Stop motion reigned at the fifth edition of the Ibero-American Animation Quirino Awards on the Spanish Canary Island of Tenerife. The awards celebrate the previous year’s best in Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin American animation.
It was a weekend of big prizes, but few surprises, as the favorite titles going into this year’s ceremony all won big.
Cesar Cabral’s Bob Spit – We Do Not Like People took the awards for feature film and sound design/original music. The stop-motion feature follows legendary Brazilian comic character Bob Spit through a post-apocalyptic desert inhabited by mutant ’80s pop stars. It is also, however, a tribute to Angeli, one of Brazil’s greatest-ever cartoonists and the creator of the Bob Spit character. The film premiered, and won, in Annecy’s Contrechamp competition section last year and has enjoyed a strong festival and awards run in the 12 months since. Coala Filmes and Cup Filmes produced.
From the series categories, Frankelda’s Book of Spooks took two prizes as well, scoring recognition for series and animation design. The series, created by brothers Arturo and Roy Ambriz Rendón, was produced by Cinema Fantasma for HBO Max and Cartoon Network. Set in a haunted mansion, it features a literal ghost-writer, Frankelda, who each week tells a spooky story to the audience.
And perhaps the year’s highest-profile Ibero-American film, Hugo Covarrubias’ Oscar-nominated short Bestia, won the awards for short film and visual development. Produced by Trébol 3 Producciones and Maleza Estudio, the film is based on the true story of a female torturer who worked at the Chilean Intelligence Directorate (DINA) during Pinochet’s brutal dictatorship in Chile. Over the past year, the film has won a heap of high-profile awards, including the Connexion Award at Annecy, the Annie Award for animated short subject, and SXSW’s Grand Jury Award, among others.
Other winners at this year’s Quirino’s: Mauro Luis López’s Flies Only Live One Day was recognized in the student film category and Navegante Entertainment’s Greak: Memories of Azur for animation in a video game. Bernardita Ojeda and Cristián Freire’s #binarygendernorm: Girls was picked as the year’s best commissioned film.
This year’s jury included Sebastian Debertin (Kika, Germany), Magdiela Hermida Duhamel (LatinX in Animation, U.S.), Zofia Jaroszuk (Animoon, Poland), Kenneth Ladekjær (Sun Creature Studio, Denmark), and Hernán La Greca (Creative Director and Content Developer, United States).
Here are the winners of the 2022 Ibero-American Animation Quirino Awards:
Bob Spit – We Do Not Like People, Cesar Cabral (Brazil)
Frankelda’s Book of Spooks S1, Roy Ambriz, Arturo Ambriz (Mexico)
Bestia, Hugo Covarrubias (Chile)
Student Short Film
Flies Only Live One Day, Mauro Luis López (Spain)
#binarygendernorm: Girls, Bernardita Ojeda, Cristián Freire (Chile)
Animation for Video Game
Greak: Memories of Azur, Navegante Entertainment (Mexico in coproduction with Argentina, Ecuador, Venezuela).
Bestia, Trébol 3 Producciones, Maleza Estudio (Chile)
Frankelda’s Book of Spooks – Season 1, Cinema Fantasma (Mexico)
Sound Design and Original Music
Bob Spit – We Do Not Like People, Coala Filmes, Cup Filmes (Brazil)