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Country profile: Spain

Country profile: Spain

27 December 2020

Ibermedia awards 40,000 dollars to Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola

Industry / Market - Spain/Latin America

Ibermedia awards 40,000 dollars to Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola

The funding will go towards scholarships for twelve Latin American students, who will be able to use it to pay their enrolment fees for the 2023-24 academic year at the centre located in San Sebastian  

31 January 2023

Madrid Online Pitchbox takes place this week

Industry / Market - Spain

Madrid Online Pitchbox takes place this week

Seven series and seven feature films in development will take part in the new edition of the online pitching event aiming to create collaborations with leading companies in the audiovisual sector  

25 January 2023

Bridging the Dragon explores Euro-Asian collaboration during its yearly lab on Majorca

Bridging the Dragon 2022

Bridging the Dragon explores Euro-Asian collaboration during its yearly lab on Majorca

According to the experts present, it is everybody's hope that, in the long run, Chinese policies could ease up and the market will re-open up to foreign content  

07 December 2022

Maddi Barber and David Pérez Sañudo among the directors selected for the ninth Ikusmira Berriak programme

San Sebastián 2023 – San Sebastián Industry

Maddi Barber and David Pérez Sañudo among the directors selected for the ninth Ikusmira Berriak programme

Projects by Sameh Alaa, María Alché, Naomi Pacifique and Hikaru Uwagawa will also take part in the residency organised by the festival together with Tabakalera and Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola  

05 December 2022

The sixth FICXPro announces its awards, distributed among five projects

Gijón 2022 – FICXPro

The sixth FICXPro announces its awards, distributed among five projects

Three trophies for films in development and four for films in post-production were awarded at this industry event at the 60th Gijón International Film Festival  

18 November 2022

Zinebi Networking: Dokumentalen Sorgunea announces its line-up of projects

Zinebi 2022 – Zinebi Networking

Zinebi Networking: Dokumentalen Sorgunea announces its line-up of projects

Thirteen feature-length documentary projects will be locking horns for two major prizes, each worth €10,000, at the Basque event  

10 November 2022

MERCI holds its second edition at the Seville European Film Festival

Seville 2022 - SEFF Industry

MERCI holds its second edition at the Seville European Film Festival

From 9 to 11 November, the second Independent Film Market brings films to be released in Spain to film exhibitors, digital platforms and television channels  

08 November 2022

Cartoon Springboard delves into Ketnet’s editorial strategy, competitors and target groups

Cartoon 2022 – Cartoon Springboard

Cartoon Springboard delves into Ketnet’s editorial strategy, competitors and target groups

On day 3 of the event, Flemish content manager Telidja Klaï spoke about the Belgian network’s process of transforming into a 360-degree brand adored by children  

28 October 2022

At Cartoon Springboard, Louis Jacobée envisions “adaptation as a (re)creation”

Cartoon 2022 – Cartoon Springboard

At Cartoon Springboard, Louis Jacobée envisions “adaptation as a (re)creation”

The keynote speech focused on four case studies involving adaptation from books or comics: Lastman, PJ Masks, Toby Alone, and In the Dark and Mysterious Forest  

28 October 2022

Shooting Locations Marketplace brings out the creative side of the profession

Shooting Locations Marketplace 2022

Shooting Locations Marketplace brings out the creative side of the profession

The second international event for location scouts and film commissions, held last week in Valladolid, shows that the right location has a great impact on the final result of a film  

25 October 2022

REPORT: Series Hub 2022

Industry / Market - Spain

REPORT: Series Hub 2022

The Filmarket Hub platform has launched a new series acceleration programme for emerging Spanish talent, which will run until 13 January 2023  

24 October 2022

Shooting Locations Marketplace in Valladolid grows by 30 percent

Shooting Locations Marketplace 2022

Shooting Locations Marketplace in Valladolid grows by 30 percent

This international event is ready to welcome film professionals from around the world for its second year on 20 and 21 October  

18 October 2022

Ten Mediterranean projects will grace the newly born València Film Afers event

València 2022

Ten Mediterranean projects will grace the newly born València Film Afers event

The first international co-production forum hosted by the Mostra de València will present upcoming films from European and Middle Eastern countries  

13 October 2022

62 projects selected for the 23rd edition of Medimed Doc Market

Industry / Market - Spain

62 projects selected for the 23rd edition of Medimed Doc Market

The event takes place from 10-14 October, and will enable the most promising filmmakers and prominent members of the industry to present a varied slate of documentary projects  

11 October 2022

Play-Doc presents VENTURA, a platform to help develop projects from around the world

Industry / Market - Spain

Play-Doc presents VENTURA, a platform to help develop projects from around the world

The initiative aims to turn Galicia into a creative hub for international, independent projects with a strong artistic vision  

