Your Guide to Malaga Film Festival 2020


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

The 8-day event celebrates the very best of Spanish cinema and provides a feast of films, some of the best on screen, as well as a lot of cinema-related activities. This year is the 23rd anniversary of Malaga Film Festival, an event in the city that draws crowds in their thousands.

When is Malaga Film Festival?

Malaga Film Festival starts on Friday 13 March and finishes on Sunday 22 March 2020.

Which films are shown?

There’s a wealth of films (201 in total from 72 different countries being screened throughout the Malaga Film Festival. There are 25 films including 4 TV series with 17 in the running for the main prize, some of which feature big names in Spanish cinema such as David Trueba and Iciar Bollaín. 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 full programme here . You can choose by date and time, or search for the film category you’re interested in.

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

Did you know? 33% of the films in this year’s Festival have women directors and 47% female producers.   

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.

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

From €6 at the box office for most films (from €6.90 if you buy your ticket online). If you want to see any of the 17 films in the official section, a ticket costs €10. Discounts are available if you buy tickets in bulk, e.g. 15% off if you buy 5 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.

Where can I get tickets?

From the box offices at the different venues, the temporary box office in Plaza de la Merced and online.

Cerantes Theatre box office: 8.30am to 2pm & 6 to 8.30pm.

Albeniz Cinema (Calle Alcazabilla): 4.30 to 10pm.

Online via Uniticket 

Plaza de la Merced (from 14 March): 11am to 20.30pm.

Echegaray Theatre (from 14 March): 4 to 10.30pm.

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 2020, the Malaga Prize (Premio Málaga, sponsored by Diario Sur newspaper) goes to Gael García Bernal, one of Mexico’s top actors and directors. The Biznaga de Honor is for the director Javier Fesser and the Biznagas Ciudad de Paraísmo (City in Paradise) awards go to local actress Kiti Mánver and Argentinian actor and director Oscar Martínez. 

The Malaga Talent Prize for 2020, sponsored by La Opinión de Málaga newspaper, is for the young director, Carlos Marques-Marcet, 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:

Concerts with a cinema theme – to be announced for 2020. Watch this space!

Exhibitions – as usual Calle Larios will become a giant red carpet for the duration of the Malaga Film Festival. This year’s topic is Spanish and Latin America cinema with photographs by Oscar Fernández Orengo.

Malaga film festival
Red carpet in Larios

Food trucks – selling Spanish and Latin American food on Plaza de la Marina Friday 20 to Sunday 22 March 12.30 to 11pm. Live music too.

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.

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

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