2012 marks the 11th annual Animae Caribe Animation and Digital Media Festival. One core event in the line-up is the Business of Animation Seminar, which will take place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on November 1st, and is part of the Festival schedule which runs from October 29th to November 4th 2012 at various locations throughout Trinidad.
The Business of Animation Seminar is key to the agenda and objectives of the Animae Caribe Festival.
A global overview of the animation industry demonstrates the power and drive of its exponential growth and development. While creative expression lies at the heart of the multi-billion dollar industry, significant financial investment is essential to support the creative genius of our people – which we see in our carnival costumes, films and other entertainment ventures.
The Government of Trinidad and Tobago has identified the creative industries among the priority sectors targeted for economic diversification. Within the creative industry cluster, the animation industry provides a labour intensive ICT enabled opportunity to monetize and export our rich cultural heritage and keep it alive for future generations.
The industry also has the potential to be a foreign exchange earner if developed as an animation outsourcing model. The increasing trend towards outsourcing in this industry is primarily due to the presence of good studios and the vast base of skilled English-speaking workforce in outsourcing locations, where the cost of animation services is also significantly more affordable.
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Animae Caribe: 11 years and counting!
Founded in 2001 by award-winning animator Camille Selvon Abrahams, Animae Caribe is the Caribbean’s leading animation and new media festival. The festival is a creative space where animation, storytelling, technology, and discussion meet and has become a dynamic forum for regional participation and interactivity.
Now firmly part of the global animation calendar, Animae Caribe brings top names from studios such as Disney, ToonBoom, Aardman, Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon to Trinidad & Tobago. The Festival has hosted animators who have worked on such productions as Harry Potter, Lord of The Rings, The Simpsons, and much more.
This year, Animae Caribe will be even bigger. Aside from the week-long festival, there will also be a sister event in Jamaica and The Animae Caribe Travelling Cartoon Circus, at 6 locations across Trinidad & Tobago. As usual, participants will be exposed to fantastic Caribbean and International animations – but this time at the fantastic IMAX cinema screen, the official screening sponsor for 2012.
The Festival’s impressive line-up includes a cornucopia of activities including the “Brain Gain” conference, animated shows, celebrity storytelling, and animation workshops.
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