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‘Sultana,’ ‘Hero’,’ ‘Tribe’ Among Projects Pitched at Segovia’s 3D Wire

Animation forum consolidates as a new talent pool

BARCELONA— Animation features “Sultana’s Dream,” “Dragonkeeper” and “Unicorn Wars” and TV shows such as “The Infinite Hero” and “The Tribe” are among 121 works being pitched at Segovia’s 9th 3D Wire Animation, Video Games and New Media fest-mart which kicked off Oct. 2 All project projects from Portugal and Spain.

“Sultana” marks the animation feature debut of Isabel Herguera, a toon/live-action hybrid feature inspired by a classic feminist tale by Bengali social activist Begum Rokeya published in 1905. Formerly Lleida animation fest Animac director Herguera was selected this year as a talent to track by Variety. Feature is produced by Spain’s El Gato Verde, Abano, Uniko Portugal, the U.K.’s Sparkle Animation and Italy’s Stemo Productions.

Basque Country’s Uniko and Galicia’s Abano are also involved in the production of “Unicorn Wars,” co-produced by Oscar Animated Short Winner Nicolas Schmerkin (“Logorama”) at France’s Autour de Minuit and Schmuby Productions, two of Europe’s most committed companies when it comes to discovering new talent. “Wars” is to be directed by Alberto Vázquez, co-director of the Gkids-acquired ”Birdboy: The Forgotten Children.”

Produced by Spain’s Dragoia Media, Movistar + , Atresmedia Cine and China Film Animation–part of the China Film Group–, “Dragonkeeper” is a CGI family film based on the first of a six-book series by Carole Wilkinson. It is directed by Annecy Jury Award winner Ignacio Ferreras (“Wrinkles”).

3D Wire’s 2017 edition includes 13 features, 16 animated series, 48 video-games, 9 apps and 11 VR projects. A selection will be pitched to audiences and the rest just to industry players. In addition, 3D Wire will screen completed films such as Julio Soto’s “Deep” and Enrique Gato and David Alonso’s “Tadeo Jones 2: el Secreto del Rey Midas.”

“We’re also keeping our eye on other windows and formats. This is a trend, and I am not talking about Netflix and other platforms,” event director José Luís Farias told Variety.

Animation is progressively found on mobiles and apps snapchats, while advertising is massively using animation in very brief formats, like animation GIFs.

Farias added that 3D Wire animation submissions received are becoming more solid propositions in terms of creativity and financing. In a noteworthy development, co-productions are also increasing. ”From Portugal –a country with a bigger support for animation development than Spain– we’ve detected a shift from art-driven projects to other ones with a bolder industry aspiration,” Farias observed.

Colombia figures as 3D Wire guest country this year with a substantial delegation attending this year.

“We want to become an animation bridge between the world and Latin America. Spain has a privileged position to do that,” Farias said. Tenerife’s animation lab Bridging the Gap –towards which 3D Wire contributes as supporting entity– is another Spanish event aiming to build links with Latin American talent. Its third edition was held in July.

“The Infinite Hero” – presented at Bridging the Gap– is a series directed by Christian Villacañas and Francesc Xavier Manuel featuring a cross media ad videogame project following souls that reincarnating in different warriors’ bodies.

Produced by Portugal’s Sardinha em lata and actor Luis Tosar’s Galician production outfit Zircozine, Nuno Beato’s series “The Tribe” addresses the clash of civilizations clash with humor.

Movistar + and Spanish pubcaster RTVE will grant awards for best short, video-game, app and VR  video-game project. In line with the online push by the Segovia event, a new award –Gran Premio Átomo– will be granted to an online animation show by the fest and network Átomo – a Spanish-language animation YouTube channel from Fred Seibert’s Frederator Networks. This year this award will go to “Super Science Friends,” which has garnered awards collector at the Toronto Animation Arts Festival Intl., TO WebFest and New York Science Fiction Film. “Friends’” creators have chosen the Segovia to announce new projects.

Animation execs attending 3D Wire include Miguel del Rosario (Animation Council of the Philippines & Toon City Animation) and  Michelle Nardone, director of the undergraduate course in animation and CG Arts at Denmark-based animation training center The Animation Workshop, in Viborg, Alos present: James Curran, at London’s Animation and Design company SlimJim Studios), Shamik Majumdar, Disney Channels EMEA’s animation and live action Content Creative director, and Michael Liebe, founder of Berlin’s tech and game events company Booster Space,

José Corral’s “Family Tale,” Diego Porral’s “Millenials and How to Identify Them” and “Routine” by SAM are some of the shorts to be presented at the fest-mart. “Tale” is produced by Aquí y Allí Films, the Madrid-based outfit behind Spaniard Antonio Méndez Esparza’s Cannes 2012 Critics Week winner “Aquí y Allá” and “Life and Nothing More,” which recently saw its European premiere at last month’s San Sebastian Film Festival.

The 9th edition of 3D Wire event runs Oct. 2-8

9th 3D WIRE, OCT. 2-8


“Another Day of Life,” Raúl de la Fuente, Damian Nenow, Spain, Poland, Germany, Belgium

“Awakening Beauty,” Manuel H. Martín, Spain

“Buñuel in The Labyrinth of the Turtles,” Salvador Simó, Spain, Holland

“Deep,” Julio Soto, Spain

“Dom Fradique,” Zepe, Portugal

“Dragonkeeper,” Ignacio Ferreras, Spain, China

“Memoirs of a Man in Pajamas,” Carlos Fernández de Vigo, Spain

“My Grandfather Used to Say He Saw Demons,” Nuno Beato, Portugal

“Sultana’s Dream,” Isabel Herguera, Spain, France, Portugal, Italy

“Tadeo Jones 2, and the Secret of King Midas,” Enrique Gato and David Alonso, Spain

“The Impossible Journey,” Abraham López, Spain

“The Steam Engines of Oz,” Sean P. O’Reilly, Spain, Canada

“Unicorn Wars,” Alberto Vázquez, Spain, France


“Alice’s Diary,” Diogo Viegas, Portugal

“Bento,” SalBa Combé, Spain

“Bradley & Bee,” Sarah Ball and Mercedes Marro,  Spain, Scotland

“Clito,” Pol López, Spain

“Dr. Bocanegra,” Manuel J. García, Spain

“Emmy & Gooroo,” Leno Miao and Mercedes Marro, Spain, China

“Metal Family,” Rodrigo Mesonero and Salva Rubio, Spain

“Mr. Passenger,” Zepe, Portugal

“Party Killer,” Edorta Corpas, Spain

“Pigballoons,” Juan Luis Garrido, Spain

“Sara Rocks!,” David Fernández-Marcote, Spain

“The Colorics,” Alex Cervantes, Spain

“The Infinite Hero,” Christian Villacañas and Francesc Xavier Manuel, Spain

“The Inner Life, Pablo Muñoz, Spain

“The Tribe,” Nuno Beato, Spain, Portugal

“The Turdinians,” Albert Rodríguez, Spain

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