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Animated film "Tecuani and the Duende"

Posted By: Marty

Animated film "Tecuani and the Duende" - 10/09/19 06:47 PM

Tecuani and the Duende will PREMIERE on 25th October at the Bliss Institute of Creative Arts - NICH
Tickets on sale now at the Bliss.
$40 lower level and $20 upper level



Nicole Craig sings the official theme song for Belize's first animated movie 'Tecuani and the Duende - The Voice of the Jaguar'

Much of it was shot in Cayo, and some at Monkey Falls. Great song.

They are having a 'Fantastic Freaky Fundraiser at Belize Botanic Gardens' on Friday, November 1st. They'll have 2 screenings, and fun for the entire family.

Song: Raise My Voice
Written by Nicole Craig
Performed by Nicole Craig and Ashleigh Craig
Music video filmed and Produced by David Vansen (Theodore Spain)- Red Roll Films
Directed and Choreographed by Marlyn Vansen
Executive producer and location manager, Lee Mcloughlin
Aerial photography, Jane Salazar Mcloughlin
Animation by David Daniel Smith (InAwe Films)"



Tecuani and the Duende Official Teaser Trailer

A young girl, Tecuani, is unaware of the adventure she is about to embark on as she chases a purple lizard into a forest cave. Her journey begins with an encounter with the fearsome Tata Duende, a legendary guardian of the forest with missing thumbs and backwards feet. The Duende awakens young Tecuani to an epic story that has been forgotten for a thousand years. Will brave Hunahpu’s efforts to secure another chance for humanity be for nothing? Can Tecuani fulfil her destiny and find the ‘voice of the jaguar’ to awaken her people?



The making of Tecuani and the Duende

We want to share the whole process of animation and bringing Belize's first animated movie to life. Check out how the characters are rigged, and meet Tata Duende (in his many forms) and Tecuani

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Posted By: Marty

Re: Animated film "Tecuani and the Duende" - 10/18/19 10:38 AM

The Story Behind Belize's First Animated Short Feature

TECUANI and DUENDE may be the longest animated short film ever to be produced in Belize.

Now, it's not The Lion King, the film is only 18 - 20 minutes long, but it's a giant leap forward for Belize.

But it wasn't easy getting the project off the ground. Cherisse Halsall spoke to the film's creators today to find out about the story and the process behind the short film that is set to be the darling of this year's Belize film festival.

Tecuani and Duende Premieres at the Bliss Center for the performing arts on October 25th.



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Posted By: Marty

Re: Animated film "Tecuani and the Duende" - 10/21/19 10:22 PM

On Open Your Eyes...


Tecuani and Duende is Belize's first animation movie

Tecuani and Duende is Belize's first animation movie. It promotes our local folklore while also teaching conservation lessons. We caught up with the creators about the upcoming premiere of the short. We also previewed the music video for its theme song. On set: -
Theodore Spain- Director/Music Video Producer, Tecuani and Duende
Lee Mcloughin - Executive Director, Tecuani and Duende
Posted By: Marty

Re: Animated film "Tecuani and the Duende" - 10/26/19 12:29 PM

The Yucatec Maya culture present in the premiere of Tecuani and the Duende.
Carmen Carrillo a Yucatec Maya of San Jose Palmer(OW) gave a story of the Tata Duende(Nukux Tat) .
Andy Chuc a Yucatec Maya of San Pablo(OW) gave the spiritual importance of the Tata Duende (Nukux Tat) for the Maya .

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Posted By: Marty

Re: Animated film "Tecuani and the Duende" - 12/09/19 12:17 PM

We are delighted to announce the second leg of our national screening tour! Save the date for the screening closest to you - more details will be released as to venue and time closer to the screening date.

Please help us share this - lets bring Belize's first animated movie short to as many Belizeans as possible!

Look out for our Spanish language version which we will also screen in Belize's bilingual communities.

