WEIRD MARKET PRESENTS THE POSTER AND THE FIRST NAMES OF ITS 14TH EDITION TO BE HELD IN VALENCIA
First confirmed guests
The Centro Cultural La Benficéncia will become the main venue where multiple conferences and meetings will be held on Friday, September 30th and Saturday, October 1st, with such prominent names as Víctor Santos, Rocío Tomé, Sensei Dani and Charlotte Sánchez having already confirmed their presence and accreditations for these two days will open soon.
Santos is one of the most renowned names internationally when it comes to graphic novels, the creator of Filthy Rich, Rashomon, Bad Girls, Against Hope or Violent Love, among others, will talk about “How to pass an IP from the comic to the screen”. Nominated for such prestigious awards as the Eisners and the Harveys, he is also the author of the Polar quadrilogy, made into a film by Netflix and starring the BAFTA-nominated actor, Mads Mikkelsen, and the actress, singer and teen idol Vanessa Hudgens
The French Charlotte Sánchez will be another of the protagonists with the conference “The Heroic Quest of the Valiant Prince Ivandoe and how to produce a TV series for Cartoon Network”. The series, presented at the Annecy Festival and nominated for the BAFTA Children Awards, premiered its trailer at the last edition of San Diego Comic-Con on July 23rd.
Other notable guests are Rocío Tomé and Sensei Dani, who will address the new paradigms of networks at the conference “Animation and video games on Twitch”. Tomé is a self-taught programmer, video game developer and graduate in psychology, specializing in clinical practice. She has participated in the design and development of several projects, mainly “serious games” focused on the health market, some as successful as StreamINK or mk creature.zip. After working at Unity in the UK, he has returned to Spain to focus on live broadcasts on Twitch, where she develops video games using the platform itself for interaction.
For his part, Dani studied Fine Arts and Illustration at the Joso school in Barcelona. A lover of Japanese culture, highly influenced by cinema and video games, he has already published four volumes of manga in Norma Editorial and has an imminent premiere in Planeta Manga for this coming winter, he performs live broadcasts on Twitch, in addition to combining it with illustration and animation commissions.
Meetings for the sector, recruitment day and free screenings
Regarding the agenda, Weird Market already gives some details of its activities. Among the first acts revealed is the Beerworking on Wednesday, September 28th. A meeting between students and professionals of illustration, comics, design, video games and animation, co-organized by Monsters Pit.
In the morning of Thursday 29th the recruitment day will take place, where a dozen companies in the sector will look for various profiles to complete their work teams. In the afternoon, the highlight will be the screening of national short films, where the participating directors and teams of the films will also be present.
The Filmoteca de Valencia (Rialto Building) will host this session, as well as the rest that make up the WFest – Weird Market’s International Animation Short Films Festival. Free sessions (prior tickets at the box office) that will be seen on Tuesday 27th, Thursday 29th and Sunday 2nd.
An international and multidisciplinary jury
The organization has also revealed the jury for the WFest – Weird Market’s International Animation Short Films Festival. A multidisciplinary quartet from the United States, France, Spain and Portugal, they will be responsible for elucidating the winning short films of the contest.
American Jamie Lang will be one of the members. The chief editor of Cartoon Brew (one of the most prestigious publications in the animation sector) has extensive media experience, he was a journalist for Variety for seven years and has developed his work covering all kinds of events and festivals in the audiovisual industry in Europe and Latin America, focusing especially on animation series and films and genre from Spanish-speaking countries.
The second member is the aforementioned Charlotte Sánchez, head of production at Sun Creature Studio. Among her most outstanding works is the animated documentary film Flee (a film nominated for three Oscars in the last edition), The Heroic Quest of the Valiant Prince Ivandoe (TV series for Cartoon Network), or Only Slightly Exaggerated (advertisement for Travel Oregon travel agency). Her resume has experience in various production lines such as 2D and 3D animation, live action, television series, feature films or television programs.
The Spanish representation will come from María Manero Muro, an independent filmmaker with a Master’s degree in Stop Motion Animation from the University of the West of England (United Kingdom) and a Master’s degree in Animation from the UPV Universitat Politècnica de València, Valencia, a training supported by the Government of Navarra and the CAN Foundation Scholarship. Her debut film, the short film Patchwork, obtained multiple selections at national and international festivals as prominent as Zinebi, Malaga, Alcalá de Henares, Cinemajove, Thessaloniki or Warsaw, and even won the award for best school short film at the Quirino Awards.
The jury is completed by the Portuguese João Apolinário, creator and director of the OLHO Festival de Cinema de Animação, co-creator of the Animation Forum, of which he is a member of the advisory council, vice president of Casa da Animação (association dedicated to the dissemination of Portuguese animation), professor of animation at the Escola Artística Soares dos Reis and the Polytechnic Institute of Cávado and Ave (IPCA). In his work he explores the transitions between animation cinema and puppet theater; He has collaborated with the Teatro de Marionetas do Porto and Redcloud Marionetas companies. In 2010 he founded the audiovisual production company HUSMA, of which he was producer and director.
The 14th edition of Weird Market has the main sponsorship of the Valencia City Council, the Valencia Provincial Council and the Generalitat Valenciana; the sponsorship of ICAA, HP, Tenerife Film Commission and Huawei; and the support of AVEPA, À Punt, Barreira Arte + Diseño, SimpleCloud, Welaw, Tangram Solutions, CREA SGR and La Liga de la Animación Iberoamericana (The Ibero-American Animation League).