Camille Selvon Abrahams | University of Trinidad and Tobago
Camille Selvon Abrahams is the Programme Coordinator for Animation Studies at the University of Trinidad and Tobago where she spearheaded the creation of the Diploma in Animation Studies syllabus which has now evolved into a BFA in Digital Media Arts with specialisation in Animation, Game Design or Music Technology. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Media and Communication with specialisation in Animation, from Goldsmiths University of London. She is the founding director of the NGO Animae Caribe Animation Festival which is celebrating its 19th year. She recently served as Chairman of FilmTT under the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Government of Trinidad & Tobago. With focus on skills development for animation, game and digital media she recently sat on the panel for the development of the CXC for CAPE Syllabus in Digital Media Studies and Animation and Game Design. In 2016 she spent a month in Jamaica for an intervention project called “New Path’ which used animation in prisons, funded by the Organization of American States through its Department of Public Security in Washington DC.
Together with business partner Jason Lindsay they created the first Caribbean outsourcing animation studio called Full Circle Animation Studio in Trinidad. Creating work for international studios around the world. Awards include the Royal Television Society Student Award 2000 – London UK, Caribbean Tales Innovation in Animation in the Caribbean Award – Toronto Canada, Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival – Pioneer in Film Award 2014 – Trinidad & Tobago and Shortlisted for the Commonwealth Foundation Award for Women in Business. Over the years she has built up a critical mass of international and regional network of professionals in the industry ranging from, Disney Pixar, EA Games, Toon Boom and Cartoon Network. She has also managed and partnered with regional and international agencies like CARICOM, Caribbean Development Bank, Carib-Export Development Agency, Department of Public Security Secretariat for Multi-dimensional Security, and IADB Inter-American Development Bank Washington DC for strategic support initiatives.
She currently runs a NGO in collaboration with CARICOM called ‘The Shift Project’ which is an intervention program using digital technology to bring ‘at risk’ teens into the 21st century. This project took her and two female students to Guyana and Suriname where they conducted animation workshops with at risk youths. In partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank she is currently developing a state of the art animation, game outsourcing studio at the University of Trinidad and Tobago’s, Flagship Campus. This centre for innovation, embraces exponential technology and places students in a new learning environment where they’ learn while doing’ therefore preparing then for the future of work.