Mexico’s Fénix Ibero-American Film Awards Honor TV Series for First Time – Variety

In a nod to the exponential growth of quality TV series, Mexico’s Fenix Ibero-American Film Awards have included television content among the nominees this year. The selection is determined by Cinema23 which is comprised of 700 film professionals from Latin America, Spain and Portugal.

Nominees for the 4th Fenix Awards include 20 feature films, nine documentaries and 13 TV series, Cinema23 announced. Winners will be unveiled at the Teatro de la Ciudad Esperanza, Mexico City on December 6, 2017. The glittering event will be broadcast live across the Americas, except Canada, via E! Entertainment Television, Studio Universal, Canal 52MX and Cinelatino.

The nominations were pre-selected out of a pool of 800 projects by a committee comprised of critics, programmers, festival directors and film academics. In a second phase, Cinema23 members specializing in a particular field, be they actors, directors, editors or cinematographers, voted on their choices for their specific category.

Netflix has at least three original series in contention: “Narcos,” “3%” and “Club de Cuervos.”

Seven notable feature films vie for the big prize, among which are Chile’s entry to the foreign-language Oscar derby, Sebastian Lelio’s “A Fantastic Woman;” Amat Escalante’s “The Untamed” and Argentina’s 2017 Platinos Best Ibero-American Film awardee “The Distinguished Citizen.”

In addition, three special prizes will be awarded: the Fenix Award to the Best Review, a Fénix for Best Exhibitor, as determined by audiences for the first time, and the Lifetime Achievement Felix Awards. Details of these awards will be given at the Morelia Film Festival on Oct. 22.




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