Friday 17 November 2017

The British Council will be supporting the participation of eleven (11) animators at the Animae Caribe Animation Festival in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, from November 20-25, 2017. The selected participants were chosen from Cuba, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago where the British Council has offices.

Animae Caribe’s Animation and Digital Media Festival is the Caribbean’s biggest and most prestigious animation festival, providing a platform for the development of animators, as well as exposure to animation as a viable business. The Animae Caribe Festival attracts top animators from studios such as Dreamworks, Aardman, Pixar, Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon to Trinidad and Tobago, to present and host workshops for potential, novice and professional animators.

According to Festival Founder and Creative Director, Camille Selvon Abrahams, “With presentations from international character designers, executive producers and directors, the Animae Caribe Festival continues to be a platform for the brightest and best animators to network, upgrade their skills and become part of the development of a valuable industry.” 

The British Council has sponsored two workshops at this year’s festival: Script Development & Writing for ‘The Gecko’ Animated Series and Green Screen Technology & Film, led by UK animators Toby Davies and Jonathan McFall, respectively. These workshops will focus on areas such as animated series breakdown, character development, series backstories and green screen science.

Excited about the opportunity to participate in this year’s festival, Animation Lecturer Akindele Hickling shared, “This is a great opportunity for regional integration through creative expression. I am looking forward to building some new relationships from this experience.”  

Since 2001, Animae Caribe has been a platform to raise the awareness of animation and technology in the Caribbean. It continues to provide an outlet for innovative animators in the Caribbean to develop, expand and showcase their talents to a wider local and international audience.

The eleven lucky participants are:

Cuba – Cynthia Cazañas Garín, Harold Diaz Guzman Cazañas, Ivette Ávila Martín, Amed Alexander Bueno Rodríguez

Jamaica – Kadiene Williams, Akindele Hickling, Jenille Brown

Trinidad and Tobago – Anthony Baptiste, Danielle Blaize, Shane Young Sing, Stevenson Lacroes

About the British Council

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