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Govt to set up center for animation, visual effects, gaming

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Prakash Javadekar

Asserting that ‘Animation, Visual Effects, Gaming and Comics’ is a sunrise sector, Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar announced the government will set up a ‘Centre of Excellence’ in cooperation with IIT-Bombay which will offer courses in AVGC.

Addressing the CII Big Picture Summit virtually, the minister said this centre will undertake initiatives to promote entrepreneurship and encourage start-ups in the sector.

“We are a country where the growth of communication technology is phenomenal. This presents a tremendous scope for the entertainment and media industry,” Javadekar said.

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“Animation, Visual Effects, Gaming and Comics (AVGC) is a sunrise sector and our experts are providing back-end support to top filmmakers of the world,” he said.

It was time that these professionals started doing more of this for our own films so that the use of animation and graphics in Indian films grows manifolds, he added.

Javadekar said the government is setting up a ‘Centre of Excellence’ in cooperation with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay where courses in AVGC will be offered.

The minister also invited the attendees to participate in the 51st International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa in January 2021.

He announced that India will set up a special pavilion at Cannes in 2022 as the Cannes Film Festival celebrates 75 years.

He also announced that India will host a Global Media and Film Summit next year.

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