Orbit Live

Orbit Live is an annual animation industry event organised by Arena Animation. In 2017, the festival took place over 4 days, from Thursday, 2nd February to Sunday, 5th February, 2017, at a 5-star hotel in Mumbai, India.

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.

Orbit Live (2017): Highlights

  • International speakers: Experts from the animation & film industry, from all over the world - including USA, UK, Spain, Poland & Italy - conduct master classes on animation, VFX & filmmaking.

  • Star Lounge: Winners of Arena's Creative Minds along with the top performers of Orbit Live workshops get an exclusive opportunity to be a part of the Star Lounge, where they showcase their portfolio to foreign dignitaries, and receive 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 are showcased each morning during the four-day event.



International Experts: Orbit Live 2017 comprise experts from the global animation industry

  • Nik Powell

    Nik Powell, director, National Film & Television School, UK

    One of the co-founders of the Virgin Group, Nik has won prestigious awards including the European Film Award (European Achievement of the Year, 1993) and the British Independent Film Awards (Special Jury Prize, 1998).

  • Craig Miller

    Craig Miller, writer, producer & publicist, Wolfmill Entertainment, USA

    With over 200 credits, Craig has worked in films including Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Excalibur, Superman II, Altered States, The Dark Crystal, The Wicker Man, and The Muppets Take Manhattan.

  • Elizabeth Rega

    Elizabeth Rega, associate vice provost for academic development, Western University of Health Sciences, USA

    Elizabeth specialises in human & non-human primate anatomy. She is a frequent consultant to the film, animation and game industry, and has worked with Walt Disney Feature Animation, DreamWorks Animation, SONY Pictures Image works and EA Sports.

  • Patryk Kizny

    Patryk Kizny, film director & head of Kizny Visuals, Poland

    Patryk is renowned for his experimental techniques across a skill set of image capture, motion control, VFX & CGI. He has been creating award-winning works since 2010, from abstract short films to commercials.

  • Penny Holton

    Penny Holton, deputy section head of animation & VFX, University of Teesside, UK

    Penny started her career in 1991 as a junior animator at Touch Animation. She has worked as the VFX lead for the documentary, The Last Man on the Moon. She is currently working on another space-themed documentary, Mission Control.

  • Juan Solis

    Juan Solis, character development artist & consultant, Solisworks, Spain

    Juan has worked for studios including Walt Disney Animation, DreamWorks, Ilion Animation & Blur Studios. He has been involved in projects like Frozen, Spiderman, Trollhunters, Planet 51, and League of Legends.

  • Xes Vila

    Xes Vilà, technical director & co-founder, FX Animation, Spain

    Xes combines his work in the school with collaborations in different projects of VFX, animation & video games with companies around the world.

  • Luca Raffaelli

    Luca Raffaelli, festival director, La Città Incantata, Italy

    Considered one of the greatest Italian figures in the field, Luca is a screenplay writer, and a comics & animation expert. He is also an animation journalist for the popular Italian newspaper, la Repubblica

  • Damian Perea

    Damián Perea, film producer & director of ANIMAYO International Film Festival, Spain

    Damián made his first animated short, Could be Worse, at the age of 20, using stop motion technique, for which he was nominated for the Goya Awards. Over the years, he has given over 200 master classes, presentations, workshops & screenings all over the world.

  • Dr. Paul Robert Noble

    Dr. Paul Robert Noble, senior lecturer, University of Teesside, UK

    Dr. Paul 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 another space-themed documentary, Mission Control.

  • Pete Draper

    Pete Draper, co-founder & CEO, Makuta, India

    Pete has been in the CG industry for almost two decades. He has worked for films like Ghajini, Magadheera, Enthiran, and Baahubali: The Beginning. He also conducts visual effects workshops around the world.

  • Eric Egerup

    Eric Egerup, studio art director, Dhruva Interactive, India

    Erik has 10+ years of experience in game art. He has played a vital role in projects with Microsoft, Sony and 343.

  • Ian Murphy

    Ian Murphy, senior film compositor & training lead, MPC, UK

    Ian has over 13 years of experience in delivering high quality VFX for feature films, as well as design, implementation & facilitation of industry-led training courses. His compositing experience includes the Harry Potter series, Guy Ritchie's RocknRolla, Fantastic Four, The Jungle Book, X-Men: Apocalypse, and Passengers.

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: 2017
Star-studded moment of Orbit Live: 2015
Renowned animators & VFX professionals from all over the world, and representatives from international festivals share the stage at Orbit Live 2017

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

Fun & learning at Orbit Live
Workshops, seminars, master classes, awards night & entertaining performances at Orbit Live 2016.
Students & industry experts at Orbit Live
"It is great to be a part of Orbit Live, where you can interact with international experts & showcase your talents," says Arena student.

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