Ventana Sur’s Animation! : 2021 the programming of Latin American Toon projects



“Halloween”, from rising Colombian prospect Silvia Prietov and “Mi Amigo del Sol”, the latest in a series of films motivated by the cause of Mexico Fotosintesis Media, are among the projects to be unveiled during the 2021 animation of Ventana Sur!

They will be joined by the latest animated titles in development at booming production houses and animation studios in Latin America such as Chile’s Lunes Creative Studio (“Rainbow Warriors”), Mexico Panamericana Pictures (” Wild City “) and Argentinian Malabar (” Sur Marina “) in an event now firmly established as one of the key showcases for Ventana Sur, the largest film and television market in Latin America.

Other trending headlines include “Hanta” from Mexico, with great festival potential and stunning visuals, and older audiences targeting “The Sleeping Beauty Chronicles”, also from Mexico, a darker fairy tale, even. by fairy tale standards.

There are no strong trends on this year’s showcase, given an interesting mix in terms of subjects, targets and also at country level ”, Animation! manager Silvina Cornillón said Variety.

As in past years, multiple projects encourage their children to discover the magic of their roots, whether indigenous or not and in a region whose great art has so often been socially aware, two titles – “Chroniques” and “Cotton Bottom Town” – can be read as a broad political allegory while “Wild City” takes an ironic look at the daily hardships of life in Mexico City.

To note four beginnings of creation / realization of feature films or animated series by young women: Alexandra Perez and Eva Ruiz de Chávez, the Colombian Prietov and the Argentinian Lucila Iñiguez.

Reorganized with the MIFA market of the Annecy Festival, Animation !, like Ventana Sur in the broad sense, will take place as a hybrid event. Delegates traveling to Buenos Aires will be able to make a public presentation and participate in face-to-face meetings. Project details will be available online for all VS participants.

2021 animated feature film projects

“Chaskis – Messengers of the Sun”, (Target mkt, Peru)

While a solar eclipse announces the arrival of Sapuy, the god of the Underworld, three young chaskis – carriers of Inca messages – fly to cross the Andes, protecting a baby whose mysterious powers can save the world. A fantastic action-adventure spoken in Spanish and Quechua by Alex Agurto Quesada from Peru.

Chaskis – Messengers of the Sun
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“Copacabana 1920”, (Apocalipso Produçoes, Brazil)

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Copacabana 1920
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The latest is US-born Ennio Torresan, co-director of DreamWorks’ “Spirit Untamed” and director of “Until Sbornia Do Us Part”. Made in 2D with superimposed 3D landscapes, a fantastic family adventure with Chico, 30, discovering in modern Rio a century-old photo of himself as a young man. A Candomblé priest helps him discover the secret of photography, which changes the history of modern Copacabana.

“Halloween,” (Lucy Animation Studio, Colombia)

Created by Vancouver Film School alumnus Silvia Prietov, Cartoon Network Girl Power 2020 Best Pitch winner and talent to watch. A fantasy 2D title containing a dark pop aesthetic, it postulates that the clock that controls the universe’s time has been tinkered with, dooming Bogotá to relive Halloween day again and again. Produced by Ventana Sur Encuentros winner Karina Forero (“Mitomorfosis”).

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“Hanta,” (Atotonilco Estudio, Mexico; Animanostra, Canada); Ed Films, Portugal)

In 1968, victim of state censorship, a writer, Bohumil, secretly writes a novel about Hanta who prints uncensored books. The reality of Bohumil and the fiction of Hanta begin to intertwine … A fantastic feature film for young adults by Emilio Ramos, a veteran short film known for the selection of Annecy “Niebla” (2006) and “Nos faltan” ( 2016).

“Mi Amigo el Sol”, (Fotosíntesis Media, Mexico)

Hailed as the first Mexican animated feature film directed by a woman, Alejandra Perez González, former character designer and screenwriter of Anima Estudios. A petty criminal who has always denied his native heritage sets out to rekindle the confidence of his only daughter by navigating the world of the Aztec gods. The latest in a recent and distinguished line of cause entertainment animated feature films – think “A Costume for Nicholas” and “Beast” – produced for Fotosíntesis Media by Miguel Angel Uriegas.

