After four decades of little or not growth, the Jamaican economy is expected to grow at 1-2% over the medium term. The country is confronted by serious social issues that predominantly affect youth, such as high levels of crime and violence and high unemployment.
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Judging by the enthusiasm of the panelists walking around the halls of the UWI with their portfolios and actively engaging in the workshops, the general sense was that Jamaica does offer the creativity... Show More + needed to become an animation hub that can compete with others in East Asia or Australia.And the winner is…But the two-day event wasn’t only about learning, networking and distributing resumes. There was a real competition. Creators, scriptwriters, animators and character creators gave their best to win the jurors’ vote.The finalist projects were presented in a talent-reality-show format, so participants had to pitch their idea to the judges and defend their animations, scripts and story boards, and people in the audience could also cheer for their favorite production.In the end, the winning projects were:· Best Script and Storyboard: Tanya Batson-Savage · Best Experimental Anim Show Less -
Animating Jamaica's CreativityWith the aim of engaging young Jamaicans, KingstOOn will provide them with a unique opportunity to:Explore the animation as a quality professional development career as well... Show More + as discovering current opportunities in the global animation industry, andInteract and network with professionals and entrepreneurs currently operating in the animation industry in Jamaica and abroad.Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to showcase their talent at the event, submitting their work for consideration in the following categories:Best script and storyboardBest experimental animationBest characterBest final animation productThe best 5-10 submissions will form part of a grande finale, which will be screened to a jury of international and national industry experts.KingstOOn runs from June 20-21,2013 in Kingston, Jamaica. Registration for the event is now open and closes on June 1st.Join the conversation on #kingstOOn or on Facebook. Show Less -