Mexico's 2022 film production surpasses record set in 2021

The cinema produced was also "more diverse, inclusive, egalitarian and decentralised than ever" 

By Priyanca Rajput 16 Jun 2023

Mexico's 2022 film production surpasses record set in 2021
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In 2022, Mexico's film production broke its previously set record in 2021 for a second consecutive year with a total of 258 projects.

The figure is also accompanied by greater diversity, inclusion and decentralisation, according to the yearbook of the Mexican Institute of Cinematography (Imcine).

"For the second consecutive year, after the pandemic, when production collapsed, the rates have risen sharply and this year the number of feature films is 258, a number similar to last year and a record for Mexican cinema in its entire history, Not even in the golden age were so many films produced," said the general director of Imcine, María Novarro, at the presentation of the report (via Lavanguardia).

46% of the productions had an element of public support, a year after the Mexican government received various criticisms for its negligible support for the industry.

Novarro also highlighted the cinema produced was "more diverse, inclusive, egalitarian and decentralised than ever",

21 feature films were made by indigenous or Afro-descendant filmmakers, 20 of which in native languages.

"Mexican cinema is being enriched with voices that were not reflected before, and now they are an important percentage," Novarro noted.

The yearbook, prepared in collaboration with the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI), contains 25 lines of research and diversity of data about film production, distribution and consumption in Mexico, as well as its contribution to economic and labor development, the impact of the festivals and the recognitions received nationally and internationally.

The 2022 edition also includes a section on the preservation of Mexican cinematographic heritage and another on the relationship between music and cinema. It also explores the growing decentralisation of cinema in Mexico, and the advancement of experimental cinema.


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