07 October 2022

Sitges FanPitch: 12 amazing projects on the lookout for a producer

Industry / Market - Sitges 2022

Sitges FanPitch: 12 amazing projects on the lookout for a producer

The festival announces its international pitching event with a focus on science fiction, fantasy and horror feature films and series, which will take place on 10 and 13 October  

07 October 2022

The new films from Lois Patiño and Paula Palacios participate in the 7th Abycine Lanza

Abycine 2022 – Abycine Lanza

The new films from Lois Patiño and Paula Palacios participate in the 7th Abycine Lanza

This weekend a total of 28 Spanish projects, some in development, others in post-production, will be presented at the Albacete Independent Film Market  

29 September 2022

CIIF Market invites participation in its 18th edition

Industry / Market - Spain

CIIF Market invites participation in its 18th edition

The market will be held from 22 to 27 November and the call for audiovisual projects is still open for submissions  

29 September 2022

REPORT: San Sebastián Industry 2022

San Sebastián 2022 - San Sebastián Industry

REPORT: San Sebastián Industry 2022

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

26 September 2022

San Sebastián discusses the new ways for producers to overcome the fragmentation of the VoD system

San Sebastián 2022 - San Sebastián Industry

San Sebastián discusses the new ways for producers to overcome the fragmentation of the VoD system

In a talk organised by the European Producers Club, experts wondered how the subscriber crisis, AVoD and co-commissioning will impact today's industry  

26 September 2022

Projects from Mexico, Turkey and Argentina bag the main prizes at San Sebastián’s industry events

San Sebastián 2022 – San Sebastián Industry

Projects from Mexico, Turkey and Argentina bag the main prizes at San Sebastián’s industry events

The new films by Bruno Santamaría Razo, Selman Nacar and Martín Benchimol have shone bright in the Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum and WIP sections, respectively  

22 September 2022

REPORT: Spanish Screenings XXL @ San Sebastián 2022

San Sebastián 2022 - San Sebastián Industry/Spanish Screenings 2022

REPORT: Spanish Screenings XXL @ San Sebastián 2022

We take a look at the Spanish projects pitched to international professionals at the new industry event taking place at the Basque festival  

20 September 2022

Europa Distribution seeks to find ways to reignite the passion of audiences at San Sebastián

San Sebastián 2022 - San Sebastián Industry

Europa Distribution seeks to find ways to reignite the passion of audiences at San Sebastián

The network of European distributors will gather for a public panel and a private workshop at the Spanish festival  

15 September 2022

Spanish Screenings XXL comes to San Sebastián and Buenos Aires

San Sebastian 2022 - San Sebastian Industry/Spanish Screenings 2022

Spanish Screenings XXL comes to San Sebastián and Buenos Aires

Ten Spanish projects will be presented at a new industry event at the forthcoming Basque festival, while another major event for investors and producers will take place at Ventana Sur  

13 September 2022

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

San Sebastián 2022 - San Sebastián Industry

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

Coming from eight different countries, the selected titles include the new works by Helena Taberna, Anahí Berneri, Emiliano Torres, Niles Atallah and Beatriz Seigner, among others  

12 August 2022

San Sebastián's WIP Latam announces its selection

San Sebastián 2022 - San Sebastián Industry

San Sebastián's WIP Latam announces its selection

Six works-in-progress coming from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Mexico will participate at the festival's industry platform  

10 August 2022

San Sebastián's WIP Europa selects titles from Bulgaria, Moldova, Turkey and Ukraine

San Sebastián 2022 - San Sebastián Industry

San Sebastián's WIP Europa selects titles from Bulgaria, Moldova, Turkey and Ukraine

Nadejda Koseva, Selman Nacar, Anatol Durbala and Tonia Noyabrova will present their second films, all in the work-in-progress stage, at the festival's industry platform  

05 August 2022

The 5th Mallorca Talents Lab awards three of its 18 projects

Atlàntida Film Fest 2022

The 5th Mallorca Talents Lab awards three of its 18 projects

From 26 to 28 July, six upcoming fiction films, another six documentaries and an equal number of titles in the post-production phase will be presented, which will also receive specialised advice  

26 July 2022

Eight projects took part in the first Spanish Film Academy Summer Campus

Industry / Market - Spain

Eight projects took part in the first Spanish Film Academy Summer Campus

In two weeks, scripts based around diversity have been developed, such as, among others, El shomes i els diez, by Arnau Vilaró Moncasí (co-screenwriter of Alcarràs)  

20 July 2022

National film agencies from Estonia, Ireland, Spain and the Nordics launch the European Writers’ Club initiative

Série Series 2022

National film agencies from Estonia, Ireland, Spain and the Nordics launch the European Writers’ Club initiative

