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The 26th Málaga Festival: a week of cinema



The 26th Málaga Festival: a week of cinema

The city is hosting the 26th edition of the event from 10 to 19 March. This year's programme includes more than 200 audiovisuals and a wide variety of parallel activities

The 26th edition of the Málaga Festival, which takes place from 10 to 19 March, is packed with a programme that includes more than 200 audiovisuals and a wide variety of content and parallel activities for all audiences. Ready? Here's all the information you need to make sure you don't miss a thing.

From the red carpet

This new edition of the event brings back the usual format of its red carpet and will bring together the media, the public and the great stars of Spanish cinema outside the Cervantes Theatre in Málaga, as well as on Calle Larios, one of the most important stages of this event.


The Official Selection of the Málaga Festival includes 22 films, 20 of them in competition (12 Spanish and 8 Latin American), as the opening and closing films are out of competition. The opening film is “Alguien que cuide de mí,” by Elvira Lindo and Daniela Fejerman, while the closing film will be “Como Dios manda,” by Paz Jiménez.

If you want more information about the programme of this section, you can consult it here.

In addition to these, there are 17 films (11 Spanish and 6 Latin American) in the non-competitive Official Section under the name of Málaga Premiere.

Presentación Festival de Cine

Zonazine, Mosaic and other activities

This year's festival will feature Zonazine, a commitment to new cinema, now in its 21st year, with eight films with a strong authorial sense and very new narratives. There are four Spanish and four Latin American films.

The Mosaic section, International Premieres, will also be repeated, where non-Latin American films that have won important awards at festivals and have not yet been released in Spain can be enjoyed. There are 6 titles from Japan, Algeria, France, Italy, Tunisia, Luxembourg and Belgium. This is a way of giving our festival an even greater international dimension.

The Málaga event will feature a selection of series in the out-of-competition Pantalla TV section, in which a total of 9 productions will participate. There will also be a Documentary and Short Film section, whose extensive programme can be consulted on the Festival's website.

Children have their space in the children's cinema section. You can consult the films here and, in the activities section of the website programme, you can consult other parallel activities of the festival, such as exhibitions, masterclasses and concerts.

Film gastronomy

The Festival's gastronomic section, under the title Cinema Cocina, once again brings the Cinema Cocina Documentary Competition, whose aim is to highlight the value of the interesting gastronomic-themed audiovisuals being produced today. Thirteen documentaries (5 feature films and 8 short films) from Spain, France, Portugal, Mexico, Argentina, Peru and Colombia are competing for the silver biznagas of this section, which will also include the usual round tables.

You can find more information here.


The MAFIZ Industry area of the Málaga Festival is made up of events that promote the financing, co-production, distribution and sale of Spanish-language films, all based on the support and promotion of new Ibero-American audiovisual talent as a cross-cutting objective for this broad industrial area.

In the Industry area of Spanish Screenings Content, the audiovisual market continues to be part of the 'Spanish Screenings XXL. An international market for Spanish audiovisual production', a format adopted at the last edition.

Country of honour and tributes

This year, Latin American Focus, the bilateral co-production forum, will feature Peru, which will be the Country of Honour at the 26th edition, which will also include the screening of a cycle of Peruvian films. And in the Territories section, dedicated to the productions of the autonomous communities, Catalonia, the autonomous community of reference in this section, will occupy a preferential place.

As for the tributes, the Málaga-South Award will go to actress Blanca Portillo; the Ricardo Franco-Film Academy Award will go to script Yuyi Beringola; the Málaga Talent-La Opinión de Málaga Award will go to Carla Simón; the Retrospective-Málaga Today Award will go to Andalusian director Alberto Rodríguez and the City of Paradise Biznaga, for essential Spanish filmmakers, will go to Raphael.

Premiadas Festival de Cine

The Festival will pay tribute to the recently deceased directors Agustí Villaronga and Carlos Saura and the artist Fernando “Estrella,” pop icon and icon of the LGTBIQ+ scene, the latter in collaboration with the Torremolinos Cinema exhibition.

In addition, every year the Festival will host the presentation of the Canal Sur Andalusian Talent Award, which this year will go to the actor Manolo Solo.

The Golden Film of the 26th Málaga Festival will be Historias de la radio, a 1955 classic directed by José Luis Sáenz de Heredia, which will serve as a tribute to the great actor José Luis Ozores on the centenary of his birth.

The Festival will conclude on Sunday 19th with the traditional film marathon at the Albéniz Cinema with the winning films and the closing concert at the Cervantes Theatre by the group Amaral.


Tickets, including for the opening and closing galas, are available at the box office and online. They can be purchased through the Festival website, where the programme can be consulted, and at At the box office, they will be on sale at the Teatro Cervantes, Teatro Echegaray and Cine Albéniz.