Works from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Spain, Mexico, Portugal, and Venezuela are honored across nine categories at the May 14 in-person gala event and closing ceremony recognizing achievements in Ibero-American animation.
The Quirino Awards for Ibero-American Animation wrapped up its fifth edition this past Saturday night with an in-person gala at the Teatro Leal de San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Tenerife, streamed live globally. Bob Spit – We Do Not Like People, Frankelda’s Book of Spooks and Bestia took home top honors as Best Film, Series, and Short, respectively.
Bob Spit – We Do Not Like People, the first work of Brazilian director César Cabral, received the award for the Best Animation Feature Film. Combining elements of documentary and fiction cinema, the film is a post-apocalyptic road movie starring Bob Spit, a mythical character from the Brazilian underground culture of the 80s, created by cartoonist Angeli. The film was produced by Coala Filmes and was also recognized with the Best Sound Design and Original Music award.
From Mexico, Frankelda’s Book of Spooks was recognized with the Best Animation Series award. It is a horror series suitable for children’s audiences, and starring Frankelda, a mysterious ghostwriter who seeks to become the most well-known horror author in history with the help of an enchanted book. Directed by Roy and Arturo Ambriz, the series – Season 1 premiered on HBO Max - also received the Quirino Award for Best Animation Design.
Recognized as the Best Animation Short Film, Bestia enters the psyche of a secret police agent during the military dictatorship in Chile. Directed by Hugo Covarrubias and inspired by real events, the short film, which was nominated for an Oscar this year, also received the Quirino Award for Best Visual Development.
The Spanish film Flies Only Live One Day, by Mauro Luis López (Máster en Animación UPV, Valencia), took the Best School Short Film award, a category that recognizes emerging talents in Ibero-American animation. In addition, the Chilean #binarygendernorm:Girls, directed by Bernardita Ojeda and Cristián Freire, was awarded Best Commissioned Animation; Greak: Memories of Azur, a co-production between Mexico, Argentina, Ecuador, and Venezuela, developed by Navegante Entertainment, received the award for Best Video Game Animation.
The winners were chosen by a jury composed of Sebastian Debertin (KiKA, Germany), Magdiela Hermida Duhamel (LatinX in Animation, United States), Zofia Jaroszuk (Animoon, Poland), Kenneth Ladekjær (Sun Creature Studio, Denmark) and Hernán La Greca (Creative Director and Content Developer, United States).
2022 Quirino Award Winners are as follows:
Quirino Award for the Best Ibero-American Animation Feature Film
Bob Spit – We Do Not Like People, directed by Cesar Cabral. Produced by Coala Filmes and Cup Filmes (Brazil).
Quirino Award for the Best Ibero-American Animation Series
Frankelda’s Book of Spooks - Season 1, directed by Roy Ambriz and Arturo Ambriz. Produced by Cinema Fantasma (Mexico).
Quirino Award for the Best Ibero-American Animation Short Film
Bestia, directed by Hugo Covarrubias. Produced by Trebol 3 Producciones and Maleza Estudio (Chile).
Quirino Award for the Best Ibero-American Animation School Short Film
Flies Only Live One Day, directed by Mauro Luis López. Máster en Animación UPV (Spain).
Quirino Award for the Best Ibero-American Animation Commissioned Film
#binarygendernorm: Girls, directed by Bernardita Ojeda and Cristián Freire. Produced by Pájaro (Chile).
Quirino Award for the Best Ibero-American Animation for Video Game
Greak: Memories of Azur. Developed by Navegante Entertainment (Mexico in coproduction with Argentina, Ecuador and Venezuela).
Quirino Award for the Best Visual Development of Ibero-American Animation Work
Bestia. Produced by Trébol 3 Producciones and Maleza Estudio (Chile).
Quirino Award for the Best Animation Design of Ibero-American Animation Work
Frankelda’s Book of Spooks - Season 1. Produced by Cinema Fantasma (Mexico).
Quirino Award for the Best Sound Design and Original Music of Ibero-American Animation Work
Bob Spit – We Do Not Like People. Produced by Coala Filmes, Cup Filmes (Brazil).
Source: The Quirino Awards for Ibero-American Animation
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