SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, 15 May. (EUROPE PRESS) –
The fifth edition of the Ibero-American Animation Quirino Awards has awarded its main awards to works from Brazil, Mexico and Chile. ‘Bob Cuspe – Nós Não We Liked People’, ‘Frankelda’s Hidden Scares’ and ‘Bestia’ picked up the award for best feature film, series and short film, respectively.
The winning works in the three main categories are carried out by characters as diverse as a punk antihero, a ghost writer and a secret police agent during the military dictatorship in Chile. In addition, all three have been made in stop-motion, confirming the rise of this animation technique in Latin America.
The Island Director of Tourism of the Cabildo de Tenerife, Laura Castro; the mayor of La Laguna, Luis Yeray Gutiérrez, and the Councilor for Culture, Yaiza López, participated in the Quirino Awards ceremony, held this Saturday at the Leal Theatre, and broadcast live to the whole world.
Also taking part in this event were Elisa Carbonell, General Director of Internationalization of the ICEX Company; Jaime Tenorio, executive secretary of the CAACI, or Beatriz Navas, director of the ICAA and president of Ibermedia.
‘Bob Cuspe – Nós Não We Gostamos de Gente’, debut film by Brazilian director César Cabral, received the Quirino Award for Best Animated Feature Film. Combining elements of documentary film and fiction, the film is a post-apocalyptic road-movie starring Bob Cuspe, a mythical character from the Brazilian underground culture of the ’80s created by the cartoonist Angeli. Produced by Coala Filmes, the film was also recognized with the award for Best Sound Design and Original Music.
The award for Best Animated Series went to the Mexican ‘Frankelda’s Hidden Scares’, a horror series suitable for children and starring Frankelda, a mysterious ghost writer who seeks to become the best-known horror author in history with the help of an enchanted book. Directed by Roy and Arturo Ambriz, the series, whose first season premiered on the HBO Max streaming platform, also received the Quirino Award for Best Animation Design.
Recognized as Best Animated Short, ‘Bestia’ delves into the psyche of a secret police agent during the military dictatorship in Chile. Directed by Hugo Covarrubias and inspired by real events, the short, which this year was nominated for an Oscar, also received the Quirino Award for Best Visual Development.
The Spanish ‘The flies only live for a day’, by Mauro Luis López (Master in Animation UPV, Valencia), won the award for Best School Short Film, a category that rewards emerging talents in Ibero-American animation. In addition, the Chilean ‘#NormasdeGéneroBinaria:Niñas’, directed by Bernardita Ojeda in co-direction with Cristián Freire, was awarded Best Commissioned Work, and ‘Greak: Memories of Azur’, a co-production between Mexico, Argentina, Ecuador and Venezuela developed by Navegante Entertainment, picked up the award for Best Video Game Animation.
The winners were chosen by a jury made up of Sebastian Debertin (KiKA, Germany), Magdiela Hermida Duhamel (LatinX in Animation, United States), Zofia Jaroszuk (Animoon, Poland), Kenneth Ladekjær (Sun Creature Studio, Denmark) and Hernán La Greca. (Creative Director and Content Developer, United States).
Sponsored by the Cabildo de Tenerife through Turismo de Tenerife and the Tenerife Film Commission, the Quirino Awards ratify with this new edition their relevance in the construction of a common space for the animation of the 23 countries of this region made up of the countries of America America, Spain and Portugal.