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Articles, interviews, news, analysis on the Spanish audiovisual sector.

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Country profile: Spain

Country profile: Spain

27 December 2020

Six projects selected for the eighth Ikusmira Berriak programme

San Sebastián 2022 – San Sebastián Industry

Six projects selected for the eighth Ikusmira Berriak programme

Three Latin American films and three Spanish ones will be developed during the residencies run by the San Sebastián Festival, the Tabakalera Cultural Centre and the Elías Querejeta Film School  

14 January 2022

Madrid Online Pitchbox selects 14 Spanish projects

Industry / Market - Spain

Madrid Online Pitchbox selects 14 Spanish projects

Seven series and seven features will be presented online in front of companies from the audiovisual sector, including digital platforms, production outfits, distributors and TV channels  

12 January 2022

Karen Vermeulen and Diego Ibañez Belaustegui profile animation buyers at Cartoon Business

Cartoon 2021 – Cartoon Business

Karen Vermeulen and Diego Ibañez Belaustegui profile animation buyers at Cartoon Business

The two speakers talked through how buyers’ habits have changed, their financial resources, the types of content they are looking for and the different types of deals they aim to seal  

15 December 2021

At Cartoon Business, experts reveal the golden rules for surviving animated co-productions

Cartoon 2021 - Cartoon Business

At Cartoon Business, experts reveal the golden rules for surviving animated co-productions

Kristine M.I. Knudsen and Philippe Alessandri shared the dos and the don'ts for forming a creatively stimulating and financially solid co-production partnership  

13 December 2021

At Cartoon Business, Antti Haikala and Solveig Langeland discuss the most recent changes in producing animated features

Cartoon 2021 – Cartoon Business

At Cartoon Business, Antti Haikala and Solveig Langeland discuss the most recent changes in producing animated features

The two speakers talked through the challenges of portraying diversity and touched on European animation’s USP, among other topics  

13 December 2021

“Investors want to see the green, but they’re also looking for passion and strong teams,” say the experts at Cartoon Business

Cartoon 2021 – Cartoon Business

“Investors want to see the green, but they’re also looking for passion and strong teams,” say the experts at Cartoon Business

Philippe Alessandri and Reginald de Guillebon provided top advice on dealing with potential backers and how to create fruitful investment partnerships to drive the growth of animation studios  

10 December 2021

What future awaits linear pubcasters producing and commissioning animated content?

Cartoon 2021 – Cartoon Business

What future awaits linear pubcasters producing and commissioning animated content?

At Cartoon Business, three experts shared parts of their reshaped editorial strategies, in response to the growing role of platforms and the most recent shifts in consumption  

10 December 2021

Proyecto Viridiana is born

Distribution / Releases / Exhibitors - Spain

Proyecto Viridiana is born

The project stems from a group of Spanish exhibitors and their need to successfully bolster the programming of European-produced titles in theatres  

02 December 2021

The seventh edition of Ventana CineMad set to showcase 18 selected projects

Industry / Market - Spain

The seventh edition of Ventana CineMad set to showcase 18 selected projects

Madrid’s seventh International Development and Coproduction Forum will take place on 24 and 25 November in hybrid format, offering a blend of online and in-person events  

24 November 2021

FICX Pro continues to give a leg up to emerging talents

Gijón 2021 – FICX Pro

FICX Pro continues to give a leg up to emerging talents

Eleven projects are being presented during the industry days of the 59th Gijón International Film Festival, which will unspool from 22-25 November  

19 November 2021

Ten projects to be presented at the seventh MÁRGENES/WORK in Madrid

Márgenes 2021

Ten projects to be presented at the seventh MÁRGENES/WORK in Madrid

This event for the analysis, development and production of arthouse projects from Spain, Portugal or Latin America– is held under the umbrella of the Márgenes Festival  

16 November 2021

Zinebi Networking. Dokumentalen Sorgunea organises its fourth edition, inviting seven upcoming documentary film projects

