This year’s Animae Caribe Animation and New Media Festival, will be held from October 28 to November 2, in Trinidad & Tobago. As is the case every year, in addition to screening animated films, the Festival is filled with workshops and networking events all designed. Check to Festival Program here.
The Festival has a lot to offer this year. It will now benefit from a new dedicated platform to showcase Caribbean animation to the region and the world. In partnership with CNC3 and Guardian Media viewers will have access to animated content from all over the Caribbean free, for the next four weeks. According to festival director Camille Selvon Abrahams “our animators will now have a wonderful platform to showcase their work and best of all, it is free to view. One of the major challenges for the industry has always been the availability of distribution models that suit our styles and content. This partnership will address this and the issues of local content and quota”. Animations from students of the University of Trinidad and Tobago will be given special focus as both past and present students will be able to view their work on television also for the first time. Aside from screening of animations on CNC3 TV Animae Caribe Festival will also host local and international professional animators from Dreamworks, Disney Aardman Studio with workshops in animation and all things digital media.
The Festival will also host visiting industry professionals sharing their animation skills with an excited Caribbean audience. The Festival will be focusing on, 3D Creature Design and Special Effects from our very own with a lecture from ‘Trini’ Director Shaun Escayg; a storyboarding workshop with Dreamworks’ Adam Henry; a workshop on Interactive Animated E-book publishing by Stacey Williams; and the screening of wonderful world animations at beautiful venues around the island as well as online.
The Festival’s mascot this year is Redman. He acquired notoriety when a freak tornado in central Trinidad went viral and sent Trinidad and Tobago into a frenzy. Days of searching the country through social media eventually led to his whereabouts. His comments when found … “Well this social media thing worked out really well for me, this is my first time in this amination thing, but I looking forward to spreading the word. It takes a lot to get me out of my Caroni Swamp home but I need the work so I will represent Animae Caribe Festival with pride.” Check out Redman’s clip below:
About Animae Caribe:
Animae Caribe was founded to raise the awareness of animation and technology in the Caribbean. It provides an outlet for young, innovative animators in the Caribbean and exposes their talents to a wider audience. The organization is looking forward to opening doors for other Caribbean Islands, hoping to hold the festival in Barbados, Antigua, Jamaica, St. Lucia, Grenada and St. Vincent. Animae Caribe is supported by the Trinidad and Tobago Film Company, the University of Trinidad and Tobago, and Toon Boom Animation.