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The Quirino Awards announce the finalist for its fourth edition

The winners will be announced on May 29th at a ceremony in the city of La Laguna, Tenerife.

Spain tops the list of finalists with 11 titles, followed by Mexico and Argentina with 6 and Chile and Brazil with 4.

The Ibero-American Animation Quirino Awards announced today their finalists at an event held at Casa de América in Madrid and broadcasted by streaming to the whole world. A total of 24 works will compete in the 9 categories of these awards created to promote and value Ibero-American animation. Spain tops the list of finalists with 11 titles, followed by Mexico and Argentina with 6, Chile and Brazil with 4, Colombia & Portugal with 3 and Costa Rica with 1. The debuts occupy a prominent place in the selection, reflecting the dynamism and commitment to new talents in animation from the 23 countries that make up the Ibero-American region.

The winners will be announced on May 29th at a ceremony in the city of La Laguna, Tenerife, the new venue for these awards sponsored by the Cabildo de Tenerife through the Tenerife Film Commission. In addition, the ceremony will pay tribute to the Cuban cartoonist and animation film director Juan Padrón, creator of Ibero-American animation classics such as “Elpidio Valdés” and ” Vampires in Havana”.

Quirino Awards’ Finalists 2021

The Spanish short film “Wayback” is the work with the most nominations (3); followed by the Chilean feature film “Nahuel and the Magic Book” co-production with Brazil; the Portuguese short film “Tie” and the Spanish short film “Homeless Home”, both co-produced with France; and the Chilean series “Petit Season 2”, co-production with Argentina and Colombia, with two nominations each.

With three selected works, Mexican animation leads the category of Best Feature Film with “Xico’s Journey” by Eric Cabello Díaz, “Cranston Academy; Monster Zone” by Leopoldo Aguilar and “A Costume for Nicholas” by Eduardo Rivero. This category is completed with the Chilean “Nahuel and the Magic Book”, the debut of Germán Acuña Delgadillo and selected in the official competition of Annecy 2020.

The series for family audiences monopolize the category of Best Series, in which compete the Spanish “I, Elvis Riboldi”, directed by Javier Galán and Raphaël Lamarque, which has been distributed in more than 130 territories, and “The Zurfs”, directed by Alex Cervantes. The Chilean “Petit Season 2” by Bernardita Ojeda, who is once again a candidate after being a finalist in 2019 with the first season of this same series, and the Brazilian “Count On Me”, a series for preschoolers directed by Andrés Lieban and Alessandro Monnerat, complete the selection.

In the category of Best Short Film, the animation of the Iberian Peninsula monopolizes the nominations with the Spanish “Homeless Home” by Alberto Vázquez, which was awarded in the last edition of Annecy and in 2018 received the award in this same category with his short film “Decorado”, and “Roberto”, debut of the director and producer Carmen Córdoba González. The shortlist is completed with the solo debut of the Portuguese director Alexandra Ramires, “Tie”, who has participated in around 40 international festivals.

On the other hand, two of the three finalists in the category for Best Animation School Short Film have been made at the prestigious Gobelins school in France: “La Bestia”, co-directed by the Mexican Ram Tamez, and “The Return of the Waves”, co-directed by the Mexican Alejandra Guevara Cervera and the Portuguese Francisco Moutinho de Magalhães, among others. The list is completed with the first work ever finalist from Costa Rica in the Quirino Awards, “Memories for Sale”, a short film directed by Manuel Lopez and produced by Veritas University.

In addition to the categories already mentioned, the Quirino Awards also award the Best Commissioned Film and the Best Animation for Video Game, as well as three technical categories: Best Visual Development, Best Animation Design, and Best Sound Design and Original Music (complete list of the finalists here).

After selecting the finalist works, the jury made up of the French Jean François Tosti (TAT productions), the Portuguese Joana Toste (animator and director), the Brazilian Paula Taborda (Planeta Junior) and the Spanish Sergio Jiménez (Pinkman.TV) will also be in charge of defining the winners in each of the categories.

La Laguna, new venue

Located on the island of Tenerife, the city of San Cristóbal de La Laguna will be the new venue for the Quirino Awards from this edition. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999, La Laguna is one of the island’s references in cultural matters.

In addition to the awards ceremony, which will be held at the emblematic Leal Theater, the Quirino Awards will once again bring together animation professionals at the Ibero-American Co-production and Business Forum, which will take place between May 27th and 29th. In 2020, this industry activity brought together representatives from a hundred companies from 19 countries – including production companies, sales agencies, tv channels and distributors – who held more than 800 B2B meetings. Entries to participate in the forum will open shortly on the Awards website.

The press conference counted with the participation of José Gregorio Martín Plata, Councilor for Territorial Planning, Historical Heritage and Tourism of the Cabildo de Tenerife; Beatriz Navas, Director of the ICAA, Institute of Cinematography and Audiovisual Arts; Jorge Alvar, Director of Infrastructure, Health and ICT at ICEX; Luis Yeray Gutiérrez, Mayor of San Cristóbal de La Laguna; Elena Vilardell, Technical and Executive Secretary of the Ibermedia Program; and Jose Luis Farias, Director of the Quirino Awards, as well as representatives from the embassies of Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Mexico and Portugal.

About the Quirino Awards

The awards are named after the creator of the first animated feature film in history, the Italian-Argentine Quirino Cristiani, who in 1917 directed “El Apostol”; an Argentine production in which 58,000 drawings made by hand and shot in 35 mm were used, in addition to several models representing public buildings and the streets of the city of Buenos Aires.

The Quirino Awards, which have the main sponsorship of the Cabildo de Tenerife through the Tenerife Film Commission, reflect the determined commitment that for years has been made to animation in the island. This commitment also materializes in concrete actions to support the flourishing local industry, assistance to the main international markets and the promotion of the “Tenerife Isla Cartoon” brand, specific to this sector.

The initiative has the sponsorship of ICEX Spain Trade and Investment, San Cristóbal de La Laguna City Hall, Canary Islands Fillm and PROEXCA; the collaboration of ICAA, Ibermedia Program, RTVE, Tangram Solutions, WELAW, Embassy of Portugal and Casa de América; and the support of DIBOOS, SAVE, Pixelatl, Animation! Ventana Sur, Weird Market, La Liga de la Animación Iberoamericana (the Ibero-American Animation League), La Mesta, Clúster Audiovisual of Canarias and Annecy Festival, as well as the associations: APA – Association of Animation Producers of Cordoba Argentina; Animar Cluster – Argentine Animation Cluster & VFX; ABCA – Associação Brasileira de Cinema de Animação; Animachi Chile; Bolivian Animators Network; GEMA Colombia – Animation Entrepreneurs Group; Animation Costa Rica; Guild of Animators of Ecuador; ACDMX – Association of Digital Creatives of Mexico; Paraguay Animation; Peru Animation and Casa da Animaçao of Portugal.



Quirino Award for the Best Ibero-American Animation Feature Film

Quirino Award for the Best Ibero-American Animation Series

Quirino Award for the Best Ibero-American Animation Short Film

Quirino Award for the Best Ibero-American Animation School Short Film

Quirino Award for the Best Ibero-American Animation Commissioned Film

Quirino Award for the Best Ibero-American Animation for Video Game

Quirino Award for the Best Visual Development of Ibero-American Animation Work 

Quirino Award for the Best Animation Design of Ibero-American Animation Work

Quirio Award to the Best Sound Design and Original Music of Ibero-American Animation Work

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