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Animation, a new career path for young Jamaicans?

May 20, 2013

The 2 day festival will bring together international industry leaders and local animation companies.

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • KingstOOn Festival runs from June 20-21 in Kingston, Jamaica.
  • Registration for the event is now open and closes on June 1st.
  • In Jamaica there are over 2,000 young people with the basic skills to become world-class animators.

Brimming with talented, tech-savvy youngsters, Jamaica is a hub for innovation. And now, the visual arts have the potential to turn this talent into a meaningful and professional career, thanks to a growing demand for locally sourced animation products.

While currently home to just three “pure play” animation studios, the animation industry in Jamaica has the potential to create thousands of jobs. In the past four years, over 2,500 students received 1 or 2 grades for Visual Arts. In other words, in Jamaica today there are well over 2,000 young people aged 16-21 with the basic skills to become world-class animators.

But how to turn this enormous, untapped potential into a fully-fledged, international industry and show young Jamaicans that a career in animation is well within their grasp?

Enter KingstOOn: a 2-day animation film festival and conference, bringing together international industry leaders, local animation companies as well as government and World Bank officials. The aim: to act as a catalyst for Jamaica’s animation industry and position the country as the next animation hub.

“Young Jamaicans have the talent. Through partnerships with educational institutions and the private sector, we can provide the opportunity to put them at use in a growing creative industry," explained Fabio Pittaluga, World Bank Senior Social Development Specialist and the initiative's coordinator.

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Young Jamaicans have the talent. Through partnerships with educational institutions and the private sector, we can provide the opportunity to put them at use in a growing creative industry Close Quotes

Fabio Pittaluga
World Bank Senior Social Development Specialist

Animating Jamaica's Creativity

With 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 as discovering current opportunities in the global animation industry, and
  • Interact 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 storyboard
  • Best experimental animation
  • Best character
  • Best final animation product

The 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.

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