SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, Jan. 18 (EUROPA PRESS) –
A total of 223 works from 18 countries have been submitted to the call for the sixth edition of the Quirino Awards for Ibero-American Animation, which once again have the main sponsorship of the Cabildo de Tenerife.
The registered works aspire to be finalists in the six main categories: feature film, series, short film, school short film, commissioned work and video game animation. The best works in three technical categories will also be awarded: visual development, animation design and sound design, and original music. Created in 2018 with the aim of recognizing the best of Ibero-American animation over the last year, the Quirino Awards will be delivered on May 13 in La Laguna.
Open to animation works from the 23 countries that make up the Ibero-American region, the call received 17 feature films, 33 series, 100 short films, 44 school short films, 22 commissioned works and 7 video games that, as a whole, add up to 51 hours of animation. . The 46% increase in the number of school short films reflects the importance of the Quirinos for the promotion of new talents in Ibero-American animation.
Spain leads the list of countries with the highest representation with 31%, followed by Argentina (15%), Brazil (10%), Colombia (9%), Mexico and Portugal (8% each). Works have also been received from Bolivia, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, the Dominican Republic, Uruguay and Venezuela. Since its first call, the Quirinos have received a total of 1,482 applications.
From among all the registered works, the selection committee made up of Agnieszka Kowalewska-Skowron, Barry O’Donoghue, Carlos Roca, Sydney Padua, Loïc Portier and Paco Rodríguez will choose six works by category, which will be announced in mid-February. Subsequently, an international jury will choose the three finalists in each of the categories. On this occasion, the jury will be made up of Andrea Fernández (Chilean, art director of The Cuphead Show!), Julio Bonet (adult animation manager for Netflix, United Kingdom), Risa Cohen (producer and executive producer for video games and films , United States), Robert Jaszczurowski (producer and director, GS Animation/Grupa Smacznego, Poland) and Simón Wilches-Castro (Colombian, creative director at Titmouse studios, USA).
For the third consecutive year, the city of La Laguna will not only host the awards ceremony, but also the Co-Production and Business Forum, which in its latest edition brought together more than 120 company representatives from 19 countries and organized more than 700 professional meetings.
In the last edition of Animation! Ventana Sur announced the first three projects selected for the Forum: the series El futuro imposible by Martín Haas and Antonio Balseiro (Argentina) and Rei Gastão by Diogo Viegas (Brazil-Portugal); and the feature film Chocó: the land and the monsters by Estefanía Piñeres Duque (Colombia). The latter selected through the Ibero-American Animation League, an alliance made up of the Quirino Awards together with Animation! and the Mexican festival Pixelatl. In addition, during the APA LAB laboratory in Unquillo (Córdoba-Argentina) the fourth project participating in the forum was unveiled, the series The Darkland by Andrés Ramírez (Mexico).
The Brazilian Bob Cuspe – Nós Não Gostamos de Gente by director César Cabral, the Mexican Sustos ocultos by Frankelda de Roy and Arturo Ambriz, and the Chilean Bestia by Hugo Covarrubias were recognized as best feature film, best series and best short film, respectively, at the latest edition of the Awards.