The Mexican feature Ana and Bruno, which took nearly a dozen years to finish from script to finished film, won the feature film award at the inaugural Quirino Awards last year, held on the Spanish island of Tenerife in the Canaries.
Like the European Animation Awards, which also launched their inaugural edition last year the Quirinos were created to recognize the animation achievements of a specific region, in this case, Ibero-America.
In all, nine awards were handed out last year to projects from five countries: Mexico, Argentina, Spain, Chile, and Brazil. That’s from a total of 23 countries that are represented in the Ibero-American sphere. As the animation industries develop in these countries, the Quirino Awards will continue to rise in both prominence and competitiveness.
The Quirino winners were selected by an international jury comprised of film historian Giannalberto Bendazzi, producer/distributor Eleanor Coleman, producer/consultant Joan Lofts, and directors/animators David Feiss and Raúl García. IMdB identifies Dr. Kalep Gonzalez Blanco as “a wrangler”.
2018 Feature Film Award went to Ana and Bruno directed by Carlos Carrera Produced by Altavista Films, Lo Coloco Films, in co-production with Ítaca Films, Ánima Estudios, Five 7 Media, Argos Servicios Informativos (Mexico).
This feature film illustrates Latin America’s tradition of sending small age children in along with the mother when she is either interned in a mental institution or incarcerated. This movie’s protagonist (Ana) is living in a confined mental institution and shares a bed with her mother who is suffering from mental illness. The movie is a poignant way to look at a societal custom that’s long outlived its usefulness and to cure it with overdue reform.