ST GEORGE’S, Grenada – The Caribbean Regional Communications Program (CARCIP) recently launched its animation training programme at the T A Marryshow Community College in Grenada. The project, which is funded by the World Bank IDA SDR has three OECS countries: Grenada, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Saint Lucia as its immediate beneficiaries in Phase I
The overall cost of the first phase is US$25 million, of which US$3 million is a grant. The funding allocation for such a project is as follows: a) Grenada’s credit is in the amount 6.5 SDR (equivalent to US$10 million); and b) St Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines each 3.9 SDR (equivalent to US$6 million). The regional grant is equivalent to US$3 million targeted at the Caribbean Telecommunication s Union project. This is an IDA credit with a final maturity of 40 years and a grace period of ten years. The countries can anticipate a ten-year grace period.
The CARCIP project is structured in three primary components, viz: a) regional connectivity infrastructure; b) ICT-led innovation; and c) implementation support. A fourth component is already scheduled but can only be expected post Phase 1 of the project. The fourth component will be aimed at improving government and private sector efficiency and transparency by leveraging the regional broadband infrastructure towards delivery of a wide variety of e-services.
Malfinis Film and Animation Studio is expected to be in Grenada for the next five months conducting training for CARCIP and the Grenadian government at the newly retrofitted lab at the T A Marryshow Community College.
The programme, which launched 6th September, seeks to train and expose 25 unemployed youth in the art of animation. In accordance with the outline of the CARCIP project, the training in animation is just a small component of the overall project within the ICT-led innovation.
Following the five- month programme, which is characterized as of continuous assessment, the participants are expected to undertake an examination to fulfill the requirements of Toonboon professional certification, which represents a hallmark of the global standards and benchmark of the animation industry.
The students on successful completion are expected to be prepared for the global network of the players in the industry and will get the opportunity to present themselves for consideration for internships and employment at production studios.
Alice Bain, the CARCIP project coordinator, delivered remarks during the brief opening ceremony and orientation of the participants. Her focus was on the value of the course, which is free to the participants, who she said had to undergo an aptitude selection process. However, she also encouraged the commitment that they ought to make in order to derive true value and reward from the opportunity offered to them.
Managing director of Malfinis Film and Animation Studio, Milton Branford, expressed his pleasure and gratitude for being selected with the progress that his company has made in being chosen to provide the 2D animation training and certification programme for CARCIP (Grenada).
Branford outlined in his introduction the scope of career possibilities that exist in the industry for the participants. He provided an outline of the animation training program, schedules and expectations, and the process and value of certification – which was also reinforced by the T A Marryshow Community College and the Centre for Excellence.
Malfinis has a contingent in Grenada, which comprises its senior animators – Tevine Loctar and Francis Butcher. Butcher who is the facilitator of the training for the five months is a Toonboon certified animator. The Malfinis team was accompanied by David Jordan of Giordano Associates Ltd. Giordano Associates has offered and enabled the business development and advice to this initiative.