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Guillermo del Toro to Launch Scholarship that Helps Mexican Filmmakers

Jaime Aparicio, Reporter

Oscar winning writer and director Guillermo del Toro will launch a scholarship that will help all  aspiring Mexican directors. Along with fellow directors Alfonso Cuaron and Alejandro G. Inarritu, del Toro helps produce films on a regular basis from up and coming Mexican directors.

“If we change a life, if we change a history, we change a generation,” says del Toro in regards to the $60,000 scholarship being provided to the potential candidate(s).

Del Toro, whose films have been inspiring younger generations from his homeland of Guadalajara, Mexico, has been pushing the envelope in filmmaking since his directorial debut with the film “Cronos” back in 1993. Since then, del Toro has been incorporating a mix of practical effects with stunning computer generated imagery to end up producing a stellar shot no matter what film is being watched. Del Toro has always been an inspiring filmmaker, but with his latest film “The Shape of Water” winning a total of four academy awards at this year’s Oscars, including best director and best feature film, he has only taken one step closer to being included among the greats in Hollywood.

Del Toro himself will help oversee the Guadalajara based fest that will grant the scholarship. “The first push is very important,” says del Toro. With the money granted to the future filmmaker, it can only ensure that the creativity will be supported with the funding needed in order to produce a well-made and finished product.

In addition to the scholarship, del Toro is also bringing his now famous “At House with Monsters” art exhibit to Guadalajara that was recently exhibited  for the past year at Los Angeles, California. The exhibit features many rare pieces of art and sculptures. These pieces are inspired by the classic Universal Monster films of old and some from his own line of films like “Pan’s Labyrinth” and “Hellboy.” Del Toro’s next project will be the “Pacific Rim” sequel “Pacific Rim Uprising” due out in theaters March 23.

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