June 12, 2020
Mexican below-the-line workers now have a relief fund to help them out during the pandemic.
The Mexican entertainment industry has been heavily affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Things have felt dire for a while, but the issues have inspired Oscar-winning directors Alejandro G. Iñárritu and Guillermo del Toro, as well as actress and activist Salma Hayek to lend a helping hand.
In a virtual press conference that featured Iñárritu; Monica Lozano, president of the Mexican Film Academy (AMACC); and producers Leonardo Zimbrón, Inna Payán, and Julio Chavezmontes, the relief fund was announced as a welcome reprieve to the current hardships.
Sifonóforo, Fondo de Emergencia Audiovisual, is a new emergency fund for audiovisual workers that will provide affected below-the-line crew members with financial assistance. The initiative currently has accumulated $10 million pesos (around $445,000) and will offer $20,000 pesos (around $900) to each recipient.
That is an amazing opportunity for the Mexican film community.