The Brazilian feature film Bob Cuspe – We Never Liked, from Cesar Cabralthe mexican series Frankelda’s Hidden Scaresfrom Roy and Arturo Ambriz and the Chilean short film Beastfrom Hugo Covarrubias have collected the awards corresponding to their categories in the Quirino Awards for Ibero-American Animation, which have been delivered this May 14 at the Leal Theater in San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Tenerife, and which has been broadcast live to the whole world.
The winning works in the three main categories are carried out by characters as diverse as a punk antihero, a ghost writer and a secret police agent during the military dictatorship in Chile. Besides, all three have been made in stop-motion, confirming the rise of this animation technique in Latin America.
Best Feature Film: ‘Bob Cuspe – We Don’t Like People’
“Bob Cuspe – Nós Não We Liked People”, debut feature by the Brazilian director Caesar Goatl, received the Quirino Award for Best Animated Feature Film. Combining elements of documentary film and fictionthe film is a post-apocalyptic road-movie starring Bob Cuspe, a mythical character from the Brazilian underground culture of the ’80s created by the cartoonist Angeli. Produced by Coala Filmes, the film was also recognized with the award for Best Sound Design and Original Music.
Best animated series: ‘Frankelda’s Hidden Scares’
For its part, the award for Best Animated Series went to the Mexican Frankelda’s Hidden Scaresa horror series suitable for children and starring Frankelda, a mysterious ghost writer who seeks to become the best-known horror author in history with the help of an enchanted book. Directed by Roy and Arturo Ambrizthe series, whose first season premiered on the streaming platform HBO Max, also received the Quirino Award for Best Animation Design.
Best Animated Short: ‘Beast’
Recognized as Best Animated Short, “Beast” delves into the psyche of a secret police agent during the military dictatorship in Chile. Directed by Hugo Covarrubias and inspired by real events, the short, which this year was nominated for an Oscar, also received the Quirino Award for Best Visual Development.
The Spanish Flies only live one day from Mauro Luis Lopez (Master in Animation UPV, Valencia) won the award for Best School Short Filma category that rewards the emerging talents of Ibero-American animation.
Furthermore, the Chilean #BinaryGenderNorms:GirlsRealized by Bernadette Ojeda in co-direction with Christian Freirewas awarded Best Commissioned Work, and Greak: Memories of Azurea co-production between Mexico, Argentina, Ecuador and Venezuela developed by Navegante Entertainment, received the award for Best Video Game Animation.
The winners have been chosen by a jury made up of Sebastian Debertin (KiKA, Germany), Magdiela Hermida Duhamel (LatinX in Animation, United States), Zofia Jaroszuk (Animoon, Poland), Kenneth Ladekjær (Sun Creature Studio, Denmark) and Hernán La Greca (creative director and content developer, United States).
Sponsored by the Cabildo de Tenerife through the Tenerife Film Commission, the Quirino Awards ratify with this new edition its relevance in the construction of a common space for the animation of the 23 countries of this region made up of the countries of Latin America, Spain and Portugal
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.