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Doclisboa Co-Director Shares Letter of Protest Lamenting the State of the Portuguese Film Institute

7 February 2017 12:25 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Cíntia Gil is concerned about the future of Portuguese independent film. In a letter of protest shared with IndieWire, the co-director of Doclisboa calls on her country’s government to address a 2013 decree-law that led to the establishment of a new executive board on the Portuguese Film Institute (Ica) described by Gil as “seemingly allergic to its responsibility and ignorant of the Ica’s regulatory role.”

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A vital part of that role is to select juries that analyze submissions to the Ica. “The outcome of this situation has been immediately evident,” notes Gil: “The requirement expressed in the regulation that jury members be ‘personalities of recognized cultural merit’ has not been met.” Read her full letter below:

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Letter Of Protest

addressed to His Excellency Mr. President and Honorable Mr. »

- Michael Nordine

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