The Ministry of Culture of the Government of Mexico, through the Mexican Institute of Cinematography (IMCINE), reported that the support mechanisms for the Mexican Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences (AMACC) will remain open during 2023.
The response from the federal authorities comes after the AMACC announced yesterday the suspension of the call for the Ariel Award 2023 due to a “serious financial crisis.” The General Assembly of the organization in charge of the dissemination, investigation, preservation and development of national cinema denounced that the Mexican State “has renounced its responsibility as the main promoter and disseminator of culture in general and of cinema in particular.”
“[El Gobierno de México] reiterates the commitment to support the entire national film industry to promote an expression as important and necessary as cinema”, responded the Secretary of Culture in a statement.
— IMCINE (@imcine) November 25, 2022
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The statement lists different supports that the Federal Government has granted to the AMACC during the administration of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, including:
- The concession of Casa Luis Buñuel, headquarters of the AMACC.
- Payment of the Ariel Awards statuettes in 2021 and 2022.
- Facilitate the Cineteca Nacional free of charge for the 2019 ceremony.
- Free transmission of the broadcast of the ceremony through Channel 22 in 2020 and 2021.
Likewise, IMCINE cited other support through different programs and incentives: the Program for the Promotion of Mexican Cinema (Focine); the Program for Granting Donations and the Fiscal Stimulus for Investment Projects in National Film Production and Distribution (Eficine 189).
However, the Federal Government does not mention the resources that have been withdrawn from AMACC nor does it mention its action plan to continue supporting Mexican cinema in the coming years.
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