After visiting China a few weeks ago to meet the general assembly of Association Internationale du Film d’Animation (ASIFA) Chapters, filmmaker and director of the Animae Caribe Animation and Digital Media Festival Camille Selvon Abrahams is very optimistic of the direction that Caribbean animation is taking with the formation of the ASIFA Caribbean chapter.
The global association ASIFA was founded in 1960 in Annecy, France. Renowned Canadian animator Norman McLaren was elected the first president of ASIFA. McLaren, John Halas and other founding fathers envisioned a world of peace and dialogue to settle differences.
They are united in the desire to promote the art of animation. The goals include sharing information, preserving the rights of animators, and promoting progress towards peace and understanding through unified interest in the art of animation. Working with UNESCO, ASIFZA strove to unite the animation world in peace by trying to find ways for animators from both sides of the Iron Curtain to meet in person. The main goal of ASIFA was to share animation films & develop lasting international friendships. Now, with almost 40 chapters worldwide this spirit of peace, love and tolerance continues to guide ASIFA. “Though my plate is absolutely overfull with responsibilities I found that it was expedient to request a Caribbean chapter,” said Selvon Abrahams, the ASIFA Caribbean president.
For the original report go to http://www.guardian.co.tt/entertainment/2012-10-02/caribbean-animators-prestigious-global-set