Mexico.- The Mexican Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences (Amacc), in charge of the diffusion, investigation, preservation, development and defense of cinema in this country, revealed this Thursday that it is going through a “serious financial crisis” that It has made her enter a pause and postpone the call for the Ariel Award 2023.
The Ariel, the highest film award in Mexico and which is awarded annually, recognizes the talent of Mexican filmmakers in the different trades and disciplines that make up the film industry.
In a statement issued this Thursday, the president of the Amacc, the actress Leticia Huijara, reiterated that the institution “is going through a serious financial crisis.”
Last October, during the last annual delivery of the Ariel Awards, Huijara had already warned that the Academy was going through “difficult times with regard to its financial aspect” and announced that “certain measures” would be taken.
Now, the representative of the sector officially announced that it was decided to “suspend both the call and the registration processes for the Ariel 2023 Award, until further notice.”
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In the note, the Amacc denounced that the (Mexican) State, which was the motor and support of the Academy for a long time, “has renounced its responsibility as the main promoter and disseminator of culture in general and of cinema in particular.” Priorities have changed and it seems that culture along with the seventh art are no longer a priority.
“We regret that despite its 76 years of existence and the political will with which the Academy was refounded in its new era, under the presidency of maestro Jorge Fons, the support of public resources has decreased considerably in recent years”, pointed out in the text the Academy.
The Amacc recalled that it is a non-profit civil association (AC) that is dedicated to promoting the dissemination, investigation, preservation and defense of Mexican cinema as well as its development from an inclusive and plural perspective that dialogues with all sectors of the union. .
“During the coming months, the Academy will be redirecting its efforts to reorganize the work through its different commissions, but, above all, to reconstitute the finances of the organization, seeking to give viability and financial certainty to the academic activities it carries out throughout of the year and the delivery of the Ariel”, indicated the note.
The AMACC called on all sectors to “close ranks around the institution”, to reinforce cohesion within the union and to continue defending, as well as strengthening, this and other spaces for free and independent reflection on Mexican cinema.