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Ibero-American Orgs Launch Platino Awards

Awards ceremony to take place April 5 in Panama City

BUENOS AIRES – Spain’s EGEDA producers’ rights collection society is teaming with FIPCA, the Ibero-American Federation of Film and Audiovisual Producers, to launch the Platino Ibero-American Film Awards, an attempt to create the equivalent of the Oscars for Latin America, Spain and Portugal.

Featuring multiples acts from Latino music stars, the first Platino Awards ceremony will take place April 5 at the Teatro Anayansi in Panama City, followed by a spectacular party, its organizers announced Wednesday at Ventana Sur.

EGEDA and FIPCA have teamed from 2002 to award a Luis Bunuel Prize to the best film of the year from the region: the latest went to Pablo Larrain’s “No.”

The Platinos will extend, however, from best picture to best direction, screenplay, original score, actor, actress, animated feature and documentary, an honorary career-achievement Platino, and a Camilo Vives Prize – named after the Cuban producer of “Lucia” and “Strawberry and Chocolate,” who died this year – for best Ibero-American co-production.

Members of FIPCA, the Academies of the 22 countries in Latin America, who are also backing the awards, and other film institutions, will select nominations from a long-list. A jury will award final kudos, however. It members are currently being chosen.

EGEDA President Enrique Cerezo will serve as Platino Awards executive president, FIPCA prexy Adrian Solar as its honorary president, EGEDA’s Miguel Angel Benzal Medina as its general manager.

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