DRAGOIA Media

Dragoia Media is a Spanish company that develops and produces audiovisual productions for the international market. It is specialised in animation feature films and has a strong interest in building brands and film franchises that work both in China and outside China. The company is formed by Pedro Perez, Larry Levene and Manuel Cristobal. The partners of the company have produced over fifty fillms, including five in animation, and have more than twenty years of experience in doing business and films with China.

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Dragonkeeper is a CGI animation family film and is based on the first novel in the multi award-winning series by Carole Wilkinson. The six books in the Dragonkeeper series, published by Black Dog Books, an imprint of Walker Books, have sold millions of copies worldwide. The latest instalment in the series -Bronze Bird Tower- was published in March this year.

The first Dragonkeeper film is set in a magic, epic and classic China during the Han Dynasty. The story follows the adventures of a slave girl that becomes a true Dragonkeeper by helping the last imperial dragon in its quest across China to bring a dragon egg to the coast, the only place it can hatch. Dragonkeeper is the story of a girl who believes she is not worthy even of a name, but finds within herself the strength and courage to make this perilous journey and do what must be done.

Dragonkeeper aims to become an international brand and a film franchise recognized both within and outside China.

Carole Wilkinson stated: “I am thrilled that Dragonkeeper is being made into a movie, and I’m especially pleased that there is such strong Chinese involvement, ensuring that the ancient China represented in the movie will be authentic. I can’t wait to see Ping and Danzi on the big screen!”

The film is being produced by Dragoia Media, Movistar+, Atresmedia Cine and China Film Animation – a member of China Film Group, the largest and most influential state owned film company in the People’s Republic of China and the largest distributor in the country. It also has the participation of Atresmedia and Movistar+.

The script has been written by Ignacio Ferreras, Rosanna Cecchini, Pablo Castrillo, Carole Wilkinson and Xiamping Wang, the score will be composed by Zhiyi Wang and the film will be directed by Ignacio Ferreras and codirected by Zhang Bo.

Ignacio Ferreras was chosen by Variety as a talent to watch for his first film Wrinkles (2012) that gained critic acclaim, went on to win many awards including a Goya for best adapted screenplay – the first time in history this award has been won by an animated film –and was nominated for the Annies and EFA for best animation film, the Jury Award in Annecy and the best animation film award in Stuttgart, Animamundi, Ottawa and Brussels. It was even was distributed in Japan by Ghibli and praised in particular by its cofounder Isao Takahata.

Early visual development was created in SPA Studio directed by Sergio Pablos (creator of Despicable me) and completed by BASE FX in China. Animation will be carried out in Illion Animation Studios in Spain and in CFA and several studios in China.

Dragonkeeper is being produced by Manuel Cristobal, Larry Levene, Jung Huang, Gabriel Arias-Salgado, Axel Kuschevatzky, Mikel Lejarza and Mercedes Gamero.Manuel Cristóbal.

About

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Manuel Cristobal

CEO & founder

Audiovisual Producer, graduated in Audiovisual Communication at the UEM, graduated in directing at ARTSS International UK and in the Entertainment Master Class at the Erich Pommer Institute in Berlin.  Since 2001 has produced eight feature films for the international market, five of them in animation, and has won four Goya awards in the best animation feature category.

After working in AGAPI as manager and in the Media Business School as coordinator, he joins Dygra Films in 1999 as executive producer in the films The living forest (first CGI animation film in Europe) and Midsummer Dream.

In 2005 he joins Zinkia Entertainment as development and distribution director with the series Pocoyó and Shuriken School.

In 2007 he creates Perro Verde Films and produced five feature films: The Missing Lynx with Kandor Moon presented by Antonio Banderas, Lost in Galicia, The night that stopped raining, Going Nuts and Wrinkles based in the comic book by Paco Roca, directed by Ignacio Ferreras and considered one of the most relevant animation films in 2012.

In 2010 he launches with Milrayas the App Contoplanet. In 2013 he produces and launches the 3D documentary feature film Bullrunning in Pamplona and develops for Sunflower Graphics the animated series Planet-Play. In 2014 creates the company Dragoia Media to produce ambitious animation films for the international market. At the moment he is producing the 2D animation film Buñuel in the labyrinth of the turtles.

He is Secretary of the board in CARTOON, member of the board in the Spanish Film Academy and DIBOOS, he is also member of the European Film Academy, visiting professor at the Jilin Animation Center in China and digital production teacher at the U-TAD University in Madrid.

En 1996 he got one of the 12 European scholarships granted by the MPAA and entered as intern at UIP; in 1997 he was the first Spaniard selected for a grant of the Nipkow Programme in Berlin; in 2000 he was selected by the EFA in its new talent programme in Iceland; in 2007 he was selected as one of 60 personalities of the Cannes Film Festival by Variety; in 2008 selected producer in the move by European Film Promotion; in 2012 he got the CARTOON Tribute as best animation producer of Europe.

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Larry Levene

Chairman & founder

Has produced from 1996, 29 films (Feature, Documentaries and Series). 6 out of the 29 filmed in China. Larry Levene, producer and executive producer of all of them, have received international awards (Shanghai lTVF Magnolia, Ondas, Urban, Ronda…) and participated in Festivals all around the world. Yangtse, Sadhus, The Last Lost Kingdom are documentaries broadcasted in over 80 countries. His feature film “Kathmandu, a Mirror in the Sky” has been sold by Wildbunch to 20 countries. Thi Mai a comedy filmed in Vietnam is his last film and will open in Spain next October.
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Pedro Pérez

Partner & founder

Contact

Email

manuel@dragoiamedia.com