About KingstOOn

December 3, 2015 12:23 pm Published by

Workshop conducted by Brad Ableson (Bento Box) and Hernan LaGreca (Cartoon Network)


The animation industry in Jamaica and the Caribbean is still nascent, and in order to catalyze the different efforts being undertaken by public and private sector, and the multilateral community, and to continue attracting the attention of international animation community, the Government of Jamaica, in collaboration with the World Bank is launching KingstOOn Animation Conference and Afro-descendant Film Festival to be held at the University of Technology, Jamaica during the period April 5-7, 2019.

KingstOOn will build on the successes of 2013 and 2016 and again host the biennial display of Afro-descendant culture through storytelling and animated media. This will be executed under three core themes: LEARN, EARN and DISPLAY.

To operationalize these themes, KingstOOn will:

  • Facilitate the exposure of participants to more granular business topics, and content specific workshops;
  • Create a space for the exchange of knowledge and experiences, via panel discussions and networking events;
  • Encourage the interaction between producers of content, buyers of content and consumers of content, via speed meetings and networking events;
  • Catalyze the exchange of ideas within the community of practice between Afro-descendant animators, via an Afro-descendant Animation Film Festival;
  • Showcase Jamaica and the wider Caribbean as a rich source of Afro-descendant stories, academic exploration and ultimately animation production;
  • Demonstrate animation as a viable career through its many manifestations (games, non-entertainment, feature films, etc.).


The objectives of KingstOOn are three-fold:

  1. To provide participants, and in particular Caribbean animators and associated professionals, with the avenues to continue to LEARN the nuances of the global animation pipeline, by engaging directly with global industry leaders in various aspects of the business of animation, including education;
  2. To create opportunities for participants to EARN from their engagement in animation at any level, by facilitating the creation of pitch decks and pairing pre-qualified individuals with potential content;
  3. To DISPLAY Afro-descendant animated content in the Animation Film Festival, by showcasing content developed by studios from around the world that speak to the afro-descendant reality (stories, images, music, customs…).


  • Expert Animation Panels and Key Note Presentations to understand opportunities and challenges in the global industry and how Jamaica should position itself to take advantage of the current situation.
  • Animation Workshops to allow participating youths to interact directly with professional animators. Workshops will delve into the technical aspects of animation, with case studies, demonstrations of 2D and 3D software possibilities, as well as career development prospects with participating national and overseas colleges specializing in the trade.
  • KingstOOn Afro-descendant Film Festival will showcase International Afro-descendant Content at a popular location prior to the event.
  • KingstOOn Animation Competition to showcase Jamaican and Caribbean talent currently working in the animation industry but also in related fields to allow participation of a broader pool of youths talented in the visual arts. The animation festival will comprise three (3) competitions:


Dr. The Honourable Andrew Wheatley, Minister of Science, Energy and Technology speaks at the KingstOOn Opening Ceremony

KingstOOn includes line-up of expert panel discussions offering an understanding of the opportunities and challenges in the global industry and how can Jamaica 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 2D and 3D 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.


Brad Ableson (Bento Box) demonstrates to local artists

KingstOOn competitions are now closed and we have received over 1800 submissions from 105 countries.

The KingstOOn Emerging Animated Content Competition (KEACC) is aimed at showcasing talent in Jamaica and the Caribbean under the following  four (4) categories:

  1. Best Storyboard;
  2. Best Character Design;
  3. Best Caribbean Short Film;
  4. Best Concept.

KingstOOn Pitch Boot camp and Competition: Five selected finalists (comprising 4 team members) of the KEACC Best Concept Category will be placed in the Pitch Boot Camp and Competition. The 3-day Pitch Development Boot Camp will allow teams to access the opportunity to refine pitching skills and concepts under the guidance of world class experts in the animation industry. Then, the teams will pitch their ideas in front of a live audience in the Pitch Competition where they will be assessed by a panel of executives from major studios. 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.

TheKingstOOn International Animation Film Competition (KIAFC) will showcase International animated content. The animation film festival will comprise five categories:

  1. Best Special Effects;
  2. Best Student Film;
  3. Best International Short Film;
  4. Best International Feature Film


Winners of KingstOOn 2016 (from left to right): Jeunanne Alkins  Alain Biddard, JoWayne McFarlane, Yolande Clarke, George Hay, Henry Grandison, Danielle Blaze, Aldrick Wellington, Kevin Jackson, Corretta Singer, Mike and Mark Davis, Gerhard Funk, Tanya Zaman


KingstOOn will engage youth from the Caribbean Region and provide them with an opportunity to explore the animation industry as a quality professional development career. Special emphasis will be placed on ensuring the participation of youths enrolled in colleges, universities, vocational training programs and high schools in the Caribbean Region delivering visual arts and animation programmes, as well as NEET (not in education, employment or training) youth. Persons in these groups are encouraged to enter the KingstOOn Emerging Content Competition which is targeted specifically for the entire Caribbean Region.

KingstOOn is being branded as the event where Afro-descendant content from around the world is displayed, and original content and stories are showcased to international distributors, producers and buyers. It is anticipated that KingstOOn will attract international players from the Afro-descendant space.

Bim and Bim by Jeunanne Alkins (Trinidad and Tobago) – Winner of the Best Concept and second place winner in the Pitch Competition