Singaporean students fascinated by the delightful two-dimension animation cartoons of Sponge Bob Square Pants, The Simpsons and The Rugrats now have the opportunity to master the technology behind these celebrated cartoon series and showcase their creative works for international voting and judging as part of a digital animation competition.

Singapore is the first country to host the inaugural Toon Boom Animation Festival, which kicks off on April 2 2007.

The festival is co-organised by Toon Boom Animation, tghe Canadian High Commission and Media Development Authority of Singapore, with the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) as a Technology Partner. It aims to encourage Singaporean students to express their creativity and talent through creating animation content using Toon Boom software, which has been used extensively by industry professionals to create popular animation series such as Spongebob Squarepants and the Simpsons.

If Singapore edition is successful, Toon Boom says that the Festival will travel to the other parts of the world, starting with Brazil later this year.

Through the Festival, Singaporean students will have the opportunity to create and showcase their works to an international audience and have their works judged by a global panel of expert judges, so they can gauge for themselves where they stand internationally.