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Animae Caribe to link with business
The public and all stakeholders in the local illustration and animation industry can look forward to an exciting and opportunity-packed week at the Animae Caribe’s Animation and New Media Festival. The festival begins October 28 and ends November 2.
For the past 12 years, the annual Animae Caribe Festival has expanded on many new and exciting horizons. Recently, there has been keen interest by several other Caribbean islands to host the festival. Last August there was a successful stint at the regional Carifesta XI celebrations in Suriname.
The festival has built significant regional relationships with institutions such as Caricom, the British Council, Youth Training Employment and Partnership Programme (YTEPP), the Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Innovation, the University of the West Indies (UWI), Barbados, and The Back Lot of Suriname. Over the years Animae Caribe has earned a reputation as an innovative platform to encourage growth and development in the regional creative industry.
As is customary, Animae Caribe provides a platform for local animators to interact with some of the top international animation professionals and will continue to focus on international partnerships as well as local and regional support structures.
One of the key international guests is Pete Lord of Aardman Studios, director of the legendary Wallace and Gromit, Chicken Run and the recent Pirates Band of Misfits. With other award-winning producers, the focus will be on local content and production.
Speaking about the festival’s mission director Camille Selvon-Abrahams said: “Over the last decade Caribbean animation professionals have concluded that we need to collaborate in order to make an impact. We have proven that animations can be created and consumed right here in our region and this year’s festival will demonstrate this.”
The festival will also put focus on the local business community, and enhancing its relationship with local animation companies and animators. A special event called The Link, will bring key partners in the advertising and commercial marketing industry to the discussion table with animators and other T&T creative professionals to open dialogue for a greater inclusion of local animation content in business and commercial projects.
The Link along with several other industry events will be published in the Animae Caribe festival magazine which will be available one week before the start of the festival.
To facilitate these new initiatives, the team of the Animae Caribe Festival has been strengthened. Joining the board are Alison Smith, director at Smith and Smith productions; Tracey Alonzo, producer, Special Publications at Guardian Media Ltd; Florence Louis-Edouard, specialist in International Relations social media; Janine Charles Farray, marketing strategist and Jason Lindsay, managing director at Full Circle Animation Studio and international business development expert.
The festival team will continue to build on the close relationship with the local and regional animation community. To this end, the T&T Animation Network is represented on the Animae Caribe Board by Rene Holder, Creative Instigator at local animation studio, Lab206.
Public relations manager for the festival, Roxanne Colthrust believes this will propel the festival into the regional and international arena.
“This formidable team of professionals will take the festival to new heights as the demand for animation has become almost overwhelming, we are extremely happy to have such a wonderful group to move forward with the festival,” she said.
n For more info on the Animae Caribe Animation and New Media Festival visit www.animaecaribe.com
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