Five Portuguese films, including ‘Ice Merchants’, are candidates to the nominations for the Quirino Awards, which distinguish Iberian-American animation cinema, announced today the organization.
According to the list of finalist films for a nomination in the different categories of the awards, 41 works from 10 countries were selected, counting with two feature films and three Portuguese shorts, all widely awarded over the last months.
The two Portuguese feature films are ‘Os demónios do meu avô’, by Nuno Beato, and ‘Nayola’, by José Miguel Ribeiro.
They are joined by the short films ‘Ice Merchants’, by João Gonzalez, ‘Garrano’, by David Doutel and Vasco Sá, and ‘O homem do lixo’, by Laura Gonçalves.
The selection of films for this edition of the Quirino “reflects the growing international projection of animation from the [Ibero-American] region. Furthermore, several works have been selected and awarded prizes in some of the most important festivals in the world, including Annecy, Sundance, Animafest Zagreb, Clermont-Ferrand, Cannes and Sitges,” reads the awards press release.
Of the five Portuguese films nominated, ‘Ice Merchants’ – which is nominated for the Oscars – and ‘Garrano’ are profiled in four categories, namely Best Animated Short Film and Best Sound Design and Original Music.
According to the organisation, the nominees for the Quirino awards will be announced on 10 March at the Portuguese embassy in Madrid.
The winners’ announcement ceremony is scheduled for 13 May in San Cristóbal de La Laguna, in Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain.
The Quirino Awards were created in 2018 to recognise the production of those working in animation cinema in the Ibero-American space, on both sides of the Atlantic.
More than 20 countries, including Portugal, were involved in the creation of these awards, named after the Italian-Argentinian director Quirino Cristiani.