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Spain and Brazil are the most represented countries, with 21 and 13 nominations respectively.

The Ibero-American Animation Quirino Awards have revealed the titles nominated in the nine categories of its second edition, which will be held on April 6th in Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Spain). The selection reflects, for the second consecutive year, the diversity of works that are produced in the Ibero-American area, combining works of acclaimed filmmakers with works of new talents. The list includes the latest films by directors such as the Argentinians Sebastián Mignona and Cecilia Atan, the Chileans Gabriel Osorio and Álvaro Ceppi, the Spanish Raúl de la Fuente and the Brazilian Rafael Ribas, among others. The selection committee, made up of the Polish Agnieszka Kowalewska-Skowron, the French Loïc Portier, the Irish Barry O'Donoghue, and the Spanish Paco Rodríguez and Zulay Rodríguez, had the difficult task of selecting the nominated works among the 244 applications received.

The plurality of countries represented highlights in the list of nominations, a total of eight (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Spain, Mexico, Peru and Portugal), led by Spain (21 nominations), Brazil (13) and Argentina (8). Three Spanish works share the leadership with the highest number of nominations (3): the short films La noria and Mum’s the Word; and the commissioned work Lorenzo Live 2018 Intro; while eleven works aspire to be selected in two categories. In terms of techniques, it’s worth mentioning the presence of works made in 2D, 3D and stop motion, as well as experimentation with others, such as Cut Out, rotoscopy or sand animation. With a broad representation of films aimed at young and adult audiences, six feature films aspire to the Quirino Award: the Brazilians Tito and the Birds and Lino - An Adverture of Nine Lives; the Spanish Another Day of Life and Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles; the Chilean The Wolf House and the Colombian Tropical Virus. It is a selection headed by content aimed at young and adult audiences.

Quirino Award for the Best Ibero-American Animation 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)
  • The Wolf House, directed by Cristóbal León & Joaquín Cociña. Produced by Diluvio, Globo Rojo (Chile)
  • Lino - An Adventure of Nine Lives, directed by Rafael Ribas. Produced by Startanima (Brazil)
  • 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)

Six works compete in the series category, dominated by Brazilian production, with three titles: Cupcake and Dino: General Services, Jorel's Brother - Be Broccoli! and Super Drags. Chile follows with Petit and the second season of Paper Port Season 2 - The Lives of Others (the first season was awarded with the 2018 Quirino Award); while the fifth nominee is the Spanish Cleo & Cuquin.

Quirino Award for the Best Ibero-American Animation Series

  • Cleo & Cuquin, directed by Fernando Moro. Produced by Anima Kitchent (Spain, coproduction with Mexico)
  • Cupcake and Dino: General Services, directed by Pedro Eboli. Produced by Birdo Studio, Entertainment One (Brazil, co-production with Canada)
  • 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)
  • Super Drags, directed by Fernando Mendonça. Produced by Netflix, Combo Estúdio (Brazil)

In the short film category, there are six selected films: the Portuguese Augur and Between the Shadows, the Spanish La noria and Mum's the Word, the Brazilian Guaxuma and the Argentinean Ian, a Moving Story. It is worth noting the presence of female directors in the category of school short films, in which they represent 50% of the nominated works: the Mexican Carnival and Reverie, the Spanish Aazar and Patchwork, the Brazilian 8 Patas and the Portuguese The Hat.

Quirino Award for the Best Ibero-American Animation Short Film

  • Augur, directed by David Doutel & Vasco Sá. Produced by Bando À Parte, Zéro De Conduite Productions (Portugal, co-production with France)
  • Between the Shadows, directed by Mónica Santos & Alice Guimarães. Produced by Animais, co-production with Vivement Lundi!, Um Segundo Filmes (Portugal, co-production with France)
  • Guaxuma, directed by Nara Normande. Produced by Vilarejo Filmes, Les Valseurs (Brazil, co-production with France)
  • Ian, a Moving Story, directed by Abel Goldfarb. Produced by Mundoloco Animation Studios (Argentina)
  • 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)

Quirino Award for the Best Ibero-American Animation School Short Film

  • 8 Patas, directed by Fabrício Eabachim, Gabriel Barbosa & Pietro Nicolodi. Faculdade Melies (Brazil)
  • Aazar, directed by Alberto Rodríguez, Ignazio Acerenza, Gerardo Fabián Riquejo, Alice Labourel, José Luis Herrera & Juan González. Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Spain)
  • Carnival, directed by Azucena Castillo. SAE Institute (Mexico)
  • 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)

Quirino Award for the Best Ibero-American Animation Commissioned Film

  • Amia: Rosa and Sebastián, directed by Sebastián Mignogna & Cecilia Atan. Produced by El Perro en la Luna (Argentina)
  • 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)
  • The Magical Night of Gaspar, directed by Gabriel Osorio & Pato Escala. Produced by Punkrobot Animation Studio, collaboration with Red Animation Studios (Chile, coproduction with Argentina, Peru). Original idea by Agencia Mc Cann Chile.
  • 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)

