At the just completed Guadalajara Animation festival, Pixelatl 2023, IBERMEDIA NEXT announced receipt of 104 co-development project submissions for the Ibermedia Program initiative, which funds E.U. companies partnering with professionals/owners of Latin American IP from Argentina; Bolivia; Brazil; Chile; Colombia; Cuba; Ecuador; Guatemala; Mexico, Panama; Peru; and the Dominican Republic. Project submissions include 71 from Spain, 22 from Italy, and 11 from Portugal.
The announcement was made at the festival by Jara Ayucar, director of Marketing Policies at the Film and Audiovisual Arts Institute (ICAA, Ministry for Culture of Spain); José Luis Farias, executive producer of the Quirino Awards; and Silvina Cornillón, manager of Animation! Ventana Sur Latam Audiovisual Market.
Project submissions included a range of formats, including teasers, pilots, prototypes, short films, and video clips. Selected projects will receive support from the Ibermedia Program initiative with non-refundable financing through the consultancy, communication, and promotion program.
“We are very satisfied with the result of the call,” commented Ayucar. “It has had a great reception, which shows that the alliance with The Ibero-American Animation League to design the aid directly with the sector has been a successful strategy and that it is really going to be of benefit to this industry.”
Farias added, “The Assessment and Consultancy Committee has a big job ahead of it to assess the applications and select the most solid and cutting-edge projects. Ibero-American animation has a lot to say now and in the future of the sector, and we have in our hands the evidence that proves it.”
Víctor Herreruela, coordinator of the Technical Unit of the IBERMEDIA Programme, explained that “the quantity, quality, diversity, and number of countries involved in the projects received has exceeded our expectations, which were already high. We are able to affirm that this initiative is going to mean an important boost to the immediate future of Ibero-American animation.”
Source: IBERMEDIA NEXT