The Ministry or Science, Energy and Technology in collaboration with the World Bank and the Caribbean Development Bank hosted the second staging of the KingstOOn 2016 Animation Conference and Film Festival on March 12 – 13, 2016 at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts. KingstOOn is an activity of the Youth Employment in the Digital and Animation Industries Project. The event was attended by over 1300 persons, including professional animators, studio executives, students, educators, artists, investors, and animation enthusiasts from across the Caribbean, diaspora and around the world. Local and international speakers such as Camille Selvon Abrahams (Animae Caribe), Saidou Bernabe and Yoane Pavade (Parallel 14), Caiphus Moore (Electronic Arts), Joel Kuwahara and Brad Ableson (Bento Box), Antonio Morales (Ink Apache), Carlos Arguello (Studio C), Navdeep Singh (The Mill), Mike Buckland (Triggerfish Studios), Devon Shepard (Running with Scissors), James Parris (Paper Tiger Films), Don Perro and Adam Sale (Capilano University), Florian Wagner (Bardel Entertainment Inc) and Hernan Lagreca (Cartoon Network) were amongst the many experts who conducted workshops, master classes, seminars and panel discussions.
Other components of the festival included a pitch boot camp, business-to-business speed meetings, exhibitions, competitions, screenings of animated short films, and the closing and awards ceremony, all of which came under the three tracks of learn, earn and display.
Also contributing to the event’s success were the 70 volunteers who assisted the KingstOOn Planning Team in managing each component of the festival.
KingstOOn was supported by 21 sponsors who provided a wide variety of amazing prizes, including state of the art graphic tablets, software licenses, scholarships to international animation programmes, seed funding for pitch bible development, trips to Kidscreen, and opportunities to negotiate distribution deals.
- The event was attended by over 1300 persons, including professional animators, studio executives, students, educators, artists, investors, and animation enthusiasts from across the Caribbean, diaspora and around the world.
- Prizes included Wacom Graphic Tablets, Toon Boom and TV Paint software licenses, scholarships to leading animation universities in Canada, seed funding and delegations to KidScreen.
- The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) also launched its latest New Generation CAPE Animation and Game Design Syllabus on the first day of the festival. CAPE Animation and Game Design will be taught in high schools across the region starting in September, 2016, and the first examination will be offered in May/June 2017.
- over 900 submissions (from 93 countries) into the competitions, a significant improvement over the first KingstOOn.
- Collaboration between the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology and CA Foundation (Studio C) out of Guatemala to training 150 Jamaican youth in 3D Animation.
- KingstOOn social media pages (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) grew to over 19,000 followers.
Like its predecessor in 2013, KingstOOn 2016 was successful in bringing to the fore the potential of the animation industry in Jamaica, catalysing a number of key players and creating momentum for the development of the industry.