Your Guide to Malaga Film Festival 2021

One of the biggest events in Malaga – Malaga Film Festival – takes place in June this year. Read our guide to find out what’s on and where.

The 11-day event celebrates the very best of Spanish cinema and provides a feast of films, some of the best on screen, as well as cinema-related activities. 2021 is the 24th anniversary of Malaga Film Festival, an event in the city that usually draws crowds in their thousands. This year’s edition is, obviously slightly different and there’ll be no red carpet or social events. But still plenty of great cinema. 

Note that the cinemas have 50% capacity only because of Covid restrictions so book ahead because there aren’t so many seats this year. 

When is Malaga Film Festival?

Malaga Film Festival starts on Thursday 3 June and finishes on Sunday 13 June 2021.

Which films are shown?

There’s a wealth of films (over 150 in total, 19 in the running for the main prize, two of which feature Malaga directors). This year, the Malaga Film Festival has continued its Latin American theme by including films made in Spain and in Central and South America.

You can view the programme here. You can also search by date and time, or search for the film category you’re interested in and then buy a ticket via this link.

As well as the official competitors, Malaga Film Festival is screening shorts, documentaries as well as films outside the official competition.

Where can I see the films?

You can watch the films at different locations in Malaga city centre including the Cervantes Theatre, Albéniz Cinema and the Echegaray Theatre. The Cervantes Theatre hosts the opening night of the Malaga Film Festival – probably the most glamourous night of them all, although this year’s edition is (obviously) low key. 

Where can I see the action?

This year, you can watch all the events at the Festival on a giant screen in Plaza de la Constitución. They include the opening and closing galas, photo calls and prize-giving ceremonies. 

How much does it cost to see one of the films at Malaga Film Festival?

Prices cost €3.50 at the box office for most films (from €4.40 if you buy your ticket online). If you want to see any of the 17 films in the official section, a ticket costs €6. 

Are the films only in Spanish?

Not all of them, but because the Malaga Film Festival celebrates cinema in the Spanish language, most of the films are in Spanish. Those that are original version (VOSE) say so on their details in the programme.

Where can I get tickets?

From the box offices at the different venues and online.

Cerantes Theatre box office: 11am until 30 minutes before the last film.

Albeniz Cinema (Calle Alcazabilla): 3.45pm until 30 minutes before the last film.

Online via Uniticket 

Echegaray Theatre (4-11 June): 5 to 9.30pm.

What are the prizes?

The top prize at the Malaga Film Festival is the ‘Biznaga de Oro‘ (typical flower made of gold jasmine flowers) for the best film. There are also several silver biznaga prizes for best actor, actress, director, supporting actor/actress, music… you get the idea.

Malaga Film Festival
And the gold biznaga goes to…


Are there honorary prizes?

Yes, every year the Festival awards prizes to actors and directors for their work in film. In 2021, the Malaga Prize (Premio Málaga, sponsored by Diario Sur newspaper) goes to Alejandro Amenábar, one of Spain top actors and directors. The Biznaga de Honor is for the director Javier Fesser. The Biznagas Ciudad de Paraíso (City in Paradise) award go to the actress Petra Martínez.

The Malaga Talent Prize for 2021, sponsored by La Opinión de Málaga newspaper, is for the young director, Oliver Laxe, who has already won several important awards for his films. 

Is the Malaga Film Festival just about films?

No, there are other events in Malaga too. These include:

ExhibitionsCalle Larios won’t have its usual giant red carpet for the duration of the Malaga Film Festival, but it will showcase Spanish film. This year’s topic is Close-up Cinema with photographs by Ana Belén Fernández. The photos will line the street from 3 to 16 June. 

Malaga film festival
Red carpet down Larios

Will anyone famous be here for the festival?

The list of VIP guests hasn’t been confirmed yet, but tickets for the Gala Night presentation sold out ages ago so expect more than a few famous faces. We’ll keep you posted! The best places for celebrity spotting are the square in front of the Cervantes Theatre, the Albeniz Cinema and outside the AC Palacio Hotel where many of them stay. You can see them all via the giant screen on Plaza de la Constitución. 

Malaga Film Festival is just one of the events in Malaga during June. Get some inspiration for other things to do here.

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