MEXICO CITY – Organizers will reveal the films nominated for the Platino Prizes for Ibero-American Cinema at a ceremony this week in Mexico City.
“Roma,” directed by Mexican Alfonso Cuaron, was pre-selected ahead of Monday’s ceremony at the Cineteca Nacional in the Mexican capital.
Mexican actors Mariana Treviño, Adriana Barraza, Dulce Maria, Marco de la O, Sebastian Zurita, Jorge Antonio Guerrero, Monica Lozano, Ernesto Contreras, Blanca Guerra and Johanna Murillo will unveil the nominees at the ceremony.
Spanish actress Lydia San Jose and Puerto Rican singer Shalim Ortiz will also participate in the ceremony.
For the sixth consecutive year, the number of productions competing for the prizes, drawn from a pool of 928 eligible works, set a new record, reflecting the growth in Ibero-American cinema.
The countries with the most productions competing for Platinos are Spain, with 201; Argentina, with 192; and Mexico, with 93.
On Monday, organizers will reveal the 20 candidates selected to compete in each of the 17 categories in which prizes are up for grabs.
The categories are best film; best director; best screenplay; best original music; best male performance; best female performance; best animated film; best documentary; best first film; best television series; best male performance in a television series; best female performance in a television series; best film editing; best art director; best cinematography; and best sound editing.
Organizers will also award the Platino Prize for Film and Educational Values.
In March, the Platino Prizes will publish the final list of the four productions nominated in each category.
The prizes will be handed out at a gala ceremony on May 12 in Mexico’s Riviera Maya, a popular Caribbean resort area.
Among the 928 eligible works competing for Platinos are “Roma” (Mexico); “Campeones” (Spain); “El Reino” (Spain); “Carmen y Lola” (Spain); “Museo” (Mexico); and “La noche de 12 años” (Uruguay).
Cuaron, nominated for an Oscar as best director for “Roma,” is vying to be nominated for the Platino Prize for Best Director.
Rodrigo Sorogoyen, who won the Goya as best director for “El Reino,” is also in the mix for a Platino best director nomination.
For the past two years, organizers have handed out Platino Prizes for the best miniseries and best television series, awarding prizes for the best performances.
The Spanish productions “Arde Madrid,” “Elite,” “Fariña” and “Vergüenza” are competing in this category with the Mexican series “La casa de las flores,” “El Chapo,” “Luis Miguel” and “El Reclusom” as well as productions from Argentina, Chile, Peru, Colombia, Brazil and Portugal.
The most important of the film prizes will be handed out for the second year in a row at the Teatro Gran Tlachco in Xcaret Park, located on the outskirts of the resort city of Playa del Carmen.
This year marks the first time the Platino ceremony takes place in the same location two years in a row after being held in Panama in 2014; Marbella, Spain, in 2015; Punta del Este, Uruguay, in 2016; and Madrid in 2017.
The Platino Prizes are promoted by the Spain-based Audiovisual Producers’ Rights Management Entity (EGEDA) and the Ibero-American Federation of Film and Audiovisual Producers (FIPCA), with support from the Latin American Artists’ Federation (Latin Artis) and the AISGE (Performers’ Management Company) Foundation.
Since its inaugural edition in 2014, the goal of the Platino Prizes has been to promote and disseminate Ibero-American cinema and help ensure that the films’ success at the most prestigious festivals is translated into outstanding results in commercial theaters.
The Platino Prizes have been gaining recognition in the world of arts prizes and the 2018 ceremony was distributed to more than 150 countries, generating a record number of comments on Twitter on a global basis.