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Quirino Awards Nominees Honor Ibero-American Animation

Inaugural awards will be presented April 7 on the Spanish island of Tenerife.

QUITO, ECUADOR -- The Ibero-American Animation Quirino Awards revealed nominations in nine categories for its first edition, which will take place April 7 on the island of Tenerife, Spain.

The announcement was made at Ochoymedio and during Andean Call, an event of Andean animation projects’ development that takes place in the city of Quito. The presentation has been carried out by Da Eliana Champutiz, technical director of the Film and Audiovisual Creation Institute (ICCA); José Luis Farias, promoter of the initiative; Paul Vaca, head of international relations; and Paco Rodríguez, ambassador of the awards in Spain and member of the selection committee.

The selection, made by a committee of professionals composed by France’s Loïc Portier, Ireland’s Barry O’Donoghue, Poland’s Agnieszka Kowalewska-Skowron and Spain’s Paco Rodríguez and Zulay Rodríguez reflects the diversity of works produced in ibero american space, combining works by renowned filmmakers with works by new talents. The list includes the latest films by animation directors such as Carlos Carrera, Luis Téllez, Sofía Carrillo, Enrique Gato, Juan Pablo Zaramella, Marc Riba and Anna Solanas.

Ten countries are represented: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Spain, Mexico, Peru, Portugal and Uruguay. Spain leads with 21 nominations, followed by Mexico with 12 and Brazil with 6. Two works scored four nominations each: Way of Giants, by Alois di Leo (Brazil), and Cerulia, by Sofía Carrillo (Mexico).

The nominated works will be evaluated by an international jury, which will select three finalists in each category. The list of finalists will be published in February.

The awards are named in tribute of the creator of the first feature length animation film in history, the Italian-Argentinean Quirino Cristiani, who in 1917 directed El Apóstol. This Argentinean production, shot in 35mm, used 58,000 drawings done by hand along with a number of models representing public buildings and streets in Buenos Aires city.

The nominees are:

Best Ibero-American Animation Feature Film

  • Ana y Bruno, directed by Carlos Carrera. Produced by Altavista Films, Lo Coloco Films, in co-production with Ítaca Films, Ánima Estudios, Five 7 Media, Argos Servicios Informativos (Mexico)
  • El Angel en el Reloj, directed by Miguel Angel Uriegas. Produced by Fotosíntesis Media (Mexico)
  • Condorito, la Película, directed by Alex Orrelle & Eduard Schuldt. Produced by Aronnax Studios, Pajarraco Films (Peru)
  • Deep, directed by Julio Soto Gurpide. Produced by The Thinklab, in coproduction with The Kraken Films (Spain)
  • El Libro de Lila, directed by Marcela Rincón González. Produced by Fosfenos Media, in coproduction with Palermo Estudio (Colombia, coproduction with Uruguay)
  • Tad, the Lost Explorer and the Secret of King Midas, directed by Enrique Gato & David Alonso. Produced by Telecinco Cinema, Telefonica Studios, 4Cats Pictures, Tadeo Jones y el secreto del Rey Midas AIE, Ikiru Films, Lightbox Animation Studios (Spain)

Best Ibero-American Animation Series

  • Old Folk's Tales – third season, directed by Marcelo Dematei & Carlos Smith. Produced by HierroAnimación, Piaggiodematei, Señal Colombia (Colombia, coproduction with Spain)
  • Legend Quest, directed by José Alejandro García Muñoz. Produced by Ánima Estudios (Mexico)
  • Mostros Afechantes, directed by Marcelo Dematei & Carlos Smith. Produced by HierroAnimación, Piaggiodematei, Señal Colombia (Spain, coproduction with Colombia)
  • Pocoyo – fourth season, directed by Alex Hidalgo. Produced by Zinkia Entertainment (Spain)
  • Paper Port, directed by Alvaro Ceppi & Hugo Covarrubias. Produced by Zumbastico Studios in coproduction with Gloob, Señal Colombia, ANTV, Pakapaka, TVN (Chile)
  • The Tiniest Man in the World, directed by Juan Pablo Zaramella. Produced by Les Films De L’Arlequin, JPL Films, Can Can Club (Argentina, coproduction with France)

Best Ibero-American Animation Short Film

  • Afterwork, directed by Luis Uson & Andres Aguilar. Produced by Matte CG, in collaboration with Uson Studio, Apus Estudios (Ecuador, coproduction with Spain and Peru)
  • Way of Giants, directed by Alois Di Leo. Produced by Sinlogo Animation (Brazil)
  • Dead Horses, directed by Marc Riba & Anna Solanas. Produced by I+G stop motion (Spain)
  • Cerulia, directed by Sofia Carrillo. Produced by Nahuyaca Films (Mexico)
  • Decorado, directed by Alberto Vázquez. Produced by UniKo, in coproduction with Autour de Minuit (Spain, coproduction with France)
  • Here's the Plan, directed by Fernanda Frick. Produced by María José Barros (Chile)

