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IBERMEDIA NEXT Launches Digital Animation Grants at Quirino Awards

Funding for Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian producers co-developing projects with Ibero-American creators provides up to €150,000, and a support program valued up to €95,000 to promote new technology in creating animation; applications now open - submission deadline is August 21.

The IBERMEDIA NEXT initiative has opened applications for grants of up to €150,000 and a support program valued at up to €95,000 targeting digital animation projects and projects with live images that include extensive animation. The program, aimed at Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian producers who co-develop projects with companies and/or creators from the Ibero-American region, is also intended to promote new technology in creating animation. It is part of the IBERMEDIA Programme financed with NextGenerationEU funds.

Applications are now open, with a submission deadline is August 21 - additional information is available here.

A presentation of the initiative's launch and new website,, is a key sector event featured at the upcoming sixth edition Quirino Awards in San Cristóbal de la Laguna (Tenerife). The Quirino Awards is an ally of IBERMEDIA NEXT and The Ibero-American Animation League.

Presentation participants include:

  • Víctor Herreruela – Coordinator of the Ibermedia Technical Unit
  • José Luis Farias - Executive Producer of the Quirino Awards and on behalf of The Ibero-American Animation League,
  • José Iñesta – Director of Pixelatl Festival and appearing on behalf of The Ibero-American Animation League 
  • Silvina Cornillón - Manager of Animation! Ventana Sur

The program takes place within the official Awards program on May 12 at 6.30 p.m. (Canary Islands time, UTC/GMT+1) in the Function Room of Lercaro Palace. The conference kicked off May 11 and runs through May 13.

IBERMEDIA NEXT initiative:

The application deadline for The IBERMEDIA NEXT initiative is August 21, 2023.

Eligible project submissions include prototypes, teasers, pilots, short films, and video clips with a minimum duration of five minutes and developed with technological animation tools and/or open code tools. In addition, projects must feature digital animation; projects with live images with at least 75% animated footage are eligible.

The selected projects will be traditional audiovisual content, Virtual Reality (VR), Extended Reality (XR), or Augmented Reality (AR).

An innovative initiative of the IBERMEDIA Programme, it is framed within the “Spain, Audiovisual Hub of Europe” component of the European Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan and financed by NextGenerationEU funds.


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Debbie Diamond Sarto is news editor at Animation World Network.