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Guillermo del Toro launches filmmaking scholarship for Mexicans

/ 02:57 PM March 11, 2018

Guillermo del Toro, winner of the award for best director for “The Shape of Water”, celebrates in the audience at the Oscars on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Image: AP/Chris Pizzello/Invision

Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro has launched a scholarship aimed at helping aspiring filmmakers in Mexico realize their dreams.

Del Toro recently went back to his hometown to attend the Guadalajara International Film Festival, held between Mar. 9 to 16, where he offered a series of free master classes for fans.

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, he and organizers announced the Jenkins-Del Toro International Film Scholarship during the event. The program would annually award $60,000 to a Mexican filmmaker who will be sent to study at a prestigious film institute overseas.

“If we change a life, if we change a history, we change a generation,” said del Toro in the report.

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A new state-of-the art cinema named after del Toro was also inaugurated at the festival. Alfred Bayle/JB

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