‘KingstOOn’ to be held in Jamaica next week

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KingstOOn 2016 PosterThe KingstOOn Animation Conference and Film Festival will be staged a second time from 12-13 March 2016. The event, which is being held in Kingston, Jamaica, is being hosted in collaboration with the Government of Jamaica, the World Bank and the Caribbean Development Bank. It will take the format of an animation conference, market place and film festival.

KingstOOn 2016 is intended to catalyse 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. This project is an expression of the Government of Jamaica’s commitment to stimulate the growth of the local animation industry and to establish Jamaica as an animation hub in the Caribbean.

KingstOOn 2016 Film ShowcaseThe 2016 edition of the festival builds on the success of the 2013 KingstOOn and will host the finals of the KingstOOn 2016 Regional Animated Content Competition and International Afrodescendant Animation Film Festival. In total, 938 submissions were received from 93 countries, and 40 finalists from 14 countries have been selected.

Animation is one field of work where many young persons today have found an outlet through which they can express their creativity and enjoy what they do while making a living. At the Twenty-Sixth Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government in The Bahamas in February 2015, the CARICOM Heads agreed that animation should be among the sectors for prioritised attention because this industry had tremendous growth potential as an emerging sector in the Regional context and also leveraged digital technology and engaged youth.

For more information: www.kingstoonfest.com



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