Global Animation Experts visit Saint Lucia

Two well renowned Animation industry consultants sharing more than sixty years of experience in the Animation industry – Steven Koltai and Richard Smitheman both of the USA –  will be visiting the Malfinis Film and Animation Studio on  Friday 1st April.

Milton Branford of Malfinis Film and Animation Studio says  “ The main purpose of the visit by the global Experts in the Industry is to conduct an institutional gap analysis as a precursor to developing recommendations and appropriate training to address what is needed to prepare Malfinis Film and Animation Studio as to what is required to conduct the business of animation globally.

During the visit they are expected to meet the officials  of Caribbean Regional Communications Infrastructure  Programme  ( CARCIP)  as well as the contingent of local trainees participating in a 2D training programme conducted by Malfinis Film and  Animation Studio at the local National IT Centre in Castries from 10.00 am.

Steven Koltai a Visiting Scholar of the  Brookings Institution and  the Managing Director of  Koltai Co LLC  says  “ When on island, we would especially want to meet with the actual artists and animators who do your work.  We can and should meet whatever other government or ecosystem supporters you have, but our primary goal is to come as “potential buyers” of animation support services so we can really see what you offer and then help, if necessary, bolster your capacity.”

Koltai  is  Founder   and General Manager  WARNER BROS. INC (a Time Warner Company), Burbank, CA ,  Interactive Entertainment and Warner Bros. Online (1994-1996); Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy & Business Development (1987-1994)   

Currently  Steven Koltai , is  the  Managing Director (2002 to present)  Kolatai LLC   International entrepreneurship ecosystem building consulting firm. The work of the firm is  primarily concentrated in developing countries. Clients include : the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, and national development agencies such as the UK’s DFID, Australia’s DFAT, Switzerland’s SECO and others, as well as corporations, foundations and investors seeking to spur entrepreneurship.  He has worked in over 20 countries including:  Algeria, Botswana, Egypt, Ghana, Haiti, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malaysia, Morocco, Palestinian Territories, South Africa, Turkey, 14 countries of CARICOM

Richard Smitherman   who has had  a similarly long career in Animation industry is a Creative Director,  Art Director,  Visual Development  Artist, and  Background Painter.    Some of the major projects he has worked on  include  James Baxter Animation  ‘Enchanted’ Rich Animation ‘Swan Princess’

Coolworld ‘Coolworld’   ,  Hyperion ‘Rover Dangerfield’

Sullivan Bluth Animation ‘A Troll in Central Park’ & ‘Thumbelina’

Universal Pictures ‘An American Tail 2:   

Cartoons in the basement “A Monkeys Tale’

Murikami Wolf, ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’

Film Roman ‘Simpsons Movie’     

Acme Filmworks  Inc. ‘Drew Carey’s Green Screen Show’
Milton Branford  Managing Director of Malfinis Film and Animation Studio Inc.  reckons  the interface with those personalities and global  experts in the Industry will enable a relationship  in not only providing  a broadened scope of the gap analysis but also provide a leveraging opportunity into the global industry.