Character Design Entry by Danielle Parchment – Jamaica

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 January 18 – 27, 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.

  1. The event provides participants, and in particular Caribbean animators and associated professionals, with the avenues to begin to LEARN the nuances of the global animation pipeline, by engaging directly global industry leaders in various aspects of the business of animation;
  2. The event creates opportunities for participants to EARN from their engagement in animation at any level, by facilitating the creation of pitch bibles and pairing of content sellers and buyers;
  3. The event facilitates the DISPLAY animated content in the International  Animation Film Festival, by showcasing content developed by studios from around the world.


KingstOOn (January 25 – 27, 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.

See who is going to be at KingstOOn 2019! 


The Best Concept Pitch Competition

Jeunanne Alkins and her team pitches “Bim & Bam”

The Pitch Competition is for animated productions at the conceptual stage. Enter this competition to access the opportunity to refine your pitching skills and concept under the guidance of world class experts in the Pitch Development Boot Camp. Then, pitch your idea in front of an audience in the Pitch Competition where you will be assessed by international judges. Winners of this category will have an opportunity get seed funding to further develop their pitch and attend an international trade show to pitch to potential investors.To compete, enter the KingstOOn Emerging Animated Content Competition (KEACC) Concept category. Click here to submit an entry.


KingstOOn Sum Up

KingstOOn Volunteers and Joel Kuwahara

Volunteer at KingstOOn 

Volunteering at KingstOOn has great perks. You could gain unparalleled experience and networking opportunities by being a conference volunteer. Not only will you receive free Kingstoon shirts, listen in on informative workshops and attend the all-inclusive cocktail parties, but you will get the opportunity to meet a sea of successful people who may probably end up being lifelong friends and even push start your career. You can establish new relationships with the organizers, government officials and animation faculty and programme directors, which you would not have ordinarily met with.  They will get to know you and your work ethic, which could be the the key to start off your career.  If you would like to be a volunteer, please follow the instructions below.

Send an email to

Ensure the subject line reads: “KingstOOn 2019 Volunteer”

In the body of the email please state your full name, telephone number, age and why you are interested being a KingstOOn Volunteer.