokri’, D&AD Pencil for “Rajasthan Tourism”, Tokyo Anime Awards festival 2016, Gold jury prize at DIGICON 2016 and 2017. Apart from these 100s of awards won at major forums of Clio, Cannes Lions, Spikes Asia, Adfest, TBS Digicon, HAFF, International Festival of animated ﬁlms Annecy, Asia Paciﬁc Adfest, Adclub, Abby’s, IDPA, NewYork Television Awards, KROK, Golden Panda, Hiroshima Wildlife Festival, Mumbai International Film Festival, JIFF, Digicon India, Digicon Japan, Holland International Film Festival, Tehran International Film Festival, Anifest, Animaze, TASI, Cine Golden Eagle, ASIFA India, Muse Creative 2016 awards, Mumbai International Film Festival, Pulcinella ( Cartoons on the Bay) to name a few besides numerous ofﬁcial selections at various other ﬁlm festivals.
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