Martinique’s ‘TOL’ named Best Caribbean Short Film, South African ‘The Sugarcane Man’ named Best International Student Film, and Malaysian ‘Biji’ named Best International Short Film, as Jamaica’s premier animation conference and festival came to a close Sunday night.
KingstOOn, Jamaica’s premier Animation Conference and Film Festival, wrapped up on Sunday having attracted over 4,000 registered attendees from 100 countries, a record number of participants. Despite global challenges, producers of animation in 108 countries submitted almost 1,500 entries in the Best International Short Film category, followed by over 750 in the Best International Student Film and approximately 300 in the Best International Special Effects Film categories. The event’s central theme was 'Diversity in Animation;' three sessions focused on issues of diversity and cultural inclusion within the media.
This year’s prizes included licenses for Toon Boom Harmony; Toon Boom Storyboard Pro; TVPaint Animation 11.5 Professional Edition; Scholarship opportunities to attend the Capilano University's Animation Summer Online Program; and Wacom Graphic Tablets.
Finalists in the Concept Category pitched their animated concepts to Sesame Workshop and Nickelodeon in B2B networking meetings.
Winners in the Best Caribbean Short Film category were also given the opportunity to have their project broadcasted on Television Jamaica and the chance to negotiate broadcasting rights with Moviestar, a major telecommunications brand operating in Spain and in many Latin American countries.
Best Concept winners will get the opportunity to negotiate a development, representation, and co-production deal with Africa Animation Network and Baboon Animation Studios.
This year’s event included a range of international speakers from companies such as Disney, Netflix, Sony Animation, Nickelodeon, Hit Entertainment, Pixar, Sesame Street, HiT Entertainment, and Lion Forge.
The winners are as follows:
KingstOOn Emerging Animated Content Competition:
- Mango Man by Andre Rankine - Jamaica (1stplace)
- Mental by Chevon Irving – Jamaica (2nd Runner up)
- Colours in the Wind by Gabrielle Watts - Jamaica (2nd Runner up)
Best Character Design
- Doc the National Bird by Gary Plummer - Jamaica (1st place)
- Row-Row the Throw Pro by Melisa Kerr - Jamaica (1st place)
- Taegan, The Prosthesis Hero by Renee Ross – Jamaica (2nd place)
Best Caribbean Short Film
- TOL by Dylan Attelly, Jérémy Gravinay, Joëllia Rose, Stephen Martingoulet, Matthieu Templet-Nadeau, Anne-Isabelle Zamant and Tiffani Browne - Martinique (1st place)
- The Big Catch by Arminda Bailey – Trinidad and Tobago (2nd place)
Best Concept (Finalists took part in the Pitch Boot Camp and Pitch Competition)
- Jellyman Adventures by Shaquille Crosse, Kyle- Andrew Lee, Chevardi Gray and Dwayne Pottinger - Jamaica (1st place)
- HOWZATT by Rene Holder and Tracy Hutchings – Trinidad and Tobago (2nd place)
KingstOOn International Animated Film Competition
- Best International Special Effects Film
- The Quiet by Radheya Jegatheva – Australia (1stplace)
- The Last Mother by Megan de Jong and Garai Vorm – The Netherlands (2nd place)
Best International Student Film
- The Sugarcane Man by Tina Obo, Leroy Le Roux – South Africa (1st place)
- Feeling Blues by Astrid Massad, Nicolas Lipari, Marion Morgante, Maria-Louiza Bitsou, Guillaume Clamart-Mezeray – France (2nd place)
Best International Short Film
- Biji by Kin Lek Chew – Malaysia (1st Place)
- C is for Cars by Warren Brown – Canada (2ndPlace)
Best International Feature Film
- The Fixies vs. Crabots by Vasili Bedoshvili, Ivan Pshonkin and Oleg Uzhinov – Russian Federation (1st Place)
- The Heritage of Sri Sutturu Math by Abdul Kareem – India (2nd Place)
See the films on the KingstOON 2021 YouTube channel.