Quirino Awards 2020: tutti i vincitori


* Spain and Portugal lead the list of winners of these awards created to celebrate Ibero-American animation.

* “Klaus”, “Tainá and the Amazon’s Guardians” and “The Cubicbird” receive the prizes in the feature film, series and short film categories, respectively.

The Ibero-American Animation Quirino Awards have announced the winners of its third edition in a virtual ceremony that has also closed the so-called Quirino month. The Spanish feature film “Klaus”, the Brazilian series “Tainá and the Amazon’s Guardians” and the Colombian short film “The Cubicbird” were recognized in the respective categories of these awards which have been able to celebrate their third edition in this innovative format thanks to the main sponsorship of the Cabildo de Tenerife, through the Tenerife Film Commission. In addition, six other works from Argentina, Spain and Portugal were recognized as best school short film, commissioned film, animation for video game, visual development, animation design and sound design and original music.

The debut in the direction of the Spanish Sergio Pablos, “Klaus” has been defined as a return to traditional animation. Produced by Madrid-based The Spa Studios and Atresmedia Cine for Netflix, the film is based on the legend of Father Christmas to tell the story of a postman who goes to the Arctic Circle to open a post office. The film was previously awarded at the Annie Awards and BAFTA in addition to being one of the finalists in the Best Animated Film category at the last Oscar Awards. The debut of this animator and screenwriter, creator of films such as “Despicable Me” or “Smallfoot”, was also recognized with the Quirino Award for Best Animation Design.

For its part, “Tainá and the Amazon’s Guardians” -a co-production between the Brazilian Hype Animation and Sincrocine Produções directed by André Forni- was recognized as Best Animation Series. Aimed at preschool audiences, this series that combines 3D and 2D animation has as main character Tainá, an orphan girl from the Amazon jungle who, in the company of her animal friends, protects wildlife and the rich biodiversity of her habitat. The series is an adaptation of a successful live-action trilogy and has been released internationally on the Nickelodeon channel and the Netflix platform.

In the short film category the winner was the Colombian “The Cubicbird”, directed by Jorge Alberto Vega and produced by La Valiente Estudio and Cintadhesiva Comunicaciones with the associated production of Animaedro. Animated in stop motion, the film is an adaptation of the self-titled book by Marcos Mas that has as main character Pedro, a bird that lives in a cage and is willing to break its bonds to be free. The work was selected at various international festivals and received the award for Best Colombian Animated Short Film at Bogoshorts 2019.

The Quirino Awards had planned to hold their third edition on April 18th in Tenerife and have had to change their date of celebration and format as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The island was present throughout the ceremony with some of its most emblematic landscapes and with the participation of professionals and animation companies that are among the finalists. As a prologue to the ceremony, an animated photocall took place in which different personalities from the sector paraded virtually on the purple carpet of the Quirinos along with the finalist directors.

The Portuguese animation, one of the main protagonists of this edition of the Quirinos after reaching ten nominations, won the awards for Best School Short Film and Best Sound Design and Original Music (“Nestor” by João Gonzalez) and Best Visual Development Visual (“The Peculiar Crime of Oddball Mr Jay” directed by Bruno Caetano).

The list of winners of this third edition of the Quirino Awards was completed with the awards for Best Commissioned Film, delivered to “Mate?”, a co-production between Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay, directed and produced by Buda.tv, and the award for Best Animation for Video Game, which went to “Gris”, a production by the Spanish Nómada Studio directed by Conrad Roset.

The winning works were chosen by an international jury among 219 works from 17 countries received in the call. The international jury was made up of the Colombian Alfredo Marun (Development Director at Disney Television Animation); the Polish Anja Franczak (Creative Producer at Human Ark); Salvadorian Simon Vladimir Varela (Production Designer and Visual Development Artist for various studios, including Pixar, Disney, Warner Bros, Sony Animation, Fox and Universal); the American Vera Verba (Manager of the YouTube Channel of Sesame Workshop) and the French Véronique Encrenaz (Director of MIFA Annecy).

