Klaus, Nestor, The Cubicbird in the Quirino Awards 2020 Winners

Klaus, Nestor, The Cubicbird in the Quirino Awards 2020 Winners

The Ibero-American Animation Quirino Awards have announced the winners of its third edition in a virtual ceremony that has also closed the so-called Quirino month. The Spanish feature film "Klaus", the Brazilian series "Tainá and the Amazon's Guardians" and the Colombian short film "The Cubicbird" were recognized in the respective categories of these awards which have been able to celebrate their third edition in this innovative format thanks to the main sponsorship of the Cabildo de Tenerife, through the Tenerife Film Commission. In addition, six other works from Argentina, Spain and Portugal were recognized as best school short film, commissioned film, animation for video game, visual development, animation design and sound design and original music.

The debut in the direction of the Spanish Sergio Pablos, "Klaus" is produced by Madrid-based The Spa Studios and Atresmedia Cine for Netfli;, the film is based on the legend of Father Christmas to tell the story of a postman who goes to the Arctic Circle to open a post office. The film was previously awarded at the Annie Awards and BAFTA in addition to being one of the finalists in the Best Animated Film category at the last Oscar Awards. The debut of this animator and screenwriter, creator of films such as "Despicable Me" or "Smallfoot", was also recognized with the Quirino Award for Best Animation Design.

For its part, “Tainá and the Amazon's Guardians” -a co-production between the Brazilian Hype Animation and Sincrocine Produções directed by André Forni- was recognized as Best Animation Series. Aimed at preschool audiences, this series that combines 3D and 2D animation has as main character Tainá, an orphan girl from the Amazon jungle who, in the company of her animal friends, protects wildlife and the rich biodiversity of her habitat. The series is an adaptation of a successful live-action trilogy and has been released internationally on the Nickelodeon channel and the Netflix platform.


In the short film category the winner was the Colombian “The Cubicbird”, directed by Jorge Alberto Vega and produced by La Valiente Estudio and Cintadhesiva Comunicaciones with the associated production of Animaedro. Animated in stop motion, the film is an adaptation of the self-titled book by Marcos Mas that has as main character Pedro, a bird that lives in a cage and is willing to break its bonds to be free. The work was selected at various international festivals and received the award for Best Colombian Animated Short Film at Bogoshorts 2019.

The Portuguese animation, one of the main protagonists of this edition of the Quirinos after reaching ten nominations, won the awards for Best School Short Film and Best Sound Design and Original Music (“Nestor” by João Gonzalez) and Best Visual Development Visual (“The Peculiar Crime of Oddball Mr Jay” directed by Bruno Caetano).

The list of winners of this third edition of the Quirino Awards was completed with the awards for Best Commissioned Film, delivered to "Mate?", a co-production between Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay, directed and produced by Buda.tv, and the award for Best Animation for Video Game, which went to “Gris”, a production by the Spanish Nómada Studio directed by Conrad Roset.

The winning works were chosen by an international jury among 219 works from 17 countries received in the call. The international jury was made up of the Colombian Alfredo Marun (Development Director at Disney Television Animation); the Polish Anja Franczak (Creative Producer at Human Ark); Salvadorian Simon Vladimir Varela (Production Designer and Visual Development Artist for various studios, including Pixar, Disney, Warner Bros, Sony Animation, Fox and Universal); the American Vera Verba (Manager of the YouTube Channel of Sesame Workshop) and the French Véronique Encrenaz (Director of MIFA Annecy).


Best Feature Film: KLAUS directed by Sergio Pablos. Produced by The SPA Studios, Atresmedia Cine (Spain).
Best Series: TAINÁ AND THE AMAZON'S GUARDIANS directed by André Forni. Produced by Hype, Sincrocine (Brazil)
Best Short Film: THE CUBICBIRD directed by Jorge Alberto Vega. Produced by La Valiente Estudio, Cintadhesiva, Animaedro (Colombia).
Best School Short Film: NESTOR directed by João Gonzalez. Produced by Royal College of Art (Portugal, United Kingdom).
Best Commissioned Film: MATE? Directed by Buda.tv. Produced by Buda.tv (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay).
Best Animation for Video Game: GRIS directed by Conrad Roset. Produced by Nomada Studio (Spain).
Best Visual Development: THE PECULIAR CRIME OF ODDBALL MR JAY directed by Bruno Caetano. Produced by Cola - Colectivo Audiovisual, Wild Stream (Portugal, France).
Best Animation Design: KLAUS directed by Sergio Pablos. Produced by The SPA Studios, Atresmedia Cine (Spain).
Best Sound Design and Original Music: NESTOR directed by João Gonzalez. Produced by Royal College of Art (Portugal, United Kingdom).

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