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Quirino Awards and Co-Production Market 2021

Deadline | Event Dates (period)
27 May 2021 - 29 June 2021
Tenerife, Spain
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Event Description
The awards are named after the creator of the first animated feature film in history, the Italian-Argentine Quirino Cristiani, who in 1917 directed "The Apostle"; an Argentine production in which 58,000 drawings made by hand and shot in 35 mm were used, in addition to several models representing public buildings and the streets of the city of Buenos Aires.

The initiative has the collaboration of ICAA, CAACI, Ibermedia Program, Acción Cultural Española, Auditorium of Tenerife, University of La Laguna, RTVE, Cultura Inquieta, Filmin, Retina Latina, Tangram Solutions, WELAW, Embassy of Portugal and Casa de América; and the support of DIBOOS, SAVE, Pixelatl, Animation! Ventana Sur, Weird Market, La Liga de la Animación Iberoamericana (the Ibero-American Animation League), Clúster Audiovisual of Canarias, Annecy Festival and European Animation Emile Awards, as well as the associations: APA - Association of Animation Producers of Cordoba Argentina; Animar Cluster - Argentine Animation Cluster & VFX; ABCA - Associação Brasileira de Cinema de Animação; Animachi Chile; Bolivian Animators Network; GEMA Colombia - Animation Entrepreneurs Group; Guild of Animators of Ecuador; ACDMX - Association of Digital Creatives of Mexico; Jalisco Creativo; Paraguay Animation; Peru Animation and Casa da Animaçao of Portugal.

2021 Call for entries

The Ibero-American Animation Quirino Awards have opened their call for the different categories of their fourth edition, which will be held on May 27th, 28th and 29th, 2021.

The initiative, which will take place in Tenerife for the fourth consecutive year --and after the unprecedented success of the 2020 edition, which was carried out online-- seeks to value the talent and the industry of Ibero-American animation. The call for submission is open to animated works from the 23 countries of the region that have been released between January 1st, 2020 and December 31st, 2020, except in the case of feature films, series and animation for video games, in which works premiered between June 1st, 2019 and December 31st, 2020 can compete.

The call includes nine categories: feature film, series, short film, school short film, commissioned film, video game animation, sound design and original music, visual development and animation design. The works must be submitted through the Festhome platform before January 7th at 11:59 P.M. (Spanish time).

Among all the submitted works, there will be six nominees per category, which will be announced in February 2021. Among those selected works, an international jury will choose three finalists in each category that will be the ones who will compete for the awards that will be given at the ceremony that will take place on Mayth.

In 2020, the Spanish feature film "Klaus" by Sergio Pablos, the Brazilian series "Tainá and the Amazon's Guardians" by André Forni, the Colombian short film "The Cubicbird" by Jorge Alberto Vega, and the Portuguese school short film "Nestor" by João Gonzalez were the works recognized in the main categories.

In addition to recognizing the best Ibero-American animation works in nine categories, the Quirino Awards are the framework for the Co-production and Business Forum. A hundred animation companies from 19 countries participated in the latest edition of this industry activity, which included more than 800 professional meetings. In the coming months, the activities included in this industry program will be announced, as well as the requirements for participating.

An active platform
Since its first edition in 2018, the Quirino Awards have become a benchmark platform for the promotion of Ibero-American animation and the meeting between professionals from the region. In 2020, the organization of the event participated in the international festivals and meetings of Annecy (France), Pixelatl (Mexico), Animation! Ventana Sur (Argentina), Ajayufest (Peru), Colombia 4.0 (Colombia) and Animasivo (Mexico). In addition, it co-organized, together with the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) Cortos de Encierro, the First Animation Festival on Disability in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The Quirino Awards are also part, together with the Pixelatl Festival (Mexico) and Animation! Ventana Sur (Argentina) of La Liga de la Animación Iberoamericana (The Ibero-American Animation League), an alliance conceived to promote international projects in the region. The winning project of the second call of The League was “Firsts”, by Typpo Creative Lab (Chile), and co-developed with Pájaro Studio (Chile), directed by Bambú Orellana, which was presented, with the support of this alliance, at the Annecy and Pixelatl festivals.

The next appointments where the Quirino Awards will participate are Animasivo (Mexico), Animation! Ventana Sur (Argentina) and Colombia 4.0 (Colombia). On Saturday November 28th, within the activities of Animasivo, the Quirino Awards will coordinate the talk "Distribution of feature films"; Paco Rodríguez (Media Training & Consulting, Spain), Maximiliano Cruz (Interior XIII, Mexico) and Maritza Rincón (Fosfenos Media, Colombia) will also participate in the talk. On December 3rd in Colombia 4.0, the Quirino Awards together with their La Liga (The League) teammates (Pixelatl and Animation!) will talk precisely about how La Liga (The League) came about and what the next challenges are.

On the other hand, in Animation! Ventana Sur (November 30th to December 4th) the Quirino Awards will participate in two La Liga (The League) talks. On December 1st at La Liga de la Animación Iberoamericana (the Ibero-American Animation Leaguea) presents “Los amigos”. An example of alliance and collaboration told by the leaders of three Latin-American animation studios that make up “Los amigos”: Red Animation (Peru), PunkRobot (Chile) and Hype Animation Studio (Brazil). And on December 3rd in La Liga (The League) presents: Animation in times of COVID-19. The challenges that the pandemic brought to the animation sector. Case studies of Ibero-American companies that overcame obstacles and successfully adapted to the new normal: Mighty Animation (Mexico), Carburadores (Chile) and B.Water Animation Studios (Spain). In addition to a summary of the data from the resilience report prepared by the Quirino Awards.


