After sifting through 1,800 entries from 105 countries, Listen Mi Caribbean got the prize for “Best Concept in the Emerging Animated Content” competition for The Adventures of Kam Kam – Space Explorer at KingstOOn Animation Conference 3.
The Adventures of Kam Kam – Space Explorer tells the tale of a headstrong little Jamaican girl who wants to become a space explorer and go where no one has ever gone before. According to the team’s pitch document, Kam Kam‘s ‘boundless imagination propels her and Glow Juice – her favourite fishy squishy toy into the most ‘intergalacticosmic’ adventures’.
After the event, Kenia Mattis, CEO, Listen Mi Caribbean admitted that her muse for the character was in fact her sister, as their mother Deon Mattis later confirmed. In her acceptance speech, Kenia pointedly thanked her own mother for empowering her journey, and all parents who allow their children to explore this unconventional career path. #TeamKamKam won a bundle of prizes including a trophy, certificates, hardware and software (from Wacom, TV Paint and Toon Boom).
They also won a trip to pitch at the prestigious MIPJunior Festival in France this October and to benefit from networking. Having advanced negotiations for global distribution and co-productions Kam Kam plans to go into full production by 2020.
Kam Kam emerged victorious over a strong pool of competitors who spent two intense days in a boot camp on the Utech campus being coached by local, regional and international industry heavyweights. Coordinator Camille Selvon Abrahams, director, Animae Caribe was joined by Raquel Benitez, CEO, Comet Entertainment), Carlos Biern, Business Development Consultant – Office of the Prime Minister, Jamaica, D’Oyen Williams, Programme Manager, Digital Skills, SlashRoots Foundation and Chara Hunter, senior producer, Big Studios Inc..
The final grill was a pitch before a live audience under the scrutiny of a panel of international judges. This was one highlight of KingstOOn 3 on Saturday night before the results were revealed in the closing Awards Ceremony on Sunday.
Just before the final ceremony there was also the final rounds of the Wacom ‘Cintique Showdown” – a contest open to all visitors to the booth of leading hardware manufacturer in the animation industry. Using the top range Wacom Cintiq Pro, contestants respond to a randomly generated 3-word phrase and use their imaginations to interpret and draw their best representation of that phrase.
16 semi-finalists were selected from which 4 finalists participated in the play offs with their artistic representation of the phrase ‘seductively singing siren’. Topping the field was experienced animator and multi-KingstOOn awardee George Hay, who walked away with his own Wacom Cintiq Pro.