Zinebi 2021

Zinebi Networking. Dokumentalen Sorgunea organises its fourth edition, inviting seven upcoming documentary film projects

The 63rd edition of Zinebi is readying its fourth professional forum for documentary movies, set to unspool on 16 and 17 November  

11 November 2021

Seville's European Coproductions Forum focuses on Germany

Seville 2021 – SEFF Industry

Seville's European Coproductions Forum focuses on Germany

The festival will include ten guest projects for this third edition of the initiative, also launching the Independent Film Market MERCI Sevilla  

04 November 2021

At Cartoon Springboard, Ketnet’s Telidja Klaï delves into developmental psychology and content strategies

Cartoon 2021 – Cartoon Springboard

At Cartoon Springboard, Ketnet’s Telidja Klaï delves into developmental psychology and content strategies

On day 3 of the event, the expert highlighted how scientific knowledge of children’s behaviour may help creators and commissioners deliver content capable of stimulating younger audiences  

03 November 2021

REPORT: Cartoon Springboard 2021

Cartoon 2021 - Cartoon Springboard

REPORT: Cartoon Springboard 2021

We present a rundown of some of the most interesting projects introduced at this year’s Cartoon Springboard, which ran in Valencia from 26-28 October  

02 November 2021

At Cartoon Springboard, Julien Papelier and Lila Hannou explore the new frontiers of animation and publishing

Cartoon 2021 – Cartoon Springboard

At Cartoon Springboard, Julien Papelier and Lila Hannou explore the new frontiers of animation and publishing

The two speakers outlined Dupuis Publishing and Média Participations’ new editorial strategies, which go beyond the traditional “publishing-animation” paradigm  

28 October 2021

Success for the first edition of Shooting Locations Marketplace

Shooting Locations Marketplace 2021

Success for the first edition of Shooting Locations Marketplace

The event included numerous working meetings and talks on this sector of the audiovisual industry  

26 October 2021

The Spanish film industry gets a leg up at the 15th Spanish Screenings - Málaga de Cine

Málaga 2021 – MAFIZ

The Spanish film industry gets a leg up at the 15th Spanish Screenings - Málaga de Cine

From 20-23 October, major players in the Spanish film industry will be attending this online event in search of partners, buyers and festival selectors  

20 October 2021

Abycine Lanza presents a slew of independent projects

Abycine 2021 – Abycine Lanza

Abycine Lanza presents a slew of independent projects

Upcoming films by directors of the likes of Carlos Vermut, Nely Reguera, Adrián Silvestre and Marta Nieto, among others, will be on show across the event’s various sidebars  

18 October 2021

Eleven projects to be presented at the seventh Sitges Pitchbox

Sitges 2021

Eleven projects to be presented at the seventh Sitges Pitchbox

Six upcoming features and five series, all in the fantastical or horror genre, have been selected to take part in this international event to help them seek out funding  

08 October 2021

Spain earmarks €10 million in aid of exhibitors

Distribution / Releases / Exhibitors - Spain

Spain earmarks €10 million in aid of exhibitors

The cabinet of the Spanish government has approved a Royal Decree to get theatrical screenings back on track after the setbacks caused by COVID-19  

07 October 2021

MEDIMED celebrates its 22nd edition from 4-8 October (online)

Industry / Market - Spain/Europe/Middle East/Turkey

MEDIMED celebrates its 22nd edition from 4-8 October (online)

Nearly 250 professionals from all over the world are taking part in this market for documentaries from the European and Mediterranean region, where 57 projects are being presented  

04 October 2021

The Weird Market once again becomes a meeting place for animation

Industry / Market - Spain

The Weird Market once again becomes a meeting place for animation

Segovia is hosting the 13th edition of the event, with a fully-packed programme at its 3D Wire Fest and where 13 leading businesses are on the lookout for future talent  

01 October 2021

The first edition of the Iberseries Platinum Industry Festival kicks off in Madrid