2020 Qurino Awards  & Co- Production Market Coverage

Selections 2020

The Ibero-American Animation Quirino Awards have announced the finalist works in the nine categories of its third edition, which will be held on April 18th in the island of Tenerife. The announcement was made this afternoon at Casa de América in Madrid, in a press conference in which José Gregorio Martín Plata, Island Councilor of the Area of Territory Planning, Historical Heritage and Tourism of the Cabildo de Tenerife; Beatriz Navas, Director of ICAA, Institute of Cinematography and Audiovisual Arts; Pablo Conde, Director of Fashion, Habitat and Cultural Industries of ICEX, Spain Export and Investment; Elena Vilardell, Technical and Executive Secretary of the Ibermedia Program; and José Luis Farias, Coordinator of the Quirino Awards; in addition to representatives of the embassies of Brazil, Mexico, Paraguay and Portugal.

A total of 22 works from nine countries in the region will dispute the statuettes of this third edition. Productions from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Paraguay, Portugal and Spain will opt for the Quirino Awards in the nine categories in a selection that reflects the international projection of Ibero-American animation and has a broad representation of films oriented to young and adult audience.

The Portuguese animation is the most represented with ten candidates, while Spain presents seven finalists, followed by Argentina (6), Brazil (4), Colombia (2), Bolivia (2), Chile (1), Mexico (1) and Paraguay (1). The Portuguese school short film "Nestor", co-produced with the United Kingdom, is the work with more nominations (4); followed by the Spanish feature film "Klaus" and the Portuguese short film "Uncle Thomas Accounting for the Days", with three nominations each.

The selection has been made by an international jury composed of the Colombian Alfredo Marun (Development Director at Disney Television Animation); Polish Anja Franczak (Creative Producer in Human Ark); the Salvadorian Simon Vladimir Varela (Production Designer and Visual Development Artist for several studios, including Pixar, Disney, Warner Bros, Sony Animation, Fox and Universal); the American Vera Verba (Manager of the Sesame Workshop YouTube Channel) and the French Veronique Encrenaz (Director of MIFA Annecy).

The four feature films that qualify for the Quirino Award are: the Argentine-Spanish co-production “Turu, the Wacky Hen”, by Víctor Monigote and Eduardo Gondell; the Argentine “The Longleg” by Mercedes Moreira; the Colombian “Reconciliation Stories” by Carlos Santa and Rubén Monroy; and the Spanish "Klaus" by Sergio Pablos.

For its part, the finalist series are the Portuguese “Crias - Crocodiles”, co-produced with France; the Spanish "Momonsters"; the Mexican “Space Chickens in Space”, co-produced with the United Kingdom, Ireland and Australia; and the Brazilian “Tainá and the Amazon's Guardians”.

In the short films category, the candidates are the Colombian “The Cubicbird” by Jorge Alberto Vega and the Portuguese “Purpleboy” by Alexandre Siqueira, co-production with Belgium and France, and “Uncle Thomas Accounting for the Days” by Regina Pessoa, co-production with Canada and France

In the category of school works, the finalist works are the Bolivian “Gravedad” by Matisse Gonzalez (co-production with Germany); the Portuguese "Nestor" by João Gonzalez (co-production with the United Kingdom) and the Brazilian "I Guess It Went Something Like That" by Giovanna Muzel Da Paixao.

The categories of commissioned film and visual development stand out, in which the finalists come from a single territory. Three Argentine pieces will compete for the Best Commissioned Film Award: “In Your Hands”, “Mate?” and "We Have Voice" (being Mate? Co-production with Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay); while three Portuguese works opt for the Best Visual Development Award: "Nestor", "The Peculiar Crime of Oddball Mr Jay" and "Uncle Thomas Accounting for the Days".

In addition, nine other works opt for the Quirino Award in the categories of animation design, sound design and original music and the novelty in this edition, animation for video game. The list of all the finalist works can be seen here.

The third edition of the Quirino Awards received a total of 219 works


2019 Coverage 

2019 Pre-selection Stage Announced

After the closing of its call last December 8th, the II Ibero-American Animation Quirino Awards enter the stage of selection of works. A total of 244 feature films, series and short films from 16 countries have been submitted to the second edition of these awards, which seeks to highlight the talent and the Ibero-American animation industry.

With 60 and 49 works respectively, Spain and Brazil lead the number of applications. Costa Rica, El Salvador, Paraguay and the Dominican Republic are joining these awards for the first time, expanding the list of countries in the "Quirino space". The second edition of these awards, which have the main sponsorship of the Cabildo de Tenerife through the Tenerife Film Commission, will take place on April 6th 2019 in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain.

This first balance of the closing of entries has been announced by José Luis Farias, promoter of the awards, this Wednesday December 12th in the framework of Ventana Sur, the market co-organized by the Marché du Film de Cannes and the Instituto Nacional de Cine y Artes Audiovisuales de Argentina (INCAA), which celebrates its tenth edition from 10th to 14th December in the city of Buenos Aires.

Portugal and Mexico have been the countries that have increased the number of applications the most, followed by Brazil; while works from Spain and Colombia have descended the most. In total, 18 animation feature films, 35 series and 96 short films have been presented.

Among all the postulated works, a committee will select six nominees per category, which will be announced in January 2019. The committee is composed by the Polish Agnieszka Kowalewska, the Irish Barry O'Donoghue, the French Loïc Porter and the Spanish Paco Rodríguez and Zulay Rodríguez. Among the selected works, an international jury will choose three finalists in each category, which will be those who will aim for the awards that will be given on April 6th in Tenerife.

The awards have the following nine categories: feature film, series, short film, school short film, innovative work, commissioned film, sound design and original music, visual development and animation design.




Event Dates

  • From 27 May 2021 to 29 June 2021
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