WEIRD MARKET AND 3D WIRE FEST AWARDS THE PRESENT AND FUTURE OF ANIMATION IN ITS 13TH EDITION

The 13th edition of Weird Market, International Animation, Video Games and New Media Market and 3D Wire Fest, International Animation Festival announces the present and the future of animation with a list of winners highlighting the best participating short films and projects. Homeless Home by Alberto Vázquez, Souvenir Souvenir by Bastien Dubois and All Those Sensations in My Belly by Marko Djeska, win the distinctions for best national, international and European short film respectively in the cinematographic section. Regarding the call for projects, Roped by Carmen Córdoba won the Movistar + Short Film Project Award and Titan Tofu by María Luquero the Best Young Creator Series Project Award. The list is completed by the RTVE awards that are for Call of the Sea as the Best Video Game Project, Desolatium: Prologue as the Most Innovative Video Game Project and Moons of Darsalon as the Weird Plus Video Game Project.

The 3D Wire Fest short film contest already has winners, Alberto Vázquez’s Homeless Home wins the Best National Short Film Award. The three-time winner of the Goya Award thus adds a new award to his most recent work, a work that last June became the first Spanish short to impose at the prestigious French festival of Annecy. In this same section, Loop by Pablo Polledri has also got a special mention.

The international competition awards have gone to the French Souvenir Souvenir by Bastien Dubois, a renowned filmmaker who with his debut (Madagascar, a Journey Diary) managed to enter among the short films nominated for the Oscars. The Croatian-Portuguese co-production All Those Sensations in My Belly by Marko Djeska wins the award for the best European work and A Film About a Pudding by the British Roel Van Beek receives a special mention from the jury.

A jury made up of the Polish producer Katarzyna Gromadzka, the Head of the Children’s and Youth Department of the Portuguese public broadcaster (RTP) Andrea Basílio, the French creator and producer Alex Laffaille, and the Spanish director and screenwriter José Luis Ucha.

The other part of the awards for this film competition has been decided by the audience attending the sessions and it was Only a Child by Simone Giampaolo (Switzerland) that won the international competition, while the Spanish-Argentine co-production Loop by Pablo Polledri has won in the national section.

THE FUTURE OF THE INDUSTRY IS DRAWN AT WEIRD MARKET

The second of the axes of this event is the Weird Market, where is the call for projects that in this 2021 has selected a total of 200 for its catalog. Projects of feature films, short films, animation series, video games, web series, transmedia projects, comics and board games, among which, one of the winners’ names has been Roped, by Carmen Córdoba, which has won the Movistar + Short Film Project Award. The award is endowed with the acquisition of the broadcasting rights of the short film by Movistar + and 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 work will be officially released in the 2022 or 2023 edition of this market. Roped is the second short film by the Andalusian filmmaker, a work that has raised great expectations after accumulating more than a hundred awards with her debut film: Roberto.

In the new talent section, the best young creator series project is for the Spanish Titan Tofu, by María Luquero; With this she receives a free accreditation for the next edition of Annecy-MIFA (MIFA professional accreditation).

Finally, RTVE has awarded three distinctions, the one directed to the Best Video Game Project that has been for Call of the Sea by Out of the Blue Games; a work set in the confines of the South Pacific during 1934 and that was nominated for the BAFTA Games Awards. The Most Innovative Video Game Project has been for the horror proposal Desolatium: Prologue by Superlumen; and completing the short list, the RTVE Weird Plus Video Game Award, for the video game that breaks the mold, the weird one, has been for Dr. Kucha Games’ Moons of Darsalon, a retro-style adventure with influences from Abe Odyssey and Lemmings. All of them now have the possibility of being presented to the Directorate of Interactives of RTVE.

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