Industry / Market - Spain/Portugal/Latin America

The first edition of the Iberseries Platinum Industry Festival kicks off in Madrid

This initiative brings together creators, executives, platforms, television and key agents in the Spanish and Portuguese audiovisual industry  

28 September 2021

Europa Distribution discusses the “new normal” for independent film distribution in San Sebastián

San Sebastián 2021 – San Sebastián Industry

Europa Distribution discusses the “new normal” for independent film distribution in San Sebastián

According to the participants, for independent distributors this pandemic was yet another test to prove their readiness in facing challenging changes  

28 September 2021

REPORT: San Sebastián Industry 2021

San Sebastián 2021 – San Sebastián Industry

REPORT: San Sebastián Industry 2021

We take a look at the winning projects of this year's Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum, as well as the works-in-progress awarded in the WIP Europa and WIP Latam sections  

27 September 2021

Projects from Latin America, Spain and Moldova awarded prizes at San Sebastián’s professional events

San Sebastián 2021 – San Sebastián Industry

Projects from Latin America, Spain and Moldova awarded prizes at San Sebastián’s professional events

The works by Juan Andrés Arango and Eduardo Crespo stood out among the Latin American winners, while those by Francisco Marise and Ion Borș excelled among the European efforts  

23 September 2021

San Sebastián's European Film Forum focuses on what we need (and what we have) in terms of green production

San Sebastián 2021 – San Sebastián Industry

San Sebastián's European Film Forum focuses on what we need (and what we have) in terms of green production

Professionals are asking for direct intervention from the institutions to establish green standards within the value chain, so that the audiovisual sector can lead the environmental shift  

22 September 2021

Ikusmira Berriak puts five new projects on the starting blocks

San Sebastián 2021 – San Sebastián Industry

Ikusmira Berriak puts five new projects on the starting blocks

The new selection of training schemes supported by the San Sebastián Film Festival includes upcoming Works by Manuel Muñoz Rivas and Eduardo Crespo  

21 September 2021

Europa Distribution to discuss practices developed by distributors during the Covid crisis at San Sebastián

San Sebastián 2021 - San Sebastián Industry

Europa Distribution to discuss practices developed by distributors during the Covid crisis at San Sebastián

The network will gather experts and professionals to address the flexibility and adaptation of the industry on 20 September  

16 September 2021

Introducing the first Shooting Locations Marketplace

Shooting Locations Marketplace 2021

Introducing the first Shooting Locations Marketplace

The presentation of the first edition of this event (21-22 October) took place in Valladolid; the gathering will bring together a varied group of industry professionals  

03 September 2021

San Sebastián’s Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum to welcome 14 projects

San Sebastián 2021 – San Sebastián Industry

San Sebastián’s Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum to welcome 14 projects

The forum, which will unspool in hybrid form from 20-22 September, has invited teams from Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Spain, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay  

25 August 2021

40 professionals set to attend the Shooting Locations Marketplace in Valladolid

Shooting Locations Marketplace 2021

40 professionals set to attend the Shooting Locations Marketplace in Valladolid

The Valladolid Trade Fair Centre is preparing the 1st edition of this rendezvous for the audiovisual industry; more than 40 location managers from the USA, the UK, Italy, Germany and Spain will attend  

12 August 2021

Six European productions to take part in WIP Europa at the San Sebastián Film Festival

San Sebastián 2021 – San Sebastián Industry

Six European productions to take part in WIP Europa at the San Sebastián Film Festival

Spain, Georgia, Moldova, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine are presenting films at the post-production stage within this particular industry strand of the gathering  

11 August 2021

At Série Series, European series professionals discuss collaboration between Spain and France

Série Series 2021

At Série Series, European series professionals discuss collaboration between Spain and France

The power of collaboration to promote quality creation was the focus of this discussion between producers and a screenwriter working on series involving France and Spain  

