KingstOOn is an International Animation Conference, Marketplace and Film Festival presented by Jamaica’s Office Of The Prime Minister, in partnership with the World Bank. The event will be held during the period April 5-7, 2019 at the University of Technology, Jamaica. The event is aimed at catalyzing the growth of the animation industry in Jamaica, and to attract the attention of international clients for animation services that can be provided by talented Jamaicans.
The Festival aims to become the place where Afro-descendant and Caribbean content from around the world is displayed, showcasing original content and stories to international distributors, produces and buyers.
KingstOOn is an important contribution to the development of the Animation Industry in Jamaica and the region. The initiative reflects the commitment by the Government of Jamaica and the World Bank, to stimulate the growth of the local animation industry and to establish Jamaica as the animation hub of the Caribbean.
The objectives of KingstOOn are three-fold – LEARN to EARN and DISPLAY.
KingstOOn (April 5-7, 2019) includes line-up of expert panel discussions offering an understanding of the opportunities and challenges in the global industry and how can Jamaica, and the wider Caribbean, can position itself to take advantage of the current situation; workshops to enable participating youths to interact directly with professional animators, allowing participants to delve into the technical aspects of animation, using case studies and demonstrating of hardware and software possibilities. Educational institutions from Jamaica and across the region will present the range of options for training and career development offered at their institutions.
The Pitch Competition is for animated productions at the conceptual stage. Five finalist (teams) of the Best Concept Category will refine their pitching skills and pitch bibles and trailers under the guidance of world class experts in the Pitch Boot Camp. Then, the teams will pitch their ideas in front of an expert panel of judges and the audience in the Pitch Competition . Winners of this category will have an opportunity to attend an international trade show to pitch to potential international investors, broadcasters, studios, etc. Entries are now closed and we have received and awesome selection of concepts.
Congratulations to Finalists of the KingstOOn Competition! We appreciate the time that film makers took to enter the competition. This year we received a record number of entries (over 1800 entries from 105 countries) and, based on feedback from the judges, the quality of the entries was higher than in previous years. Our judges worked hard to assess each submission carefully and selected the top five (5) Finalists for each category.
Congratulations, once again!