WEIRD MARKET STARTS ITS 14TH EDITION AS A MEETING POINT FOR THE ANIMATION, VIDEO GAMES AND NEW MEDIA INDUSTRY

The city of Valencia hosts from this Tuesday 27th the 14th edition of Weird Market. Until October 2nd, the animation, video games and new media market will receive a total of 350 professionals from the sector who will gather to enjoy a broad and multi-sector program where presentations, talks, a recruitment day, free screenings, networking spaces and, for the first time, it will be held in Valencia.

The Beneficència Cultural Centre will receive prominent names in the sector such as Rocío Tomé, Sensei Dani, Víctor Santos, Charlotte Sánchez or Javi Cepa. On Friday, September 30th and Saturday, October 1st, there will be prominent talks such as “Animation and video games on Twitch”, “How to take an IP from comic to screen”, “What toy companies are looking for?” or “Animation co-productions with public broadcasters and institutions”, where representatives from Famosa, Simba Toys, ColorBaby, Magic Box, RTVE, TV3, À Punt, AGADIC, ICEC, Tenerife Film Commission and IVC have confirmed their presence.

The event has been working for several years for the creation of bridges between all Latin America, a way of working that has been consolidated and will be evident in milestones such as the “Territory Focus Italy” conference, where Alfio Bastiancich and Anne Sophie Vanhollebeke from Cartoon Italia will expose the current panorama of transalpine animation. The Portuguese short film project The Girl with the Occupied Eyes by André Carrilho and Blablabla Media will also be released.

In addition, on Sunday, September 18th at the San Sebastian Festival, Spanish Screenings On Tour announced the awards for its first edition, created in collaboration with leading markets in our country, where Weird Market will give the Weird Market – Spanish Screenings Anímate Award, which consists on the incorporation of a project selected by Weird Market to the program of the Animation! Ventana Sur section and the #SpanishScreeningsOnTour activities in the most important market of Latin America. The selection criteria will be its co-production potential with Latin America.

The 2022 edition will feature the poster designed by the Ibero-American artist Jossie Mails, who will also be another of the protagonists of the talks together with Julie Reier, both will talk about how to transfer animation and moving image to a tactile format through their publishing project “Flipboku” from where they reinvent the flipbook.

PRESENT AND FUTURE OF THE SECTOR

One of the hallmarks of Weird Market and an example of the job potential of the animation industry is the recruitment day. On Thursday 29th, a total of 16 companies will gather their headhunters in search of new profiles; 3 Doubles Producciones, Alba Sotorra, 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 are the names of the studios that will meet with multiple candidates.

Together with this budding talent, the present and future of animation will have its space in the projects presentation. A total of 24 proposals (of the 170 selected for the catalog) will be presented at the event. Three feature films, seven short films, six animation series, a web series, four video games, a transmedia project, a comic and a board game will be presented by their creators.

This year we can highlight the presence of works with a Valencian stamp, a sample of the sectorial muscle in this community: 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.

SHORT FILMS FESTIVAL

The event covers various areas of audiovisual culture and one of them is film. The WFest (Weird Market International Animation Short Films Festival) will screen 38 short films in competition in five free blocks: Tuesday, September 27th, Thursday, October 29th, and Sunday, October 2nd. The Filmoteca of Valencia (Rialto Building) will host this event where works from 18 cinematographies will be seen with world premieres, such as those from the last two Movistar Plus+ Short Film Project Awards by Weird Market: He Ran Towards His Comrade by Genis Rigol and Roped by Carmen Cordoba.

The final list of winners will be made up of the audience and jury awards, a quartet formed by the American Jamie Lang, the French Charlotte Sánchez, the Spanish María Manero Muro and the Portuguese João Apolinário.

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).

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Centro cultural La Beneficència (Market, conferences)

C/ de la Corona, 36. Valencia

Filmoteca Valenciana. Edificio Rialto (WFest, screenings)

Plaça de l’Ajuntament, 17. Valencia

IVAM – Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno (Showroom)

C/ de Guillem de Castro, 118. Valencia

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