CARCIP - The Caribbean Regional Communications Program, launched its Animation training programme today at the TA MARRYSHOW Community College The Project which is funded by the World Bank IDA SDR has three beneficiary countries of the OECS - Grenada, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Saint Lucia - as its immediate beneficiaries in Phase I.
The overall cost of the first phase is 25 million US Dollars and of which 3.0 M USD is a grant.. The funding allocation for such a project is as follows a) Grenada credit is in the amount 6.5 SDR equivalent to 10 MUSD. B) St Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines each 3.9 SDR equivalent to 6’0 MUSD. The regional grant is equivalent to 3.0 MUSD targeted at the Caribbean Telecommunication s Union project This is an IDA credit with a final maturity of forty (40) years and a grace period of 10 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) an ICT Led Innovation and
c) an 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 is launched 6th September , seeks to train and expose twenty – five (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 ToonBoom 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.
Ms Alice Bain the CARCIP Project Coordinator, who delivered the remarks during the brief opening ceremony and orientation of the participants at the T. A. MARRYSHOW Community College on Tuesday 6th September. 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 which they ought to make in order to derive true value and reward from the opportunity offered to them.
Managing Director for Malfinis Film and Animation Studio, Mr. Branford expressed his pleasure and gratitude for being selected with the progress that his company has made in being chosen to provide 2D Animation Training and Certification Programme for the CARCIP (Grenada).
Mr. Milton Branford of Malfinis Film and Animation Studio, 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 T A Marryshow Community College and the Centre for Excellence.
Malfinis has a contingent in Grenada which comprises of its senior animators - Tevin Loctar and Francis Butcher. Butcher who is the facilitator of the training for the five months is a Toon Boom certified animator. The team Malfinis, was accompanied by David Jordan of Giordano Associates Ltd. Giordano Associates has offered and enabled the business development and advice to this initiative.