Best Ibero-American Animation School Short Film

  • All You Can Eat, directed by Manuel Perez & Paulina Galindo. Universidad de Artes Digitales (Mexico)
  • A Day in the Park, directed by Diego Porral. ESNE, Escuela Universitaria de Diseño, Innovación y Tecnología (Spain)
  • Tantalus, directed by Juan Facundo Ayerbe & Christian Krieghoff. UBA, Universidad de Buenos Aires (Argentina)
  • Vs Santa, directed by Raúl Colomer & Aitor Herrero. Barreira Arte + Diseño (Spain)
  • W.A.R.F, directed by Kylie Trupp. UDLA Universidad de las Américas (Chile)
  • We Are the Immigrants, directed by Catalina Matamoros. University of Southern California (Colombia, coproduction with USA)

Best Ibero-American Animation Commissioned Film

  • Sing with meaning, a briography of Violeta Parra, directed by Leonardo Beltrán. Produced by Plastivida & Niño Viejo (Chile)
  • Deja Tu Huella, directed by Fernando Salem & Matias Goldberg. Produced by El Perro en la Luna (Argentina)
  • Korn - A Different World, directed by Luis Téllez. Produced by Inzomnia Animación (Mexico)
  • Uterine Death and Life, directed by Daniel Bruson. Produced by Daniel Bruson (Brazil)
  • Solar City: How Energy Gets to You, directed by Mariano Bergara & Becho Lo Bianco. Produced by 1stAveMachine & Tronco (Argentina)
  • The Wolf, directed by Ezequiel Torres, Pablo Rafael Roldán & Fer Suniga. Produced by Rudo Company (Argentina)

Best Ibero-American Animation Innovative Work

  • Mayan Archaeoastronomy: Observers of the Universe, directed by Milagros Varguez. Produced by Frutos Digitales (Mexico)
  • Blank Canvas, directed by Albert Sherman. Produced by Albert Sherman (Spain)
  • The Invisible Hours, directed by Raúl Rubio. Produced by Tequila Works (Spain)
  • The Many Pieces of Mr Coo, directed by Nacho Rodríguez. Produced by Nacho Rodríguez (Spain)
  • Microbian, directed by Alberto Vázquez. Produced by Víctor García (Spain) o Tailor, directed by Calí Don Anjos. Produced by Suma Filmes (Brazil)

Best Visual Development of Ibero-American Animation Work

  • The Aeronauts. Produced by IMCINE & Outik (Mexico)

  • Way of Giants. Produced by Sinlogo Animation (Brazil)

  • Cerulia. Produced by Nahuyaca Films (Mexico)

  • Cleo -- second season. Produced by La Casa Animada, in coproduction with RTVE (Spain) o Here's the Plan. Produced by María José Barros (Chile)
  • El Libro de Lila. Produced by Fosfenos Media, in coproduction with Palermo Estudio (Colombia, coproduction with Uruguay)

Best Animation Design of Ibero-American Animation Work

  • The Aeronauts. Produced by IMCINE & Outik (Mexico)

  • Way of Giants. Produced by Sinlogo Animation (Brazil)

  • Cerulia. Produced by Nahuyaca Films (Mexico)

  • Morning Cowboy. Produced by Travelogue Studio (Spain)

  • Simbiosis Carnal. Produced by Zorobabel & Camera-etc (Spain, Belgium)
  • Tad, the Lost Explorer and the Secret of King Midas. Produced by Telecinco Cinema, Telefonica Studios, 4Cats Pictures, Tadeo Jones y el secreto del Rey Midas AIE, Ikiru Films, Lightbox Animation Studios (Spain)

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

  • Água Mole. Produced by Bando à Parte (Portugal)

  • Way of Giants. Produced by Sinlogo Animation (Brazil)

  • Dead Horses. Produced by I+G stop motion (Spain)

  • Cerulia. Produced by Nahuyaca Films (Mexico)

  • The Neverending Wall. Produced by Abano Produccións (Spain)
  • Tad, the Lost Explorer and the Secret of King Midas. Produced by Telecinco Cinema, Telefonica Studios, 4Cats Pictures, Tadeo Jones y el secreto del Rey Midas AIE, Ikiru Films, Lightbox Animation Studios (Spain)

 Source: Ibero-American Animation Quirino Awards

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