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Posted By: Marty

Re: Animated film "Tecuani and the Duende" - 01/07/20 12:26 PM

BRAND NEW TRAILER FOR TECUANI AND THE DUENDE!

Our very talented animator and editor David Daniel Smith of In Awe Films has updated our movie trailer ready for our international film festival tour. Take a look and see what you think!

If you haven't seen the movie yet, try and catch us on the second part of our national screening tour which commences in Orange Walk and Corozal this weekend!

Posted By: Marty

Re: Animated film "Tecuani and the Duende" - 01/22/20 12:24 PM

The National Screening Tour of Belize’s First Animated Movie

The national screening tour for Tecuani and Duende, Belize’s first animated movie comes to the Mexican Cultural Institute in Belize City tonight. It is one of the last stops for the tour after the first episode of the film has been across the length and breadth of the country.  The film won at the Belize International Film Festival in 2019 and will compete in other festivals across the world. Writer, producer and director Lee McLoughlin spoke to News Five about the success so far.

Lee McLoughlin, Director, Tecuani & Duende

“It’s really important to us to give the proper respect to the story of tata duende. It means a lot to all the different ethnic groups of Belize. Like wherever you go in the country, people have a slightly different version of the story, but there are a lot of things that are similar, such as: no thumbs, feet facing backwards, small man, big hat, big beard. So wherever we’ve been, people have always been putting these out, but we also try to work with local storytellers. So where we have been doing screenings, we’ve been inviting local storytellers to come and tell the crowd their version of the story of tata duende first and then we show what’s our version of the story. It’s a more detail story than just duende, but different versions. We were really grateful to the film festival for the recognition for that. The music video, Raise My Voice, also won an award; it was by Theodore Spain performed by Nicole Craig. But next step for us, we want to make more episodes in this series. This is a longer story than this film. This is the beginning of a tale. So I think we might get about six more episodes from the story so we got to raise the money for those, get them made. We will be looking again to donors around Belize. We’ve had great support from Wildlife Conservation Society, Digi, couple of resorts and lots of individual donors from Belizean and international folks as well. I also want to mention that we were at the Belize International Film Festival, but we want to enter other international festivals. We’ve submitted applications to film festivals in Latin America: Chile, Panama and in North America, Canada, the States and even over in Europe—in the U.K., in Holland and Germany. So we have to wait to hear back whether we’ve been accepted. We’ve been accepted to one in U.K. so far, but what we want to do is take Belizean filmmaking onto the world stage and show what we can do here because this entire production is Belizean made.”

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Posted By: Marty

Re: Animated film "Tecuani and the Duende" - 10/05/20 06:26 PM


FULL MOVIE: Tecuani and the Duende - The Voice of the Jaguar
A young girl, Tecuani, is unaware of the adventure she is about to embark on as she chases a purple lizard into a forest cave. Her journey begins with an encounter with the fearsome Tata Duende, a legendary guardian of the forest with missing thumbs and backwards feet. Tata Duende awakens Tecuani to an epic story of destruction and redemption that has been forgotten for a thousand years. Will brave Hunahpu’s efforts to secure another chance for humanity be for nothing? Can young Tecuani find the ‘voice of the jaguar’ to awaken her people or are they destined to make the same mistake again?

Tecuani and the Duende is the first ever animated movie short from the beautiful Caribbean/Mesoamerican nation of Belize.

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Tecuani and Duende Movie Release
Lee Mcloughlin - Film Maker
Posted By: Marty

Re: Animated film "Tecuani and the Duende" - 07/25/21 12:20 PM

Tecuani and the Duende will have new episodes! They've obtained funding via the Miradas Fund. Congratulations to David Smith and the T&D team!

"We are delighted to announce that they are the deserved recipients of the #MiradasFund an initiative that combines the forces of Netflix and Ambulante to support Indigenous and Afro-descendant filmmakers in Mesoamerica...

We are very excited and grateful to be selected for this award and to be able to tell Belizean stories with animations made by Belizean talent."

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