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Your Guide to Malaga Film Festival 2024

One of the biggest events in Malaga – Malaga Film Festival – takes place from 1 to 10 March 2024. 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. 2024 is the 27th anniversary of Malaga Film Festival, an event in the city that usually draws crowds in their thousands.

BTW – about the Malaga Film Festival poster 

This year’s poster is by Narita, a local design studio, and has the title ‘Saboraje malagueño’ (Malaga taste fusion).

The poster includes three essential Malaga elements:

  • Clear blue skies in reference to the city’s great climate.
  • The Pergola in reference to the city’s iconic architecture.
  • A loca cake (round with orange icing and a cherry on the top) in reference to one of the city’s favourite sweet treats.

Don’t about you, but we love this one!

When is Malaga Film Festival?

Malaga Film Festival starts on Friday 1 March and finishes on Sunday 11 March 2024.

Which films are shown?

There’s a wealth of films (almost 250 in total, 19 in the running for the main prize). This year, the Malaga Film Festival has continued its Latin American theme by including films made in Spain and in Central and South America. Paraguay is the guest country in 2024.

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.

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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 and the closing galas this year, with the closing gala most glamourous night of them all. 

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 €6 at the box office for most films (from €1 more if you buy your ticket online). If you want to see any of the 19 films in the official section, a ticket costs €12. 

There are also discounts – 10% off if you buy tickets for 5 to 9 screenings, 15% off for 10 to 19 screenings and 20% off tickets for 20 or more.

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.

In 2024, the Film Festival has a foreign movie section, Mosaico Panorama International, showcasing non-Spanish films that have won awards but not yet been screened in Spain. 

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: 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.

biznaga flower
And the gold biznaga goes to…

 Are there any honorary prizes?

Yes, every year the Festival awards prizes to actors and directors for their work in film. In 2023, there were the following honorary prizes:

  • The Malaga Prize (Premio Málaga) goes to the actor Javier Cámara (one of our favourites).
  • The Retrospective Prize is for the set and costume designer, Ana Alvergonzález.
  • The Biznaga Ciudad de Paraíso (City in Paradise) award goes to the iconic Spanish actress, Lola Herrera, who is 88 and still performing in theatres.
  • The Malaga Talent Prize for 2024 is for the director and screenwriter Pilar Palomero.  

Is the Malaga Film Festival just about films?

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

Note that this section is a work in progress. Check back for details.

ExhibitionsCalle Larios gets a giant red carpet for the duration of the Malaga Film Festival and showcases Spanish films. This year’s topic is Lighting up the Invisible, photos taken by Víctor LaFuente of stars backstage at the festival during previous years. The photos will line the street from 1 to 10 March. 

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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