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Animae Caribe Animation and New Media 2010 awards highlights youth connection
Young people looking to develop a career in animation and new media have a number of opportunities at their disposal these days. In fact, careers in animation and the new media industry have proven to be very rewarding for practitioners and this is because the field of options seems almost limitless. They include the traditional: animators, producers, writers, sketch artists, directors and assistant directors; to more contemporary career choices such as visual development artists, flash animators, game programmers, light compositing artists and film editors. By enrolling in the Diploma in Animation courses at the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) or UWI’s Visual Arts Degrees and Film and Video Certificate in Animation, many Trinbagonians can get a head start in this promising field.
Opting to study animation and new media also has its rewards outside a meaningful career. As the several deserving young men and women who walked away winners at the 2010 Animae Caribe Animation and New Media Festival impressively demonstrated this week, there is also room to celebrate and acknowledge the achievements of animation professionals. The Festival, which concluded in grand style at the Academy of Performing Arts in Port-of-Spain on November 28th, saw a number of animators receiving recognition for their submissions in seven different categories including Most Promising Animation Feature, Best Trinidad and Tobago Short, the DEW Most Outstanding Caribbean Short and a Festival first - the Best Latin American Animation Award.
The first ever Best Latin American Animation Award went to Cuban animator Barbaro Joel Ortiz for “20 Years”, a stop motion/claymation film which explores what goes on behind the closed doors of a marriage. The very real issues of love, frustration, betrayal and domestic violence are explored with great insight in this 12-minute silent film. The 2010 Animae Caribe Festival marks the first time Barbaro’s work has been seen by a wider Caribbean audience and hopefully it won’t be the last as he also copped the Most Outstanding Animation Feature! The young men from the Youth Training Centre (YTC) were especially jubilant as they walked away with the Most Promising Newcomer Award for their piece entitled “The Journey” which explored themes of Hope, Love, Creativity and Peace.
The YTC group was part of an animation workshop organised by the Festival Founder Camille Selvon-Abrahams back in October. The Journey was the main feature on the opening day of the 2010 Festival and won the hearts of the judges for the outstanding storyline yet simple artistry. Trinidad and Tobago was also well represented at the award ceremony in other categories including the prize for Best Trinidad and Tobago Short: “Rainbow Hill” by Wendell McShine. Wendell is known for staying true to his thought-provoking, often dark yet visually appealing aesthetic and Rainbow Hill is no different. Currently based in Mexico, he is a Festival veteran having submitted last year and won the Best Use of Animation in a Music Video Award for “Prosper” by 12 The Band.
We look forward to 2011 to see what this self-proclaimed underground artist comes up with! The Best Use of Animation in the Media Award went to Christopher Guinness for “Animal Instinct”. Jamaica took home the coveted DEW Most Outstanding Short. Allison Latchman’s “Cabbie Chronicles” won the nod of the judges, while David Prossner won the Best Student Award for “Matter Fisher”. The Animae Caribe Animation and New Media Festival took place from November 22nd to 28th in Trinidad and Tobago. There was opportunity for exposure for those wanting to learn from the best in the business as several internationally-recognised animators conducted workshops at this year’s Festival. They include two-time Oscar nominee Bill Plympton, eight-time Eisner Award winner, Kyle Baker and Chris Soyer who worked on last year’s blockbuster “2012”.
This year’s sponsors included the Ministry of Trade and Industry, the University of Trinidad and Tobago, the Trinidad and Tobago Film Company, eTecK, The Guardian, gieNETWORK and the National Drug Council which supported the Anansi Children’s Theatre Production on the last day of the Festival. Look out for the 2011 installment which promises to be a grand event as the Festival marks its 10th anniversary.
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