3D Wire presents its 10th edition, an appointment to be held from October 4th to 7th and in this 2018 will be marked by “innovation and internationalization”, as confirmed by its director, José Luis Farias. The animation, video games and new media market will have more than 1,000 professionals from the sector who will participate in presentations, screenings, round tables and conferences. “We have completed a cycle and the future of this event is as exciting as it is unpredictable. We believe in continuous change and mutation as the main element of survival and improvement”, adds Farias.
A decade where it has been possible to “forge an innovation project that has been opened at a European and worldwide level,” said Clara Luquero, Mayor of Segovia; “A roadmap for the interests of the city,” she added. The uniqueness of this market is one of its strengths, “animation and video games are sectors where the youngest play a fundamental role,” recalled Mar Sancho, Director of Cultural Policies of Junta de Castilla y León, who, at the same time, emphasized that is an engine that “encourages and generates new companies”.
3D Wire has a double vision, on the one hand, working for the city and the province, with talks that take place in institutes throughout the year, as explained Jaime Perez, Deputy of the Economic Promotion Area of Diputación de Segovia; but at the same time it has managed to obtain the MEDIA grant thanks to “the contemporary vision with a perspective to the future” of the event, in the words of Peter Andermatt, Director of the MEDIA Office Spain.
The list of confirmed attendants continues to grow with names like Carlos Baena, Spanish filmmaker and animator based in Los Angeles and who has worked in Pixar in films like Finding Nemo, Incredibles or Toy Story 3. Baena will talk about one of his projects, the virtual platform “Artella”; where creators, directors and artists from around the world can work together to create stories, short films, video games and VR projects. A system that is revolutionizing the way of making animation.
David Alric, another of the last confirmed guests, is the co-founder and producer of Bobbypills, an adult animation studio whose content is shown in the “Blackpills” platform, an international pioneer in offering exclusive content for mobile phones.
These two professionals join an exceptional cast where name of producers such as Vincent Tavier, Nicolas Schmerkin and Edwina Liard appear, that will talk about their experiences “Ready, steady, Oscars”. They will tackle the question of how they faced the promotion campaigns of their respective works: the nominees Ernest & Celestine, Negative Space and the Oscar winner Logorama, in the cinema mecca.
An exceptional cast where also is, for example, Mariano Melman-Carrara, an Argentine living in London who will give the conference ‘Production applied to VR, study case of Back to the Moon’, or Eva Figueroa and Juan Pedro Arroyo, 2D animation supervisors for four years in the series ‘The Amazing World of Gumball’ by Cartoon Network in London.
PRESENTATIONS OF EXPECTED PROJECTS
The selection of projects is one of the axes of this animation, video games and new media market. In 2018 there will be 106 selected projects, a total of 17 feature films, 18 short films, 29 animation series, 39 video games and 3 VR projects that will give a vision of the future of animation in Spain and Portugal. Productions as expected as the Spanish feature film Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds or the series Turuleca’s Funny Farm by Víctor Monigote will be presented in this scenario. Alongside these, 9 European transmedia projects and 11 international on line series have also been selected.
The video game section will show its potential with two round tables: “Distribution: the Gatekeeper of Video Game Success” with Alpixel Games, Fictiorama, Platonic Games and Badland Games as speakers; and “Board Games and Video Games. More than Distant Cousins?” with Xavier Garriga from Devir and Antonio Planells, professor at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra.
On the other hand, the Blacksad video game based on the comic winner of Tres Eisner Awards, a Harvey Prize, an Angoulême Prize and the National Comic Award in 2014, will be presented for the first time worldwide.
THE BEST ANIMATION SHORT FILMS TO COMPETITION
The 3D Wire Fest, the animation festival that takes place parallelly, will feature a total of 33 short films: 26 international works and 7 Spanish ones. Productions from 15 countries in Asia, America and Europe that will seek to obtain one of the prizes awarded by the jury and the audience, recognitions that give direct access to the pre-selection of the European Animation Emile Awards, the highest European recognition of animation. The selection has first-class international names such as Vicent Paronnaud, (director and screenwriter of the Oscar-nominated film: Persepolis) with The Death, Dad & Son; or the American Trevor Jimenez (artist who has worked for Pixar in one of his last hits like Coco or Finding Dory) with Weekends; but also prominent Spanish filmmakers, such as the nominee of a Goya, Diego Porral with his Monsters Walking, or Khris Cembe (Movistar + Short Film Project Award in 3D Wire 2016) that will premiere Soy un tumba.
The competitive section of the Festival has as its jury, already announced, Jean Thoren, director of Animation Magazine; Jose Miguel Ribeiro, director and founder of Praça Filmes; Véronique Encrenaz, director of MIFA Annecy; and Shamik Majumdar, Creative Director of the Department of Animation Content and Real Image of Disney Channels EMEA. On the other hand, all the sceenings to competition will take place in La Cárcel Espacio de Creación, as well as the Norwegian feature film In the Forest of Huckybucky, belonging to the “3D Wire Kids”.
This important international delegation is in part possible thanks to the support of Acción Cultural Española (AC / E) through its Program for the Internationalization of Spanish Culture (PICE) in the modality of Visitors. This program makes possible to the members of the jury Jean Thoren, Shamik Majumdar and Véronique Encrenaz in addition to the Director of purchases of HRT, Croatian television, Krešimir Zubčić., along with the aforementioned Mariano Melman-Carrara and Edwina Liard, to be in Segovia .