The final touch for the Quirino month

This ceremony thus closes the Quirino month, in which an intense program of activities also hosted the Co-Production and Business Forum. Organized with the collaboration of ICEX, Animation From Spain and PROEXCA, this professional platform included the participation of a hundred companies from 19 countries that held more than 800 B2B meetings. Throughout a month, representatives of channels, distributors and producers had the opportunity to learn about different projects from the 23 countries of the Ibero-American region.

With the aim of bringing the creations closer to the public, from June 1st to 14th a program with the finalists in the school short films category was presented on the Retina Latina and Filmin streaming platforms, in addition to the winners of this section in the editions 2018 and 2019. The works had more than 3,000 views between both platforms.

Also, throughout the month different conferences and virtual round tables were held. These include the one carried out by La Liga de Animación Iberoamericana (the Ibero-American Animation League) and the pitch of the “Firsts” project; the round table on women in Ibero-American animation in which the associations MIA (Women in the Animation Industry, Spain), MUMA (Women in the Animation World, Mexico) and RAMA (Argentine Network of Women in Animation); the talk about new technologies applied to animation production with Andrés Aguilar (Mate), Juan Cañada (Epic Games) and Francisco Delgado (HP); and the talk on sustainability in animation with the participation of the Tenerife Film Commission, Welaw and the Tenerife companies La Casa Animada, Tomavision, Mondo TV Producciones Canarias, In Efecto, B Water Animation Studios, Drakhar Studio and 3 Doubles Producciones. All these conferences, which to date have registered more than 170,000 views, can be seen again on the YouTube channel of the Quirino Awards.

About the Quirino Awards

The Quirino Awards, which have the main sponsorship of the Cabildo de Tenerife through the Tenerife Film Commission.

The initiative also has the sponsorship of ICEX Spain Export and Investments, PROEXCA, City Council of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands Film and y HP; the collaboration of ICAA, CAACI, Ibermedia Program, Acción Cultural Española through PICE, Auditorium of Tenerife, Tenerife Espacio de las Artes (TEA), University of La Laguna, RTVE, Cultura Inquieta, Filmin,  Retina Latina, Tangram Solutions, WELAW, Embassy of Portugal and Casa de América; and the support of DIBOOS, SAVE, Pixelatl, Ventana Sur Animation!, Weird, La Liga de la Animación Iberoamericana (the Ibero-American Animation League), Koch, Tenerife Moda, Clúster Audiovisual of Canarias, Annecy Festival and European Animation Emile Awards, as well as the associations: APA – Association of Animation Producers of Cordoba Argentina; ANIMAR CLUSTER – Argentine Animation Cluster & VFX; ABCA – Associação Brasileira de Cinema de Animação; Animachi Chile; GEMA Colombia – Animation Entrepreneurs Group; Guild of Animators of Ecuador; ACDMX – Association of Digital Creatives of Mexico; Peru Animation and Casa da Animaçao of Portugal, Paraguay Animation and Bolivian animators network.


Best Feature Film: KLAUS directed by Sergio Pablos. Produced by The SPA Studios, Atresmedia Cine (Spain).
Best Series: TAINÁ AND THE AMAZON’S GUARDIANS directed by André Forni. Produced by Hype, Sincrocine (Brazil)
Best Short Film: THE CUBICBIRD directed by Jorge Alberto Vega. Produced by La Valiente Estudio, Cintadhesiva, Animaedro (Colombia).
Best School Short Film: NESTOR directed by João Gonzalez. Produced by Royal College of Art (Portugal, United Kingdom).
Best Commissioned Film: MATE? Directed by Buda.tv. Produced by Buda.tv (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay).
Best Animation for Video Game: GRIS directed by Conrad Roset. Produced by Nomada Studio (Spain).
Best Visual Development: THE PECULIAR CRIME OF ODDBALL MR JAY directed by Bruno Caetano. Produced by Cola – Colectivo Audiovisual, Wild Stream (Portugal, France).
Best Animation Design: KLAUS directed by Sergio Pablos. Produced by The SPA Studios, Atresmedia Cine (Spain).
Best Sound Design and Original Music: NESTOR directed by João Gonzalez. Produced by Royal College of Art (Portugal, United Kingdom).