Toon-i-esta 2017 – 4 days of glitz, glamour, and entertainment

Continuing with the tradition, Thakur Toonskool Advanced Animation Academy, held its 4th edition of the animation film festival – Tooniesta 2017 on the 8th, 9th, 11th and 12th of December 2017. The event was a grand affair with many celebrities gracing the occasion.

The theme for this year’s event was Marvel Vs DC (Diamond Comics) the characters of which reflected in the decorations in the campus in the form of 3D models, props, posters, certificates and tickets.

The first day of the event (8th December) kick-started with Box Cricket and Rink Football tournament comprising of 28 teams from different colleges. The matches were held at the Thakur Stadium. The winners and the runner-ups were awarded with cash prizes and certificates.

Fine Arts and Gaming were the highlights of the second day of the event held on the 9th of December 2017. The Fine Arts segment saw face painting, abstract painting, tattoo art and shoe-painting while in the gaming category NFS and FIFA with PS4 adorned the day.

Day three of Tooniesta 2017 commenced with celebrities and the faculty of Toonskool lighting the lamp followed by a brief history of Toonskool and the animation programs. The crowd also saw some of the works produced by our students through a video that was played on the screen. The anchor then welcomed everyone and took the crowd through the list of performances scheduled for the day. The cultural event opened with a song that was performed by the students of Toonskool. Entries of the 2D movie category were then played one by one. The category also featured entries from individuals of different colleges.

The third day of the event also saw a competition in the song and dance category, both solo and group. There were a total of 10 dance participants and 10 in the song category. 5 finalists were selected for the last day of the event to be held on the 12th of December 2017. Parag and Prayas of ABCD fame were the judges for the talent competition.

The winners of the talent competition and film category was announced on the final day of the event. It was a star-studded affair with celebrities like Nikhil Anand (Bollywood Choreographer), Siddharth , Harshit Chauhan and Tuttix crew of Dance plus season 3 fame and Vivek Gupta (fashion show), gracing the occasion. The final day of the event also saw the promotion of the upcoming Marathi movie “Hero” starring Uday Tikekar, Bhushan Patil, Vijay Patkar and the Director Mr. N. Siddiqui. The media coverage was provided by the International magazine Cine Busters that circulates in India, Dubai, Singapore, USA, Hong Kong, and Austria. The entire event will be featured in the New Year edition of their magazine.

The winners in the “Film Awards” category are given below:


Name of the Film



Thirsty Crow

1st year –Thakur & Toonskool


Sar Utha Ke Jiyo

3rd year – Thakur & Toonskool

Live Action


Kushal Soni, DGMC College, Malad


A Road and its Nightmare

Techno India University



2nd year – Thakur & Toonskool

The fashion show by the students of Thakur College, NL College, Dahanukar and some other colleges, added a lot of glitz and glamour on the final day of the event. The event concluded with the felicitation of the winners and participants and a thanksgiving speech by the anchor.

The 4 day event was worth applauding and both Toonskool and Thakur College wishes to thank everyone who made this event cherish worthy.

Toon-i-esta 2016 – 3 Days of Fun, Films and Frolic from Thakur ToonSkool

Toon-i-esta 2016, the 3rd edition of the animation film festival from Thakur ToonSkool Advanced Animation Academy, was a roaring success with more competitions and participants and much greater degree of fun and frolic! The ‘Harry Potter’ theme and adaptation of technology added to the magic quotient and made it a unique experience for the participants.

The event was organised over three days to accommodate more competitions, including sporting events, which were introduced for the first time. There were 5 different competitions in all – Short Film, Fine Arts, Gaming, Performing Arts and Sports. The event got kicked-off with Fine arts, Sports and Gaming on 28th Nov. It continued with Performing Arts (Round 1) and Short Films on 29th Nov. and culminated with Performing Arts (Final) and Prize Distribution on 30th Nov.

Every student who participated was given the Toon-i-esta app and shown the augmented certificates and stickers, at the registration counter. Student volunteers at the desk forwarded the app and showcased the poster. This created an avalanche effect with the participants subsequently showcasing it to their friends and teachers in their colleges.

The following films received the Awards for student film production:

  • Documentary - 1st Prize - Money Talks - Techno India University, Kolkata
  • Live Action - 1st Prize - Line of Thoughts - Poornima University, Jaipur
  • 3D Animation - 1st prize - ISA - Thakur Toonskool Advanced Animation Academy, Mumbai

Mr. Yatin Karyekar of Munna Bhai MBBS and Bajirao Mastaani fame was impressed at the student work on posters and the event.

Bollywood Choreographers Vaibhav, Ghuughe, Yo highness, Famous crew and Mannan Sachdeva judged the dances while Kunal Pandit and Prachi Papaiya judged the singing competition.

The event was promoted using attractive Posters, Winner's and participation certificates and Tickets, designed by Thakur Toonskool Advanced Animation Academy. Using the theme ‘Harry Potter’, the collaterals were augmented with the messages 'Welcome to another year at Tooniesta', ‘Goodluck’, and ‘Congratulations’, from the Movie.

The event received an overwhelming response with over 2500 students from 16 colleges across Mumbai, including TP Bhatia and Shailendra Education Society, attending it. Registrations for most of the competitions had to be closed as they crossed the intake capacity.

The fashion show by Thakur College students in the end gave the event an even more exciting end.

Toon-i-esta 2015 – Two Days of Fun and Talent!

The 2nd edition of Toon-i-esta was a two-day event of prolific fun, celebration, and showcase of talent. The Toon-i-esta 2015 fest, organized by Thakur-ToonSkool Advanced Animation Academy in Thakur College of Science and Commerce on 27th and 28th November 2015, turned out to be an event to remember.

