Netflix announced that Argentina is joining the list of countries benefiting from its aid fund for the production sector, with a donation of 40 million pesos (US$ 590,000).

Streaming platform Netflix announced in the last hours that Argentina will also benefit from its aid fund for the production industry, announced at the start of the pandemic and later expanded to 150 million dollars.

Argentina thus joins countries such as Mexico, Brazil, Spain or Colombia, where donations have already been announced.

In the case of Argentina, they detailed, the donation will be 590,000 dollars, equivalent to 40 million Argentine pesos.

The money, which will benefit more than 1,000 workers for a single time with 35,000 pesos, will be channeled through the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of Argentina.

The initiative will reach workers such as assistants, coordinators, technicians and operators from the different production departments: camera, sound, art, makeup, costumes, locations, among others, who mostly charge per week or per project.

The fund also has the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Nation, the National Institute of Audiovisual Arts and Sciences (Incaa) and the film and television unions (Sica and Satsaid).

“In times as difficult and uncertain as the one we are going through, solidarity initiatives like this one, aimed at helping the workers most affected by the pandemic, they deserve everyone’s recognition; and not only of those who, in one way or another, are part of the Argentine cinema and audiovisual sector. From the Film Academy we are grateful for the trust provided by Netflix when choosing us to be the institution in charge of channeling this aid towards the affected workers, a task that we assume with all the responsibility that the situation demands,” said Bernardo Zupnik, president of the Film Academy from Argentina.

“This measure promoted by Netflix seems very important to us, which implies strong support for one of the sectors most affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. All efforts, whether public or private, are welcome and necessary to help each and every worker of culture at this particular moment,” said Tristán Bauer, Minister of Culture of the Nation.

“We welcome Netflix’s support to the technicians of the audiovisual industries and the complex task faced by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of Argentina to put it into practice. The members of the National Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual Arts accompany this initiative and express our solidarity with the workers,” said Luis Puenzo, President of INCAA.