Ventana Sur’s Women Animation Directors Mentoring Program Announces First Projects

“Highlands Shadow,” “Cursed Fathers” and “Greta’s Journal” are among five animation projects selected for a new women animation directors’ training initiative launched this year at Ventana Sur’s Animation!, in alliance with France’s Annecy Festival and Argentina’s Institut Français.A 2D eight-episode series “Highlands Shadow” weighs in as a fantasy grounded in traditional folklore mixing action, mystery and political attitude.Targeting young adults and addressing gender and Lgbtiq+ issues, the series turns on Juana, a girl from Humahuaca whose sister Marisol has been captured by a human trafficking cartel.

To save her, she makes a deal with two haunted machetes, becoming a super heroine.

Director Paula Boffo is prizewinning gender-focused graphic novelist.

Argentina’s Ojo Raro produces.Also aimed at a YA crowd, “Cursed Fathers” a 2D first feature from Bolivia’s Matisse González, whose graduation short “Gravity” was nominated for Annie and Quirino Awards, is produced

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