The Toon-i-esta fest succeeded in revealing budding talent in various fields such as animation, film production, fine arts, and performing arts. The presence of popular celebrities as judges for the events and promos added the glitz quotient to the event.

The event began with a lamp lighting ceremony, with the HOD of BMM, the Vice Principal of Thakur College, and various faculty members from ToonSkool doing the honors. This was followed by a presentation on current and future trends in Animation and VFX technology. It showcased breathtaking visuals on the use of Holography and Augmented and Virtual reality in various sectors of medicine, gaming, feature films, and TV programs. It also emphasized the presence of ToonSkool from 2005 in Thakur and its contribution to various realms of student learning and development.

A lot of preparation went behind the successful organization of the event. ToonSkool students were divided into teams in-charge of creative conceptualization, administration, hospitality, escort, security, PR and marketing. Posters of the event were distributed to around 15 colleges present in the region.

The crowd at the fest was an enthusiastic one and comprised students from various colleges such as Patkar, Thakur, Balbharati, KES, and R. K. College. There were participants from suburbs as far as Mulund in the north east of Mumbai and Virar in the west.

Day 1 drew a crowd of about 1000 people. The main highlights of the first day were the dance events in the solo and group categories. The events were judged by famous choreographers from Bollywood such as Jeet Singh (of ABCD 2 fame), Amardeep (of Robotica fame), and Vaibhav (Dance India Dance winner).

This year’s event drew entries for ‘Live Action’ and ‘Stop Motion’ categories from colleges in Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Bangalore, and Mumbai, apart from those from Thakur ToonSkool Advanced Animation Academy. The nominated clips were played on the first day of the event, and the winners were announced the next day.

Day 2 drew an even larger crowd of about 3000 people. The finale of the dance events was conducted in the morning in front of a cheering crowd that kept asking for more.

The second half brought a star ensemble on stage. The cast of Hate Story 3 and famous speed painter Rabin Bar were present, much to the excitement of the students. Rabin Bar painted on different canvases in his customary superfast style, and they were presented to the actors. This was followed by announcement of winners in different competitions and prize distribution.

Overall, the event was a grand success with coverage from about 14 television and print publications. The level of reach and reception among the students too was high.

ToonSkool is a premiere award-winning animation academy that introduced the first-ever B.Sc Animation course in India. It offers UG, PG and diploma programs in streams such as animation, visual effects and digital filmmaking, in partnership with various universities and autonomous institutes across the country. ToonSkool is an initiative of iNurture Education Solutions, Bangalore.

Toon-i-esta 2014 Animation Festival at Toonskool Thakur College of Advanced Animation, Mumbai

Toon-i-esta, an initiative to have an annual Animation Film Festival from ToonSkool, the pioneering in formal higher education in the field of Animation in India, to recognize and celebrate the young, budding professionals in the field of Animation in the streams of 2D, 3D, Stop Motion, Live action and Documentary.

The first edition of this event was successfully conducted on Thursday, 27th November 2014 at Toonskool Thakur College of Advanced Animation, Mumbai.

The awards are decided by a panel of academic experts who have been Industry Stalwarts. Four awards were presented in the categories 2D, 3D, Stop Motion and Live action categories. Veterans in the Indian Film Industry Shri Ashok Kaul , Shri Makarand Joshi and Shi Anshuman Chaudhary graced the event and gave away the awards.

Anchor - Neel from the BMM - Thakur rocked the audience right from start to finish. The event began with him warming up an initial crowd of 800 who were boisterous and curious to know about Toon-i-esta.

The day begun with a short speech on iNurture - Toonskool – Thakur (The organisation, association with Thakur and the career ready programs) by iNurture. This was followed by the Animation History - Past - Present - Future, Mr. Bhaumik Mehta Guest Faculty who spoke about the growth of the Industry and the Industry responsive program offered by Toonskool. The celebs( Shri Ashok Kaul, Shri Makrand Joshi, Shri Anshuman Choudhary) Intro followed with a short clip on their Individual contributions to the Animation Industry.

The Celebs were felicitated with Bouquets and this was followed by lighting of lamp, further to which the celebs declared the Toon-i-esta Festival 2014 open.

Then followed song and dance performances by Dazzle group and the cheering crowd of over 1000 students was on its feet dancing to the tunes and beats.

The nominations of the 1st category were announced - Live action movies and bits of the clips played and the winning clip was played after announcement.

Each of the nominations were filled with bollywood song and dance fillers and the crowd by now was 1500 .The Creative celebs spoke high of the Toonskool Students and their work.

The winning clips were awarded with cash prizes and certificates.

The dancing sensation Amardeep Singh of India's Got Talent came in and the crowd squealed and what followed was sheer magic.

Thakur Management Trustee Shri. Manoj Singh graced the event and witnessed the cultural extravaganza.

The Bollywood celebs came in at 3.00 to Promote the Movie LUV PHIR KABHI and the hall was packed to a standing crowd of 3000 and the movie trailer and music was launched with the stars addressing the crowd amidst all the applause.

There was fashion show on Go Green which was eye catching and meanwhile the fine arts( Abstract painting, Shoe painting and monster make up) events were being conducted in Toonskool 4th Flr.

The winners of each of these events were awarded cash prizes with a participation Certificate.

After the movie promotions and prizes all the students rushed to a waiting DJ that rocked from 5pm to 7 pm.


  • Live action - Paradigm Shift - Thakur Toonskool
  • 2D - Miss My school friends - Toonskool Gujarat University
  • 3D - Oblivious - Thakur Toonskool
  • Stop Motion - Vama the Woman - Toonskool Gujarat University

iNurture Education Solutions Pvt. Ltd. © 2015

* Terms & Conditions apply