Big Name Animators Booked for Flow Sponsored Film Festival

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Animae Caribe Animation & New Media Festival · Animation workshops · Screenings of 10 years of Caribbean Animated films · Award Ceremony for Anime Caribe Jamaica

Alison Latchman

“The festival will undoubtedly provide local animators with a unique opportunity.”

The local animation industry is set to get a major boost from international experts at the tenth staging of the Flow sponsored Animae Caribe Film Festival.

Headline presenters include award winning animator, James Parris whose work includes The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Lion King, Spiderman, X-men, I Robot and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen; and Kirstin Davis, Senior Animator who has worked on films such as Alvin and the Chipmunks, Yogi Bear, Transformers, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End and Night at the Museum.

The event, which is slated to be held at JAMPRO on Trafalgar Road on Saturday, November 19, will provide a forum for local producers and international animation professionals to discuss the best ways to boost the development of animated productions locally. The festival will also feature screenings of over 24 award winning short films.

The international animation sector is a trillion dollar industry, and though Jamaican animation is at its inception, the island has great potential for development especially as major players such as Disney look to outsource work. Over the years however, Jamaicans have made an indelible mark on the film industry. In 2001, Adrian Lopez earned the BWIA award for Best Animation for his short film Roots. Coretta Singer nabbed two awards for her animation work when she ran away with the People’s Choice Award for Voyajah in 2006 and later earned the award for Most Outstanding Animation in 2007 with Deeper: Shadow Song.

Through the Jamaican-leg of the festival, young animators will have an opportunity to examine the gap between Jamaica and other film industries across the world.

According to Alison Latchman, Co-creator of Cabbie Chronicles and Festival Director of Anime Caribe “The festival will undoubtedly provide local animators with a unique opportunity.” She also added that “When you have an Oscar Award winning film maker imparting knowledge, its invaluable especially as their presence also provides local animators with great networking possibilities.” The opportunity is even greater as the festival is free.

Title sponsor Flow, through its brand Flow TV, did not hesitate to jump on-board for this year’s event. Michael Look Tong, Director, Media Services at Flow and a presenter at the festival expressed his Company’s commitment to the local film industry. “Flow is always looking for platforms to improve and diversify the content available to Jamaicans through innovation and creativity,” said Look Tong. “The company remains committed to investing in the development of a dynamic film and television sector in Jamaica,” he added.

Latchman also expressed her sentiments on Flow’s endorsement of the Festival. She pointed out that Flow has provided great support for both the festival and the television series Cabbie Chronicles. “Flow has really been ultra-supportive from day one,” she explains. “I’m very glad that they have come on board with this project as well.”

The main Anime Caribe film festival takes place annually in Trinidad and Tobago. The festival seeks to promote the development of animation in the Caribbean. Anime Caribe Jamaica is being staged in commemoration of Anime Caribe’s 10th anniversary and the organizers hope to have an even larger event in 2012 as a part of the celebration of Jamaica’s 50th year of independence.

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