Ignasi Guardans to be Replaced as Spain's ICAA Film Institute Director

Spanish Film Academy director Carlos Cuadro likely to take the post


MADRID -- Spain's industry-minded and internationally savvy ICAA film institute director, Ignasi Guardans will leave his position, effective immediately the Culture Ministry said Friday.

The move comes a day after a massive government restructuring as part of austerity measures imposed by Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero that saw two ministries -- housing and equality -- eliminated and introduced new chiefs atop six different ministries. Culture Minister Angeles Gonzalez-Sinde was one of the few that maintained her post.

Spanish media reported Guardans' departure was due to a deteriorated relationship with the minister.

Guardans' replacement was yet to be announced, but local reports indicated Spanish Film Academy director Carlos Cuadro was a sure bet. Cuadro served with Gonzalez-Sinde before the minister assumed her position in the government and was still acting president of the academy.

A former EU parliamentarian, Guardans came to the film institute ICAA in April 2009 with the unpopular task of passing a ministerial order that would substantially restructure government subsidies.