Trinidad & Tobago’s Animators to Tap into Billion-Dollar Industry

Minister of Trade and Industry Senator Paula Gopee-Scoon (centre, in black) at a press conference focused on participation by local animators in the 2019 Kidscreen Animation Summit in Miami.

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Thursday February 14, 2019 — Government is supporting the growth of animation to allow nationals to tap into a US$259 billion industry.

Highlighting the potential earning power of the sector, which is among the fastest growing given the digital economy, Minister of Trade and Industry Senator Paula Gopee-Scoon said the global trend offers myriad opportunities for young, innovative and talented local animators.

“Trinidad and Tobago will take the necessary steps to successfully capture market share. The Government is committed to supporting new and emerging sectors to achieve global competitiveness,” the Minister said.

Citing various incentives and capacity building opportunities created by the state, Gopee-Scoon expressed confidence that great prospects lie ahead once stakeholders actively participate. 

“While we do possess some advantages, it is up to you the young, intelligent animators and entrepreneurs to capitalize on these opportunities and grow the local industry,” she said, as she also recognized the contribution of state agencies exporTT and FilmTT for the provision of financial, capacity building and other resources.

Dionne Mc Nicol Stephenson, Chairman of FilmTT which is responsible for developing and growing the local film Industry, emphasized the importance of the collaboration and highlighted social, cultural and economic benefits for Trinidad and Tobago which could be leveraged through that area of creativity and intellectual property.

Referencing support being provided by the Government to the four animators to attend the Kidscreen Summit in the United States – considered the children entertainment industry’s most important annual event – and other successful sector specific initiatives which are also expanding the sector, she said: “We feel sure that the export of these products will redound to the benefit of not only our creatives, but the entire nation. As we continue to plant, and water the seeds that have been planted, we will contribute to our economy from the trade and export of our fruits.”

Coordinator of the mission and Animae Caribe founder, Camille Selvon Abrahams said this year’s Animation Summit created an opportunity to not only create local and Caribbean content but to also apply local talent and knowledge and exploit outsourcing.

Her organization, Animae Caribe, has outlined a three-phased plan to increase Trinidad and Tobago’s share in the growing global animation market, by creating animated content for global distribution. The first phase includes the participation of local animators at the four-day Kidscreen Summit which ends today.

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