Curated in coordination with the Annecy International Animation Festival and its MIFA market, Animation! at Ventana Sur will feature five productions for its 2020 Works in Progress sidebar, including its first-ever non-Latin American production.
Adult animation is booming, and one figure at the forefront of the movement is Spain’s Alberto Vazquez, the mastermind behind festival hits such as “Birdboy: The Forgotten Children” and one of this year’s darkest animated shorts “Homeless Home,” selected as one of Variety’s ten to watch at June’s Annecy festival.
“Unicorn Wars,” (Alberto Vázquez, Spain, France)
Hot off the heels of a his 2020 Annecy competition short “Homeless Home” and 2015 main feature competition player “Birdboy: The Forgotten Children,” filmmaker Alberto Vázquez’s “Unicorn Wars” unspools in a blood and cotton candy-soaked world where teddy bears and unicorns have fought from time immemorial. Teddy bear Private Bluet covets unicorn blood and its legendary powers for preserving eternal beauty, while his brother Tubby just isn’t cut from the same cloth and can barely stomach war.
“Unicorn Wars” is the first ever Ibero-American production to participate in Animation!’s WIP event. It’s produced by UniKo, Abano Producións, Autour de Minuit and Schmuby Productions, and expected to be ready for deliver summer 2022. Charades handles international sales.