What do you know about the Malaga Film Festival?

What do you know about the Malaga Film Festival?

What do you know about the Malaga Film Festival?

Malaga Film Festival

In case you need further reasons to visit the charming city of Malaga, here we have another one: the Malaga Film Festival. For over 25 years now, this beautiful city on the Costa del Sol has been the epicentre of Spanish and Hispanophone cinema. Apart from presenting more complete and attractive programs each year, this national and international event revolutionises the streets and, above all, the cinemas and auditoriums of this Andalusian gem

At Coeo, we fell in love with Malaga a long time ago. Among other reasons, for its significance in culture, art, and cinema. The red carpet of national (and sometimes international) cinema rolls out for a few days in this paradise nestled between the sea and mountains in the sunny south of Spain. Will you join us in discovering this compelling event?

27ª Edition
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Origin of the Malaga Film Festival

The roots of the Malaga Festival date back to the last century. To be precise, the first edition was held in 1998. Over time, and after numerous successful editions, this festival has evolved towards a more dynamic exhibition of Spanish and Latin American cinema, focusing on emerging talent and innovative storytelling.

From its birth, this event has grown in quantity and quality. And it increasingly attracts directors, actors, and recognised professionals from the world of cinema.

Cervantes Theatre
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Celebrating national cinema

One of the main characteristics of the Malaga Film Festival is its aggregating and inclusive nature, as well as its aim to unveil new talents. It is, ultimately, a celebration of Spanish cinema in all its diversity and splendour. At this festival, the range of styles is vast. From intense dramas to hilarious comedies, through documentaries or animation, one of its mainstays is to offer a global and comprehensive view of contemporary Spanish cinematography.

Thus, this event provides the perfect opportunity for established filmmakers to premiere their latest works, while also serving as a launchpad for emerging talents through its various competitions and programs.

Malaga Film Festival
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Embracing Latin American culture

In 2016, this festival changed its official name. From being called the “Festival de Málaga de Cine Español” (refers to Spanish cinema), it became the “Festival de Málaga de Cine en Español” (refers to cinema in Spanish). The reason was its opening to the world through that element that unites us with so many other nations: the language. Thus, from this edition onwards, the nineteenth, this event proudly embraces the rich diversity of Hispanic-American cinema. With screenings, retrospectives, and special activities dedicated to films of diverse origins, the festival serves as a vital bridge between different cultures.

In fact, each edition features a guest country presenting several of its cinematic works at this festival. Malaga is a multicultural city, and the same goes for its film festival, which year after year promotes collaboration and dialogue among filmmakers from both sides of the Atlantic, promoting a sense of unity and solidarity within the vast Spanish-speaking world. Furthermore, it has a section in which in recent editions, films from other origins and languages are presented.

Extra activities at the Malaga film Festival
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Much more than cinema

While screenings are undoubtedly the central focus of this event, the Malaga Film Festival offers much more than just films. One of the aspects that has made this festival increasingly recognised is that it presents a wide variety of events and activities beyond the screens. Old screenings accompanied by musical performances, masterclasses, exhibitions, panel discussions, and even networking opportunities for industry professionals…

At this festival, filmmakers have the opportunity to connect with distributors, producers, and potential collaborators, paving the way for future projects and partnerships. Meanwhile, the audience, in addition to enjoying their hobby, can discover the creative process and the existing work behind the camera.

Malaga has everything you’re looking for!

Malaga, a destination that has it all

Indeed, you already know it – Malaga has everything! And that’s why we are so fond of this city at Coeo. With over 40 museums, its stunning beaches, a historical architecture that impresses, a rich culinary offer, and a vibrant daytime and nightlife, Malaga becomes, for a few days, the ideal destination for cinema lovers too. With fifteen different venues spread throughout this picturesque city, the Malaga Festival is the perfect backdrop for a week of cinematic exploration and discovery. And many more things that will surprise you.

From our Pod hostel in the heart of Malaga, or from any of our three apart-hotels also in the historic centre, Fresca, Peña, and Parras, you have a unique opportunity to explore this wonderful city and its numerous attractions.

Views from Coeo Fresca penthouse
Enjoy the Festival from any of our Coeo accommodations

A bright future for the Malaga Film Festival

As the Malaga Film Festival continues to evolve and grow, its impact on the global film community deepens. With each passing year, it reaffirms its commitment to celebrating diversity, fostering creativity, and promoting the seventh art in all its forms. The Malaga Film Festival is undoubtedly a faithful testament to the enduring power of cinema in our culture. To entertain, to educate, to enlighten our lives, to enrich our dreams.

From its humble beginnings to its current status as a prominent international event, the festival continues to captivate audiences and elevate the art of filmmaking in Spain. We wish it an equally bright future for many years to come.


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