With 273 works from 14 countries having been submitted, the Ibero-American Animation Quirino Awards wrung down its first edition’s call for entries successfully.
Ibero-American Animation Quirino awards are named as a 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 postulated works outline a first map of Ibero-American animation, highlights the leadership of Spain with 38 per cent of the works registered and the dynamism of Brazil and Argentina with 15% and 14% respectively.
Colombia (10%) and Mexico (8%) complete the list of the five countries with the greatest presence in this initiative that aims to highlight the talent and the Ibero-American animation industry.
Works from Chile, Ecuador, Portugal, Uruguay, Peru, Venezuela, Bolivia, Cuba and Nicaragua have also been registered. Totally, the works represent 60 hours of animation.
The said awards will recognize the best works in nine categories: feature film, series, short film, school short film, innovative work, commissioned film, visual development, animation design and sound design and original music.
Among all the registrations, the short film category leads the call for entries with 120 works, followed by 43 series, 39 commissioned films and 21 feature films.
The call for entries considered animated works of the 23 countries of the region had premiered between January 1st 2016 and December 31st 2017.
On January 17th, within the Andean Call workshop in Quito (Ecuador), the six nominees of each category will be announced.
After that, an international jury will choose three finalists per category that will aim for the awards that will be delivered on April 7th at the Santa Cruz de Tenerife’s Auditorium, Spain.
The main sponsor of the Quirino Awards is the Tourism department of Tenerife that reflects the determined commitment that is being made for animation for years on the island, not only with these awards but with the presence in the main events and markets, attracting new companies, as well as with the support to the flourishing local sector.