The Caribbean Regional Communications Program (CARCIP) has launched its animation training program at T.A. Marryshow Community College in St. George’s, Grenada. For the next five months, Malfinis Film and Animation Studio will be instructing aspiring animators on behalf of CARCIP and the Grenadian government as part of the regional push to grow the local industry and talent pool.
The 2D course is free to its 25 young participants, who have passed an aptitude and selection process. Following the five month program, the students will be expected to take an exam to qualify for Toon Boom professional certification, at which point the backers believe they will be prepared for studio internships and employment.
At a brief opening ceremony and orientation, Malfinis managing director Milton Branford outlined the scope of career possibilities open to participants in the 2D Animation Training and Certification Programme. Senior animators Tevine Loctar and Francis Butcher, who is Toon Boom certified, make up the studio’s Grenada training contingent. Business development and advice for the program was provided by Giordano Associates.
“Phase I” of the project, which is funded by the World Bank IDA SDR, is to the benefit of the countries of Grenada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Saint Lucia. The $25 million initial phase also involves creating regional connectivity infrastructure, an ICT-let innovation, and implementation support. CARCIP will also push for greater governmental and private sector efficiency as the project progresses.