KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Over 900 entries from 93 countries have been received for the KingstOOn Emerging Animators Content Competition (KEACC) and the KingstOOn International Animation Film Festival (KIACC).
“This is an amazing achievement when you consider that this is only the second staging of KingstOOn,” said Julian Robinson, minister of state in the ministry of science, technology, energy and mining. “The incredible response to our call for entries is validation of our vision that Jamaica can be recognized as a hub for animation in the region.”
A shortlist of 44 will be selected from among the 95 entries received for the KEACC. The aim of the KEACC is to unearth new talent and showcase the excellence of the content created by the Caribbean’s animation practitioners. The entries have been submitted in categories of storyboard, character design, Caribbean short film and concept. Submissions have been received from Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Martinique, Haiti, St Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda, Cuba and Guadeloupe.
The 840 submissions for the KIAFF have come from just about every world region – the Caribbean, Europe, North, South and Central America, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Oceania. These have been shortlisted to 49 films which are competing for awards in the categories of student film, short film and full feature film.
“The films from around the world will be screened at venues around Kingston during the week leading up to KingstOOn, giving anyone interested in animated films a unique opportunity to view the work of artists from around the globe,” Robinson revealed.
The KingstOOn Animation Conference and Film Festival takes place March 12 and 13 at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in Kingston, Jamaica. The KingstOOn programme, designed around the themes of Learn, Earn and Display, will comprise an animation conference, a marketplace to link content producers with buyers, in addition to the competition and film festival.
KingstOOn is an initiative of the government of Jamaica in collaboration with the World Bank and the Caribbean Development Bank.