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Animayo Wraps In-Person Edition with Double-Oscar Qualifying Honors

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Anna Marie de la Fuente Starting this year, Spain’s Animayo Gran Canaria will places not one, but two animated short films in the running for an Oscars.

Both the winner of Animayo’s International Jury Grand Prize and – effective this 17th edition – and the best Spanish-language animated short will be eligible for consideration in the animated short film category of the Academy Awards.News broke days after the festival wrapped May 7 which saw “Prisoner Outside” by Germany’s Igor Medvedev snag the International Jury Grand award, which includes a cash prize of €3,000 Euros and the aforementioned eligibility for Oscar consideration.

Short centers on a long-confined prisoner who uses his imagination to escape from his cell. Also eligible for Oscar consideration, the best short film in Spanish – the Animation With an Ñ Award, went to “Leopoldo el del Bar” (“Leopoldo from the Bar”), by Spain’s Diego Porral, which revolves around Leopoldo, an old man who has frequented the same Madrid bar for many years.

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