WEIRD MARKET REVEALS THE LIST OF WINNERS OF ITS 12TH EDITION

Weird Market and 3D Wire Fest close their 12th edition with a list of winners where nine projects and six short films in competition have been awarded with various recognitions. In the cinematographic section, the Spanish-Brazilian work Flesh and the Korean Mascot have won the highest distinctions from the jury in the national and international sections; while the Icelandic Yes-People received the Best European Short Film Award. For its part, the audience has chosen the Portuguese The Peculiar Crime of Oddball Mr Jay and the Spanish Roberto as the most outstanding films of their respective sections (International and National, respectively). With regard to the call for projects, it should be noted that He Ran Towards his Comrade has won the Movistar+ Short Film Project Award, while Gylt has won the RTVE Award for the most innovative video game; Relicta has won the version for VR projects of this latest award. The list of winners adds a new distinction in 2020, the RTVE Video Game Weird Plus Award, which was given to Alt254 in its first edition.

The 3D Wire Fest jury made up of the French producer Edwina Liard (founder of the IKKI Films production company), the Franco-Colombian Melissa Vega (director of international sales of the distribution and production company Dandelooo), the Brazilian Paula Taborda dos Guaranys (director of original content, co-productions and Acquisitions of Planeta Junior) and the Spanish Jorge Sanz (Director of the Aguilar de Campoo International Short Film Festival) have given the award for Best National Short Film to Camila Kater’s Flesh, a new recognition that joins those obtained in such outstanding events as Locarno, Annecy, Málaga or Huesca; in this same section they have also wanted to make a special mention for Mad in Xpain by Coke Riobóo. The South Korean short film Mascot by Leeha Kim and the Icelandic Yes-People by Gísli Darri Halldórsson have both obtained distinctions for the best international and European short film respectively.

The voting of the audience attending the screenings at La Cárcel Segovia Centro de Creación has crowned winners the Portuguese stop motion short film The Peculiar Crime of Oddball Mr Jay by Bruno Caetano (International) and Roberto, Carmen Córdoba (National). Two of the 43 productions that made up the official section and that represented 24 different countries in America, Asia, Europe and Oceania.

AWARD-WINNING ANIMATION AND VIDEO GAME PROJECTS

The second of the fundamental axes of Weird Market is the call for projects. In this 2020, a total of 203 were selected for the catalogue, of which nine make up its list of winners focused, in this section, on short film, series, web series and video game projects.

The first of them has been the Movistar + Short Film Project Award for He Ran Towards his Comrade, by Genís Rigol. The recognition is endowed with the acquisition of the emission rights of the awarded short by Movistar+ and with an amount of 9,000 euros for a period of 2 years (unlimited number of passes), being the first year exclusively for the aforementioned channel. In addition, the short film will be officially released in the 2021 or 2022 edition of this market.

For its part, RTVE delivers three distinctions. The one aimed at the most innovative video game proposal that has been for Gylt de Tequila Works; while the most innovative VR video game project is for Mighty Polygon’s Relicta. Finally, a new award has been created called the RTVE Video Game Weird Plus Award, for the videogame that breaks the mould in, the weird one, which has been in this first edition for Alt254 by Rename Studio. All of them now have the possibility of being presented to the Directorate of Interactives of RTVE.

In the new talent section, the best young series project creator is for the Spanish Welcome to Fucking Rainbowland, by Nuño Benito and Nacho Subirats, with this they receive a free accreditation for the next edition of Annecy-MIFA (MIFA professional accreditation). Another recognized project is the Villa Fábula series, its author Víctor Marín thus gets a free place for the executive production course of animation short films, series and feature films from Media Training Consulting.

Regarding the call for online animation series projects with Átomo Network as the main collaborator, the Átomo Grand Prix for the best web series presented is the Argentine Toque de quena (gente rota), by Gabriel Lucero.

The other two recognitions are the Robot Atómico Award for the Mexican F#%@ My Family, by Ricardo Abraham (Ríe Animation), and the Átomo Network Award for the French Fail in Love, by Cécile Rousset, Romain Blanc-Tailleur and Adrienne Nowak (Darjeeling Productions).

Weird Market thus closes with its winners, an edition that has combined the in-person part with the virtual one in a “hybrid” format; managing to maintain its commitment to the sector and the audience, both physically and online. “It has been a sign of strength and commitment by and for the content creation and IP sector. The response from the audience has been very good both in theaters and in the presentations and talks through the internet, the event has been followed from all corners of the planet. In the coming days we will analyze the data in depth, but we can affirm that this edition has kept the spirit intact, while expanding its international audience”, stated José Luis Farias, director of the Segovian event.

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