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Country profile: Spain

Country profile: Spain

27 December 2020

The Málaga Film Festival welcomes projects from the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America

Málaga 2021

The Málaga Film Festival welcomes projects from the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America

The fourth MAFF industry event has opened its call for applications, targeting projects from Spain, Portugal and Latin America  

25 January 2021

Spain’s Council of Ministers approves improvements to the Film Law Royal Decree

Institutions / Legislation - Spain

Spain’s Council of Ministers approves improvements to the Film Law Royal Decree

The amendments include measures intended to encourage the production of documentaries and animated films, as well as others to support budding directors and co-productions with Latin America  

08 January 2021

The inaugural edition of the Film Academy Residencies Programme has come to a close after unveiling its 16 selected projects

Industry / Market - Spain

The inaugural edition of the Film Academy Residencies Programme has come to a close after unveiling its 16 selected projects

The teams behind two documentaries, two fictional series and eleven feature films courted the favour of production executives, streaming platforms and TV networks on the programme’s final day  

22 December 2020

Madrid Online Pitchbox showcases 14 projects in development

Spain

Madrid Online Pitchbox showcases 14 projects in development

The online pitching event, to be held on 17 and 18 December, will offer production companies an inside peak into seven in-development feature films, plus a selection of television series  

16 December 2020

Why has The Human Voice turned out to be a box-office smash?

Distribution / Releases / Exhibitors - Spain

Why has The Human Voice turned out to be a box-office smash?

Pedro Almodóvar’s latest short film, starring Tilda Swinton, has become a mainstream phenomenon in Spain after being released in theatres and grossing €120,000  

03 December 2020

Seventeen projects seek their perfect intercontinental match at Proyecta 2020

Ventana Sur 2020

Seventeen projects seek their perfect intercontinental match at Proyecta 2020

Part of Ventana Sur, the 3rd edition of the industry event, organised in partnership with the San Sebastián International Film Festival, aims to build creative bridges between old and new continents  

01 December 2020

18 projects presented at I+P, Ideas para producir

Industry / Market - Spain

18 projects presented at I+P, Ideas para producir

The 14th edition of the rendezvous organised by the Galician Audiovisual Cluster is unspooling online; fiction films and documentaries are taking part alongside TV series  

25 November 2020

Six projects in development to be presented in Gijón

Gijón 2020 – FICX Pro

Six projects in development to be presented in Gijón

During the festival’s industry days, which will be held online between 23 and 27 November, the teams behind the projects will be in search of partners, guidance and collaborators  

20 November 2020

Spanish Screenings–Málaga de Cine gets under way after a successful call

Industry / Market - Spain

Spanish Screenings–Málaga de Cine gets under way after a successful call

After being postponed from March to 17-20 November, the event is being held online for the first time – a format that could bring it closer to more participants from all over the world  

17 November 2020

Sergio Tréfaut, Patricia Ortega and Gabriel Azorín bag awards at Seville’s European Coproductions meeting

Seville 2020 – Seville Industry

Sergio Tréfaut, Patricia Ortega and Gabriel Azorín bag awards at Seville’s European Coproductions meeting

The projects The Bride, Mamacruz and Last Night I Conquered the City of Thebes have taken home the prizes from the platform’s second edition  

12 November 2020

Ten projects taking part in Seville’s European Coproductions meeting

Seville 2020 – Seville Industry

Ten projects taking part in Seville’s European Coproductions meeting

The second edition of the programme for professionals, which is taking place online during the festival in the south of Spain, is dedicated to Portugal  

10 November 2020

The ICAA throws its weight behind 62 festivals

Industry / Market - Spain

The ICAA throws its weight behind 62 festivals

In view of the tough situation faced by the sector, the Spanish Ministry of Culture has earmarked €889,000 in aid of festivals, showcases and other film-related events  

05 November 2020

The sixth edition of Cartoon Springboard presents 22 projects

Industry / Market - Spain

The sixth edition of Cartoon Springboard presents 22 projects

The event unspooled online and introduced the crème de la crème of European animation’s young and innovative talent, hailing from schools and training centres  

04 November 2020

The winners of Ventana CineMad will paint a portrait of Madrid

Industry / Market - Spain

The winners of Ventana CineMad will paint a portrait of Madrid

Two of the projects that took part in the forum, Golem by Burnin’ Percebes and Ciudad sin sueño by Guillermo García López, were singled out as they will be shot in the Spanish capital  

29 October 2020

A revitalised Abycine Lanza gets a make-over

Abycine 2020

A revitalised Abycine Lanza gets a make-over

The fifth edition of the Audiovisual Market for Independent Spanish Film is taking place from 22-24 October, with 22 projects taking part and various novelties on the menu  

22 October 2020

Ventana CineMad flings open the doors of its sixth edition

Industry / Market - Spain

Ventana CineMad flings open the doors of its sixth edition

From 21-23 October, Madrid will host a (hybrid) co-production event seeking to forge alliances between the European and American audiovisual industries  

