- Guillermo del Toro, Alejandro González Iñárritu, and Salma Hayek launch a fund to help movie industry workers out of work due to the pandemic.
Oscar-winning Mexican directors Guillermo del Toro and Alejandro González Iñárritu and actress Salma Hayek have joined together to launch a fund to help support film industry workers who have been out of work due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The fund was announced by the Mexican Academy of Cinema Arts and Sciences on Thursday.
“This was an act of solidarity with our colleagues in this industry, without asking anybody else besides ourselves,” González Iñárritu said during a video call.
Around $440,000 has been raised so far but with the announcements, more donations are to be expected. The beneficiaries will receive a one-time payment of about $885. Technical workers including set, costume, sound, and visual employees will be among the first to receive help. Those who are suffering from health problems or who are sole breadwinners will also be first in line.
Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna also donated with their company La Corriente del Golfo, along with other Mexican and international production companies.
With production being one of the things closed first when shutdowns came into effect, the Academy estimates that about 30,000 movie production workers have lost their income.
There hasn’t been news of when production will begin to resume. California has begun to allow some production to resume but a spike in cases cast a shadow of a doubt.