Marbella Film Festival comes to a close

Mac Chakaveh and the winners of this year's Marbella International Film Festival.
Mac Chakaveh and the winners of this year's Marbella International Film Festival. / MIFF
  • Film makers, celebrities, industry professionals and a host of actors descended on the Costa del Sol town for the annual film festival

Thousands of film fans were in town for Marbella's International Film Festival (MIFF) last weekend.

Now in its 13th year, the festival saw 25 independent films from around the world screened and scores of film makers in attendance.

The five-day movie extravaganza then closed with a glitzy awards ceremony last Sunday.

Among the guests was British actor Steven Berkoff, who ran a workshop on the secret of acting before attending the red carpet premiere of his latest film Tell Tale Heart at Teatro Goya on Sunday.

Festival director Mac Chakaveh, told SUR in English: "We had a great festival and lots of people came to watch the movies. We are certainly increasing in terms of production companies and investors this year which is great for Marbella as they are all high net worth people. And this is part of the aim of the festival, to bring in fresh blood to help the local economy."

Chakaveh was especially impressed by Berkoff's workshop. "It was packed," he said. "He's a very interesting guy and I was mesmerised by the workshop. And then he went on to win the Best Actor category.

"We also had a great locally-filmed Spanish film, Solo!, that used local actors and went on to win the Best Feature Film category."

During the five-day film frenzy, a number of workshops, seminars and networking events were held at the H10 Andalucía Plaza Hotel, where scores of industry professionals were in attendance.

The closing night of the festival saw the Gala Awards Dinner take place at the H10, where guests dressed in black ties and sleek dresses to find out who won in the different categories, before enjoying cocktails, live music and the rest of the closing ceremony.

The festival was launched in 2006 and works closely with the Marbella town hall and tourist board, the Marbella Film Office and the Andalucía Film Commission.