Imcine pulls topper switch

Lagunes sworn in as new director without public announcement

MEXICO CITY — Mexican Film Institute (Imcine) topper Diego Lopez has been abruptly replaced after less than 15 months on the job.

Eduardo Amerena Lagunes was quietly sworn in as the new director of Imcine Thursday afternoon, with no public announcement.

Imcine sources speculate that he was brought in to manage the budget of the newly created Fund for Quality Film Production.

The federally sponsored fund will be separate from but administered by Imcine. On Wednesday, the government increased its funding by 100 million pesos ($12.5 million), from its initial $4.3 million (Daily Variety, Dec. 19).

Amerena Lagunes most recently served as technical secretary with the National Council for Culture & Arts. He had been coordinating with other fed agencies to create the new fund.

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