● Registration will be open until December 8
● The event will recognize Ibero-American animation in nine categories
● The gala will take place on April 7, 2018 on the island of Tenerife (Spain)

The Quirino Awards of Ibero-American Animation have opened their call for the various categories of their first edition, which will be held on April 7, 2018 in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain.

Quirino Awards for Ibero-American Animation

The initiative, which seeks to value the talent and the Ibero-American animation industry, receives animated works from the 23 countries of the region that have been released between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2017. The call includes nine categories: feature film, series, short film, school short film, innovative work, commissioned work, visual development, design of animation and sound design and original music.

Works whose original language of expression is mostly Spanish, Portuguese or other non-hegemonic languages spoken in the Ibero-American region may be submitted to the call. Although works from Ibero-American production companies that are produced directly in other languages may also participate. The works must be submitted through the Festhome platform before December 8 at 11:59 p.m. (Mexico time).

Among all the works nominated, there will be six nominees per category, which will be announced the first week of January 2018. From among those selected, an international jury will choose three finalists in each category, who will be the ones who will opt for the recognitions that will be delivered on April 7 in Tenerife.

In parallel with the awards, the organization aims to generate networks and promote the circulation of works on both sides of the ocean with the organization of two activities: the Ibero-American/World Co-production Forum and the International Congress of Ibero-American Animation. Aimed at animation professionals, these activities will take place on April 6 and 7 in the same island town where the animated sectors of Latin America, Portugal, Andorra and Spain.

The awards are named in honor of the creator of the first animated feature film in history, the Italian-Argentine Quirino Cristiani, who in 1917 directed “The Apostle”; an Argentine production in which 58,000 drawings made by hand and shot in 35 mm were used, in addition to several models representing public buildings and the streets of the city of Buenos Aires. His work was echoed even by the giant Disney, who traveled to Argentina in 1941 for the premiere of “Fantasía”.

The Quirino Awards have the main sponsorship of Tenerife Tourism and the collaboration of some of the main international animation events held in Latin America, such as the Mexican Pixelatl Festival of Animation, Video Games and Comics of Cuernavaca and the Spanish 3D Wire, Mercado International Animation, Video Games and New Media; among others.