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2nd Ibero-American Animation Quirino Awards Finalists Announced

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2nd Ibero-American Animation Quirino Awards Finalists Announced

The Ibero-American Animation Quirino Awards have announced the finalists in nine categories for its second edition, to be held April 6 in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain. A total of 244 works from 16 countries were submitted this year.

The announcement was made at a press conference in Madrid by Beatriz Navas Valdés, ICAA general director; Silvia Barraclough, ICEX, Spain Trade and Investment’s Head of Videogames, Animation and VR Sector; Elena Vilardell, Technical and Executive Secretary of the Ibermedia Program; Alberto Bernabé, Vice President of Cabildo de Tenerife and Tourism, Internacionalization and Exterior Action Counselor; Antonio Pérez-Hernández Torra, Casa de América General Director; Carlos Biern, DIBOOS President; and Jose Luis Farias, Quirino Awards Coordinator; as well as representatives of the Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Portugal embassies.

A total of 25 works from seven Ibero-American countries made the cut: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Portugal and Spain. Spanish animation is the most represented with 13 nominations, while Brazil presents seven finalists, followed by Colombia (five), Argentina (four), Chile (four), Portugal (three) and Mexico (one).

A total of twenty-five works from seven countries from the region will aim for the statuettes of this second edition. Productions from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Portugal and Spain will opt for the Quirino Awards in the nine categories of a selection that reflects the international projection of Ibero-American animation and that counts with a wide representation of works oriented to a young and adult audience. The Spanish animation is the most represented with 13 nominations while Brazil presents 7 finalists, followed by Colombia (5), Argentina (4), Chile (4), Portugal (3) and Mexico (1).

Spanish short film La noria earned three nominations, followed closely by the Chilean series Paper Port – The Lives of Others and the Colombian feature film Virus Tropical with two nominations each. The selection has been made by an international jury comprised of director and scriptwriter Alê Abreu, Pixar character art director Deanna Marsigliese, producer Gustavo Ferrada, Sola Media sales director Barbie Heusinger and Xilam Animation head of development Marie-Laurence Turpin.

Outside the festival competition, organizers of the Quirino Awards are keeping the call for participation in the Co-Production Forum open until February 22. Scheduled for April 5 and 6, the Forum brings together production and broadcast professionals for B2B meetings, round tables and conferences on the state of the industry and the territory. This year’s event is sponsored by ICEX Spain Trade and Investment and Animation from Spain. Participants include Discovery Kids, Cartoon Network, RTP, RTVE, CLAN Internacional, Sola Media, Indie Sales, PlayKids, Cake Entertainment, Dandelooo, Autour de Minuit, Xilam Animation and Ikki Films; as well as representatives of the animation production associations: DIBOOS, GEMA Colombia, Animar Cluster – Argentinian Cluster of Animation & VFX and ABCA – Brazilian Association of Animation Cinema.

2019 Quirino Awards nominees:

Best Feature Film
Another Day of Life, directed by Raúl de la Fuente & Damian Nenow. Produced by Platige Films y Kanaki Films, in co-production with Walking The Dog, Wüste Film, Animationsfabrik, Puppetworks Animation Studio (Spain, co-production with Poland, Belgium, Germany)
Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles, directed by Salvador Simó. Produced by Sygnatia Films, The Glow, Submarine B.V., Hampa Animation Studio, Telemadrid, TV Aragón (Spain, co-production with Netherlands)
Tito and the Birds, directed by Gustavo Steinberg, Gabriel Bitar & André Catoto. Produced by Bits Filmes (Brazil)
Tropical Virus, directed by Santiago Caicedo. Based on the graphic novel of Powerpaola. Produced by Timbo Estudio (Colombia)

Best Series
Jorel’s Brother – Be Broccoli!, directed by Juliano Enrico. Produced by Copa Studio (Brazil)
Petit, directed by Bernardita Ojeda Salas. Based on the work of Isol. Produced by Pájaro, in co-production with Pakapaka, Non Stop and Señal Colombia (Chile, co-production with Argentina, Colombia)
Paper Port Season 2 – The Lives of Others, directed by Alvaro Ceppi. Produced by Zumbastico Studios, Gloob, Señal Colombia, Pakapaka (Chile, co-production with Brazil, Colombia, Argentina)

Best Short Film
Guaxuma, directed by Nara Normande. Produced by Vilarejo Filmes, Les Valseurs (Brazil, co-production with France)
La noria, directed by Carlos Baena. Produced by Nightwheel Pictures (Spain)
Mum’s the Word, directed by Khris Cembe. Produced by UniKo, Autour de Minuit (Spain, co-production with France)

Best School Short Film
The Hat, directed by Alexandra Allen. Instituto Politécnico do Cávado e do Ave (Portugal)
Patchwork, directed by María Manero Muro. Universidad Politècnica de Valencia (Spain)
Reverie, directed by Philip Piaget. The Animation Workshop – VIA University College (Mexico, co-production with Denmark)

Best Commissioned Film
The Amazing Story of the Man that Could Fly and Didn’t Know How, directed by Manuel Rubio. Produced by Hiru Animation (Spain)
Lorenzo Live 2018 Intro, directed by Manuele Fior & Silly Walks Studio. Produced by Silly Walks Studio (Spain, co-production with Italy)
Starting From Zero, directed by Carlos Salgado. Produced by User T38, DDB (Spain)
The Fall – Love Never Let Us Down, directed by Paulo Garcia. Produced by Zombie Studio (Brazil)

Best Innovative Work
Belisario – The Little Big Hero of the Cosmos, directed by Hernan Moyano. Produced by Planetario Ciudad De La Plata (Argentina)
Bring You Home, directed by Marc Terris & Xavi Terris. Produced by Alike Studio (Spain)
Mibots Playroom, directed by Nathalie Martinez. Produced by Wise Blue Studios (Spain)

Best Visual Development
Augur. Produced by Bando À Parte, Zéro De Conduite Productions (Portugal, co-production with France)
The Wolf House. Produced by Diluvio, Globo Rojo (Chile)
La noria. Produced by Nightwheel Pictures (Spain)

Best Animation Design
Lino – An Adventure of Nine Lives. Produced by Startanima (Brazil)
La noria. Produced by Nightwheel Pictures (Spain)
Paper Port Season 2 – The Lives of Others. Produced by Zumbastico Studios, Gloob, Señal Colombia, Pakapaka (Chile, co-production with Brazil, Colombia, Argentina)

Best Sound Design and Original Music
Black Is Beltza. Produced by Black is Beltza A.I.E., Talka Records, Set Màgic Audiovisual (Spain)
Between Shadows. Produced by Animais, co-production with Vivement Lundi!, Um Segundo Filmes (Portugal, co-production with France)
Tropical Virus. Produced by Timbo Estudio (Colombia)



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