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Kingstoon 2013 - Animating Jamaican Creativity

Kira Clayton accepts her prize from Terry-Ann Wilson of The Gleaner

The inaugural Kingstoon animation festival and conference ended on June 21 with the selection of eight winners in four categories Character Development, Storyboard or Script, Experimental Animation and Final Animation Product. The two day festival, initiated as a stepping stone toward building an animation industry in Jamaica, Kingstoon featured workshops, panel discussions with local and international experts, and the final leg, the animation competition.

The competition element featured 20 finalists selected from 133 entries. The finalists were selected by a team of five local industry professionals: Alison Latchman, CEO, Alcyone (producers of Cabbie Chronicles), David Soutar, Design Consultant, Susan Lee Quee, Lecturer, Visual Communication, Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts and Laurie Leitch, School of Computing and Information Technology, UTECH.

Kingstoon panel of Judges The winners, two per category, were selected by an international panel of judges: Josh Lamb (The Shadow Gang), Mark Komza (Sheridan College), Joel Kuwahara (Bento Box), Lenora Hume (Lenore Hume Solutions), and Joan Vogelesang (ToonBoom).

Kira Clayton copped the first prize for Final Animation product with Down to Earth while Michelle-Ann Vernal and Leighton Campbell received second place for Tuff Talk. Interestingly, in the initial announcement, Down to Earth had received the second place, while Gregg Harrison’s ‘The Interview’ had been named the category winner. The revision was announced subsequent to the end of the competition on the Kingstoon Facebook page, although the reason for the change was not revealed.Kemar McInnis receives his award from Chantel Hylton-Tonnes while Min of State Julian Robinson congratulates

The top prize for experimental animation was scooped up by Kemar McInnis for his stop-motion animation piece ‘Hello Kingstoon’. McInnis had particularly wowed the judges with the revelation that the piece had been shot on his iPhone. Dale Bedasse’s Sunflower Dance copped second place. Interestingly, Sunflower Dance made it to the finals after the Kingstoon Logo animation was disqualified because it was too short.

In the character development category, George Hay’s Red Locks - The Village Ram, a dreadlocked goat working in water sports on a resort won over the judges receiving the top prize. JoWayne McFarlane’s Raising Jase earned the second place.

The final category, storyboard or script saw Tanya Batson-Savage earning first place for her mythical story Endeavour. Golden Cloud Studios Star Crossed a tale of the thwarted love between a tooth brush and a hair brush earned second place.

Kingstoon, held at the Mona Visitors Lodge, UWI Mona June 21-22, was organized by the government of Jamaica in partnership with the World Bank, the Canadian High Commission and Toon Boom Inc. Subsequent to the festival and conference the organizers will host a week long workshop on animation with presenters from Bento Box and Capilano College. The workshops run June 24 - 28 and are open to all finalists.