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The Cinema of Paraguay is small compared to that of neighbouring Argentinamarker and Brazilmarker. However, this has begun to change in recent years with films like El Toque del Oboe (1998), María Escobar (2002), O Amigo Dunor (2005) which competed for Best Movie in the Rotterdam International Film Festival and Hamaca Paraguaya (2006) which was screened at the Cannes Film Festival, gaining critical acclaim both in Paraguay and abroad.

Some early footage had been shot in Paraguay by foreigners as early as 1905, though the first Paraguayan film was Hipólito Carrón's 10-minute long Alma Paraguaya, made in 1925. The film industry in Paraguay has suffered from lack of funds, equipment and public interest, as well as the repressive Alfredo Stroessner government of 1954—1989 (the exception to this was the 1978 state-funded film Cerro Corá which promoted the historical and political views of the Stroessner government).

The situation has been slowly improving since since 1990, the year in which the Fundación Cinemateca del Paraguay (Paraguayan Cinémathèque Foundation) was set up and the annual Asunción Film Festival inaugurated. Several new cinemas have been built both in Asunciónmarker and other Paraguayan cities. Funding remains a problem, exacerbated by economic difficulties. In addition, the domestic market is dominated largely by American and Argentine films.

List of Paraguayan films

List of Paraguayan short films

List of films shot in Paraguay

This list covers non-Paraguayan films (many Argentine or Brazilian) that were filmed,or partly filmed, there

List of films about Paraguay

This list covers non-Paraguayan films that deal with Paraguayan issues/topics, but are not filmed there. It also covers films in which Paraguay is made reference to.

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