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For the past 14 years, the annual
Animae Caribe Festival has expanded
on many new and exciting horizons.
This year is no exception as the public
and all stakeholders in the local illus-
tration and animation industry could
look forward to an exciting and oppor-
tunity-packed week at the 2015 Ani-
mae Caribe---Animation and Digital
Media Festival. The festival runs from
Animae Caribe Festival has been
designed to propel the animation and
digital media industry of T&T. The
festival works to provide a holistic forum
for the discussion, promotion and
strategic development of this industry
throughout the Caribbean.
As is customary, Animae Caribe pro-
vides a platform for local animators to
interact with some of the top interna-
tional animation professionals and will
continue to focus on international part-
nerships as well as local and regional
AC festival director Camille Selvon-
Abrahams is committed to the devel-
opment of this industry. "Over the last
decade, Caribbean animation profes-
sionals through the festival have col-
laborated in order to make an impact.
We have proven that animations can
be created and consumed right here in
our region. Animators are also film-
makers and we stand ready to play a
valuable role in helping Trinidad and
Tobago access a piece of the world s
multi-billion-dollar animation and VFX
industry," she said.
As a testimony to this success, the
Association Internationale de Film
d Animation (ASIFA) will host its
Caribbean Elections during the festival.
"For ASIFA---this festival provides a
melting pot of Caribbean animators,
those who are learning and those who
are working in the field to stand up
and be counted as leaders in the field
of Caribbean Animation. We re excited
about the possible outcomes," Selvon-
The 2015 Festival Poster was created
by Richenel Rine Piemoe from Suri-
name. The 22-year-old has always had
a passion for drawing. "Drawing always
took me to a place where I can expe-
rience total freedom, be myself and
dream of big things. My ambition is to
become the best visual artist of Suri-
name and create my own cartoon
series," he said.
The home for AC 2015 is One Wood-
brook Place, and the Big Black Box
(BBB) on Murray Street, Woodbrook.
One Woodbrook Place will be the centre
for most conferences and interactive
sessions while BBB will be the venue
for the screenings of local, regional and
international animation submissions.
On Opening Day, October 27, the
festival heads straight into the topic of
opportunities for the region, as it pres-
ents Caribbean Roundtable---Boot
Camp. The second session for the day---
a workshop---allows registered partic-
ipants to come face to face with mentors. The evening
ends with the screening of the Battledream Chronicle
at IMAX Cinema. The film is the first Sci-Fi ani-
mation for PAGOD of Martinique. The director will
be present at the screening for Discussions after the
Festival guests 2015
From October 28 onward the festival is packed
with workshops and interactive sessions. A key
session on Creature Design will be led by Omz Velas-
co. His work has been seen in the Harry Potter
movie series, Star Wars, Hulk, Van Helsing and The
Mummy. Returning "home" for another festival is
Trinidadian Caifus Moore who works with EA Games
in Los Angeles. He will discuss the intricacies of
creating art for the animated world.
Other key elements of Animae Caribe 2015 are
the screening of Nigerian painter and animator Ebele
Okoye s The Legacy of Rubies at the German
Embassy; Emma Allen of the UK to demonstrate
Animated Body Paint Art; Caribbean network talks;
and, an opportunity for regional animators to pitch
their projects before an international panel.
Finishing off the festival, Animae Caribe will
feature its ever popular Dark Night which will high-
light international animations from the dark side.
Guests are invited to dress for this Halloween
Exciting time for animation industry
The 2015 Animae Caribe Festival Poster created by 22-
year-old Richenel Rine Piemoe from Suriname.
For more information on Animae
Caribe 2015, log on to:
www.animaecaribe.com or follow
its Facebook page.
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