Quirino Awards at ‘Bob Spit’ ‘Frankelda’s Book’ ‘Beast’

“Bob Spit: We Don’t Like People” by Cesar Cabral, “Frankelda’s Book of Spooks” and “Beast” by Roy Ambriz and Arturo Ambriz topped the 5th Ibero-American Animation Quirino Awards, held on May 14 in San Cristóbal de La Laguna. , on the Canary Island of Tenerife.

It’s no coincidence that the top three prizes went to stop motion works. The applause offers further proof of a growing mastery of this technique in Latin America, as well as the high level and extraordinary artistic diversity of animation titles from Latin America, increasingly recognized in the markets. international.

Produced by Coala Filmes and Cup Films in Brazil, “Bob Spit: We Do Not Like People” was also nominated for the recent Platino Awards and won the 2021 Contrechamp Prize at the Annecy International Film Festival. Outsider Pictures handles the worldwide distribution rights for the animated feature.

Also awarded for sound design and original music, “Bob Spit” is a documentary about one of the most famous Brazilian cartoonists, Arnaldo Angeli Filho. It’s also a hallucinogenic road movie with an ambitious artistic approach linking formal and narrative procedures such as Angeli’s Q&A with her graphic novel characters.

Remarkably, all of the titles nominated in the feature category were directorial debuts, marking a clear emergence of new talent in the region as well as industry building.

The main kudos for an animated series and animation design went to “Frankelda’s Book of Spooks,” a production from Mexico’s growing Cinema Fantasma studio, behind the Guillermo del Toro-backed “Revoltoso.” HBO Max has picked up the US rights although its domestic release has yet to be announced despite fan requests on social media.

Frankelda’s Ghost Book
Credit: Cinema Fantasma

A fantasy tale and stop-motion terror for all audiences and a veritable phenomenon in Mexico, “Frankelda” follows an enigmatic ghostwriter, always accompanied by her haunted book, which tells stories about children’s encounters with monsters, helping children to face their inner fears in the process. Five seven-minute episodes are designed as an anthology to introduce children to the genre.

“Beast”, nominated for this year’s Oscars, took home awards for Best Short Film and Best Visual Development. Directed by Hugo Covarrubias, it is the second Chilean short film to be nominated for an Oscar after Punkrobot Studio’s “Bear Story”, which won an Oscar in 2016. Produced by Tevo Díaz, “Beast” received numerous selections from festivals and awards including the Grand Jury Prize at South by Southwest (SXSW), the Annie Award for Best Animated Short Film and the Annecy Festival Connection Prize.

Inspired by true events, “Beast” focuses on a female torturer, represented by an antique porcelain figure, working at the Chilean Intelligence Directorate (DINA) during the early years of Augusto Pinochet’s brutal dictatorship.

“There is a remarkable maturity displayed during this edition, not only in terms of the level of nominations and awards, but also due to the involvement of bodies and film institutions, which reinforces the Quirino event in as a key think tank for Ibero-American animation,” said Quirino Awards director José Luis Farias Variety.

Supported by ICEX Spain Trade & Investment, the national export and foreign investment board – which has been a key supporter of Spain’s greatly expanded Malaga screenings – the Quirinos Co-Production and Business Forum has attracted over 100 companies, including production groups such as Adult Swim, The Walt Disney Company, Cinema Management Group (USA), Anima in Mexico, Cartoon Saloon in Ireland, Miyu Distribution, Dandeloo, Indie Sales (France ) and Toonz Media (India).

40 institutions and various sector lobbies participated in different events organized around the Quirino event, which also hosted the 41st Conference of Ibero-American Audiovisual and Cinema Authorities (CAACI) and the 20th Summit of the Intergovernmental Council of ‘Ibermedia, the multi-million dollar pan-regional fund supporting film and television in Spain, Portugal and Latin America.

Area pubcasters also celebrated a meeting assessing their role in helping to boost the animation. Yago Fandiño, head of children’s content at Spanish broadcaster RTVE, announced Spanish public television’s involvement in six new animated TV shows and two season renewals. Some of the new series are “Samuel”, produced by Arte France, Les Valseurs in France and Pikkukala in Spain, which was a success at the last Bordeaux festival. Animated film this year, “My brother is a Trez”, by Mr. Klaus Studios, and “Cebra con Lunares”, by Sygnatia & Parrocha Studio.

The largest funder of the Quirino Awards is the Cabildo de Tenerife government, channeling its support through the Tenerife Film Commission and the island’s tourist area.

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The beast
Credit: Hugo Covarrubias

Angela C. Hale