×

Ventana Sur: ‘La Liga’ Kicks Off at Buenos Aires’ Animation!

Spain’s Quirino Awards, Argentina’s Animation! and Mexico’s Pixelatl Festival, three key events in Ibero-American animation, will join forces to create La Liga (The League), as announced Wednesday at an Animation! round table hosted by the Quirino Awards, titled “Iberoamerican Alliance Models.”

Speakers included Quirino Awards promoter José Luis Farias, Mexico’s Pixelatl director José Iñesta, Gonzalo Azpiri at Argentina’s Animar Cluster, Milton Guerrero from Animation Peru, José Navarro from Chile’s national lobby Animach) and Liliana Rincón, of Colombia’s Gema animation trade assn.

The Liga’s logo (pictured) was designed by renowned Argentine animation auteur Juan Pablo Zaramella (“The Tiniest Man in the World”).

La Liga all see one of the selected projects at this year’s Animation! pitching sessions awarded a prize consisting of an invitation to attend Tenerife’s Quirino Awards and Cuernavaca’s Pixelatl, plus travel expenses, lodging and full accreditation to both.

“We’ve seen that an increasing trend towards regional co-production under the motto ‘strength through unity.’ Our aim was to strengthen this cooperation with a specific measure, and that’s how the idea for La Liga was born. This new agreement will allow a unique project to attend the three events, and to find co-producers,” Animation! coordinator Silvina Cornillón told Variety.

At each of the three events, a new winner will be chosen and embark on the cycle taking the other two in. La Liga’s first winner will be announced on Friday.

The initiative marks an attempt to systematize the promotion of top animation projects as they become more numerous and internationally competitive across Ibero-America. It’s also a sign of increased collaboration, as co-production becomes crucial to meet market demands for bigger and more ambitious projects.

“Animation has become a co-production sector. Almost every TV-show and feature requires the involvement of several animation studios,” José Iñesta said, adding: “Animation opens a window of opportunity for the economic development of the region, and social transformation as well.”

La Liga dovetails perfectly into the thinking inspiring Quirino Awards, Jose Luis Farias told Variety: “Our main aim is to generate a common space for working and sharing within Ibero-American countries. With La Liga, the three events have committed themselves to a unique project which can boost this sharing to a maximum.”

Ibero-American animation is expanding, as proved by recent successes such as “Huevos: Little Rooster’s Egg-cellent Adventure,” from the Riva Palacio Alatriste brothers and Melanie Simka, Alex Orrelle and Eduardo Schuldt’s “Condorito: the Movie” and Carlos Carrera’s “Ana & Bruno.”

As seen in Tenerife, during last April’s Quirino Awards work sessions, Brazil has some 25 animation titles in production, Argentina  21, followed by Mexico -16, Chile and Peru – six, and Ecuador – five.

Some of the most noteworthy of these features are co-productions, now in progress, including Juan Pablo Buscarini’s “Turuleca’s Funny Farm” (Spain-Argentina), Fermando Socolowicz’s “Homeless” (Argentina-Chile), Gonzalo Gutiérrez’s “Quixote’s” (Argentina-Brazil-Belgium), and David Bisbano’s “Dalia and the Red Book” (Argentina-Peru).

More Film

  • Sylvester Stallone Variety Cover story

    Sylvester Stallone Feels Robbed of an Ownership Stake in 'Rocky': 'I Was Furious'

    Sylvester Stallone shares an uncanny, symbiotic connection with Rocky, the underdog boxer character he created four decades ago — a kindred spirit who served as his creative muse in spawning one of Hollywood’s most successful film franchises. In his long career Stallone also played another memorable screen role — John Rambo — but Rocky was [...]

  • Beware of Children

    First Trailer Released for Venice Days Entry 'Beware of Children' (EXCLUSIVE)

    Variety has been given exclusive access to the first trailer for Dag Johan Haugeruds’ politically and socially charged drama “Beware of Children,” which premieres as part of the Venice Film Festival’s Venice Days section. The pic, which is being sold at Venice by Picture Tree Intl., features the dramatic aftermath of a tragic incident in [...]

  • The Tower animated film about Palestinians

    ‘The Tower’ Animation Wins Japan's Skip City Festival

    “The Tower,” Mats Grorud’s animation about the plight of the Palestinians, as viewed through the eyes of an 11-year-old girl in Beirut, won the grand prize in the international competition at the 16th edition of Skip City International D-Cinema Festival. The film also scooped the section’s audience award. The Skip City festival, which launched in [...]

  • For web story

    Transgender Immigrant Pic 'Lingua Franca,' Thriller 'Only Beasts' to Bow at Venice Days

    New York-based Filipina filmmaker Isabel Sandoval’s “Lingua Franca,” about a transgender immigrant, is among 11 competition entries, all world premieres, that will launch from the Venice Film Festival’s independently run Venice Days section. The only U.S. entry set to compete in the section modeled on Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight, “Lingua Franca” is Sandoval’s third work. It [...]

  • Female-Led and LGBTQ Narratives Win Big

    Female-Led and LGBTQ Narratives Win Big At Durban FilmMart Awards

    DURBAN–Female-driven narratives and daring portraits of queer culture around the continent were the big winners at this year’s Durban FilmMart (DFM), the industry program of the Durban Intl. Film Festival, which handed out awards at a ceremony Monday night at the Southern Sun Maharani Hotel. Among the prize-winners were the story of a Zimbabwean woman [...]

  • Oscar Nominations Reactions Phyllis Nagy

    Screenwriter Phyllis Nagy Runs for Writers Guild Presidency, Citing Agency Stalemate

    Oscar-nominated screenwriter Phyllis Nagy is challenging Writers Guild of America West’s incumbent president David Goodman, citing his handling of the bitter stalemate between the WGA and Hollywood agents. Nagy announced her candidacy online Monday night, a day before the deadline for filing. She made the announcement  in a private online group as part of Writers for [...]

  • Klaudia-Reynicke

    Locarno: Summerside Picks Up ‘Love Me Tender’ (EXCLUSIVE)

    Rome-based Summerside Intl. has acquired international sales rights to Klaudia Reynicke’s “Love Me Tender.” The second feature from Peru-born and Switzerland-based filmmaker will receive its world premiere at the Locarno Festival in its Filmmakers of the Present competition, which focuses on first and second features. Summerside Intl. is the world sales agent, excluding and Lichtenstein [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content