NEXT LAB GROWS AND REVEALS THE TWENTY ANIMATION PROJECTS SELECTED IN ITS INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP

Next Lab announces the twenty projects selected for the second edition of its workshop, which will start on January 10th with a first online phase. The total number of aspiring candidates has risen to 45 proposals, which have come from eleven countries: Argentina, Brazil, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Uzbekistan and Venezuela.

Thanks to a successful first edition, Next Lab has obtained new strategic partners such as Europa Creativa MEDIA, the General Directorate of Cultural Industries and DeAPlaneta Entertainment, as well as the main sponsorship for the second consecutive year from the Community of Madrid. For all these reasons, Next Lab has grown and has been able to support more than twice as many projects as in its first edition.

The final selection stands out both for the quality and internationality of the projects and for the variety of formats, being made up of 9 series, 6 short films, 4 feature films and 1 music video from six different nationalities, including a co-production. After a first six-week online phase about learning the tools, work on the project and a masterclass, later only 10 of these projects will be part of the second phase of the workshop, which will be held on site in Madrid from February 21st to 24th.

SELECTED PROJECTS

The most repeated format among those selected has been the series, with an overwhelming national representation through the projects: Adálion: Tierra de Maokis by Marcos Sánchez Lastra, Spain (with the participation of Hugo de Juan); Cherry Tree House by Paula J. Bueno and Sonia Sánchez, Spain; Cretácico 96 by Rafael Carmona González, Spain; Hades, The Underworld by José Antonio Cerro, Spain; Marla & The Guardians of Time by Belinda Bonan, Spain; Onion & Pea by David Tomaselli and Jose M. Villena, Spain; Plock by Javier Bernardino Alonso, Spain; and Twins by Carlos Escutia García, Spain.

Among the selected series projects, we also find the winner of the DeAPlaneta Entertainment Award, Animal Drone League by Christian Garnez, Spain, which will have a complementary 3 months of mentoring with international experts to develop the IP and a co-development contract for a value of 6,000€. In addition, he will have the opportunity to build a brand by working together with DeAPlaneta Entertainment, starting from his original idea and leaning on the company's more than 20 years of experience producing and distributing content globally. The support from the company, a leader in Europe in the creation and commercialization of entertainment for the whole family, is one of the great novelties of this second edition.

There are six short film projects that will develop their teaser using disruptive technologies, in a selection marked by the plurality of the participants' backgrounds: 40 Days Without the Sun by João Furia, Brazil; Buscando a Ana de Inés Vecilla Fernández, Spain; Lumen de Enric Sant, Spain; The Elephant I Found Under My Skin by Shaool Levy and Daniel Sweed, Israel: The Iron Dragon by Valentin Urziceanu, Romania (with the participation of Adrian Băluță and Mirona Radu) and Wan by Víctor Monigote, Spain.

Four feature film projects will also participate in this second edition of the workshop: Draw by Lorenzo Degl ́Innocenti and Xosé Zapata, Spain, Portugal (with the participation of Nacho Laya Gómez and Lorenzo Degl ́Innocenti); Oviblion by Claudia Ruiz, Argentina (with the participation of Ana Inés Flores); Osikran by Esther Ji, Spain; and Viaje al Bosque Olvidado by Noelia Mª Muíño González, Spain. The selection is completed by the music video project Amplitune by David Mingorance Puga, Spain.

These twenty projects will work on the application of creative tools within the virtual environment and will receive advice on how to be produced, applying R + D + i and the latest technology. The final result will be an animated piece as a teaser for each participating project. The ten projects that go on to the in person phase will present their teaser in the subsequent event, which will be held on February 25th and 26th in Madrid in person. An international jury will select the two winners to be presented during Annecy MIFA 2022.

THE TEACHERS

As for the experts that will be part of the teaching staff of this edition are the director of animation and digital artist Federico Moreno Breser, CG Supervisor at Reel Fx and expert in the Quill program; Raúl Colomer, CG Supervisor at Pinkman.tv (Alberto Mielgo's production company) and focused on the development and implementation of workflows with "realtime" in 2D and 3D animation, using immersive technology for previewing through the use of free software; and Daniel Martín Peixe, animator with 12 years of experience at Disney (including “Zootopia” and “Moana”, both from 2016), who currently works at Moon Studios as a cinematic animator.

Next Lab 2022 has the main sponsorship of the Community of Madrid, through the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Sports; the sponsorship of Creative Europe MEDIA, DeAPlaneta Entertainment and the General Directorate of Cultural Industries, Intellectual Property and Cooperation of the Ministry of Culture and Sports; the collaboration of Enisa, Annecy Festival, ICAA and Weird Market; and the support of Tangram Solutions, Welaw, Pixel Cluster Madrid, Clan VR and Real o Virtual.


LIST OF SELECTED PROJECTS

40 Days Without the Sun by João Furia (Brazil). Short film project. Workshop participant: João Furia.

Adálion: Tierra de Maokis by Marcos Sánchez Lastra (Spain). Series project. Workshop participant: Hugo de Juan.

Amplitune by David Mingorance Puga (Spain). Music video project. Workshop participant: David Mingorance Puga & Lorena González.

Animal Drone League by Christian Garnez (Spain). Series project. Workshop participant: Christian Garnez.

Buscando a Ana by Inés Vecilla Fernández (Spain). Short film project. Workshop participant: Inés Vecilla Fernández.

Cherry Tree House by Paula J. Bueno & Sonia Sánchez (Spain). Series project. Workshop participant: Paula J. Bueno & Sonia Sánchez.

Cretácico 96 by Rafael Carmona González (Spain). Series project. Workshop participant: Rafael Carmona González.

Draw by Lorenzo Degl ́Innocenti & Xosé Zapata (Spain, Portugal). Featured film project. Workshop participant: Nacho Laya Gómez & Lorenzo Degl ́Innocenti.

Hades, The Underworld by José Antonio Cerro (Spain). Series project. Workshop participant: Jose Antonio Cerro.

Lumen by Enric Sant (Spain). Short film project. Workshop participant: Enric Sant.

Marla & The Guardians of Time by Belinda Bonan (Spain). Series project. Workshop participant: Belinda Bonan.

Onion & Pea by David Tomaselli & Jose M. Villena (Spain). Series project. Workshop participant: Jose M.Villena.

Osikran by Esther Ji (Spain). Featured film project. Workshop participant: Esther Ji.

Oviblion by Claudia Ruiz (Argentina). Featured film project. Workshop participant: Ana Inés Flores.

Plock by Javier Bernardino Alonso (Spain). Series project. Workshop participant: Javier Bernardino Alonso.

The Elephant I Found Under My Skin by Shaool Levy & Daniel Sweed (Israel). Short film project. Workshop participant: Shaool Levy & Daniel Sweed.

The Iron Dragon by Valentin Urziceanu (Romania). Short film project. Workshop participant: Adrian Băluță & Mirona Radu.

Twins by Carlos Escutia García (Spain). Series project. Workshop participant: Carlos Escutia García.

Viaje al Bosque Olvidado by Noelia Mª Muíño González (Spain). Featured film project. Workshop participant: Noelia Mª Muíño González.

Wan by Víctor Monigote (Spain). Short film project. Workshop participant: Víctor Monigote.

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