Ibero-American Animation Quirino Awards Winners Revealed


The winners of the fifth edition of the Ibero-American Animation Quirino Awards were unveiled at a ceremony on May 14, with works from Mexico, Brazil and Chile taking home multiple prizes.

Best Animation Series went to Mexico’s Frankelda’s Book of Spooks, a children’s horror series centering on a mysterious ghostwriter who seeks to become the most well-known horror author in history with the help of an enchanted book. The series, directed by Roy and Arturo Ambriz, also received the award for Best Animation Design.

The Brazilian film Bob Spit—We Do Not Like People, the first project from director César Cabral, was awarded Best Animation Feature Film. The postapocalyptic road movie stars Bob Spit, a mythical character from the Brazilian underground culture of the ’80s, created by cartoonist Angeli. The film was produced by Coala Filmes and also won the Best Sound Design and Original Music award.

Bestia, centering on the psyche of a secret police agent during the military dictatorship in Chile, took home the Best Animation Short Film award. Directed by Hugo Covarrubias and inspired by real events, the short also won the award for Best Visual Development. It was nominated for an Oscar this year as well.

Best School Short Film went to the Spanish film Flies Only Live One Day by Mauro Luis López (Máster en Animación UPV, Valencia), while Best Commissioned Animation went to the Chilean #binarygendernorm: Girls, directed by Bernardita Ojeda and Cristián Freire. Greak: Memories of Azur, a co-production between Mexico, Argentina, Ecuador and Venezuela and developed by Navegante Entertainment, won Best Video Game Animation.

The winners were chosen by a jury composed of Sebastian Debertin (KiKA, Germany), Magdiela Hermida Duhamel (LatinX in Animation, the U.S.), Zofia Jaroszuk (Animoon, Poland), Kenneth Ladekjær (Sun Creature Studio, Denmark) and Hernán La Greca (creative director and content developer, the U.S.).