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The Weird Market once again becomes a meeting place for animation


- Segovia is hosting the 13th edition of the event, with a fully-packed programme at its 3D Wire Fest and where 13 leading businesses are on the lookout for future talent

The Weird Market once again becomes a meeting place for animation
Robot Dreams by Pablo Berger

The 13th  Weird Market – International Market for Animation, Video Games and New Media and 3D Wire Fest - International Animation Festival, started on Thursday 30 September, welcoming a large number of professionals. This event goes back to its presential format: “It was a logistical challenge, but it was essential for the industry to get back together again and continue creating synergies, projects or planting ideas, which is the essence of Weird Market”, says director José Luis Farias.

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Until Saturday, 2 October, Segovia will be the meeting point for the animation industry with a busy programme including screening, presentations, round table discussions, professional meetings and a session in which leading businesses in the sector (El Ranchito, Ánima, Skydance, Wise Blue, Mago Production, Orca Studios, Hampa Studio, Arcadia Motion Pictures, 3 Doubles, Everguild, Nu Boyana FX, Verjim and The Glow) gather their head-hunters together in search of new members for their professional teams.

La Cárcel Segovia Creative Centre (new venue for the event) also hosted on Thursday the screening of the ten short films in the national competition 3D Wire Fest. There was also a selection of different co-productions with Argentina, Portugal and France, debut films and some of the main entries in the latest Quirion Awards. Of the competing works, we saw the world first screening of Leopoldo el del bar by Diego Porral, winner of the Movistar Plus+ short film award and 3D Wire 2019. There will also be the new space Next Lab, an event that aims to provide creators with more power and control over their work.

The internationally recognised names present this week in Segovia include José Luis Ucha (director) and Graham Gallagher (director of animation and character management) or Carlos Zaragoza (production designer) and Aurora Jiménez (visual development artist); the first two will explain the entire creation process for My Little Pony: A New Generation, the new animation project based on the famous toy of the same name. Zaragoza and Jiménez, meanwhile will delve deeper into the visual development of Vivo, the animate musical with songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton).

The event programme will also address topics such as A year making Think Games, Animation Co-productions between Spain and Portugal and IP is at the heart of it all. At the end of the day on Friday, all eyes will be on Diego Freire who will give a talk, A Universe of Farms and Colour: Creating a Cosmos Step by Step, on his experience with Chibig, an independent study on video games in Valencia, which in three years has released three games, and has a further three under production.

The presentation of the 19 projects selected from the catalogue will take place on Friday and Saturday. A catalogue which this year includes a total of 200 titles: 19 feature films, 34 short films, 31 animation series, 36 video games, 28 web series, 17 transmedia productions, 20 comics and 15 board games. The main prize at this 13th Edition will be announced on Saturday 2 October, and centre stage will be given to the winner of a Goya and the Special Award at San Sebastián Pablo Berger, who will give more details about his first incursion into animation: the film Robot Dreams [+see also:
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(Translated from Spanish by Alexandra Stephens)

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