Thus was born Gora automatikoa (Automatic Gora), a satirical no-budget film that was made both to try to win a Goya and to make fun of the film award. I haven’t seen the film, but there are reportedly plenty of meta-jokes throughout it, such as scenes with no animation “just because the [Goya] regulations allow it.” (By the way, the Goyas did not grant permission to the filmmakers to use the award’s name in the title, hence the similar-sounding Gora.)
Of course, winning the animation Goya isn’t a certainty in 2022 since the Spanish award has nominated three other animated features in the category alongside Automatic Gora. But come awards night, I know which film I’ll be rooting for.
The Goya Awards will be presented February 12, 2022 at the Palau de Les Arts in València. Here are the nominees in the feature and short animation categories:
Director: David Galán Galindo, Esaú Dharma, Pablo Vara
Production: 39 Escalones Films S.L., David Galán Galindo, Esaú Dharma Vílchez Corredor, Pablo Vara Uzal, The Other Film Production
Director: Mikel Mas Bilbao, Txesco Montalt
Production: Low Films A.I.E., Hampa Studio
Salvar el árbol (Zutik!)
Director: Haizea Pastor, Iker Álvarez
Production: Safe The Tree A.I.E., Tortuga Studio, Polar Studio, Baleuko S.L.
Director: Chelo Loureiro
Production: Valentina La Película A.I.E, Abano Producións S.L.
Director: Roberto Valle
Producer: Carlos Valle Casas, Iván Miñambres, Néstor López
Proceso de selección (Selection Process)
Director: Carla Pereira
Producer: Paloma Mora
Director: Lorenzo Degl’Innocenti, Xosé Zapata
Producer: Diogo Carvalho, Nicolás Matji, Nuno Beato, Xosé Zapata
Director: Álvaro Robles, José Prats
Producer: Ana María Ferri, Ramón Alòs Sánchez