The Ibero-American Animation Quirino Awards recently closed the call for entries for their first-ever edition.
The awards will celebrate the burgeoning animation scene across Ibero-America, which constitutes 20 countries in Central and South America, as well as Spain, Portugal, and Andorra in Europe. Appropriately, they are named in tribute to the creator of the first-ever feature-length animated film, the Italian-Argentinean Quirino Cristiani (pictured at top), who in 1917 directed El Apóstol.
The inaugural Quirinos received 273 entries from 14 countries. The countries that submitted the most pieces were Spain (38% of the entries), Brazil (15%), and Argentina (14%), Colombia (10%), and Mexico (8%). Submissions were also received from Chile, Ecuador, Portugal, Uruguay, Peru, Venezuela, Bolivia, Cuba, and Nicaragua. The work entered represents 60 hours of animation in total.