Mexican Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences (AMACC), the body in charge of the preservation and development of the country’s cinema, said on Thursday it is in “serious financial trouble” and will suspend the 2023 Ariel Awards, the country’s premier film awards.
The coordination committee of the academy, headed by its president, Leticia Huijara, said the body has decided to suspend both the call and registration process for the Ariel Awards until further notice. The committee also announced further cuts for restructuring the central body.
“During the coming months, the Academy will redirect its efforts to reorganize the work through its various commissions, but above all, to rebuild the organization’s finances,” said the Academy’s statement.
The AMACC statement went on to criticize the Mexican government, which it described as shirking its responsibility to maintain the country’s cultural industries, particularly the country’s filmmaking community.
“Support from public resources has decreased significantly in recent years,” the statement said.
“The State, which was the motor and support of AMACC for long, has abdicated its responsibility as the main promoter and disseminator of culture in general and cinema in particular. It seems that culture is no longer a priority with Seventh Art.
The AMACC’s Ariel Awards are the most important awards in the Mexican film industry and have been given annually since 1964. The most recent edition moved from its traditional summer slot to October after two virtual pandemic editions. play prayer for theft Tatiana Huejo picks best picture. The film debuted in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival. During the ceremony, Huijara raised initial concerns about the academy’s finances.
“Today AMACC does not have the resources to be able to operate, we must stop, find alternative ways to continue, we call on the close ranks to take care of the academy, as a statement by the filmmakers A dream conceived as good.” Like everyone’s home,” she said during her speech.
AMACC is also responsible for the selection MexicoEntries for the Best International Feature Film Oscar race and Spain’s Goya Awards. After news broke of AMACC’s financial struggles, Mexican filmmaker and six-time Ariel Award winner guillermo del toro What he described as the “systematic destruction” of the Mexican film industry.
In a tweet, he said: “The systematic destruction of Mexican cinema and its institutions – decades in the making – has been brutal. We survived López Portillo’s six-year term, but this is unprecedented.
Here del Toro refers to José López Portillo, a deeply unpopular figure in Mexican history who, during his presidential term, oversaw one of the largest financial collapses in the country’s history.
AMACC called for “close ranks” around the institution to help “reinforce cohesion within the film industry and continue to defend, as well as strengthen, other venues for free and independent reflection on Mexican cinema”. Ended his statement by calling all the sectors to do. ,