The Quirino Ibero-American Animation Awards have announced the programming details of its sixth edition, was held in the city of San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Tenerife, from May 11 to 13.  Created to promote the development, co-production and circulation of animation works and projects from Latin America, Spain and Portugal, the Quirino Awards have the main sponsorship of the Cabildo de Tenerife.

Once again this year, the Co-Production and Business Forum will be the major meeting point for Ibero-American animation professionals, with 180 participants from 26 countries, 33% more than last year. Among the more than 120 companies registered are production companies, distributors, sales agencies, TV channels and streaming platforms. Over the course of two days, the Forum will host more than 1,200 scheduled meetings aimed at promoting the co-production, development and circulation of works and projects.

Adult Swim, Autour de Minuit, BBC Children’s, Canal Capital – Eureka, Canal IPE, Cartuna, Cinema Management Group, Dandelooo, DeAPlaneta Entertainment, DR, El Reino Infantil, Enanimation, EONE, Foliascope, GKIDS, Glitch, HITN, Indie Sales, KIKA, MAD Entertainment, Mediatoon Distribution, MIAM ! Distribution, Monster Entertainment, NTV, Pakapaka, PGS Entertainment, RAI KIDS, RTP, RTVE, Sacrebleau, Señal Colombia, Studio 100 Media, TAT Productions, Vivement Lundi !, Warner Bros Discovery, Warner Bros. Animation, and YLE were presented at the event.

For the second year in a row, the Forum will host a meeting of Ibero-American public television stations to reflect on their programming, acquisition, and co-production policies for animated content. The event will also include a meeting of the animation working group of European public television stations, organized by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) with the collaboration of RTVE. To close these activities, Ibero-American and European public television stations will hold a meeting with the aim of promoting the circulation of animated content between the two regions.

The Forum will also be the backdrop for the launch of Ibermedia Next, a new Ibermedia Program grant aimed at companies from Spain, Italy or Portugal that co-develop innovative animation projects with companies and/or creators from the Ibero-American region. Between May 12 and August 21, applicants may submit prototype projects, teasers, pilots, short films, and video clips with a minimum duration of 5 minutes. The direct financial contribution for selected projects will be up to €150,000 and will also include a personalized training, mentoring, promotion, and dissemination program valued at €95,000. As part of this initiative, Ibermedia Next Plaza, an online matchmaking platform created to boost collaboration between the different countries, will also be presented.

Another activity included in the program is the panel discussion Women in Ibero-American Animation, with the participation of the finalists from the Animation! Ventana Sur and MIANIMA mentorships. This will be the fifth edition of this space created to examine the challenges faced by women in Ibero-American animation.

The Co-Production and Business Forum reaches its sixth edition thanks to the main sponsorship of the Cabildo de Tenerife through Turismo de Tenerife and the Tenerife Film Commission, as well as the sponsorship of ICEX, Animation From Spain, PROEXCA and DeAPlaneta Entertainment.

About the Quirino Awards

The Awards were named in honor of the creator of the first animated feature film in history, the Italian-Argentine Quirino Cristiani, who in 1917 directed “El Apóstol,” an Argentine production in which 58,000 drawings made by hand and shot in 35 mm were used.

The Awards have the main sponsorship of the Cabildo de Tenerife through Turismo de Tenerife and the Tenerife Film Commission;  the sponsorship of the City Council of San Cristóbal de La Laguna, ICEX Spain Export and Investment, Government of the Canary Islands, Canary Islands Institute for Cultural Development, European Fund for Regional Development (FEDER), Promotur Turismo Canarias, Canary Islands Film, ICAA and PROEXCA;  the collaboration of CAACI, the Ibermedia Program, Acción Cultural Española through the Program for Internationalization of Spanish Culture (PICE), OEI, RTVE, WELAW, La Liga de la Animación Iberoamericana (The Ibero-American Animation League), Retina Latina, Filmin, Multicines Tenerife, ULL Auditorium, and Culturamanía;  and the support of DIBOOS, SAVE, Pixelatl, Animation!  Ventana Sur, Weird Market, La Mesta, Pantalla, Canary Islands Audiovisual Cluster, and Annecy Festival;  as well as that from the associations APA – Association of Animation Production Companies of Córdoba Argentina;  Animar Cluster – Argentine Cluster of Animation & VFX;  ABCA – Brazilian Association of Animation Cinema;  Animachi Chile;  Bolivian Animators Network;  GEMA Colombia – Animation Business Group;  Animation Costa Rica;  Ecuadorian Animators Guild;  ACDMX – Association of Digital Creatives of Mexico;  Paraguay Animation;  Peru Animation;  and Casa da Animação de Portugal.

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