21 October 2020

Spain’s ICAA grants €11.9 million to projects of special cinematic value

Industry / Market - Spain

Spain’s ICAA grants €11.9 million to projects of special cinematic value

The institution has published the provisional list of 39 titles that it is backing in 2020, comprising 12 documentaries, 7 experimental films, and 20 fictional and animated movies  

19 October 2020

The second edition of the Film Academy Residencies Programme is under way

Industry / Market - Spain

The second edition of the Film Academy Residencies Programme is under way

Twenty projects by the likes of Pilar Palomero, Gabriel Azorín and Ion de Sosa will benefit from the wisdom and experience of directors including Isabel Coixet, Juan Cavestany and Manuel Martín Cuenca  

12 October 2020

14 fantastical projects await discovery at the first virtual Sitges Pitchbox

Sitges 2020

14 fantastical projects await discovery at the first virtual Sitges Pitchbox

The event's line-up features seven European series currently in development and seven full-length films from anywhere in the world falling within the horror, thriller or science-fiction genres  

08 October 2020

REPORT: San Sebastián Industry 2020

San Sebastián 2020 – San Sebastián Industry

REPORT: San Sebastián Industry 2020

We take a look at this year’s winning projects in the Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum, plus the works in progress that came out on top in the WIP Latam and WIP Europa sections  

28 September 2020

Argentina shines at San Sebastián's industry events

San Sebastián 2020 – San Sebastián Industry/Awards

Argentina shines at San Sebastián's industry events

The new projects by Benjamín Naishtat, Martín Rejtman and Iván Fund have taken home some of the main prizes at this year’s edition  

28 September 2020

The European Film Forum navigates the choppy waters of the pandemic at San Sebastián

San Sebastián 2020 – San Sebastián Industry

The European Film Forum navigates the choppy waters of the pandemic at San Sebastián

The Creative Europe MEDIA-organised event addressed how the industry can adapt to the cataclysmic sea change and the measures it needs to take to do so  

23 September 2020

Santiago Segura’s latest film lands in the USA

Distribution / Releases / Exhibitors - Spain/USA

Santiago Segura’s latest film lands in the USA

Father There Is Only One 2, the biggest national box-office smash of the year in Spain, is having a go at conquering North America, getting a release in 16 cities  

01 September 2020

Spain’s ICAA allocates funds to support film theatres

Industry / Market - Spain

Spain’s ICAA allocates funds to support film theatres

The funds will be covering the expense of health prevention measures taken in the wake of COVID-19 and to give exposure to the reopening of cinemas  

20 August 2020

San Sebastián's Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum to welcome 18 projects

San Sebastián 2020 – San Sebastián Industry

San Sebastián's Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum to welcome 18 projects

The forum, which will run exceptionally online from September 19-21, will include works from Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, France, Hungary, Mexico, Paraguay, Spain and Uruguay  

13 August 2020

San Sebastián introduces the new WIP Europa with five projects

San Sebastián 2020 – San Sebastián Industry

San Sebastián introduces the new WIP Europa with five projects

The new industry programme, an evolution of Glocal in Progress, will present films in development from Spain, Slovenia, Georgia and Turkey  

13 August 2020

San Sebastián’s WIP Latam to present six films

San Sebastián 2020 – San Sebastián Industry

San Sebastián’s WIP Latam to present six films

The Basque festival replaces the pioneering Films in Progress with its own section  

11 August 2020

The ICAA bolsters international co-productions

Institutions / Legislation - Spain

The ICAA bolsters international co-productions

A new Ministerial Order establishing the regulatory framework for state support for audiovisual production replaces the one that has been in force for the last two years  

07 July 2020

Cinema from Spain wins Best Pavilion Design Award at the Marché du Film

Cannes 2020 - Marché du Film

Cinema from Spain wins Best Pavilion Design Award at the Marché du Film

The prize jury was impressed by the double challenge fulfilled by Spain's ICAA in terms of both content and technology  

26 June 2020

Latido Films handling international sales for Born a King

Cannes 2020 – Marché du Film

Latido Films handling international sales for Born a King

The latest film by Majorcan helmer Agustí Villaronga, the first to be shot in Saudi Arabia in the last few decades, is a historical tale co-produced with the UK and Spain  

25 June 2020

Spain presents attractive new tax incentives for film shoots at Cannes

Cannes 2020 – Marché du Film

Spain presents attractive new tax incentives for film shoots at Cannes

On Wednesday 24 June, the Cinema From Spain virtual pavilion will host a meeting where professionals will break down Spain’s recently approved tax breaks, which now stand at 50%  

23 June 2020

Spain's ICAA set to promote ten projects at Cannes’ Marché du Film

Cannes 2020 – Marché du Film

Spain's ICAA set to promote ten projects at Cannes’ Marché du Film

On 25 June, a selection of interesting Spanish films currently in development will be looking for co-producers, partners and international sales agents during a number of online meetings  

