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‘Virus Tropical,’ ‘Jorel’s Brother’ & ‘Guaxuma’ Take Top Quirino Awards

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‘Virus Tropical,’ ‘Jorel’s Brother’ & ‘Guaxuma’ Take Top Quirino Awards

The second edition of the Ibero-American Animation Quirino Awards was held Saturday in Tenerife, recognizing nine stand-out works from Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Spain.

The Colombian production Virus Tropical won the award for best feature film. Produced by Timbo Estudio, director Santiago Caicedo’s feature film debut is an adaptation of the graphic novel of the same name by Power Paola. This 2D cut out black-and-white animation tells the coming of age story of Paola, a girl growing up between Cali and Quito within an atypical family. The film has had an extensive tour of international festivals, including the Berlinale, Annecy Festival and BAFICI, among others.

The Brazilian animated television series Jorel’s Brother “Be Broccoli!” by Juliano Enrico (Copa Studio) won the prize in its category. Aimed at children 7-11 years old, the series was co-produced with Cartoon Network as its first animated production in Latin America. The 2D cut-out series that shows the daily adventures of nine-year-old Jorel’s brother and his eccentric family made up of his father, his mother, three siblings, two grandmothers and a dog.

The best short award went to Guaxuma by Nara Normande. The stop-motion documentary combines sand animation, puppets and other elements, to tell a sensitive, intimate story. Guaxuma was co-produced by Vilarejo Filmes (Brazil) and Les Valseurs (France), and is actively doing the worldwide festival rounds around the world, including engagement at Annecy, IDFA, Ottawa and Clermont Ferrand.

The international jury included director and screenwriter Alê Abreu, Pixar’s character art director Deanna Marsigliese, producer Gustavo Ferrada, Sola Media’s sales director Barbie Heusinger and Xilam Animation’s head of development Marie-Laurence Turpin. A total of 244 works from 16 countries were submitted to this second edition of the Quirino Awards and 25 competed as finalists in its nine categories.

2019 Ibero-American Quirino Awards Winners:

Best Feature Film: Virus Tropical, directed by Santiago Caicedo. Based on the comic novel of Power Paola, and produced by Timbo Studio (Colombia)

Best Series: Jorel’s Brother – Be Broccoli! directed by Juliano Enrico. Produced by Copa Studio (Brazil)

Best Short Film: Guaxuma, directed by Nara Normande. Produced by Vilarejo Filmes, Les Valseurs (Brazil, in co-production with France)

Best School Short Film: Patchwork, directed by María Manero Muro. Universidad Politècnica de Valencia (Spain)

Best Animation Commissioned Film: The Amazing Story of the Man Who Could Fly and Didn’t Know How directed by Manuel Rubio. Produced by Hiru Animation, Afterlife (Spain)

Best Animation Innovative Work: Belisario – The Little Big Hero of the Cosmos, directed by Hernan Moyano. Produced by Planetario Ciudad De La Plata (Argentina)

Best Visual Development Animation Work: The Wolf House. Produced by Diluvio, Globo Rojo (Chile)

Best Animation Design: Paper Port – The Lives of Others. Produced by Zumbastico Studios, Gloob, Señal Colombia, Pakapaka (Chile, in co-production with Brazil, Colombia and Argentina)

Best Sound and Original Music: Black Is Beltza. Produced by Black is Beltza A.I.E., Talka Records, Set Màgic Audiovisual (Spain)

2019 Ibero-American Quirino Awards Winners

2019 Ibero-American Quirino Awards Winners (Photo © Quirino Awards)

Virus Tropical

Virus Tropical

Jorel’s Brother - Be Broccoli!

Jorel’s Brother – Be Broccoli!





The Amazing Story of the Man that Could Fly and Didn't Know How

The Amazing Story of the Man that Could Fly and Didn’t Know How

Belisario - The Little Big Hero of the Cosmos

Belisario – The Little Big Hero of the Cosmos

The Wolf House

The Wolf House

Paper Port - The Lives of Others

Paper Port – The Lives of Others

Black Is Beltza

Black Is Beltza


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