Ariel 2023: Awards Ceremony to Take Place in Guadalajara
After facing a series of obstacles, the eagerly anticipated Ariel 2023 awards ceremony has finally been announced. However, there is a significant change in the event’s location, as it will not be held in Mexico City for the first time in its history. Instead, the ceremony will be hosted in Guadalajara, Jalisco, where the best productions of the year will be acknowledged.
AMACC Announces Venue Change
In a press conference, the Mexican Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences (AMACC) revealed that the Santos Degollado Theater in Guadalajara will host the 65th Ariel awards ceremony. Traditionally held at Mexico City’s Palacio de Bellas Artes or the Cineteca Nacional, the ceremony is now headed to Jalisco for the first time.
President Leticia Huijara’s Statement
The president of AMACC, Leticia Huijara, expressed her excitement for the ceremony, stating that it marks a significant achievement for the association. “We are especially excited because with this ceremony, the AMACC inaugurates a long-cherished dream of its members: to leave CDMX. Decentralizing the ceremony that awards excellence in Mexican cinema is taking a step in recognizing the diversity that makes up the universe of our industry,” she said.
Nominees Yet to be Announced
While the event date is set for September 9, the final list of nominees for each category is yet to be revealed. Two highly rated films, Huesera (97%) by Michelle Garza Cervera and La caída (100%) by Lucia Puenzo, are reported to be among the favorites for the award of Best Fiction Feature Film. The criteria that the nominated films must fulfill include excellence in execution and contribution to Mexican cinema.
Lack of Support for the Awards
At the beginning of last year, President Leticia Huijara publicly denounced the lack of support for the ceremony by cultural authorities. Despite denying the need for additional resources from her agency, the Secretary of Culture claimed responsibility for the success of the event. Guillermo del Toro responded to the incident by offering to fund the award’s statuettes. Though it is unclear if the federal authorities supported the event in any way, the ceremony’s successful announcement came as a relief to filmmakers across the country.
The Ariel awards ceremony is an essential event for recognizing excellence in Mexican cinema. The event’s change of location has prompted excitement for the opportunity to recognize, entertain and celebrate Mexican cinema in a new locale. The ceremony is set to take place on September 9th in Guadalajara, and the full list of nominees will be revealed in June.