3D Wire Fest announces the animated short films that compose its oficial selection. A total of 31 international short films and 14 from Spain will fight to gain the jury and audience awards that would give them direct access to the preselection of the Goya Awards and the Cartoon d’Or, the highest European recognition in this sector. The event celebrated at the same time of the animation, video games and new media market, will also have an “eclectic and renowned” jury as its director, Jose Luis Farias declares; as well as a new screening to promote media literacy: Peque 3D Wire (3D Wire kids).
3D Wire Fest has revealed the 45 works competing in its eighth edition to achieve the favor of the audience and the jury. Divided into two categories: national and international; from a total of more than 700 works received, the almost fifty selected works will be shown in Segovia October 3rd-9th. First works, awarded directors, works in all animation techniques, make an amalgam of proposals that each year pack the screenings rooms of this festival which presents to audience and professionals the most relevant within the sector. In order to promote media literacy this year there will be a new session in La Cárcel_Segovia: Peque 3D Wire, screening of animated short films for the little ones, from 4 years.
In the national competition apart from the recent work of directors such as Isabel Herguera (Winter Love), the brothers Emilio and Jesús Gallego (Bloodsuckers), Marc Riba and Anna Solanas (The Kid and the Hedgehog) or Mercedes Marro (Water Path for a Fish); it stands out the works of the winners of a Goya, Alberto Vazquez and Coke Riobóo, who will present Decorado and Made in Spain respectively. Among those selected is also the debut of Elisa Morais and María Álvarez: Three Fitted Flies; the first work Back Then by Diego Porral; the second short film by Emilio Yebra, You Are Not the Strongest; the transmedia project Pichük´s Travels, by Manel Cráneo and Paco Cuesta; as well as the short film Vivir by Cesar Díaz Meléndez, animator who has worked on such notable stop motion projects like Anomalisa by Charlie Kaufman, Frankenweenie by Tim Burton or ParaNorman by Laika Inc. The selection is completed with the 3D short films: Darrel by Marc Briones and Alan Carabantes, Down by Love by Jose Corral and Down to the Wire by Juan Carlos Mostaza.
The international selection has short films from Europe, America, Asia and even Oceania. Among the 31 titles which participate in 3D Wire Fest there are some recognized by the most prominent festivals worldwide as Clermont-Ferrand, Cannes, SXSW, Annecy or Berlin. Awarded directors such as James Cunningham, Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj, José Miguel Ribeiro or Vladimir Leschiov lead a list where collective works, video art and some of the most acclaimed works of the year as Dissonance German Till Nowak appear.
Furthermore, 3D Wire Fest is the only festival in Spain which classifies for the Cartoon d’Or awards, the highest European recognition for animated short films. Both Spanish and Europeans works, winners by the audience or jury, go directly to the preselection of this prestigious award. Similarly and from this year, the Spanish short film winner according to the jury, will enter the preselection of the Goya Awards. A fact that supports the weight and prestige of this event inside and outside our borders, something that was already evident last year when the short film Alike won the award for Best National Short Film Audience, thanks to which Alike has become the first Spanish short film finalist in these European awards. Next September 15th we will know if the work of Daniel Martínez Lara and Rafa Cano eventually wins the Cartoon d’Or.
A “ECLECTIC” JURY FROM ALL THE ANIMATION SIDES
The festival also advances the names that make up the jury of this year, a total of four renowned professionals with diverse but complementary profiles that give the event of a comprehensive approach and that includes multiple sides of the animation, “they make up an eclectic group and of wide renown, something essential in a festival like this” said Jose Luis Farias, director of the contest.
International names like Luce Grosjean, executive director of Sève Films, a French production and distribution company specializing in producing and distributing young talent; Grosjean also coordinates the Animation Film Schools Network of France.
Also there will be the Italian Paolo Polesello, knowledgeable in-depth of the sector and associated producer by crowdfunding in films like Rocks in my Pockets by Signe Baumane. Much of the works in which Polesello has participated have been presented at festivals of reference for animation as Annecy, Fantoche or Anima Mundi.
The Spanish Rebeca Núñez, will also be in the jury, she works as animator at Ankama Animations from already 6 years. Ankama, French animation and game company, is leader in the industry of interactive entertainment and online and it bases its development around the transmedia strategy: online video games, video games for consoles and mobile platforms, animation, merchandising, toys …
The publisher & editor-in-chief of Cartoon Brew, the American Amid Amidi, closes the jury that will determine what works are worthy of the final festival awards. He is also consultant and historian of animation film. He is the youngest recipient of the Theatre Library Association Award which he received for the book ‘Cartoon Modern: Style and Design in 1950s Animation’. He has written among others: ‘The Art of Pixar: The Complete Color Scripts and Select Art from 25 Years of Animation’; ‘The Art of Robots’; and ‘A Sketchy Past: The Art of Peter de Sève’. His last book, a biography of Ward Kimball of Disney, was published in 2015.