Orbit Live – Leading animation industry event where students meet experts!

Orbit Live is a 4-day annual animation industry event organised by Arena Animation. Specially conceived for the VFX, animation, design & graphics industry, Orbit Live offers amazing opportunities for students to meet & work closely with the gurus of animation from around the world. Student delegates get a chance to network & learn from the best of talent from Hollywood & Bollywood, while working on live projects for top companies.

But it's not all work and no play! At the end of a hard day at Orbit, students and industry professionals get to unwind at carnivals, dinner soirees, participate in dance & talent contests, and so much more. In a nutshell, this is one awesome, power-packed event that anyone with dreams of making it big in a creative field, must attend.

Registrations are now open for Orbit Live 2017.

Event details:


Feb 2-5, 2017


The Retreat Hotel, Madh Island, Mumbai

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Orbit Live (2016): Highlights

  • International speakers: Experts from the animation & film industry, from all over the world - including USA, UK, Germany & Netherlands - conducted master classes on animation, VFX & filmmaking.
  • Star Lounge: Winners of Arena's Creative Minds got an exclusive opportunity to be a part of the Star Lounge, where they showcased their work to foreign dignitaries & received feedback & quick tips to make a successful career in the animation industry.
  • Breakfast shorts: The best animation short films from the world's biggest animation festivals were showcased each morning during the four-day event.

International Experts: The Orbit Live 2016 comprised experts from the global animation industry

  • Damián Perea Lezcano, Spain

    Damián is a film producer & director at ANIMAYO International Film Festival, visual effects & video-games. He has given over 200 master classes, presentations, workshops and screenings all over the world.

  • Deron Hoffmeyer, USA

    Deron, the Sr.Flame artist, Method Studios, USA uses Autodesk Flame as a powerful creative tool. He has worked as a digital compositor for the video game - Call of Duty: Black Ops II and the TV Series - Being Mary Jane.

  • Max Howard, USA

    Max is the president & CEO of Melwood Pictures and the founder of Max Howard Consulting Group. He has worked on Disney's memorable films including Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and The Lion King.

  • Friederike Bruckert, Germany

    Friederike is the head of international sales and marketing, MAXON Computer GmbH. She has years of work experience in sales and marketing in the automotive supplier & software industry.

  • Lars Scholten, Netherlands

    Lars is the founder of CyBear, a CG design & training company in Netherlands. He is also a renowned CG artist and Cinema 4D instructor. He works with a select group of freelancers and creates product visualizations and infographics.

  • Penny Holton, UK

    Penny, senior lecturer of VFX & animation, Teesside University, UK, started her career in 1991 as a junior animator at Touch Animation. In 1997, she commenced her own VFX & animation studio - Skaramoosh, which had offices at three locations in London.

  • Dr. Paul Noble, UK

    Dr. Paul is a lecturer at Teesside University, who has been a part of the visual effects team from Teesside who worked on the film 'The Last Man on the Moon' (to be released in 2016). He is currently working on a space-themed documentary, Mission Control.

  • Prof. Ulrich Wegenast, Germany

    Prof. Wegenast is the managing director, programme, Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film (ITFS) and the founding member of Wand 5 and Stuttgart Filmwinter. He has published a 6-part DVD edition on German animated film in cooperation with Absolut Medien, Berlin, & Goethe Institut, Munich, which received the Willi Haas Award for the best DVD-edition on German speaking film in 2012.

  • Rafael Zabala, USA

    Rafael is a lead modeler at Psyop Productions, USA. He specializes in human characters & creature modeling and is well-known for his model 'Azog' in The Hobbit. He has worked on various Hollywood blockbusters including Man of Steel, Iron Man 3 & Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

  • Raul Garcia, USA

    Raul is currently the CEO of Melon Digital S.L. & director-producer at R&R Communications Inc., USA. During his tenure as an animator at Walt Disney Feature Animation, he has worked on movies including Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Aladdin, Lion King, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, and Hercules.

  • Tayah Howard, USA

    Tayah has worked in the theatre world as an actress and producer, and has recently joined Max Howard Consulting Group. She has done an internship at the Exodus Film Group and has experience in coordinating voice recordings.

  • Rebecca Melander

    Rebecca Melander, UK

    Rebecca, global head (Texturing), MPC, London, has worked on popular movies including Life of Pi, Fast & Furious 5 and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.

  • Jason Gangon

    Jason Gangon, UK

    Jason, look DEV. TD., MPC, London, has worked on Hollywood blockbusters including Man of Steel, Godzilla, Maleficent and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.

  • Rocío Ayuso

    Rocío Ayuso, USA

    Rocío is a journalist and a producer who won the International Media Award, 2015, at the 52nd ICG Publicists Awards.

  • Doy Dalling

    Doy Dalling, UK

    Doy, Production Associate, Melwood Pictures, works in animated and live action motion pictures and television works for audiences around the world.

Orbit Live: What it's really like:

Over the years, Orbit Live has emerged as an interactive platform for students where they get to work closely with icons from the fields of animation, VFX, gaming, graphics & web designing. Students enjoy an exclusive opportunity to attend discussions & workshops conducted by top animation studios and work on live projects under their guidance.

Delegates & industry professionals stay at a 5-star hotel where they attend workshops, master classes, seminars & tech sessions-all under one roof. At the end of the four-day event, the best work done by both, industry as well as students, is recognized & awarded.

Each year, more than 500 students & professionals get together at Orbit Live to not just connect, but also to enjoy, work closely & learn.

Star-studded moment of Orbit Live: 2016
Star-studded moment of Orbit Live: 2015
Renowned animators & VFX professionals, and representatives from international festivals share the stage at Orbit Live 2016

Orbit Live : Words from industry experts

  • Chris Ford, Pixar Animation Studios

    "Animation is full of people who do amazing things because they never accept that what they do is actually difficult. That attitude is fundamental to success. Don't accept that you have limitations. Rather accept that you have the ability to learn & to push your skills in ways that you never thought you could."

  • Susan Erokan, DreamWorks Animation

    "The industry is always looking for people who have cross-department knowledge. The more well-rounded students are, the more opportunities they have. So even if the job that is open isn't the job that you want, take the opportunity & start working with a company of your choice."

  • Mike Blum, owner, Pipsqueak Films

    "I thank Arena Animation for inviting me. I have never spoken to a more enthusiastic crowd. I have seen so much talent here who can fill the Indian & global animation needs."

Orbit Live: Video gallery

Industry experts at Orbit Live
"Only put your best work in & keep it short," Penny Holton speaks about making a winning demoreel.
Students at Orbit Live
"It was a wonderful experience to meet & interact with industry experts from around the world," says Arena student.

Photo gallery

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