The organizers of the Quirino Ibero-American Animation Awards have extended the entry deadline for finished works and as well as opened the call for submissions to the Co-production Forum. Both events will take place on the 6th and 7th of April, next year in the Auditorium of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain.
The event will accept animation works from the 23 countries of the region which premiered between January 1st 2016 and December 31st 2017 right up until December 14th 2017. The competition is divided into nine categories viz feature film, series, short film, school short films, innovative work, commissioned work, visual development, animation design and sound design.
Parallelly to the awards, the organisers announced the forthcoming opening of submissions for the Ibero-American / World Coproduction Forum. From December 15th onwards, Ibero-American animation companies will be able to apply to participate in the Forum which will take place on April 6th and 7th in the Auditorium in Santa Cruz deTenerife.
The programme will include one-to-one meetings, working groups along with a number of different conferences, with the aim in mind of creating a meeting point for Ibero-American animation production companies. “We don’t just want to talk about projects, but production companies themselves too, because often when working together it is important not only to be familiar with the projects, but also how each production company works,” noted José Luis Farias.
The Brazilian project “Noah’s Ark” is one of the first to confirm its participation in the Forum after having received the Quirino Award given by the organizers of the event in Ventana Sur Animation! Produced by Gullane (“Uma Historia de Amor e Furia”), Videofilmes and Globo Filmes, this family comedy in 3D is directed by Sérgio Machado and was selected by the jury of Animation! for its “original idea, the charm of its characters and the excellent pitch carried out”.
Setting itself the task of creating a space for debate and reflection on animation matters, the Quirino Awards will also organize the International Congress of Ibero-American Animation which will run at the same time and in the same place as the Forum.
The call for submissions will be open until January 24th and the guidelines are available on the webpage of the Congress. “We have to reflect on what we are producing, the way we go about it, and the business we are developing; and the academic world is the perfect place to do that”, as Marta Machado has noted.
“The Forum gives us the chance to begin to get to know each other and forge alliances to develop material together. We all make a big effort, separately, on our own, and we have to join forces and possibly make fewer projects, but with more potential and higher quality”, argued Machado. In this respect, Silvina Cornillon highlighted the favourable winds blowing for alliances and partnerships. “This great creative potential also comes with a paradigm shift: we keep coming across professionals who have no fears about working together and who understand the strength that comes from joining forces”.
Paul Vaca, for his part, emphasized the potential of the Quirino Awards in terms of expanding the distribution of Ibero-American animation, “it is going to enable many projects which might otherwise be unknown to gain visibility, not just the big ones but also short films and school short films”, he stated.