2020 Qurino Awards Coverage
The Ibero-American Quirino Animation Awards have successfully closed the call for their next edition, which will be held in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain, for the third consecutive year. A total of 219 works from 17 countries aspire to be finalists in nine categories in competition: feature film, series, short film, school short film, commissioned film, animation for video game, visual development, animation design and original sound and music design.
Ten feature films, 32 series, 80 short films, 37 school short films, 50 commissioned films and 10 animations for video games have been submitted to the call. Together, the works add more than 40 hours of animation. 25% of the registrations come from Spain, which tops the list of countries with the highest participation followed by Argentina (19%), Brazil (18%), Mexico (12%) and Portugal (7%).
In addition, works have been received from Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico - which participates for the first time in the Quirino Awards -, Uruguay and Venezuela. Argentina has been the country that has grown the most since the last edition, presenting 38% more works than in the last call. Among the applications are also films co-produced by a dozen countries outside the region, including France, Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and China.
Among all the submitted works, six works will be nominated per category, which will be announced the week of January 20th. An international jury will choose three finalists in each category, which will be the ones that will aim for the awards that will be delivered at the ceremony that will take place on April 18th in Tenerife. The finalist works of each category will be announced at Casa de América the week of February 17th. The jury is made up of Colombian Alfredo Marun (Disney Television Animation); Polish Anja Franczak (Human Ark); Salvadorian Simón Vladimir Varela (Production Designer and Visual Development Artist for several studios, including Pixar, Disney, Warner, among others); the American Vera Verba (Sesame Workshop YouTube Channel) and the French Véronique Encrenaz (MIFA Annecy).
An active platform
Since its first edition in 2018, the Quirino Awards have become a reference platform for the promotion of Ibero-American animation and the meeting among professionals in the region. In 2019, the organization of the event was presenting the prizes and the Co-production Forum at the festivals of Annecy (France), Pixelatl (Mexico), Ventana Sur (Argentina) and 3D Wire (Spain). In addition, the organization is behind the launch of the Quirino Ibero-American White Paper. This publication, which is available for download in Spanish or English on Quirino Awards website, includes a database that includes animation associations, production companies, training centers and events in the 23 countries that comprise the Ibero-American region integrated by Latin America, Spain, Portugal and Andorra.
The Quirino are also part together with Pixelatl Festival (Mexico) and Animation! (Argentina) of La Liga de la Animación Iberoamericana, an alliance designed to promote projects in the region internationally. The winning project of the first La Liga call was ‘Two Little Birds’, a series co-produced by the Uruguayan Palermo Studio and the Argentine Can Can Club, and directed by Alfredo Soderguit and Alejo Schettini, which was presented, with the support of this alliance, at the Annecy and Pixelatl festivals. Another of the initiatives supported by the Quirino is the CLAN Young Talent Award, an award organized together with the CLAN International RTVE channel to promote young Ibero-American creators. In its first edition, this contest of ideas for animated short films rewarded the project "Mundo menudo" by Irene Chica (Spain).
The next date where the Quirino Awards will participate is Animation! at Ventana Sur (Buenos Aires, December 2nd to 6th) where they will integrate a round table together with other representatives of animation industry events in which they will reflect on the state of the situation on Ibero-America and analyze new ways to continue promoting internationally to the region.
About the Quirino Awards
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 Quirino Awards, which have the main sponsorship of the Cabildo de Tenerife through the Tenerife Film Commission, reflect the determined commitment that has been made for years to animation on the island. This commitment also materializes in concrete actions to support the blooming local industry, assistance to major international markets and the promotion of the "Tenerife Isla Cartoon" brand, specific to this sector.
The initiative also has the sponsorship of ICEX Spain Export and Investments, City Council of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Tangram Solutions; the collaboration of ICAA, AECID, Ibermedia Program, Brazilian Hispanic Cultural Foundation, Embassy of Brazil, Embassy of Portugal, Auditorium of Tenerife and RTVE; and the support of DIBOOS, SAVE, Pixelatl, 3D Wire, Ventana Sur Animation!, La Liga de la Animación Iberoamericana (the Ibero-American Animation League), Casa de América and Annecy Festival, 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; GEMA Colombia - Animation Entrepreneurs Group; Guild of Animators of Ecuador; ACDMX - Association of Digital Creatives of Mexico; Peru Animation and Casa da Animaçao of Portugal.
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.
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