‘A Costume for Nicholas’, ‘Little’ Top 4th Quirino Awards
Eduardo Rivero’s feature debut “A Costume for Nicholas”, “Small Season Two” by Bernardita Ojeda and “Homeless Home” by Alberto Vázquez won Saturday’s 4th Quirino Awards, which rewards animated films and series from Latin America, Spain and Portugal.
The winners received their applause at an on-site ceremony held in La Laguna, in the Canary Islands of Spain.
“A Costume for Nicholas,” from Mexico, won the award for best feature film, winning in a category whose four nominees included three Mexican productions.
The second film from Mexican Fotosintesis Media, a social and cause-oriented entertainment label set up by the Mantarraya group and producer-director Miguel Uriegas (“The Stone Boy”), the toon film is co-produced by the animation studio Mexican Pēek Paax.
Marking Uriegas’s debut as a screenwriter, the feature follows Nicholas, a 10-year-old orphan with Down syndrome who dons his mother’s magical costumes to save his brother from nightmares and the world from chaos. “Nicholas” participated in the Cannes Film Market Los Cabos Goes to Cannes in 2018.
A co-production between the Chilean Pájaro, the Colombian public broadcaster Señal Colombia and the Argentinian children’s television channel Paka Paka and Non Stop, the preschool tale “Little” is the fifth series directed by the Chilean Ojeda (“Hostal Morrisson”).
The international distribution of “Petit Season Two” is provided by the French Dandeloo. The series is inspired by the book “Petit, el Monstruo” by Argentinian author Isol Misenta. The first season of “Petit” has already been nominated for the Quirino Awards as well as the 2019 International Emmy Kids Awards. In “Petit” the world of adults is explored and analyzed from the perspective of children.
Winner of the jury prize in the short films category at the Annecy Film Festival last year, the victory of “Homeless Home” at the Quirino marks the last praise of the Spaniard Alberto Vázquez, director of “Birdboy: The Forgotten Children », An American van of Gkids. Confirming the originality of the Spanish author, the film takes place in a black and white and demonized version of Vazquez’s native Galicia, inhabited by orcs, witches and wizards, building itself into a fantastic parable that metaphorically examines the problems that the rural natives face when they return home after years spent elsewhere. . “Homeless Home” is produced by Uniko in the Basque Country and Autour de Minuit in France.
This year, the winners of the Quirino Awards presented several titles addressing social issues such as disabilities (“Nicholas”, “Rutas”), addictions (“Memories for Sale”), depersonalized communities (“Loop”) and marginal (“Homeless Home”). Most were made in 2D.
Ahead of the Quirino Awards, the organizers held online / in-person panel discussions. Beatriz Navas, President of Ibermedia, announced during the presentation of the conclusions of the part of the conference that the incentive program for the Ibero-American region envisages new measures for the region.
“More than an event, the Quirinos become a platform to analyze the sector and design future changes together with creators, industry players and institutions,” said the director of the Quirino Awards, José Luis. Farias. Variety.
The 4th Quirino Awards jury members included producer Jean François Tosti at France’s TAT Productions, Portuguese host-director Joana Toste (“Darwin’s Cave”), Paula Taborda, director of original content, acquisitions and co-productions at Spain Planeta Junior, and Sergio Jiménez, Managing Director of Pinkman.tv in the UK.
The biggest funder of the Awards is the Cabildo de Tenerife government, acting through the Tenerife Film Commission.
IBERO-AMERICAN QUIRINO AWARD 2021:
“A costume for Nicolas”, (Eduardo Rivero, Mexico)
“Petit Season Two”, (Bernardita Ojeda, Chile, Argentina, Colombia)
“Homeless Home”, (Alberto Vázquez, Spain, France)
STUDENT SHORT FILM
“Souvenirs for sale” (Manuel Lopez, Costa Rica)
“Rutas”, (Alejandro Imondi, Argentina)
VIDEO GAME ANIMATION
“Elo”, (Portugal, France)
“Umbrellas”, (Spain, France)
SOUND DESIGN AND ORIGINAL MUSIC
“Loop”, (Spain, Argentina)