Professionals of animation and video games will find in these sessions a meeting space that offers the chance to broaden horizons though different conferences and meetings. As a result of the collaboration with the International Animation 3D Wire Market, within the framework of the day there will be presentations of different animation and video game projects that are currently being developed. In addition, the day will offer a networking space for professionals of the sector, a masterclass and a meeting between MEDIA Catalunya and Lince Works. The videogame “Bring You Home” by Alike Studio is among the projects that will be presented.

Mecal, together with 3D Wire, organizes for the third consecutive year an animation contest aimed at Catalan schools. The contest is open to both school and university students, regardless of the school year, course or age of director. The work can be a short film, a music video, an advertisement or a commission film, as long as 80% of it is animation. The works must have been made after the 1st of January 2017.

All finalists will appear on Mecal’s festival website in its XX edition, from the 15th of March until the 2nd of April 2018. On Friday, March 23th, within Mecal 2018, the finalists’ work will be shown and the public will decide the winner. Afterwards, there will be a networking meeting between students and animation professionals. The prize consists of the trip, accommodation, living expenses and registration for the following edition of 3D Wire, in October 2018.

How to turn a graphic novel into a screenplay with Mario Torrecillas (CANCELLED)

Mario Torrecillas is a writer, scriptwriter, and founder of project PDA through which he makes animated films with kids from all over the world. Two of his three published graphic novels – ‘El Hijo’ (Glénat Editions, 2010) and ‘Dream Team’ (Ed. Penguin Random House Mondadori, 2015) – have been turned into a screenplay. Torrecillas will explain this process based on his experience adapting ‘El Hijo’ for the film director Andy Muschietti (Mama, It).

Workshop: Animation for Teachers (CANCELLED)

Mario Torrecillas will tell us about the audiovisual and educational PDA project, “Petits Dibuixos Animats”, which, throughout film and animation workshops, fosters collective reflection and creativity of children through music and animation. He will transmit the foundations of the techniques used in the project, so they can be put into practice in the classrooms, using mobile devices and tablets, available to teachers and students.

NonStop Barcelona Animació

Materclass Bruno Simoes Shot planning and cinematography for animators in big budget movies.

Animator, artistic designer at Blue Sky, MPC, in movies like Rio, Harry Potter or Prometheus among others. Graduated in Graphic and Multimedia Design at the Escola Superior de Artes e Design in Caldas da Rainha (Portugal), and with a Master’s Degree in Animation from Pompeu Fabra University (Spain), Bruno Simões moved to London in 2016 to work at the studio e Moving Picture Company as an animator in several Harry Potter saga films, and in others such as Prometheus and Skyfall. In 2011, he moved to New York to work at Blue Sky Studios, where he participated in the animated films Epic, Rio 2, Snoopy and Charlie Brown and Ice Age 5. In 2016 he returned to Barcelona to start the animation studio Kimchi, which premieres with the short Morning Rituals.

Masterclass Miguel A. Fuertes Acting in animation at the heart of the industry, with Spielberg, George Lucas, James Cameron.

At 20 years old he began to work professionally in 2D, in television series such as The Flintstones for Hanna-Barbera. He has participated in numerous lm productions which are Oscar awarded by the Hollywood Academy, and others like Ghosthunters On Icy Trails nominated for an IFTA award for his work as animation director. He has collaborated with directors like Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Ang Lee, George Miller, Phil Tippett, Juan Campanella and James Cameron among others.

Concept Art Workshop - Held by JOSO Barcelona

This workshop covers the tools available in digital painting to support picture postproduction for Concept Art: masks, adjustment layers, lightning effects, layer properties, filters, light type, post-processing effects, etc.

“Exhibition of the animation rejects”

On Friday February 2nd , the “exhibition of the animation rejects” took place in Madrid. This event had the purpose of putting certain productions in the spotlight— those that hadn’t been selected by the Spanish Academy Goya Awards. The exhibition also held a Round-table debate on the current status of short lm animations in Spain. The need to support quality animation was highly stressed. A suggestion was raised to plan an event in order to further explore this debate and to bring forward a change to highlight the importance of these productions. The event is already scheduled, and it will be held on the 23rd and 24th of March. The screening will take place on the 23rd and the Round-table will take place on the 24th .

Masterclass Paco Rodríguez Executive production for animated projects. How to organize your project and submit it into the market.

He began his career as a French teacher and as a simultaneous Spanish-French translator in Granada. He later travelled around the world as a photojournalist for the Afa communication agencyreporting from around forty countries such as Kenya, Taiwan and Colombia for international media. He founded in 1990, PPM Multimedia where he worked with the distribution and international co-production of animated series (Koki, Capelito, Snailympics) with USA, Japan, Canada and France among other countries. He has co-produced seven animated feature films as executive producer for FILMAX ANIMATION: El Cid: La Leyenda, P3K: Pinocchio 3000, Gisaku, Nocturna, Donkey Xote and Pérez, el ratoncito de tus sueños (I and II) for which he won 4 Spanish Goya awards.

Feature Film Screening: Le Grand Méchant Renard et autres contes (2017). The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales... (2017)

This amusing tale proves that the countryside is not as quiet and peaceful as it seems. It’s starred by specially hilarious animals: a fox who is mother to a family of chicks, a bunny who thinks it’s a stork and a duck who dreams of being Santa Claus.

This film has been nominated to the César Award for Best Animation Film. It’s an adaptation of a comic by Benjamin Renner (Ernest and Célestine), who codirects the film alongside Patrick Imbert. The film is produced by Folivari.

Unity Workshop: Render and lighting for kinematics Conducted by CEV Barcelona.

Arranging a scene for kinematics production in Unity. This workshop will address the necessary stages before creating a final render with high-definition touches. The structure will be as follows: elements integration, lights, cameras, post-processing effects and rendering.