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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Varun Mehta - Animation and Short Filmmaker Biography


This blog is for Animator and Filmmaker Varun Mehta who is popularly known for his animated shorts that won International Acclaim - The short films include - Crystal Ball, Save Trees, The Unknown World and The Wonder Stone. He is also the owner of 'Wiz Animation Studio'

Varun Mehta is an Indian Animator and Filmmaker being recognized for his three Internationally acclaimed popular short films ‘Save Trees’, ‘The Unknown World’ and ‘The Wonder Stone’. Always interested in the world of Cartoons and fantasy since Childhood, he discovered the animator in himself when he grew up. Hailing from Aligarh, Varun completed his education by achieving Honors in MA [English Literature] from B.R. Ambedkar University, Agra in 2010. Varun Mehta drew inspiration from art at an early age. Surrounded by art he started obsessively drawing on the walls of his house, tables and on any canvas he could find. Mickey Mouse and Aladdin became his best companions. Taking his passion for drawing further he began to create digital paintings using the computer. This deepened his interest in animation which became his artisitic mission.

His biggest success till date has been his short film ‘The Unknown World’ winning for Best film at the ‘Buzzgoo’ International Short Film Festival at Columbus, GA, USA in 2012. Before winning at Buzzgoo, Mehta had his first stint with fame at the 2009 HP You and You contest. His Crystal Ball special effects video secured him a winning spot in this competition. This victory motivated him to stand on his own feet as an Independent artist.

His next success was ‘Save Trees’ a 3D Animated film about Deforestation. It was screened at ISFFI (International Short Film Festival of India 2011) and it won the First Green Go Film Competition in Hungary in December 2011. It was also screened at Budapest Toldi Cinema for the same competition.

His Children’s film ‘The Wonder stone’ which revolves around 6 ordinary school kids and an alien stone that comes to earth with a message to protect earth earned him Victory at Film Skillet International Film Festival at US in August 2012. The Film won the cash prize of $ 2000 and an Aluminium certificate.

The Unknown World has just ensured a second place in this year’s Film Skillet International Animation Contest in US. Varun Mehta has been felicitated for his work in ‘The Unknown World’ many times in various cities and states. He is now working on his films ‘The Hope’ and ‘The Survivor’ that will release by this year’s half end.

Varun Mehta runs a production house called ‘Wiz Animation Studio’ in Aligarh City.

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