“On Marina”, (Malabar Producciones, Argentina)

2D with layered 3D landscapes, a rare feature film release for Malabar, an established animated television series producer based in Buenos Aires. It can have winning lyricism as 5-year-old Marina leaves the northern Argentine desert for a southern fishing village, meeting her grandfather, an old sailor, friends and adventures. And she discovers, says the synopsis, that the sea was waiting for her.

TV shows

“Berg’s books”, (“Livaria Berg”, Latina Estudio, Belli Studio and Ultrassom – Brazil)

Berg’s Books, the Ksiazkabergs family bookstore, struggles to cope as her 12-year-old son Beni struggles with the insecurities of his age. A 2D show directed by Rubens Belli who directed “Boris e Rufus” in 2018 for Disney XD, and produced by Cao Quintas, production partner of Pablo Larrain’s revolutionary feature film, “Tony Manero”.

“Cotton Bottom Town” (Caballoloco Studio, Colombia)

Produced by Luisa Fernanda Velásquez, co-creator of “Astropackers”, which won the Pitch Me the Future 2020 award from Cartoon Network y Pixelatl. An allegorical fantasy revolving around a giant pink cloud of smog that settles over the town of Cotton Bottom, numbing its adults into a trance of work and submission. Colombian character creator Felipe Rodríguez (Netflix’s “Voyage of Xico”) attached to the directing.

“The Chronicles of Sleeping Beauty”, (“Crónicas de la Bella Durmiente”, Maliarts, Mexico)

Hans Christian Andersen encounters “24” and exquisite 3D animation with 2D textures and effects, as Princess Rose unleashes a curse trapping her kingdom in sleep. She only has 10 days to wake everyone up or they all die. A fantastic and mysterious adventure, targeting teenagers and adults, directed and produced by Adrián Ollé-Laprune who won the Animation award! at Pixelatl and will be presented at the Spanish Cartoon Springboard.

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The Sleeping Beauty Chronicles
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“Kaddy, the fabulous enchantress of chaos,”(“ Kaddy, La Fabulosa Hechicera de Caos ”Listo Calisto! Animation, Argentina)

Kaddy, a clumsy final heir to the ancient line of powerful Highland necromancers, travels to unusual places to prove her worth in the magic of chaos. A 2D comic adventure fantasy from Argentinian director Lucila Iñiguez and producer Matt Revello targeting 7-9s.

“Lizards have no friends” (Costa Rica)

Living in the middle of nowhere with his reptile-studying mother, 11-year-old Charlie is taken to the Lizard Kingdom. A 2D / 3D hybrid of Johel Rivera Martínez, a longtime Canada-based animator working on “Last Kids on Earth” and “Addams Family 2” and an art director on “What If…?

“Rainbow warriors” (Lunes Creative Studio / COPA, Chile)

The latest from the Chilean creative studios Lunes which impressed with the success of Annecy in 2018 “Waldo’s Dream”, then teamed up with Fabula of the Larraín brothers to create a full feature film, “Homeless”. Here in a post-apocalyptic world, two young hunters, Rayún and Sayén, 15, are on a mission to catch rainbows, bringing their life energy back to their home, a refuge for the last tribe of women in the world. world. Lunes partner Santiago O’Ryan directs.

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Rainbow warriors
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“San Misterio”, (Mexico)

Two town girls and their father move to San Misterio to care for Grandpa, only to find out he was a wizard. A 2D comedy mystery series that won the Ideatoon Award at this year’s Pixelatl Festival in Mexico. Made by Carlos Sallas, a graphic designer based in Mexico City.

“Wild city” (“Ciudad Salvaje”, Panamericana Pictures, Mighty Animation, Mexico)

The latest from Panamericana, a Mexican production house that sets the tone with past projects and photos set up with Julio Medem, Yelene Olazoila and Laura Baumeister. An ironic 2D trans-media take that is tinged with whimsy about the daily vicissitudes of life in Mexico City. Panamericana founder Eva Ruiz de Chávez, who led the Mexican unit on “El Chapo”, presents shows.

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Wild city
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