The creative digital media sector in Guyana holds massive potential for economic growth and for the next generation of jobs. However young people who are interested in animation and creative digital media in Guyana lack an established path for training or entering the industry.
When Jubilanté Cutting attended an animation festival where youth from other countries presented and received support to train and scale their ideas, she observed a lack of similar investment available in Guyana. She founded the Guyana Animation Network to transform Guyana’s animation and digital media industry.
“My hope is to create an environment where young people are motivated to tell their stories and to see them evolve into media that is exported to the world.”Jubilanté Cutting
Guyana Animation Network prepares young people for the current and the next generation for jobs in the global digital and creative technology industries.
Guyana Animation Network equips children and youth with digital and creative skills and connects them with global experts in the sector. This is facilitated through GAN’s summer camps and creative masterclasses.
GAN is among nineteen organisations that are currently enrolled on the Youth Ventures Programme (YVP). Through the YVP, QCT provides youth-led organisations with flexible funding, practical tools and technical support, and access to a global network of young leaders for 2+ years.
With QCT’s support since March 2022, GAN has been able to:
Host 4 digital media training programmes that equipped 81 previously unemployed youth with skills in scriptwriting, voice acting, storyboard art, graphic design and character design
Launch a digital agency that is now employing 22 of the 81 youth trained
Provide practical work experience through its animated film engaging 8 young artists hired from GAN’s training programme
Future work supported by QCT in 2023:
GAN aims to increase the number of participants enrolling in their programmes.