"Swami Ayyappan" was chosen the best film under commissioned category from among 150 entries out of which 21 were shortlisted.
"Swami Ayyappan" is based on the life story of a boy called Manikandan, who became a god. He is believed to be born out of the union between Lord Shiva and Vishnu in his Mohini avatar.
Mahesh Vettiyar and Chetan Sharma, the directors of the film, received the award.
"The film has the right mix of fantasy, action, adventure, mythology and history and is sure to delight audience of all ages. More than being a film on a mythological superhero, it is the message of religious tolerance and secularism that 'Swami Ayyappan' highlights", said P. Jayakumar, CEO, Toonz Animation India Pvt. Ltd.
The annual animation festival Anifest India has established itself as the premier event for youth in digital media and has been promoted by The Animation Society of India (TASI), which been formed with a view to increase awareness of the medium of animation in India.
Established in the year 1999, Toonz has become the flag-bearer of the country's animation industry and has emerged as one of the biggest and most admired animation production houses in South Asia.
--IANS (Posted on 28-08-2013)