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MÁLAGA 2022 MAFIZ

Spanish Screenings goes large for its 16th edition

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- The Málaga Film Festival’s audiovisual market will run from 21-24 March, boasting a range of brand-new sections and content

Spanish Screenings goes large for its 16th edition
What Lucía Saw by Imanol Uribe, which will be screened in the Market Premieres section

The 16th edition of Spanish Screenings, the Málaga Film Festival’s audiovisual market for Spanish productions, kicks off on 21 March as a hybrid version – both in person and online, via the spanishscreenings platform – and will continue unspooling until Thursday 24 March. During the four days of the market, international buyers, sales agents, distributors, festival programmers and producers will be able to attend the event and will be on the lookout for the freshest Spanish productions.

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The gathering is organised by MAFIZ, the Málaga Film Festival’s industry area, with input from the ICAA, ICEX and the Regional Government of Andalusia. This year’s edition will be especially fascinating and significant, as it is set to unspool in a supersize format, where new sections adapted to the changes in, and needs of, the international market will be incorporated into proceedings, with greater diversity on display alongside a higher volume of content.

And so, among the activities that will unspool at this edition of Spanish Screenings are: Screenings, consisting of projections in Yelmo Vialia Málaga cinemas, where buyers and international festival programmers will be able to watch recently produced Spanish flicks; Market Premieres, a space equipped for three private screenings of films that have not yet been shown at any other international market; Neo Screenings, screenings of the most innovative and daring Spanish movies; Next from Spain, where trailers for upcoming Spanish releases will be on display; Spanish WIP, with Spanish films at the post-production stage selected for Málaga WIP (see the news); the Spanish Coproduction Forum, featuring projects that were presented at the 2022 Málaga Festival Fund & Coproduction Event (see the news); Remake Day, a whole day dedicated to this new format for selling Spanish audiovisual content, with the involvement of prominent international producers; Literary Adaptations, a strand that will grant access to literary works in order for them to be adapted as audiovisual efforts; Regional Film Hub, a new platform for the promotion and distribution of films from the various different Spanish autonomous communities, also allowing Spain’s film institutes to screen the movies that they backed at the development and production stage; Spain Colourful Diversity, a space where the various Spanish autonomous communities can present their locations, support plans for film shoots, and tax breaks and incentives for producing works in their territories; Industry Club, a place for meetings, intended for producers, international distributors and general participants; Film Library, an online platform where buyers, distributors and international festival programmers can watch Spanish films and TV series; and Hack MAFIZ Málaga, a hotbed of talent at the disposal of the audiovisual industry, which is an innovative event involving digital creators and platforms utilising new technological formats.

As for the titles taking part in this year’s edition, in Screenings there are films that have already charmed audiences at other festivals, such as Josephine [+see also:
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trailer
film profile
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by Javier Marco, Lullaby [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Alauda Ruiz de Azúa
film profile
]
by Alauda Ruiz de Azúa and Mediterráneo: The Law of the Sea [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
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by Marcel Barrena, as well as eagerly awaited premieres of the likes of Dúo by Meritxell Colell and Contando ovejas [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: José Corral Llorente
film profile
]
, the feature debut by José Corral; in Market Premieres, there’s Beyond the Summit [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Ibon Cormenzana
film profile
]
by Ibon Cormenzana, What Lucía Saw [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
 by Imanol Uribe and Unfinished Affairs [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Juan Miguel del Castillo
film profile
]
 by Juan Miguel del Castillo, all of which are in competition at Málaga this year; and in Next from Spain, the very first images will be shown of The Beasts [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
by Rodrigo Sorogoyen, La desconocida by Pablo Maqueda, Historias para no contar by Cesc Gay, O corpo aberto by Ángeles Huerta, and La revolución de las musas by María Lorente, Yaiza de Lamo and Juno Álvarez.

In the last few years, the event has established itself as one of the most relevant rendezvous for helping the Spanish audiovisual industry to open up and promote itself internationally. With the revamp and expansion of its format and its adaptation to the new challenges of the sector, everything seems to suggest that it will continue growing in the years to come.

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(Translated from Spanish)

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