12 June 2020

Seven new projects to take part in the second edition of Fantastic 7

Cannes 2020 – Marché du Film

Seven new projects to take part in the second edition of Fantastic 7

Once again this year – but this time online – the Sitges Film Festival is heading to the Marché du Film to promote this initiative that seeks out co-producers for genre films sponsored by 7 festivals  

08 June 2020

PlayPack/Sala Cero launched to release independent films online

Distribution / Releases / Exhibitors - Spain

PlayPack/Sala Cero launched to release independent films online

This Friday, Spanish distributor and producer #ConUnPack is setting up a digital multiplex that will show its own films as well as those from other companies  

04 June 2020

DocsBarcelona’s market sees its number of participants triple

DocsBarcelona 2020 – DocsBarcelona Industry

DocsBarcelona’s market sees its number of participants triple

The project funding and development section of the Barcelona International Documentary Film Festival, which is being held online, has also witnessed a 52% rise in the number of financiers  

29 May 2020

San Sebastián to host two new Work in Progress programmes

San Sebastián 2020 – San Sebastián Industry

San Sebastián to host two new Work in Progress programmes

The gathering will seek to bolster European productions through WIP Europa and Latin American co-productions through WIP Latam, where the €30,000 EGEDA-Platino Award will be handed out  

26 May 2020

Spain creates CIMA IMPULSA in support of female film directors

Industry / Market - Spain

Spain creates CIMA IMPULSA in support of female film directors

In conjunction with the ICAA and Netflix, the Association of Female Filmmakers and Audiovisual Media (CIMA) is launching a programme to promote women’s access to the film industry  

25 May 2020

Film shoots now possible across half of Spain, subject to special measures

Industry / Market - Spain

Film shoots now possible across half of Spain, subject to special measures

The Ministry of Health has published the conditions under which film shoots will be able to resume in places where phase 1 of lockdown easing begins today, 11 May  

11 May 2020

The Spanish government to set aside €76.4 million in support of culture

Industry / Market - Spain

The Spanish government to set aside €76.4 million in support of culture

Yesterday, the Council of Ministers approved a package of measures that include support for the audiovisual sector to help it face up to the global crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic  

06 May 2020

The fourth edition of Conecta Fiction to take place in hybrid form in September

Industry / Market - Spain

The fourth edition of Conecta Fiction to take place in hybrid form in September

The event, exceptionally rebranded as Conecta Fiction Reboot, is one of the most important co-production forums for European and Latin American professionals  

28 April 2020

MEDIA Desk Spain and Latido Films to lead an online workshop on selling a film

Industry / Market - Spain

MEDIA Desk Spain and Latido Films to lead an online workshop on selling a film

The organisation and the sales company are aiming their initiative, due to unspool on 23 April, at audiovisual producers who are gearing up for their first meeting with a future sales agent  

20 April 2020

Netflix also lends a helping hand to the Spanish audiovisual industry

Industry / Market - Spain

Netflix also lends a helping hand to the Spanish audiovisual industry

The US company will distribute €1 million among professionals in the sector who have been affected financially by the pandemic, which has brought shoots to a standstill in Spain  

16 April 2020

RTVE Digital offers Spanish films to watch online, for free

Distribution / Releases / Exhibitors - Spain

RTVE Digital offers Spanish films to watch online, for free

During April, the Somos cine website is hosting movies such as Julieta by Pedro Almodóvar (the most-seen film of last weekend) in order to help brighten up the domestic quarantine  

09 April 2020

San Sebastián and Zurich to host a market during their upcoming editions

San Sebastián 2020/Zurich 2020

San Sebastián and Zurich to host a market during their upcoming editions

Both festivals have announced plans to create joint industry events that will include films originally selected for the cancelled editions of SXSW and Tribeca  

31 March 2020

Spain’s A Contracorriente Films to premiere films online

Distribution / Releases / Exhibitors - Spain

Spain’s A Contracorriente Films to premiere films online

From 6 April, the distributor and exhibitor will give the public – and other companies that want it – access to its “virtual theatre”, an online cinema where they can enjoy national premieres  

26 March 2020

MAFIZ 2020’s Málaga Work in Progress section being held online

Málaga 2020 – MAFIZ

MAFIZ 2020’s Málaga Work in Progress section being held online

Since yesterday, various projects in post-production and in search of funding and distribution have been viewable online as part of the industry strand of the postponed 23rd Málaga Film Festival  

24 March 2020

Ten documentary projects being presented at MiradasDoc Market

MiradasDoc 2020 – MiradasDoc Market

Ten documentary projects being presented at MiradasDoc Market

Until Friday 7 February, Tenerife is playing host to the International Documentary Film Market, attended by a plethora of African, Latin American and European filmmakers  

06 February 2020

ALICE launched in Barcelona to champion European-made animation

Industry / Market - Spain

ALICE launched in Barcelona to champion European-made animation

The first meeting for this new project for European interregional cinematic cooperation, which seeks to promote companies in the animation sector, took place last week  

22 January 2020

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