Shortlist for 9th Annual Premios PLATINO for Ibero-American Cinema announced

Jesus Figueroa
(Info from press release)

A total of 137 films and series have been shortlisted for the 9th Annual PLATINO Awards for Ibero-American Film and Audiovisual Works. Award categories each feature 20 contenders and all of these works will have the chance to win the statuettes. The awards will be formally presented at the IFEMA Palacio Municipal in Madrid on May 1 after the  nominees (four per category) will be announced shortly.  
Internationally acclaimed films such as Argentina’s Karnawal, Bolivia’s El gran movimiento, Colombia’s Memoria, Spain’s El buen patrón, Mexico’s Noche de fuego or Panama’s Plaza catedral, as well as series such as Argentina’s El Reino, Chile’s Isabel, Spain’s Hierro, Mexico’s Los enviados Uruguay’s Metro de Montevideo, have made it through to the next round of judging at the PLATINO Awards. Any of these productions could become finalists for a chance to be recognized as this year’s most outstanding audiovisual works produced in Spanish and Portuguese at the annual awards.
In the first round, productions from at least 20 different Ibero-American countries were shortlisted among 800 submissions to the 9th Annual PLATINO Awards. As instructed by the guidelines, all submissions were reviewed and  selected by the awards’ Executive Committee, with support from advisors that also include jury members.           

Taking a closer look at the final shortlist: 18% of the series are from Mexico, followed by 17% from Spain, 13% from Argentina, and 10% from Brazil, Chile and Colombia. Of all the films, 13% of the titles are from Spain, followed by 8% from Mexico, 7% from Argentina, 7% from Colombia, 6% from Brazil and 6% from Venezuela. 
The PLATINO Awards for Ibero-American Cinema –– presented by EGEDA (Management Entity of Audiovisual Producers’ Rights) and FIPCA (Ibero-American Federation of Film and Audiovisual Producers), in close collaboration with the Community of Madrid, the Madrid City Council and the World Tourism Organization, as well as the support from the Ibero-American Academies and Institutes of Film –– unite the great talent of 23 Ibero-American countries and recognize the works and best creators each year by presenting awards in 22 categories and the PLATINO Honorary Award. 
Ever since its launch in 2014, the PLATINO Awards have strived to promote Ibero-American films to ensure that awareness and recognition across film festivals leads to a successful theatrical run and a commercial box-office performance.
This PLATINO Awards shortlist constitutes the second round of judging following the announcement of the pre-shortlisted works. This list provides the titles that will compete for a final nomination. The selected titles become part of a list of 20 works per category, from which four finalists will compete for an award in each category. 

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