Portuguese films were the most chosen works to go to the final of the third edition of the Quirino Ibero-American Animation Awards, which will be awarded in April, on the island of Tenerife, in the Spanish Canary archipelago.
In a ceremony that took place today in Madrid, it was announced that Portugal has ten nominations nominated for the final, followed by Argentina with six, Brazil with four, Colombia and Bolivia with two, and finally Chile, Mexico and Paraguay with one each.
The Portuguese short film ‘Nestor’, by João Gonzalez, made in co-production with the United Kingdom, is the film with the most nominations (four), followed, with three nominations each, by the Spanish feature film ‘Klaus’, by Sergio Pablos , which features the Portuguese Sérgio Martins and Edgar Martins in the team, and the Portuguese short film ‘Tio Tomás a Contabilidade dos Dias’, by Regina Pessoa.
A total of 22 works from nine Ibero-American countries will compete for the statuettes of the third edition of the award, with productions from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Paraguay, Portugal and Spain competing in all nine categories.
The four feature films competing for the Quirino Awards are the Argentine-Spanish coproduction ‘La Gallina Turuleca’ by Víctor Monigote and Eduardo Gondell, the Argentine ‘El patalarga’ by Mercedes Moreira, the Colombian ‘Relatos de reconciliación’ by Carlos Santa and Rubén Monroy , and the Spanish ‘Klaus’.
On the other hand, the finalist series are the Portuguese ‘Crias – Crocodilos’, co-produced with France; the Spanish ‘Momonsters’; the Mexican ‘Space Chickens’, co-produced with the United Kingdom, Ireland and Australia; and the Brazilian ‘Tainá and the guardians of the Amazon’.
In the short film category, candidates are the Colombian ‘El pájarocubo’ by Jorge Alberto Vega and the Portuguese ‘Purpleboy’, by Alexandre Siqueira, co-produced with Belgium and France, and ‘Tio Tomás the accounting of days’ by Regina Pessoa, co-produced with Canada and France.
In the School Works category, the finalists are the Bolivian ‘Gravity’, by Matisse Gonzalez (co-produced with Germany), the Portuguese ‘Nestor’, by João Gonzalez (co-produced with the United Kingdom), and the Brazilian ‘I only know that it was like that ‘, by Giovanna Muzel Da Paixão.
Three Argentine works compete for the Award for Best Commissioned Work: ‘In Your Hands’, ‘Mate?’ and ‘Let us have a voice’; while three Portuguese works compete for the Best Visual Development Award: ‘Nestor’, ‘The peculiar crime of the strange Mr. Jacinto’ and ‘Uncle Tomás the accounting of the days’.
The animated short film ‘Tio Tomás, A Contabilidade dos Dias’, by Portuguese director Regina Pessoa, was also nominated today for the awards of the Canadian Academy of Cinema and Television. Awarded in recent months, ‘Tio Tomás’ won the award for best short film at the Annie Awards, the so-called ‘Oscars’ of animation, at the end of January.
Since the debut, in June of last year, in Croatia, ‘Tio Tomás, The Accounting of Days’ has already been distinguished at the film festival of Annecy, in France, with the special award of the jury, at the festival Animamundi, in Brazil, in the Paths of Portuguese Cinema, in Coimbra, and in Chicago, in the United States.
As for ‘Klaus’, available on the Netflix streaming platform since November, and which was among the nominees for the Oscars for best animated feature film, it was done in full at SPA Studios in Madrid, with a team that brings together people from more than 20 countries, including the Portuguese Sérgio Martins, as ‘Animation Supervisor’, and Edgar Martins, ‘Story Department Supervisor’.
Sérgio Martins was distinguished with the award for Best Animated Direction in Feature Film, for this work, in the Annie awards, attributed by the International Animation Film Society.
‘Nestor’, a production by the Royal College of Art in London with direction, illustration and music by the Portuguese João Gonzalez, was distinguished as the best national work, at the Cinanima festival, in November last year.
The third edition of the Quirino Awards received a total of 219 applications.