Ventana Sur: Ibero-American Film Industry Launches Platino Awards

FIPCA and EGEDA team up to establish the first regional awards, which will be held in a gala ceremony at Panama City in April.

BUENOS AIRES – The Producers Rights’ Managers organization EGEDA and the Ibero-American Producers Federation is teaming up to establish the region’s own film awards.

The announcement was made Wednesday at Ventana Sur film market in Buenos Aires by FIPCA Vice President Ignacio Rey; Arianne Benedetti, head of the Panama Film Institute and the Panama Film Commission; Ivan Trujillo, Head of the Guadalajara Film Festival and Jury Member; Gabriel Salcedo, EGEDA Director for Argentina; and Carlos Antón, General Coordinator of the Platino Awards.

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The Platino Awards will be delivered to nine categories: Ibero-American Fiction Film, Direction, Scriptwriting, Original Score, Actor, Actress, Animated Film, Documentary Film, an honorary career-achievement Platino, and a Camilo Vives Prize to an Ibero-American co-production, in a gala ceremony in Panama City on April 5, featuring performances by Latin American music stars, according to Rey.

All 22 member countries will deliver their own candidates for each category. Nominations will then be selected from that list by FIPCA members and other film academies and institutes. A jury of renowned industry people that is still being formed will choose the final winners.

Ventana Sur Film Market runs Dec. 3 to 6.