MEXICO – Festival Corruption, Buying Oscar Qualifying Awards

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We’re publishing the following email as it was received:

“I am an independent filmmaker with 6 feature films made, and I am not very surprised by your statement about corruption at film festivals, because in Mexico it is regrettable. In Mexico there are several festivals with the capacity to award films eligible for the Oscars. Buying a prize for this purpose is very easy, festivals are almost entirely private businesses, which are governed by the highest bidder. For the same reason, preventing films like mine from seeing the light of day is just as easy. As far as I know, openly declared by juries and festival directors, I am on a blacklist. Freedom of creation and freedom of expression in cinema is increasingly restricted and trampled on, and festivals serve to close the door and the commercial path to uncomfortable films.”

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