Spain Dominates At The 7th Edition Of Quirino Awards

Spain dominated at the 7th edition of the Ibero-American Animation Quirino Awards, which were presented on Saturday in San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Tenerife. Productions from Spain won five of the ten awards presented.

The Spanish feature Robot Dreams, which has racked up a host of awards including multiple Goyas, the European Film Award, and the Annecy Contrechamp, in addition to an Oscar nomination, took home the prize for best animated feature, as well as the award for sound design and original music. The Pablo Berger-directed film opens in New York on May 31st, before expanding across the U.S. in June.

The prize for animation series also went to a Spanish production: the musical preschool series Jasmine & Jambo directed by Silvia Cortés and produced by Barcelona-based Teidees Audiovisuals in co-production with Corporació Catalana de Mitjans Audiovisuals. The series won the same prize at the Quirinos last year for its first season. The series stars two characters with a passion for music, relating it to life and emotions, and explaining musical concepts.

Marcus Vinicius Vasconcelos and Alois Di Leo’s 2d production from Brazil, Lulina and the Moon, took home the prize for short film. Di Leo previously won a Quirino in 2018 for his short Caminho dos Gigantes. Chile’s Punkrobot Studio won the commissioned animation prize for “In the Stars,” a segment for the Disney+ series Star Wars: Visions.

An honorary award was presented to Héctor and Liliana Cristiani, the grandson and great-granddaughter of Italian-Argentinian animator Quirino Cristiani, for whom the awards are named and who created the first animated feature film in history, the now-lost 1917 Argentine production El Apóstol (1917).

The jury for this year’s awards was comprised of Portuguese director José Miguel Ribeiro (Nayola), Colombian director Marcela Rincón (Lila’s Book), and U.K. director Wesley Louis (United Kingdom), along with Latvian public television head of acquisitions Zane Valeniece and Dandelooo co-founder and producer Emmanuèle Petry. A total of 247 works were submitted for consideration.

Here is a complete list of winners at the 2024 Quirino Awards:

Ibero-American Animation Feature Film
  • Robot Dreams, Directed by Pablo Berger; Produced by Arcadia Motion Pictures, Lokiz Films, Noodles Production, Les films du Worso (Spain, France)
Ibero-American Animation Series
  • Jasmine & Jambo, Directed by Sílvia Cortés; Produced by Teidees Audiovisuals, Corporació Catalana de Mitjans Audiovisuals, with the participation of IB3 (Televisió de les illes Balears), Institut Català de les Empreses Culturals (Spain)
Ibero-American Animation Short Film
  • Lulina and the Moon, Directed by Marcus Vinicius Vasconcelos & Alois Di Leo; Produced by Estudio Teremim (Brazil)
Ibero-American Animation School Short Film
  • The Leak, Directed by Paola Cubillos; School: KASK & Conservatorium Hogeschool Gent, Vrije Universiteit Brussels (Belgium, Colombia)
Ibero-American Animation Commissioned Film
  • In the Stars, Directed by Gabriel Osorio; Produced by Punkrobot Studio, Lucasfilm (Chile, USA)
Ibero-American Animation Music Video
  • All the Best, Directed by Pablo Roldán; Produced by Rudo Company (Argentina)
Ibero-American Animation for Video Game
  • The Many Pieces of Mr Coo, Directed by Nacho Rodríguez; Developed by Gammera Nest (Spain)
Visual Development of Ibero-American Animation Work
  • Sultana’s Dream, Directed by Isabel Herguera; Produced by Abano Producións, El Gatoverde Producciones, UniKo Estudio Creativo, Sultana Films, Fabian&Fred (Spain, Germany)
Animation Design of Ibero-American Animation Work
  • Cold Soup, Directed by Marta Monteiro; Produced by Animais AVPL, La Clairière Ouest (Portugal, France)
Sound Design and Original Music of Ibero-American Animation Work
  • Robot Dreams, Directed by Pablo Berger; Produced by Arcadia Motion Pictures, Lokiz Films, Noodles Production, Les films du Worso (Spain, France)

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