The Motion Picture Association – Mexico (MPA-Mexico) serves as the voice and advocate of the major international producers and distributors of movies, home entertainment and television programming in Mexico and is an affiliate of the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA).
For more than a century – with roots dating back to 1898 when Salvador Toscano Barragán made “Don Juan Tenorio” – Mexico’s motion picture and TV industry has been creating incredible stories and characters for audiences to enjoy on screens around the globe. Early artists like Tin-Tan, Mario Moreno, and Ricardo Montalbán played an important role developing Mexico’s creative community. And more recent filmmakers like Guillermo del Toro, Alfonso Cuarón, Selma Hayek, and Gael Garcia Bernal have allowed Mexico’s film industry to flourish, becoming international symbols of and ambassadors for Mexico along with its people, history, creativity and values.
Each year, more than 100 thousand hours of Mexican television programming is translated into 30 languages and exported to audiences in 100 different countries.
This power and creativity from Mexico’s filmmaking community is also on full display at international film festivals and awards ceremonies. For more than ten years now, the Morelia International Film Festival has continued to increase in size and significance, emerging as one of the world’s premier film gatherings. Just last year, more than 750 films registered at the festival – a 30% increase from the year before. The influence of Mexico’s film industry was also recently demonstrated at the 87th Annual Academy Awards ceremony, as Alejandro González Iñárritu’s “Birdman (or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance),” took home four Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director.
Mexico’s movie-going audience is also growing in size and importance. Last year, the country’s box office, which is the 10th largest in the world, grew more than 11%, and according to the 2013 MPAA Theatrical Market Statistic Report, reached nearly $900 million in revenue.
The film and television industry in Mexico not only entertains audiences around the world, but also makes a huge economic impact throughout the entire country. In 2013, the industry was responsible for adding 11.9 thousand million pesos to the Mexican economy, while also supporting jobs for more than 42,000 men and women.
Nationwide, the creative and media industry makes up 3% of Mexico’s total GDP – closely following contributions from aerospace, agriculture, and automobiles. Through that economic activity, the country now ranks as the 18th largest exporter of creative goods in the world, as well as the largest exporter of Spanish-language goods.
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