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'Animating' the MDGs




UNIC collaborates with premier animation design school to award the best films on the MDGs


The UN Information Centre for India and Bhutan (UNIC) joined hands with the Maya Academy of Advance Cinematics (MAAC), a leading 3D animation and VFX training school, to present the '24FPS Awards' for the best animation films on themes crafted around the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).


More than 1100 entries were received from all over the world including from China, France, Germany, Pakistan, the United Kingdom and the United States. Awards were given in 23 technical categories and included a special jury award, presented by UNIC Director Kiran Mehra-Kerpelman, for a film made by students with hearing and speech disabilities. Ms. Mehra-Kerpelman also gave away the Golden Award, won by Pink Bangles, a film on Gender Equality, and equal treatment of the girl and boy child.


Addressing an audience of more than 5000 students and animation enthusiasts, cheering and applauding every award, Ms. Mehra-Kerpelman said UNIC was delighted to collaborate with young animation experts to promote the MDGs. The awards, she added, were "an opportunity for the UN to accelerate awareness about reaching the Goals, to emphasize to the various publics the short timeline left, and of the urgency of ensuring equitable growth and justice for all."


"And what better way to grab people's attention than through film, particularly animation," she added.  



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