Out of respect and solidarity with our society, and in order to support and contribute to the actions of prevention and health regulation recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Platino Awards' organizers, the Audiovisual Producers' Entity for the Management of Rights (EGEDA) and the Iberoamerican Federation of Cinematographic and Audiovisual Producers (FIPCA) announce that the seventh edition of the awards that celebrate the best of the Iberoamerican audiovisual industry is postponed, without a new date. The online voting process based on the nominations will continue, and the date to announce the winners to the press will be determined when the WHO declares the current health situation normalized.
The main objective behind this decision is to preserve the health of the professionals from more than 23 countries that would be attending. Grupo Xcaret, as co-organizer, the different sponsors of the event, as well as the Government of Quintana Roo, Mexico, have expressed to EGEDA and FIPCA their understanding and support regarding this action due to the global health alert.
In addition, the celebration of the first edition of PLATINO Industria, an accompanying event to the award gala and the first market to bring together audiovisual, tourism and education in Latin America, conceived as a new space for investment opportunities in audiovisual projects, which was also to take place from May 1 to 3 at the Barceló Maya Convention Center in Riviera Maya, is postponed until 2021.
The Platino Xcaret Awards and Platino Industria organizers appreciate greatly the support received in the last two weeks from exhibitors, televisions, OTT platforms, buyers, film commissions, educational institutions, film academies, juries, talent, and producers who have commitmed to both events, and their understanding regarding this decision.
The organizers also want to express a special appreciation for the support received from the media, industry professionals, authorities, governments and Platino Awards main partners and sponsors: the Government of Quintana Roo Mexico, Grupo Xcaret, Grupo Barceló, World Tourism Organization, Canacine, TNT and all national open TV, Iberia, San Sebastián International Film Festival, Cinemex and Cirque du Soleil.
The Latin American audiovisual industry is coming together to support all people so that as a society we can all support each other to overcome these trying times.