The island of Tenerife awaits the dawn of next year when it will celebrate the first edition of the Ibero-American Animation Quirino awards. The same was announced at the Annecy International Animation Festival today.
The trophies have been named in honor of the creator of the first animated feature film in history when Quirino Cristiani directed El Apóstol in 1917. An Argentine production, the film had as many as 58,000 drawings in 35 mm as well as several mock ups representing public buildings and the streets of the city of Buenos Aires.
Cristiani’s work reached even Walt Disney who travelled to Argentina in 1941 for the premiere of Fantasy.
That is why the Quirino awards are meant to be a homage to the Ibero-American talent and creativity.
The main aims of these awards are: to value the talent and industry of Ibero-American animation; to generate links and networks between the two sides of the ocean; to build an Ibero-American market of the animation where audiovisual works could move; to reward animation in all its formats, feature films, short films, school pieces, series, series on line, etc; and to create an Ibero-American co-production forum parallel to the awards.
The event will have the Latin American industry come together with ones from Portugal, Andorra and Spain creating a bridge between both continents and building a true twinning to develop together the great market that is Latin America.
The Quirino Awards will have Turismo de Tenerife as the main sponsorship and collaboration of some of the main international events of animation that take place in the Ibero-American panorama like the Festival of Animation, Video Games and Comics of Cuernavaca (Mexico); 3D Wire International Animation, Video Games and New Media Market (Segovia, Spain) and many other Latin American animation professionals.