05 July 2021

The third edition of Fantastic 7 showcases some heart-stopping upcoming titles

Cannes 2021 – Marché du Film

The third edition of Fantastic 7 showcases some heart-stopping upcoming titles

The Sitges Film Festival is promoting this hybrid initiative that seeks out partners and co-producers for fantastical films, sponsored by seven festivals specialising in the genre  

01 July 2021

Málaga WIP presents a dozen Spanish and Latin American projects

Málaga 2021 – MAFIZ

Málaga WIP presents a dozen Spanish and Latin American projects

The features will be in search of funding within the online industry area of the Spanish festival from 20 May until 11 June  

25 May 2021

45 projects from 21 countries to take part in the 24th DocsBarcelona Festival

DocsBarcelona 2021 – DocsBarcelona Industry

45 projects from 21 countries to take part in the 24th DocsBarcelona Festival

The batch of upcoming documentaries set to be presented within the industry section of the gathering between 24 and 26 May includes 37 European efforts, 15 of which hail from Spain  

21 May 2021

The Community of Madrid creates the CulturaMadrid audiovisual platform

Institutions / Legislation - Spain

The Community of Madrid creates the CulturaMadrid audiovisual platform

This free initiative offers a range of film and performing-arts content, plus exhibitions, stage plays, shorts and interviews with creators  

12 May 2021

The fourth edition of MAFF gets set to showcase projects from twelve different countries

Malaga 2021 - MAFIZ

The fourth edition of MAFF gets set to showcase projects from twelve different countries

The Malaga Festival Fund & Co Production Event will be held online between 3 May and 11 June, treating audiences to a taste of the rich diversity of Ibero-American cinema  

27 April 2021

Five new projects have been selected for the fourth iteration of La Incubadora

Industry / Market - Spain

Five new projects have been selected for the fourth iteration of La Incubadora

Films in development by Enrique Buleo and Jaione Camborda are among those singled out by ECAM’s The Screen  

13 April 2021

Spain’s ICAA to hand out €12 million in selective support for 2021

Industry / Market - Spain

Spain’s ICAA to hand out €12 million in selective support for 2021

The ICAA has launched its annual call, open to independent production companies with experimental or documentary projects, films by new directors or those of particular cultural value  

06 April 2021

Books and film come together at Rodando páginas

Industry / Market - Spain

Books and film come together at Rodando páginas

The fourth (hybrid) edition of the event that seeks to establish collaborations and synergies between the literary and audiovisual sectors is set to unspool on 8 April  

30 March 2021

“Spain: Europe’s Audiovisual Hub” is to receive €1,603 million

Industry / Market - Spain

“Spain: Europe’s Audiovisual Hub” is to receive €1,603 million

The Spanish Prime Minister has unveiled a new public spending plan to boost the audiovisual sector in the years to come, as part of the España Digital 2025 programme  

25 March 2021

Berlin lifts the lid on where to discover up-and-coming Spanish talent

Berlinale 2021 – EFM

Berlin lifts the lid on where to discover up-and-coming Spanish talent

At an online meeting organised by the ICAA, international professionals will get to know the labs and markets where the most promising Spanish film projects are presented  

02 March 2021

Two Basque directors head off to Berlinale Talents

Berlinale 2021 – EFM

Two Basque directors head off to Berlinale Talents

Lur Olaizola Lizarralde and Zuri Goikoetxea have been selected to take part in the gathering involving up-and-coming filmmakers from all over the world, which is unspooling online  

01 March 2021

The 17th CIIF Market opens its call for applications for 2021

Industry / Market - Spain

The 17th CIIF Market opens its call for applications for 2021

12 projects will be selected for the (hybrid) event set to unspool from 28-30 April in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, which includes pitching sessions in the presence of experts and the chance to win a prize  

26 February 2021

Three Spanish projects to seek out international partners at the EFM

Berlinale 2021 – EFM

Three Spanish projects to seek out international partners at the EFM

The ICAA is presenting, online, the forthcoming works by brilliant filmmakers of the likes of Belén Funes, Álvaro Gago and Guillermo García López, selected for the Berlinale  

25 February 2021

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