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‘Nayola,’ ‘The Garbage Man,’ and ‘Ice Merchants’ Lead 2023 Quirino Awards.

Works from Portugal, Spain and Argentina are honored across nine categories at the May 13 in-person gala event and closing ceremony recognizing achievements in Ibero-American animation.

The 6th edition of the Quirino Awards for Ibero-American Animation wrapped up this past Saturday, May 13, with its annual awards ceremony at the Teatro Leal in San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Tenerife. Portuguese animation stood out, with the feature film Nayola and the short films The Garbage Man, Ice Merchants, and Garrano winning four of the nine awards. Works from Spain and Argentina were also honored.

The winners were chosen by a jury composed of Andrea Fernández, Julio Bonet, Risa Cohen, Robert Jaszczurowski, and Simón Wilches-Castro.

The 2023 Quirino Award winners are:

Best Ibero-American Animation Feature Film:

Nayola, by José Miguel Ribeiro (Portugal), tells the story of three generations of Angolan women marked by the country's long civil war at the end of the last century. The film was produced by Praça Filmes and premiered in the official competition at the Annecy Festival in 2022.

Best Ibero-American Animation Series:

Jasmine & Jambo, by Silvia Cortés (Spain), is an animated preschool series that exposes young children to musical concepts and genres through the adventures of two friends who are passionate about music. Produced by the Catalan company Teidees Audiovisuals in co-production with TV3, the series' first season has been broadcast in over 10 countries.

Best Ibero-American Animation Short Film:

The Garbage Man by Laura Gonçalves (Portugal) tells the story of Tio Botão, a man capable of transforming garbage into treasure. Produced by Bando à Parte production, the 2D animated film reflects the poetry, saudade, and authorial signature that has characterized Portuguese animation in recent decades.

Best Ibero-American Animation School Short Film:

Chimborazo Keila Cepeda (Ecuador) produced by Spain’s Universitat Politècnica de València.

Best Ibero-American Animation Commissioned Film:

This Dog Looks Weird by Facundo Quiroga, Juan Nadalino, and Sebastián García (Argentina).

Best Ibero-American Animation for Video Game:

Endling - Extinction is Forever by Herobeat Studios (Spain)

Best Visual Development of Ibero-American Animation Work:

Ice Merchants by João Gonzalez (Portugal)

Best Sound Design and Original Music of Ibero-American Animation Work:

Garrano by David Doutel and Vasco Sá (Portugal)

Best Animation Design of Ibero-American Animation Work:

Passenger by Juan Pablo Zaramella (Argentina)

Source: The Quirino Awards for Ibero-American Animation

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Debbie Diamond Sarto is news editor at Animation World Network.