Backed by the EU and launched at this year’s Série Series, the effort aims to increase collaboration on high-end series projects across the continent  

07 July 2022

The Panoramica catalogue brings Spanish films to international festivals

Industry / Market - Spain

The Panoramica catalogue brings Spanish films to international festivals

A selection of titles from emerging Spanish cinema is made available for film screenings via this platform, coordinated by Xavier G Puerto  

24 June 2022

The International Union of Cinemas unveils its annual report at CineEurope

Distribution / Releases / Exhibitors - Europe/Spain

The International Union of Cinemas unveils its annual report at CineEurope

According to the study, 2021 was a year of recovery, but 2022 results will be pivotal for the future of cinema exhibition  

24 June 2022

The sixth edition of Conecta Fiction & Entertainment comes to Toledo

Industry / Market - Spain/Latin America

The sixth edition of Conecta Fiction & Entertainment comes to Toledo

From 21 to 24 June, the Spanish city will be the hub for this international event, dedicated to Spanish-language fiction and entertainment television content  

21 June 2022

Six LGBTI projects to be presented at the second Fire!! Lab

Industry / Market - Spain

Six LGBTI projects to be presented at the second Fire!! Lab

The event, which unspools as part of the Fire!! Film Festival, is being held in Barcelona from 13-15 June, and boasts tutors such as filmmakers Adrián Silvestre, David Matamoros and Ángeles Hernández  

13 June 2022

Sixteen literary works to be presented at the fifth edition of Rodando Páginas

Industry / Market - Spain

Sixteen literary works to be presented at the fifth edition of Rodando Páginas

Novels hailing from Spain and, for the first time, from Latin America will be going head to head at this Madrid-based event on 6 and 7 June, seeking audiovisual adaptations  

02 June 2022

The second Shooting Locations Marketplace will take place on 20 and 21 October

Shooting Locations Marketplace 2022

The second Shooting Locations Marketplace will take place on 20 and 21 October

The city of Valladolid will once again host this event for production services and audiovisual filming location professionals in the autumn  

16 May 2022

Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s The Beasts set to be Latido Films’ showstopper at Cannes

Cannes 2022 – Marché du Film

Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s The Beasts set to be Latido Films’ showstopper at Cannes

The Spanish company is handling world sales for the Spaniard’s new film, which is about to be world-premiered in the Cannes Première section  

12 May 2022

Two Spanish projects participate in the fourth Fantastic 7

Cannes 2022 - Marché du Film

Two Spanish projects participate in the fourth Fantastic 7

La Mala Madre, by Alicia Albares, and Venus, by Jaume Balagueró, join the programme that, along with five other films, bring the future of horror films to the Croisette  

11 May 2022

Golem launches a ground-breaking sustainability campaign

Distribution / Releases / Exhibitors - Spain

Golem launches a ground-breaking sustainability campaign

The Spanish firm is distributing Laurent Cantet’s French film Arthur Rambo as the first step in a series of actions aimed at achieving carbon-neutral emissions in the sector  

05 May 2022

22 projects to be presented at the fifth MECAS market

Las Palmas 2022 – MECAS

22 projects to be presented at the fifth MECAS market

Eight films will be introduced in the Cine Casi Hecho section, seven in Cine por Hacer and another seven in Isla MECAS, focusing on audiovisual content made on the Canary Islands  

22 April 2022

Spanish Screenings goes large for its 16th edition

Málaga 2022 – MAFIZ/Spanish Screenings 2022

Spanish Screenings goes large for its 16th edition

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

21 March 2022

Fourteen Spanish and Latin American projects to take part in Málaga WIP

Málaga 2022 – MAFIZ

Fourteen Spanish and Latin American projects to take part in Málaga WIP

The films will be in search of funding at the fifth edition of the event, which will be held as an in-person gathering within this year’s MAFIZ industry area  

21 March 2022

Think Data, a tool to measure streaming-platform audiences, sees the light of day

Box Office - Spain/Europe

Think Data, a tool to measure streaming-platform audiences, sees the light of day

Created by The Film Agency, it will allow independent companies to access information that is proving fundamental today, until now kept secret, manipulated or only available to a select few  

17 March 2022

26 projects from Europe and Latin America set sail for the fifth MAFF

Málaga 2022 – MAFIZ

26 projects from Europe and Latin America set sail for the fifth MAFF

This co-production sidebar, part of the industry area of the 25th Málaga Film Festival, will unspool from 21-25 March in the Andalusian city  

16 March 2022

Eleven international projects reach the final stage of Next Lab 2022

Industry / Market - Spain

Eleven international projects reach the final stage of Next Lab 2022

Three features, four series and four short films are being presented in Madrid on 25 and 26 February, after being involved in a selection process featuring 20 finalists  

24 February 2022

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

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