Quirino Awards, third edition Quirino Awards, third edition

Speakers of Spanish and Portuguese, take note: the Ibero-American Quirino Awards are returning in 2020. The organizers of the Quirinos have confirmed that the third edition will take place on April 16–18. Once again, it will be hosted in Santa Cruz on the Spanish island of Tenerife.

The awards were launched in 2018 to recognize the achievements of the animation sectors in Latin America, Spain, and Portugal (as well as tiny Andorra, which has no industry to speak of). The event also aims to stimulate growth in these sectors by enabling networking between the territories. To this end, a whole weekend’s worth of panels and industry events were organized around the award ceremony in previous years.

The organization is now accepting entries in nine categories: feature film, series, short film, school short film, commissioned films, visual development, animation design, original music and sound design, and — for the first time — video game animation. To qualify, a work must have been principally produced in one of the 23 eligible countries. The full terms and conditions can be read (in Spanish and Portuguese) on the awards’ submissions page on Festhome. The deadline for submissions is December 12.

The jury has also been announced:

  • Alfredo Marun (director of development, Disney Television Animation; Colombia)
  • Anja Franczak (creative producer, Human Ark; Poland)
  • Simón Vladimir Varela (production designer and visual development artist for several studios, including Pixar, Disney, Warner; El Salvador)
  • Vera Verba (Youtube manager at Sesame Workshop; U.S.)
  • Véronique Encrenaz (director of MIFA Annecy; France)

In recent years, Tenerife has cannily positioned itself as a hub of animation and vfx, drawing talent with its good infrastructure, enviable living conditions, and raft of tax initiatives. It has hosted every edition of the awards to date. The Quirinos, for their part, are engaged in year-round activities to promote animation from the 23 countries. They sponsored a groundbreaking survey of the territories’ industries, which was published in September.

For more information on the Quirinos, head to the official website.

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