About KingstOOn

The Birth of Brand KingstOOn

The animation industry in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean is still nascent, and in order to catalyze the diverse efforts being undertaken by the public and private sectors, as well as  the multilateral community, and to continue attracting the attention of the international animation community, the Government of Jamaica, in collaboration with the World Bank another iteration of the KingstOOn Animation Conference and Film Festival to be held virtually during the period April 21-25, 2021.

KingstOOn 2021 will build on the successes of 2013, 2016, and 2019 and once again host the biennial display of diverse culture through storytelling and animated media.

This will be executed under three umbrellas: LEARN, EARN and DISPLAY.

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Objectives

The objectives of KingstOOn are three-fold:

1. To provide participants, particularly Jamaican and Caribbean animators and associated professionals, with avenues to continue to LEARN the nuances of the global animation industry, by engaging directly with global industry leaders in various aspects of the business of animation, including education opportunities;

2. To create opportunities for participants to EARN from their engagement in animation at any level. KingstOOn will guide them through creating the most compelling pitch decks and pair pre-qualified individuals with potential content buyers;

3. To DISPLAY diverse animated content in the Animation Film Festival, by showcasing outputs by studios from around the world that reflect characters, stories, cultures and values of under-represented communities in screen-based industries, including stories created by people of African descent.

What to Expect @ KingstOOn 2021

Panel Discussions and Keynote Presentations

A diverse range of influencers will explain how to leverage opportunities and manage challenges while helping young animators to identify and pursue competitive advantages in the current global context.

KingstOOn Animation Competition

Competitions are open during the period October 1, 2020 – February 22, 2021. Application close at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, February 22, 2021.

Animation Education Fair

Educational institutions from Jamaica and across the region will present the range of options for training and career development offered by their institutions.

Masterclasses

These will be the engine of personal and professional growth for local and international animation specialists. Masterclasses will delve into the technical aspects of animation, with case studies, demonstrations of 2D and 3D software possibilities, as well as exploring emerging career development prospects.

Film Festival

Come feast on the finest of the films that made it to the finals of the competition. The KingstOOn competitions are centered around the theme “Celebrating Diversity in Animation”.

STRUCTURE

KingstOOn includes a line-up of expert Panellists offering an understanding of the opportunities and challenges in the global industry and how Jamaica can position itself to take advantage of the current situation; Master Classes and  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. And of course, the Competitions which will allow showcasing of submissions to an international audience.

COMPETITION

Competitions are open during the period October 1, 2020 – February 22, 2021. Application close at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, February 22, 2021.

KingstOOn Emerging Animated Content Competition (KEACC)

Witness a showcase of stars set to rise from the animation talent pool in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean.

The competition will test skills in four (4) categories:
1. Best Storyboard;
2. Best Character Design;
3. Best Caribbean Short Film;
4. Best Concept.

KingstOOn International Animated Film Competition (KIAFC)

Experience global level rivalry in the craft of animated filmmaking.

This competition incorporates four (4) competitive categories:
1. Best Special Effects;
2. Best Student Film;
3. Best International Short Film;
4. Best International Feature Film

KingstOOn Pitch Boot Camp and Pitch Competition Finals

Five selected finalists (teams of 4) from the KEACC Best Concept Category will participate in the Pitch Boot Camp and Pitch Competition Finals.

Finalists will be mentored and will refine both concepts and pitching skills under the guidance of world class experts.

Then KingstOOn 2021 hits #FeverPitch as the teams lay out their ideas in front of a live audience in the Pitch Competition Finals to be assessed by a panel of executives from major studios.

2019 Speakers

Industry Experts and Animation Rock Stars from across the globe will be at KingstOOn to share their wisdom and expertise with you. Conference sessions are aimed at advancing your knowledge and experience to the next level. These were just a few of the influential industry leaders who were at KingstOOn in 2019.

Official Partners and Sponsors

Thanks for Making This Event Possible!

Partners

Past Sponsors

LEARN, EARN and DISPLAY.

KingstOOn 2021 will build on the successes of 2013, 2016, and 2019 and once again host the biennial display of diverse culture through storytelling and animated media.