Marbella's international film festival rolls into town

Festival Director Mac Chakaveh (far right) and guests at last year’s event
Festival Director Mac Chakaveh (far right) and guests at last year’s event / SUR
  • Calum Best and Timothy Spall will be among those attending screenings for the town's 12th annual event next week

Hundreds of film fanatics are expected to descend on Marbella for the town's international film festival from 4 - 8 October.

A red carpet will be rolled out during the five-day movie extravaganza that will see 32 independent films screened at the Teatro Goya in Puerto Banús.

The festival will be packed with features, animations, documentaries and world premieres from a host of countries around the world.

Festival Director Mac Chakaveh, told SUR in English: “The festival’s objectives have always been two fold. To promote cultural tourism to the area by introducing Marbella to many potential visitors from across the globe, who have never been to Marbella before and could be potential investors in Marbella, not the usual beach holiday visitors, but business executives and investors who have funded and invested in films being screened in Marbella, as well as culture seekers who are looking for an alternative autumn long weekend break, enjoying the sun, culture and glamour that Marbella Film Festival offers.

“The other objective is to promote the region as a location for the production of films and TV and the kind of investments such industry could bring to this area.”

Mac added: “I think we are doing OK on both fronts as the number of visitors, especially from far field places, such as the USA, the Far East and the Middle East has certainly grown, while many previous visitors are retuning for the festival from the UK and Europe. Also film makers are taking the opportunity to make movies here”.

One of the films to be screened is Stanley a Man of Variety, which stars Harry Potter actor Timothy Spall who will be at the red carpet screening of the event on the Saturday.

Mac revealed: “Rise of a Foot Soldier III, which is having its world premiere on the red carpet on Friday 6 of October, was actually part shot in Marbella last year during the 2016 MIFF.

“So all signs are that MIFF is growing fast and with the support of the local business it can be an effective tool to promote the region and bring investments and tourism to the area during the low seasons.”

Mac said that one of the highlights of this year’s event is the screening of My Best, the story of George Best told by his son Calum, who will be attending the screening.

Films are screened in their original language with English subtitles, or if they are already in English, Spanish subtitles are displayed.

During the five-day film frenzy a number of workshops, seminars and networking events will also be held at the H10 Andalucía Plaza Hotel, where more than 100 industry professionals will be in attendance, including British soap star Michelle Collins.

The workshops cover subjects such as film finance, investments in the industry, sales and distribution, marketing, promotion and PR.

The event ends with a glitzy Gala Awards Dinner, where guests dress in black ties and sleek dresses to enjoy cocktails, live music and the closing ceremony, at the H10 hotel on Sunday the 8th of October.

Tickets for screenings can be purchased from the Teatro Goya.