3D Wire, the animation, video game and new media market that takes place annually in Spain, has announced an impressive slate of guests and events for its upcoming edition, to be held next month in Segovia.

A key focus of the event this year will be GIF animation, with programs headlined by British animator James Curran and Spanish animator Pedro Alpera, both of whom are widely known for their looping animation cycles. Curran, through his studio Slim Jim, works for clients like Disney, Nike, and Samsung, but is equally recognized for his independent “Gifathon” project, in which he creates he visits a city and creates 30 GIFs over 30 days in that city. Alpera meanwhile has gained notoriety for his animated snippets that appear on the Wetransfer file transfer service.

Animated GIF by James Curran.
Animated GIF by James Curran.

A key gathering point for Spain’s animation industry that brings together all the major players from the local industry and connects them with international industry players, 3D Wire has also confirmed presentations and panels by the following people at its next edition:

  • Shamik Majumdar, creative director at The Walt Disney Company
  • Michelle Nardone, director of the animation/cgi department at Denmarks’ The Animation Workshop
  • Michael Liebe, video game representative at Kickstarter Europe, founder of Booster Space, and in charge of the International Games Week Berlin
  • Studio Koba, creators of the upcoming retro-future pixel game Narita Boy
  • The Game Kitchen, developers of Blasphemous
  • Enrique Vázquez, network manager at Átomo Network
  • Miguel del Rosario, president of the Animation Council of the Philippines/CEO of Toon City Animation

The fast-growing 3D Wire is also adding a new event location in addition to its usual home at the Quintanar Palace. Market events that are expected to have a large attendance will be held at the Zuloaga Museum this year. The new location, says conference director José Luis Farias, is “a step forward in all aspects that places 3D Wire once again as a referent for animation, video games and new media inside and outside our frontiers.”

Animated GIF by Pedro Alpera.
Animated GIF by Pedro Alpera.

The event has selected Colombia as its guest country for 2017, and has invited a delegation from that country with the aim of strengthening co-productions and creative exchanges between Colombia and Spain.

Andrea Afanador, the director of Colombia’s film development fund Fondo para el Desarrollo Cinematográfico (Film Development Funds), will lead the delegation, joined by numerous others working in Colombia’s animation industry including Andrés Cajigas (Cinespina), Felipe Morell (DigitzFilm), Cristian Arcos (Mono Dorado Animation), Carlos Smith (Smith & Smith Ltda), and Julián Manrique (Estudio Marañacos).

Afanador will also serve on the festival’s film jury, alongside Michael Liebe of Kickstarter, and filmmakers/animators Celia Bullwinkel and Bastien Dubois.

Cartoon Brew will soon provide a more detailed look at 3D Wire’s schedule of screenings, conferences, roundtables, workshops, video games showroom, presentations, and meetings.

3D Wire takes place in Segovia, Spain from October 5-8. Registration is now open and can be done on the event’s website.