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Oscar winner launches scholarship for aspiring Mexican filmmakers

IANS  |  Guadalajara (Mexico) 

Oscar-winning has launched a scholarship for aspiring Mexican filmmakers.

After his romance-fantasy film "The Shape of Water" took home four last Sunday, including best picture and director, has returned to his native city for the week-long International Film Festival, where he is imparting a series of free master classes to thousands of fans.

Following the first class on Saturday, the festival inaugurated a state-of-the-art cinema named after The organisers announced the creation of the Jenkins-International Film Scholarship, a $60,000 annual award for an aspiring Mexican filmmaker to study abroad at a prestigious film institute, reports hollywoodreporter.com.

"If we change a life, if we change a history, we change a generation," said del Toro, whose genre filmmaking has inspired a new generation of talent in

Del Toro and fellow countrymen ("Gravity") and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu ("Birdman") regularly produce of up-and-coming Mexican filmmakers.

"The first push is very important," said del Toro, who will oversee a jury that awards the scholarship at the film fest each year.

Del Toro also announced that his At Home with Monsters exhibit will hit museums in and City next year. The exhibit features 500 drawings, paintings and concept pieces from del Toro's works, including life-size sculptures of monster figures.

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First Published: Sun, March 11 2018. 16:12 IST
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