Animation Conference

January 30, 2016 10:25 am Published by

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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 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.

KingstOOn 2018 will extend its brand from the home of premiere Jamaican animation to the quintessential display of Afro-descendant culture and story telling through animated media. 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.


The objectives of KingstOOn 2018 are three-fold:

  1. To provide 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. To create opportunities for participants to EARN from their engagement in animation at any level, by facilitating the creation of pitch decks and pairing content sellers with content buyers;
  3. To DISPLAY animated content in the International  Animation Film Festival, by showcasing content developed by studios from around the world.


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.