The call for projects ended on July 21st 2021. We will announce the list of selected projects in September.

CALL FOR PORTUGUESE-SPANISH ANIMATION AND VIDEO GAMES PROJECTS

The selection of animation and video game projects in the market is open to all types of works (in their different stages of production), but only those coming from companies or producers registered in Spanish or Portuguese territory will be valid. The maximum number of applications that can be submitted is 3 projects per company and you cannot participate with the same title in various categories.

In the terms of participation all animation techniques and formats are accepted in the categories of short films, feature films, animation series and video games.

Of the projects received a selection will be made and published in the Weird Market catalog, in order to promote and help the distribution. These works, in addition to being able to aim to different recognitions, may be included among the presentations that during the market will be carried out by their own creators.

The public entity, RTVE, continues supporting this call for projects and it will give three awards: the Best Video Game Project, the Most Innovative Video Game Project and the Video Game Weird Plus,  to the video game that breaks molds, to the weirdest. These awards are granted by the Interactive Media Department of RTVE; Where the selected project can be presented to the Interactive Directorate of RTVE.

Besides, Movistar+ supports for the fifth consecutive year the call granting the Movistar+ Short Film Project Award to the best national short film. The short film selected in this section will obtain the acquisition of the rights of emission by Movistar+ for an amount of 9,000 euros during the term of 2 years and unlimited number of passes, being the first year in exclusivity for the aforementioned channel. The national premiere of the winning short film should be done in Weird Market, in either of the next two editions (2023 or 2024). Which means that the short film can be released outside Spanish territory before Weird Market.

Along with these awards, will also be given the Best Young Creator Series Project. The prize will be chosen among all the participating projects of animation series whose director or producer is their first or second series and will receive a free accreditation for the next edition of Annecy-MIFA (professional accreditation MIFA).

1. ORGANIZATION AND OBJECTIVES

Weird Market turns 14 years old. From its 12th edition on, Weird Market is much more than animation, video games and new media, including new sectors such as board games or comics. That is why it becomes WEIRD MARKET, a new name that welcomes great ideas and IPs regardless of their origin.

Weird Market organizes the 14th edition of the Weird International Animation, Video Games and New Media Market inValencia, Spain, from September 27th to October 2nd 2022. The objective of the meeting is to create collaborations between distributors, producers, TV channels, Programmers, video game developers, students and animation directors, international and national.

Weird Market dedicates this call to new Portuguese-Spanish animation projects (feature films, short films or series) and video games that want to be known in their different states of production: in pre-production, production or finalized.

From the projects received a selection that will be published in the catalogue of Weird Market will be made, in order to promote and help with the development and distribution of the Spanish and Portuguese industry of animation and video games. Special attention will be given to innovative projects

From this selection of projects, which will be reflected in the publication, a second selection will be made: Projects that will be presented during the market by their creators. 

The publication is distributed online and reaches more than 7,000 professionals each year. The purpose of the publication is to make known the excellent Portuguese-Spanish production of animation and video games and to be able to put in contact its creators with distributors, buyers and co-producers.

2. TERMS OF PARTICIPATION

2.1. The selection of animation and video games projects of the market is open to all kinds of Portuguese-Spanish projects, in their different states of production, understood by these: pre-production, production or finalized.

2.2. All animation techniques (3D, 2D, stop motion…) and all types of video games are accepted in the participating projects. 

2.3. All formats: short films, feature films, animated series and video games are accepted. VR video games projects will be able to participate in the video games section, as long as the animation has a notable presence.

2.4. Each project can only be registered in a single category and in a single state of production, it cannot be repeated in the next edition of the market (except in the case of feature films). Transmedia projects should fill the appropriate form.

2.5. The maximum number of participating projects per company will be three titles.

2.6. Only projects of producers or studies registered in Spanish or Portuguese territory will be valid. 

2.7. There is no entry fee.

2.8. It is not necessary to have a production company in order to apply.

2.9. There is a right of admission to works that offend people’s sensibilities, incite violent or discriminatory behaviour or are contrary to social customs.

2.10. The deadline for registration and submission of materials is July 15th, 2022.

3. MATERIALS NEEDED TO COMPLETE THE SUBMISSION

3.1. The materials that will be necessary to complete the registration for each category are detailed in the regulations of the call. The submission of this documentation is mandatory to formalize the request.

3.2. Sending extra material that helps to know the project better like graphic materials, teaser, trailer, working demo, etc. will be positively valued.

3.3  Reference images may be included in the dossier, but in no case may the 2 representative images be reference images.

3.4. All materials should be sent to: weird@weirdmarket.es. All documentation must be sent in a single email, preferably in a single link.

4. PROJECTS SELECTION

4.1. The selection committee will be formed by professionals and specialists in animation and video games.

4.2. The selected works will appear with their information sheet and contact information in the Weird Market catalogue.

4.3. Producers or authors must ensure that they are in legal possession of the project rights, including those indirectly related (for example, music).

4.4. The material of each of the selected titles may be available to professionals accredited in digital format, unless the creators indicate otherwise.

5. PROFESSIONALS ATTENDANCE

5.1. An accreditation will only be granted to those projects that are selected to be presented by their authors and / or receive advice.

5.2. All professionals who need more information or wish to go to the Weird Market 2021 can contact us at: weird@weirdmarket.es

6. PROJECTS‘ PRESENTATION DURING THE EVENT

6.1. The selected projects will be published on the website  www.weirdmarket.es in September 2022.

6.2. To the projects selected to be presented during the market by their creators, the organization will provide transportation, accommodation and meals for a representative.

7. AWARDS

7.1. Movistar+ Short Film Project Award

Movistar+ supports for the fifth consecutive year the call granting the Movistar+ Short Film Project Award to the best national short film. The short film selected in this section will obtain the acquisition of the rights of emission by Movistar+ for an amount of 9,000 euros during the term of 2 years and unlimited number of passes, being the first year in exclusivity for the aforementioned channel. The national premiere of the winning short film should be done in Weird Market, in either of the next two editions (2023 or 2024). Which means that the short film can be released outside Spanish territory before Weird Market.

The award will be granted between those short film projects that express their desire to participate and accept the conditions of the prize (above mentioned).

7.2. RTVE Awards for video game projects

The public entity, RTVE, continues supporting this call for projects and it will give three awards: the Best Video Game Project, the Most Innovative Video Game Project and the Video Game Weird Plus,  to the video game that breaks molds, to the weirdest. These awards are granted by the Interactive Media Department of RTVE; Where the selected project can be presented to the Interactive Directorate of RTVE.

7.3. Free accreditation Annecy – MIFA 2022 to the best series project by a young creator

For the third consecutive year, among all the participant animation series projects whose director or production company is their first or second series, it will be granted the recognition to the Best Young Creator Animation Series Project, offering a free accreditation for the next edition of Annecy-MIFA (MIFA professional accreditation).

7.4. Other awards may be given in this call. These will be communicated to all participants via email in addition to being announced on the website and Weird Market social networks.

8. REGISTRATION CONDITIONS

8.1. Participation in the call for projects, with the sending of materials and the registration made, implies the full acceptance of these regulations.

8.2. The person signing the work must have the necessary rights on the work to present it.

8.3. Weird Market doesn’t reserve any ownership of the work, except for publication in the catalog.

8.4. The registration form of the specific project must be completed in order to participate in the call.

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