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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The characters in a cartoon do things impossible to achieve in the real world, like swallowing a whole cake in one bite, surviving deadly falls or defeating indestructible monsters. Think now of a small... Show More + developing nation dreaming of giving its youth a better chance in life by entering a world class industry dominated by the biggest powers on earth.Would it need cartoon super-powers to achieve that? KingstOOn laid the foundations for that enterprise, bringing together lots of talented youths, political leaders who showed their will to act fast on this, and some of the biggest players in the global animation industry.The storyboard and script for that success story is under construction, but a first solid step in the right direction was taken last week at the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica. The KingstOOn Fest brought together international and Jamaican industry leaders, financial institutions, universities, businesses, government officials, animation professional 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 -