Tenerife is placed as the meeting point of Latin-American animation and will host the second
award event in April 2019.
“All Latin-America united by animation”. With this phrase, the organizers of the Quirino Awards for Latin-American Animation wanted to summarize the spirit of the inaugural event of these awards set up to promote the talent of animation created in Latin America, Spain and Portugal.
Feature films, series and short films from Mexico, Argentina, Spain, Chile and Brazil were winners at the awards ceremony held on Saturday, April 7th at the Tenerife Auditorium Adán Martín.
The Mexican “Ana & Bruno” by Carlos Carrera was recognized as Best Film. The film is the return of Carrera to animation in long format after his debut with the short film “El héroe” in 1994 (Golden Palm of the Cannes Film Festival). After its world premiere at the Annecy Festival in 2017, the film will have its commercial release in Mexican theatres next August.
In the Best Series category, the prize went to “The Tiniest Man in the World”, a stop motion
production by renowned Argentinean animator Juan Pablo Zaramella that presents in chapters
of one minute the adventures that the smallest man in the world experiences in daily life.
Besides, the Spanish director Alberto Vázquez won the Best Short Film award for “Decorado”.
Produced in 2D animation, this is the third short film by Vázquez that previously directed
“Birdboy” and “Sangre de unicornio” and that in 2015 he made the leap to the feature film
with “Birdboy, the forgotten children”.
The Quirino also recognized works in six other categories: Animation School Short Film,
Commissioned Film, Innovative Work, Best Visual Development, Best Animation Design and Best Sound Design and Original Music.
The international jury was integrated by the film historian Giannalberto Bendazzi, the producer
and distributor Eleanor Coleman (Indie Sales), the producer and consultant Joan Lofts and the
animators David Feiss and Raúl García. Presented by the actress Noelia Noto and the Brazilian producer Marta Machado, the gala featured interventions by Carlos Alonso, President of the Cabildo de Tenerife; Alberto Bernabé, Vice President and Minister of Tourism, Internationalization and External Action of
the Cabildo de Tenerife; and José Iñesta and Jose Luis Farias, spokespersons for the Quirino
One of the most special moments of the ceremony was the tribute made to Quirino Cristiani,
Italian-Argentine director in charge in 1917 of the first feature film of sound animation of the
world. During the ceremony were projected images of “Without a Trace (life and work of Quirino Cristiani)”, a documentary by Diego Kartaszewicz that portrays the life and work of this animator, draftsman and cartoonist.
A total of 273 works of 14 countries participated in this first edition of Quirino Awards which
has as main sponsor the Tourism department of Tenerife, reflecting the determined
commitment that is being made for the 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.
In addition, the initiative has the sponsorship of the City of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Tenerife
Espacio de las Artes (TEA) and Iberia Express; the collaboration of ICAA, Ibermedia Program,
AECID, Tenerife Auditorium, Universidad de la Laguna and RTVE; and the support of DIBOOS,
SAVE, Pixelatl, 3D Wire, TLP Tenerife, Annecy Festival, Barreira Arte + Diseño and Universitat
Politécnica de Valencia, as well as the support of the associations: APA – Association of Animation Production Companies of Córdoba Argentina; ANIMAR CLUSTER – Argentinian Animation Cluster & VFX; ABCA – Associação Brasileira de Cinema de Animação; Animachi Chile; GEMA Colombia – Group of Animation Entrepreneurs; Guild of Animators of Ecuador; ACDMX – Association of Digital Creatives of Mexico; and Casa da Animaçao of Portugal. The second edition of Quirino Awards will take place in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in April 2019.
QUIRINO AWARDS 2018 WINNERS
– Best Feature Film: “Ana & Bruno” de Carlos Carrera (México), Producción Altavista
Films, Lo Coloco Films, in coproduction with Ítaca Films, Ánima Estudios, Five 7 Media,
Argos Servicios Informativos.
– Best Series: “The Tiniest Man in the World de Juan Pablo Zaramella (Argentina,
Francia). Production: Les Films De L’Arlequin, JPL Films, Can Can Club.
– Best Short Film: “Decorado” de Alberto Vázquez (España, Francia). Production UniKo,
in coproduction with Autour de Minuit & Abano Producións.
– Best School Short Film: “Tántalo” de Juan Facundo Ayerbe & Christian Krieghoff
(Argentina). Universidad de Buenos Aires.
– Best Commissioned Film: “Cantar con sentido, una biografía de Violeta Parra” de
Leonardo Beltrán (Chile). Production: Plastivida y Niño Viejo.
– Best Innovated Work: “The Many Pieces of Mr. Coo” de Nacho Rodríguez (España).
– Best Visua Development: “Here’s the Plan” de Fernanda Frick (Chile). Art direction:
Fernanda Frick. Producción María José Barros.
– Best Animation Design: “Caminho dos Gigantes” de Alois Di Leo (Brasil). Animation
directors: Tiago Rovida y Henrique Lobato. Production: Sinlogo Animation.
– Best Sound Design & Origina Music: “Tadeo Jones 2: el secreto del Rey Midas” de
Enrique Gato y David Alonso. Sound design: Oriol Tarragó. Original music: Zacarías M.
de la Riva
More information at PREMIOS QUIRINO website: https://premiosquirino.org/en/