WEIRD MARKET SHOWS THE LABOR AND CREATIVE POTENTIAL OF THE ANIMATION AND VIDEO GAMES SECTOR IN ITS 14TH EDITION
Weird Market presents its 14th edition showing the labor and creative potential of the animation and video games sector. An annual event of international reference that will once again bring together numerous animation, video games and new media professionals in their new “home”, in Valencia, from September 27th to October 2nd. Presentations of 24 of the 170 selected projects, screenings of 38 short films in competition and 15 companies looking for emerging talent for their studios will be some of the highlights of its programming. “This new location allows us to amplify the potential of this industry that generates employment and talent. Valencia and Weird Market already form a perfect symbiosis” affirms José Luis Farias, director of the event.
The shows off with a total of 15 companies that will take their headhunters to Valencia to gain the best candidates. 3 Doubles Producciones, Ánima Kitchent, Aupa Studio, B Water Animation Studios, El Ranchito, Hampa Studio, La Mola Films, Mago Production, Lusco Fusco Animation, Sauvage TV, The Glow Animation Studio, The SPA Studios, Tomavision, TV On Producciones and Wise Blue Studios will be the studios that will meet on the morning of Thursday 29th in this recruitment session.
The opening day will be marked by the Valencian sector itself; a round table with agents from the sector and the presentation of 6 regional projects will show the business network and the international projection of its greatest exponents. A clear example of this strength are the 10 projects with Valencian participation that will be presented throughout this 14th edition: the feature film Olivia and the Invisible Earthquake (Citoplasmas Stopmotion, Cornelius Films, Bígaro Films and Vivement Lundi!); the series MiBots Universe (Wise Blue Studios) and Firsts (Typpo, TV ON Producciones and Admirable Films); the short films Interns (Pangur Animation) and All Is Lost (Mansalva Films, Mammut Films and Inaudita); the digital and interactive comic With Money Howls the Wolf (Loopy Teller Studio); the board game One of Us (Cultural Association Fractals Artistic Education, Sovint culture and development, Fondazione Emmanuel, AMMI, Viceversa); the colorful video game Koa and the Five Pirates of Mara (Chibig, Talpa Games and Undercoders); the transmedia project Pink Noise (La Mola Films); and the webseries Rock Bottom by Gabriel Molinaro make up a luxury lineup.
The general director of the Institut Valencià de Cultura Abel Guarinós has highlighted that “with our support for the celebration of Weird Market in Valencia we want to help Valencian audiovisual animation and video games companies to be able to distribute, exhibit and publicize their productions, as well as finding new talent and establishing financing and co-production agreements in this important international market”. Actors that “are as cultural and economic as any other sector” as pointed out by Borja Sanjuán Roca, Councilor for Finance and Innovative Development of Economic Sectors, City Hall of Valencia. For his part, Carlos Fernández Bielsa, Vice President of the Valencia Provincial Council, defined the event as “an incentive for the audiovisual leisure market”.
FREE SCREENINGS FOR ALL AUDIENCES
Along with the professional part, the seventh art is another of the fundamental pillars of the event. The WFest is Weird Market’s International Animation Short Films Festival. A total of 38 short films from 18 countries around the world make up the official section. Two competitions (national and international) that can be seen for free (after going through the box office) at Filmoteca de Valencia (Rialto Building) on Tuesday, September 27th, Thursday, September 29th, and Sunday, October 2nd.
An amalgam of productions that bring together various techniques, styles and themes giving a clear image of the current production.
Among the works that will fight to win one of the awards are the international premieres of the last two Movistar Plus+ Short Film Project Awards by Weird Market: He Ran Towards His Comrade by Genis Rigol and Roped by Carmen Córdoba.
A MULTISECTORAL CONFERENCE PROGRAM
La Beneficiència Cultural Center will be the venue where the recruitment day, networking activities and conferences will take place. Among the conferences, issues such as “What are toy companies looking for?” will be held or a meeting to discuss “Animation co-productions with public broadcasters and institutions”.
Spanish entities such as Famosa, Simba Toys, ColorBaby and Magic Box will be the axis of the first aforementioned conference for its creation of children’s content, beyond the sale of toys. While the second conference will be a round table that brings together television channels and public institutions that support and co-produce animation works between the various autonomous communities. A sharing of the present and the future of financing where RTVE, TV3, À Punt, AGADIC, ICEC and IVC have confirmed their presence.
The agenda is completed with a “Beerworking”, a meeting between students and professionals in illustration, comics, design, video games and animation co-organized by Monsters Pit. The appointment will be on Wednesday, September 28th at 7:00 p.m. at Barreira Art + Design School.
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, Huawei and Wacom; 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).