×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Inaugural Quirino Ibero-American Animation Awards Winners Announced

The two-day event highlighted the best animated offerings from Latin America, Portugal and Spain

Saturday, April 7 marked the debut edition of the Quirino Awards ceremony. Held in the Canary Island city of Tenerife, the event was created to celebrate Ibero-American animation, and to create links within the industry across the Atlantic.

In addition to Saturday night’s awards ceremony, an Ibero-American co-production forum was held over the two days which included:  Presentations of the state of the animation industry in different countries and regions; B2B coproduction meetings: and industry work tables.

Additionally, an international congress was held as a forum for debate and discussion on the rapid evolution of animation technologies and techniques, as well as the platforms which host that content.

Saturday’s awards ceremony was the culmination of the two-day event, named in honor of Argentina’s Quirino Cristiani who, in 1917, directed “El Apóstol,” the world’s first animated feature. Unfortunately, the film was destroyed in a fire.

The inaugural best feature award went to “Ana & Bruno” from legendary Mexican director Carlos Carrera, who first made waves in animation when his 1994 short “The Hero,” won a Cannes’ Palme d’Or for best short film. “Ana & Bruno,” a tale of a girl and her imaginary friend searching for the girl’s father, premiered at 2017’s Annecy Festival, and had its domestic and Latin American premiere in October at Mexico’s Morelia festival, where it closed the festival.

Argentina’s Juan Pablo Zaramella, whose 2011 short “Luminaris” won the Fipresci Prize and Audience Award at Annecy, took home best series for his stop-motion “Tiniest Man in the World.” Produced by Les Films De L’Arlequin, JPL Films and Can Can Club, the series’ 58 minute-long episodes follow a six-inch high Claymation protagonist as he interacts with the real world.

Alberto Vázquez, one of Spain’s most admired animators, won best short film for “Decorado,” which also participated at Cannes and won a recent Spanish Academy Goya for best short animated film. Previously Vázquez wrote and directed “Birdboy: The Forgotten Children,” which played festivals the world around and won the 2017 Goya for best animated film. Vazquez’s project, “Unicorn Wars,” was a recent highlight of March’s Cartoon Movie European co-production forum in Bordeaux.

A complete list of winners below.

 2018 Quirino Awards

Best Feature Film
“Ana & Bruno,” (Carlos Carrera, Mexico)

Best Series
“The Tiniest Man in the World,” (Juan Pablo Zaramella, Argentina, France)

Best Short Film
“Decorado,” (Alberto Vázquez, Spain, France)

Best Student Short Film
“Tántalo,” (Juan Facundo Ayerbe, Christian Krieghoff, Argentina)

Best Commissioned Film
“Sing With Meaning, A Biography of Violeta Parra,” (Leonardo Beltrán, Chile)

Most Innovative Work
“The Many Pieces of Mr. Coo,” (Nacho Rodríguez, Spain)

Best Visual Development
“Here’s the Plan,” (Fernanda Frick, Chile)

Best Animation Design
“Way of Giants,” (Alois Di Leo, Brasil)

Best Sound Design & Original Music
“Tad, the Lost Explorer: The Secret of King Midas,” (Enrique Gato, David Alonso, Spain)

Emilio Mayorga contributed to this article

More Film

  • 'All About Yves" Review: Feeble French

    Cannes Film Review: 'All About Yves'

    Benoit Forgeard’s dorky “All About Yves,” bizarrely chosen as the closing film of 2019’s Directors’ Fortnight selection in Cannes, is literally about an intelligent refrigerator that ascends to Eurovision fame as a rapper. Imagine Spike Jonze’s “Her” played for the cheapest of laughs, shorn of atmosphere, and absent all melancholic insight into our relationship with [...]

  • 'The Bare Necessity' Review: Offbeat, Charming

    Cannes Film Review: 'The Bare Necessity'

    A perfectly charmant way to, as the song has it, forget about your worries and your strife for 100 airy minutes, writer-director Erwan le Duc’s “The Bare Necessity” is a breezy little sweetheart of a debut, that threatens to give the rather ominous description “quirky French romantic comedy” a good name. In its dappled countryside [...]

  • Adam

    Cannes Film Review: 'Adam'

    With her debut feature “Adam,” Maryam Touzani allows her audience to sit back and relax comfortably into a beautifully made, character-driven little gem that knows when and how to touch all the right buttons. Taking the stories of two women, both frozen in existential stasis, and bringing them together in a predictable yet deeply satisfying [...]

  • 'To Live to Sing' Review: A

    Cannes Film Review: 'To Live to Sing'

    After his taut, impressive debut “Old Stone” which tracked with nightmarish relentlessness the high cost of compassion in modern urban China, Canadian-Chinese director Johnny Ma loosens his grip a little to deliver a softer, if not necessarily less pessimistic examination of the failing fortunes of a regional Sichuan Opera troupe. “To Live to Sing” is [...]

  • Hugh Jackman Sings Happy Birthday to

    Hugh Jackman Leads Massive One-Man Show Crowd in 'Happy Birthday' for Ian McKellen

    Hugh Jackman may have had to skip Ian McKellen’s birthday party to perform his one-man show, “The Man, The Music, The Show,” but that didn’t mean he couldn’t celebrate his “X-Men” co-star’s 80th. Jackman took a moment at the Manchester Arena Saturday to lead the sold-out audience — some 50,000 strong — in a rendition [...]

  • Netflix, Shmetflix: At Cannes 2019, the

    Netflix, Shmetflix: At Cannes 2019, the Movies Needed Every Inch of the Big Screen

    In the May 24 edition of The New York Times, there was a column by Timothy Egan, entitled “The Comeback of the Century: Why the Book Endures, Even in an Era of Disposable Digital Culture,” that celebrated those things that come between two hard covers as a larger phenomenon than mere nostalgia. The column keyed [...]

  • Aladdin

    'Aladdin' Dominates International Box Office With $121 Million

    Disney’s “Aladdin” is showing plenty of worldwide drawing power with $121 million overseas for the weekend, opening in first place in nearly all international markets. The reboot of the 1992 animated classic has received strong family attendance with a significant gain on Saturday and Sunday. China leads the way with an estimated $18.7 million for [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content