10th Animae Caribe Ends Tonight

Animae Caribe, the Animation and New Media Festival, celebrated its 10th anniversary this year in Trinidad and Tobago. The festival, which ran from October 31 to November 5, 2011, aims to entertain, to empower, and to promote animation as an art form.

Animae Caribe, which is known as the Caribbean’s premier Animation and New Media Festival, will end tonight with a reception and awards ceremony. Events included activities for children including age-appropriate screenings of animation and storytelling; interactive workshops; master classes; seminars; and screenings for students and the general public.

Yesterday at the National Academy of Trinidad and Tobago (NAPA), participants took part in a master class featuring James Parris, who joined Walt Disney Studio in 1993 and contributed to the success of the film company’s Lion King in 1993 and Tarzan in 1998. There was also a lecture by Paul Chung of Dreamworks Animation; Chung also worked for notable animation studios like Walt Disney Animation and Warner Brothers Studios. His film credits include Shrek, Madagascar, and Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Chung also hosted a master class on Dreamworks Animation Studio along with Michael De Souza and Genevieve Webster, authors of Rastamouse, a British children’s book which was made into an animated television series. Other guests included Anjelica Casillas, Hugo Sands, Mo Assem, and Ruben van Esterik.

Caribbean Tales Worldwide Distribution Inc also hosted workshops/content incubators called the Pitching Game with the participation of around thirty animators, writers, and storytellers.

The closing reception and award ceremony for Animae Caribe will take place from 6:30pm to 9:00pm at the Old Fire Station, Abercromby Street, Port-of-Spain. This event is by invitation only.

[Many thanks to Frances-Ann Solomon for bringing this item to our attention.]

For more information, see http://www.animaecaribe.com/ and http://www.newsday.co.tt/features/0,150055.html

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