Representatives from the prestigious Spanish Film Academy (Academia de las Artes y las Ciencias Cinematográficas de España) on Monday confirmed Malaga as the host of next year's Goya awards. The city's Martín Carpena basketball arena (the copper-domed building on the outskirts of the city) will be the venue for the awards which promote Spanish cinema and are similar to the Oscars in the US or the UK's Baftas.
The event attracts large television audiences in Spanish-speaking countries. Normally the gala is held in Madrid, but recently efforts have been made to organise it outside the capital. Last year it was held in Seville.
Malaga-born Antonio de la Torre, who won the Best Actor award at the last ceremony for his role in El Reino, showed his support for the decision and told SUR that he feels very "happy" about the outcome and the recognition of Malaga, which "has always supported Spanish cinema with its [own film] festival". Spanish director Isabel Coixet agreed, saying: "Malaga is the ideal city for the Goyas."
The cost of the ceremony will be around two million euros, of which Malaga will have to find around 1.5 million euros. However, the Goyas will provide a boost both to the image of the city and local business, especially at a quieter time of year on the Costa.
The event has also been moved from February to January as the Oscars have been brought forward to early February in Hollywood.