The Ibero-American Animation Quirino Awards celebrate their first edition ( April 7th 2018) in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain.
The initiative, that looks forward to value the Ibero-American animation talent and industry, receives animated works from the region’s 23 countries that have been released between January 1st 2016 and December 31st 2017.
The awards are named after the first animation feature film creator of history, the Argentinian-Italian Quirino Cristiani,who in 1917 directed “El Apóstol”; an Argentinian production in which 58.000 hand drawn cartoons were used and recorded in 35mm, as well as several mockups representing Buenos Aires’ public buildings and streets. Of his work even the giant Disney talked about it, as he has traveled to Argentina in 1941 for the release of “Fantasia”.
The call for entries has nine categories: feature film, series, short film, school short film, innovative work, commissioned film, visual development, animation design and sound design and original music.
Works whose original language is mostly Spanish, Portuguese or other non-hegemonic languages spoken in the Ibero American region may be submitted in this call. Although it could be also submitted works by Ibero-American production companies that are produced directly in other languages.
Among all the submitted works there is going to be six nominated films per category, to be announced the first week of January 2018. Among these selected works, an international jury will choose the three finalists on each category, that will aim for the Awards that will be presented on April 7th in Tenerife.
Details for the new Ibero-American / World Coproduction Forum were announced during the presentation of the Quirino Awards in Ventana Sur 2017 (Buenos Aires, 27-11/1-12),
Promoter of the initiative, José Luis Farias, along with Gerardo Michelin, press officer; Marta Machado, ambassador of the awards in Brazil; José Iñesta, ambassador in Mexico; Paul Vaca, responsible for international relations; and Silvina Cornillon, ambassador for Latin America.
From December 15th onwards, Ibero-American animation companies will be able to apply to participate in the Forum which will take place on April 6th and 7th in the Auditorium in Santa Cruz deTenerife.
The program will include one-to-one meetings, working groups, along with a number of different conferences, with the aim in mind of creating a meeting point for Ibero-American animation production companies.
We don’t just want to talk about projects, but production companies themselves too, because often when working together it is important not only to be familiar with the projects, but also how each production company works - José Luis Farias.
The Forum gives us the chance to begin to get to know each other and forge alliances to develop material together. We all make a big effort, separately, on our own, and we have to join forces and possibly make fewer projects, but with more potential and higher quality - Marta Machado
We keep coming across professionals who have no fears about working together and who understand the strength that comes from joining forces - Silvina Cornillon
The Brazilian project Noah’s Ark is one of the first to confirm its participation in the Forum after having received the Quirino Award given by the organizers of the event in Ventana Sur Animation! Produced by Gullane (“Uma Historia de Amor e Furia”), Videofilmes and Globo Filmes, this family comedy in 3D is directed by Sérgio Machado and was selected by the jury of Animation! for its “original idea, the charm of its characters and the excellent pitch carried out”.
A separate International Congress of Ibero-American Animation will run at the same time and in the same place as the Forum. The call for submissions will be open until January 24th and the guidelines are available on the Congress webpage.
The Quirino Awards has the main sponsor of Turismo de Tenerife and the collaboration of some of the most important international animation events celebrated in Ibero America, such as the Mexican Pixelatl Animation, Video Games and Comic Festival of Cuernavaca and the Spanish 3D Wire International Animation, Video Games and New Media Market; among others.