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.
- 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;
- 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;
- 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.