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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Friday, October 11, 2013
The public and all stakeholders in the local illus-
tration and animation industry can look forward
to an exciting and opportunity-packed week at the
Animae Caribe s Animation and New Media Fes-
tival. The festival begins October 28 and ends
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 relation-
ships 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 con-
sumed 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 adver-
tising and commercial marketing industry to the dis-
cussion table with animators and other T&T creative
professionals to open dialogue for a greater inclusion
of local animation content in business and commercial
The Link along with several other industry events
will be published in the Animae Caribe festival mag-
azine 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 devel-
The festival team will continue to build on the close
relationship with the local and regional animation com-
munity. 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 ani-
mation has become almost overwhelming, we are
extremely happy to have such a wonderful group to
move forward with the festival," she said.
For more info on the Animae Caribe Animation
and New Media Festival visit www.animaecaribe.com
Caribe to link
On board for Animae Caribe: Seated from left are Janine Charles Farray, marketing strategist; Jason Lindsay, managing director at Full
Circle Animation Studio; Roxanne Colthrust of Colthrust PR; Camille Selvon-Abrahams, Animae Caribe festival director; Sade Selvon-
Abrahams; Alison Smith, director at Smith and Smith productions; Tracey Alonzo, producer, Special Publications at Guardian Media Ltd
and Florence Louis-Edouard, specialist in International Relations social media.
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