THE 13TH EDITION OF WEIRD MARKET AND 3D WIRE FEST MARK THE MEETING OF THE ANIMATION AND VIDEO GAMES SECTOR

The Weird Market, International Animation, Video Games and New Media Market, and 3D Wire Fest, International Animation Festival, close their 13th edition, once again occupying their preferential place for the industry within the international calendar. The event, which recovered its on-site format one hundred percent, closes a week where it has attracted the attention of creators and the general public to a unique location: La Cárcel_Segovia Creation Center, the new headquarters that perfectly adapts to the spirit of the event. Professional accreditations were sold out in hours and the sector went back to Segovia to announce its new projects, initiatives and synergies. “The industry longed to have a meeting point and their expectations have been accomplished. It was a complicated edition, but we have worked hard to return to the path prior to the pandemic and thanks to the support of professionals in the sector we have succeeded” in the words of José Luis Farias, its director.

One of the highlights of this 2021 was the presentation of Robot Dreams by Pablo Berger. The first foray into animation by the Basque filmmaker, author of works such as Blancanieves (winner of 10 Goya Awards), Abracadabra or Torremolinos 73, exclusively presented the new poster-teaser for this production. In addition, it was also revealed that the graphic novel on which the film is based will be republished next year.

Another of the headlines was that Planeta Junior announced its support to Next Lab. The Grupo Planeta / De Agostini company made public that it will select and support one of the projects of the second edition of Next Lab, an initiative that promotes new forms to work in animation using disruptive technologies and that has the sponsorship of the Community of Madrid.

The figures for this edition leave 19 projects presentations from its catalog, a selection from the 200 total titles that appear in it. The publication is a guide that this year brings together 19 feature films, 34 short films, 31 animation series, 36 video games, 28 web series, 17 transmedia projects, 20 comic books and 15 board games.

The event once again featured a recruitment day where more than 470 job interviews were carried out. 13 international companies came with their recruiters to look for new professionals to become part of their work teams. Up to 150 candidates had the opportunity to make themselves known to companies such as El Ranchito, Ánima, Skydance, Wise Blue, Mago Production, Orca Studios, Hampa Studio, Arcadia Motion Pictures, 3 Doubles, Everguild, Nu Boyana FX, Verjim and The Glow.

All this is completed with prominent presences such as those of Carlos Zaragoza and Aurora Jiménez who delved into the creative process of Vivo (the Sony Pictures musical film with songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda) or José Luis Ucha and Graham Gallagher, director and animation firector of My Little Pony: A New Generation, who presented this latest creation based on the popular toys and that has risen to first place on Netflix globally since its premiere on September 23rd.

The event put the finishing touch with a list of winners that reflects its commitment to the present and the future. Short films and award-winning projects such as Homeless Home by Alberto Vázquez (best national short film), Souvenir Souvenir by Bastien Dubois (best international short film) and All Those Sensations in My Belly by Marko Djeska (best European short film) in the Jury Awards section. Just as Only a Child by Simone Giampaolo and Loop by Pablo Polledri have obtained the Audience Awards for best international short film and best national short film, respectively. In the projects part Roped by Carmen Córdoba, won the Movistar + Short Film Project Award, Titan Tofu by María Luquero the Best Young Creator Series Project Award and RTVE highlighted Call of the Sea as Best Video Game Project, Desolatium: Prologue as Most Innovative Video Game Project and Moons of Darsalon as the Weird Plus Video Game Project.

The 13th edition of Weird Market, International Market for Animation, Video Games and New Media and 3D Wire Fest, International Animation Festival, has been possible thanks to the support and co-organization of the City Hall of Segovia and the sponsorship of ICAA, Junta de Castilla y León, Tenerife Film Commission, Simplecloud and HP.

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