Alex Navarro upped to film board head

BARCELONA — Victim of swingeing public-sector cutbacks in Catalonia, Angela Bosch, one of Europe’s best-regarded promotion board honchos, has been laid off as director of Catalan Films and TV.

She is substituted by Alex Navarro, head of the E.U. Media program’s Catalonia office.

Bosch’s exit comes as Catalonia’s new CiU ruling party, which won November regional elections, attempts to slash 15% of Catalan culture ministry jobs.

Spanish public workers essentially cannot be sacked: Private sector employees hired by the state, as in Bosch’s case, are bearing the brunt of layoffs.

Ironically, Catalan culture authorities have lost Spain’s public servant with by far the deepest grounding in the international film biz — just months after Ferran Mascarell, Catalonia’s new culture minister, announced that his mandate would focus on the internationalization of Catalan culture.

Heading up international sales between 1995 and 1999 at Lola Films, then Spain’s biggest film production house, Bosch joined CFTV in 2003. She leaves a large legacy. Catalan cinema has steadily built as an international brand, celebrated for auteur genre movies and left-of-field minimalist fare, with a high-profile presence at major fests, showcases and industry screenings.

Under Bosch’s guidance, CFTV has ensured that near all Catalan films of import hit festivals with sales agents attached.

Bosch’s departure raises questions about CFTV’s long-term future, at least as an eight-member consortium.

In another sign of cost-cuts, the well-liked Navarro will multi-task, heading up CFTV, the Catalan Film Commission and Catalonia’s Media office.

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