13th Weird Market & 3D Wire Fest Set New HQ & First Wave of Guests

Spain’s Weird Market, International Animation, Videogames and New Media Market and 3D Wire Fest, International Animation Festival, has revealed details of the content and format of its 13th edition, taking place September 24 to October 3. The 3D Wire Fest jury will be made up of four international professionals from Poland, Portugal, France and Spain. The 2021 program will take place 100% in person, with select screening collections available online.

The event will have a new headquarters in 2021, La Cárcel_Segovia Centro de Creación. The old provincial prison of Segovia will be the hub of this cultural event. A rehabilitated and multidisciplinary space dedicated to promoting artistic creation and enhancing creative industries. The Julio Michel room together with the Ex.presa 2 room, cells and patios will harbor all the activities and screenings.

Leopoldo el del bar, by Diego Porral
Leopoldo el del bar, by Diego Porral

A program of enlightening sessions on the latest animation projects in production nationally and internationally is being prepared:

Director José Luis Ucha will be in Segovia together with Graham Gallagher (animation director and head of character) to talk about the entire creative process behind My Little Pony: A New Generation and how the team adapted the popular toys from “My Little Pony”, a famous IP, to an animated feature film. This international co-production by Hasbro, Entertainment One and Boulder Media premieres on Netflix on September 24. Gallagher also has a great professional background as an animator, with a filmography featuring Oscar-winning titles such as the animated film Tarzan or Gravity by Alfonso Cuarón, as well as blockbusters such as Guardians of the Galaxy, The Jungle Book and Paddington.

Another special guest will be Isabel Tallos, the co-founder of Everguild, an ambitious video game studio that operates from the United Kingdom and Spain specialized in digital collectible card games, such as The Horus Heresy: Legions, based on the Warhammer 40,000 universe from Games Workshop. Tallos will talk about the relationship between strategy games and video games and more specifically how to get from a board game IP to a video game.

Finally, director Diego Porral will present the long-awaited premiere of the short film Leopoldo el del bar, winner of the Movistar + Short Film Project Award of the 11th edition. Porral, who was nominated for a Goya award for his previous work A Day in the Park, will be joined by producer and screenwriter Joaquín Garralda and Guadalupe Arensburg, Director of the Movistar + Short Films Department, for this exclusive debut event in Segovia.

3D Wire Fest 2021 Jury, L-R: Alexis Laffaille, Katarzyna Gromadzka, Andrea Basílio, José Luis Ucha
3D Wire Fest 2021 Jury, L-R: Alexis Laffaille, Katarzyna Gromadzka, Andrea Basílio, José Luis Ucha

3D Wire Fest 2021 will have an international jury from Poland, Portugal, France and Spain; four top professionals in the animation industry:

Katarzyna Gromadzka (Poland) is an executive producer (Kids of Courage, dir. Matthias Zirzow, 2019 Emmy Kids Award nominee) and co-founder of Momakin. In addition, she is the coordinator of the Polish Quality project, a member of the Polish Association of Filmmakers (SFP) and a member of the Polish Association of Animation Producers (SPPA). With a background in Film and TV Production at the Lodz Film School, Katarzyna has worked as a production manager for film festivals (CAMERIMAGE, SE-MA-FOR Film Festival), and is co-founder of ANIMARKT Stop Motion Forum, an international event dedicated exclusively for professionals in stop motion animation.

Andrea Basílio (Portugal) has served as the head of the Children’s and Youth Department of the RTP (the public radio and television service in Portugal) since 2015. In this role she coordinates acquisitions, programming, commissioned works and in-house projects for preschool, children and teen audiences for RTP’s ZIG ZAG space. In her professional background, she has also developed animation series for various production companies.

Alexis Laffaille (France) began his career in the world of journalism before turning to animation. His arrival as a producer at the Parisian animation studio Kawanimation, marks the beginning of projects in development that become successful webseries and short films, such as IL LE FAUT!, Batz and Le Bien Chasser (Special Mention for best TV series at the 2011 Annecy Festival). These humorous and zany projects represent Kawa’s editorial approach and are part of a new generation of audiovisual content.

Special guest Ucha (Spain) rounds out the jury. Hailing from Cádiz, Ucha has more than 20 years of experience in the animation industry creating, developing, writing, directing and producing more than 900 episodes of 20 completed projects. Working with studios and artists from all over the world, he has directed series such as Bernard (Best Animation at Anima Mundi 2004 and Finalist for Best TV Series at Annecy 2005), The Secret Life of Suckers (Kids’ Jury Best Series, Mipcom 2009), Canimals (Kids’ Jury Best Series, Mipcom 2010) and Invizimals. This year, My Little Pony: A New Generation marks his feature film debut (for Hasbro / eOne / Boulder Media).

The 13th edition of Weird Market and 3D Wire Fest will be held completely on site, but with reduced capacity due to the current epidemiological situation. The organizers will strictly implement the Plan of Prevention and Control Measures of the Junta de Castilla y León to face the health crisis caused by COVID-19. All activities will be under capacity control, use of a mask, hand washing and disinfection, as well as social distancing.

The previous hybrid format will only remain in the ability to view the catalog of short films, international short films, international music videos and all national works online. Between September 27 and October 10, programmers, distributors and buyers of short films will be able to view the works through the digital platform Festhome.tv; the screening booths will also be enabled for professional attending on October 1 and 2.

Due to the capacity restriction, the number of accreditations for this Weird Market edition will be very limited. The opening of accreditations will take place next Monday, September 6. As for the 3D Wire Fest screenings, they will be like last year, free and until full capacity is reached.

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