Quirino Award for the Best Ibero-American Animation 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)
  • Cosmonaute 360, directed by Jesús Pérez Irigoyen. Produced by Dessignare Media (Mexico)
  • Boy Transcoded From Phosphene, directed by Rodrigo Faustini. Produced by Rodrigo Faustini (Brazil)
  • Mibots Playroom, directed by Nathalie Martinez. Produced by Wise Blue Studios (Spain)
  • The Ricochet Splendid, directed by Pablo Gostanian. Produced by 2veinte (Argentina)

Quirino Award for the Best Visual Development of Ibero-American Animation Work

  • Augur. Produced by Bando À Parte, Zéro De Conduite Productions (Portugal, co-production with France)
  • Carnival. Produced by SAE Institute (Mexico)
  • The Wolf House. Produced by Diluvio, Globo Rojo (Chile)
  • Lorenzo Live 2018 Intro. Produced by Silly Walks Studio (Spain, co-production with Italy)
  • La noria. Produced by Nightwheel Pictures (Spain)
  • Mum's the Word. Produced by UniKo, Autour de Minuit (Spain, co-production with France)

Quirino Award for the Best Animation Design of Ibero-American Animation Work

  • Lino - An Adventure of Nine Lives. Produced by Startanima (Brazil)
  • Lorenzo Live 2018 intro. Produced by Silly Walks Studio (Spain, co-production with Italy)
  •  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)
  • Mum's the Word. Produced by UniKo, Autour de Minuit (Spain, co-production with France)
  • Tito and the Birds. Produced by Bits Filmes (Brazil)

Quirio Award to the Best Sound Design and Original Music of Ibero-American Animacion Work

  • Another Day of Life. Produced by Platige Films and Kanaki Films, in co-production with Walking The Dog, Wüste Film, Animationsfabrik, Puppetworks Animation Studio (Spain, coproduction with Poland, Belgium, Germany)
  • 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)
  • Patchwork. Produced by Universidad Politècnica de Valencia (Spain)
  • Reverie. Produced by The Animation Workshop - VIA University College (Mexico, coproduction with Denmark)
  • Tropical Virus. Produced by Timbo Estudio (Colombia)

The nominated works will be evaluated by an international jury, which will select three finalist works in each category. The selection will be announced in Madrid on February 19th in a press conference at Madrid's Casa de América, which will be broadcasted online.

The call for the Co-production Forum and the Congress continues open

The Ibero-American Animation Quirino Awards keep the calls to participate in the Coproduction Forum and the International Congress open, the two professional activities that will take place on April 5th and 6th. The pre-registration for the Co-production Forum, aimed at companies, producers or IberoAmerican television channels or with interest in Ibero-America, is open until January 30th. Among the companies registered there will be a selection, which will grant free accreditation and preference in participation. Later, a second registration phase will be open until February 7th, in which the accreditations will cost 60 euros. The meeting will bring together professionals from the region in B2B meetings, round-tables and presentations on the state of the industry in different territories. In the last edition, the Forum brought together more than 300 professionals, being, according to the participants, a necessary and useful meeting point for the animation industry. The second edition of the International Congress, which seeks to promote an interdisciplinary exchange between the academy and the profession around animation and technology, receives proposals until January 30th. The selection will be notified on February 14th.

Quirino Awards

The awards are named in honour of the creator of the first animated feature film, the Italian Argentinian Quirino Cristiani, who in 1917 directed El Apóstol; an Argentinian production where 58.000 handmade drawings in 35 mm were used besides several miniatures that represented public buildings and the streets of the city of Buenos Aires. In 2018, the Mexican feature film Αna and Bruno by Carlos Carrera, the series The Tiniest Man in the World by the Argentine Juan Pablo Zaramella and the Spanish short film Decorado by Alberto Vázquez were the works recognized in the main categories.

The Quirino Awards have Cabildo de Tenerife as its main sponsor through the Tenerife Film Commission, reflecting the determined commitment that is being made for the animation for years on the island, not only with these awards but with the presence in the main events and markets, attracting new companies, as well as with the support to the flourishing local sector. The initiative also count on the sponsorship of ICEX Spain Export and Investment, Town Hall of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Tenerife Espacio de las Artes (TEA); the collaboration of ICAA, Ibermedia Program, Fundación Cultural Hispano Brasileña, Brazil Embassy, Auditorium of Tenerife, University of La Laguna and RTVE; and the support of DIBOOS, SAVE, Pixelatl, Ventana Sur Animation!, 3D Wire, La Liga de la Animación Iberoamericana, Tenerife Moda, TLP Tenerife, Annecy Festival, and Polytechnique University of Valencia, as well as the associations: APA - Asociación de Productoras de Animación of Córdoba Argentina; ANIMAR CLUSTER – Argentinian Cluster of Animation & VFX; ABCA - Associação Brasileira de Cinema de Animação; Animachi Chile; GEMA Colombia - Grupo de Empresarios de Animación; Gremio de Animadores of Ecuador; ACDMX - Asociación de Creativos Digitales of México; Perú Animación and Casa da Animaçao of Portugal.

The awards are named in honour of the creator of the first animated feature film, the Italian-Argentinian Quirino Cristiani, who in 1917 directed El Apóstol. Quirino Awards will take place on April 5th and 6th in Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Spain).

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