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 22nd 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 15 March and finishes on Sunday 24 March.
Which films are shown?
There’s a wealth of films being screened throughout the Malaga Film Festival with some 19 official candidates 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.
You can view the full programme here . You can choose by date and time, or search for the film you’re interested in.
As well as the official competitors, Malaga Film Festival is screening 72 shorts, 46 documentaries as well as 18 films. At the time of writing (11 February), full details weren’t yet available on the number of films in the competition. Bookmark this page for updates..
Where can I see the films?
The films are screened 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 19 films in the official section, a ticket costs €10. Discounts are available if you buy tickets in bulk, e.g. 10% off if you buy 5.
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. You can see a full list here.
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.
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Are there honorary prizes?
Yes, every year the Festival awards prizes to actors and directors for their work in film. In 2019, the Malaga Prize (Premio Málaga) goes to Cecilia Roth, one of Argentina’s most famous actors and renowned for her role in Almodóvar’s Oscar-winning “All About my Mother”.
The Malaga Prize, sponsored by Diario Sur broadsheet, goes to Spanish actor Javier Gutiérrez who was in Malaga recently for the Theatre Festival. The Malaga Talent Prize, sponsored by La Opinión de Málaga newspaper, goes to another Spanish actor, Raúl Arévalo who has recently started directing films too.
Is the Malaga Film Festival just about films?
No, there are other events in Malaga too. These include:
Concerts with a cinema theme – These include:
Promúsica Youth Orchestra plays sound tracks with the accent on tangos at El Balneario (at the end of the seafront after La Caleta Beach) at 11am on Sunday 10 March.
Exhibitions – as usual Calle Larios will become a giant red carpet for the duration of the Malaga Film Festival. This year’s topic still to be confirmed.
The Mexican ranchera par excellence, Chavela Vargas, was born 100 years ago this year. An exhibition called ‘Your Name is Freedom’ pays homage to her at the Ateneo on Calle Compañía 2 from 6 Marcy to 29 March. She’ll be alongside Rita Heyworth who also gets an exhibition of photos. 6 March to 22 March. Free entry.
Other activities – To be confirmed.
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 a few famous faces are obviously expected. 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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