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Animayo 2020: Virtual Event Continues May 16-17

Sign-ups still open for upcoming masterclasses, featuring both Spanish and international industry experts; registration deadline is Friday, May 15.

The all virtual 15th edition of Animayo Gran Canaria kicked off last weekend with more than 8,300 registrations for panel discussions and expert round tables held over the first two days of the event. Registration is still open for weekend two of the masterclasses with no attendance limits. Over 1,200 of those registered were able to secure a place for activities with limited capacity. Participants were from countries around the world including the United Kingdom, the United States, France, Germany, Denmark, Canada, India, Chile, Venezuela, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil, Peru, and Spain.

Already famous for being a “cutting-edge” festival, Animayo set a milestone this year with the successful launch of their global model. Customizable avatars, advanced 3D technology, 100% virtual and headset-free spaces, real-time voice tools, fast connection, and avatar interaction were some of the event features that placed the island of Gran Canaria, Spain onto center stage in the worldwide audiovisual industry.

This new approach to the event was unveiled by the Animayo organizers at the start of the COVID-19 crisis, when after more than ten months of planning the event was suspended and the virtual platform conceived, which allowed for enhanced interaction between the public, participants and experts - in real time, across the globe and without leaving home. With ticket sales frozen, the organizers together with the main sponsors and collaborators, were able to boost funds for the Animayo Talent Scholarship to more than 500,000 euros.

A total of fifty-seven guest speakers from fourteen countries took part in the eight panel discussion and two debates held over the first weekend of the festival, sharing their knowledge and experience in character creation and design; virtual reality research, video game and animation techniques; animation and production; 3D modelling and digital sculpting; storyboarding; production design and visual development; layout and concept art; and special effects techniques.

Online events continue:

May 16-17 Streaming:

  • Online/streaming activities with master classes from Spanish and international speakers in streaming, review of portfolios (for scholarships) and talent scholarships. For descriptions and free registration for the upcoming master classes click here. Registration deadline is Friday, May 15.

May 22-23 Online:

  • Selection of the international jury of the official contest section with viewing and voting via online platform (exclusive for the festival jury).

Last quarter 2020 In-person:

  • Screenings of official sections for the 2020 Animayo Gran Canaria contest (voting for the Audience Award), primary and secondary school screenings, video gaming and virtual reality space, premiere of short films made by children for children (Animayo educational system), official children’s section for the My First Festival contest, and U-future experiences.

Source: Animayo 2020