Friday, 6 October 2023, 18:28
Marbella International Film Festival has officially kicked off for the 18th year in a row this week.
Actors, directors and producers from 100 film companies around the world walked the red carpet at the opening ceremony at the festival's official venue, Red Dog Cinema in Puerto Banús, on Wednesday this week.
The four-day event opened with two red carpet screenings. The first was Women And Roads. The Way To Yourself. Mallorca, a Spanish documentary about three women who travel around the island with a camera in search of touching stories to capture. The second screening was Moroccan feature film Triple A, which tells the love stories of three people by their communities.
Festival director Mac Chakaveh told SUR in English the festival will be an opportunity to celebrate cinema and showcase Marbella to the rest of the world.
"Not only is this a chance for filmmakers to promote their work but it's also a golden chance to bring the film industry to the Marbella region and generate interest for cultural tourism," he said.
"The average film costs 20 million to make so just imagine if 20 were made here every year; that's a lot of money coming into the local economy."
Between 40 and 50 films are being screened during this year's festival which runs until Sunday 8 October. Chakaveh said audiences could expect "absolutely anything" from the screen.
"What's so interesting about the Marbella International Film Festival is that it is open to all genres," he said. "We have a fascinating combination this year which covers all sorts of stories and themes, and the documentaries are some of the most outstanding you'll come across."
Documentaries about immigration in Europe and Spain, the Russian conflict in Ukraine, and Guantanamo Bay are some highlights, as well as two feature LGBT+ works, and a fun film about the Loch Ness monster. A premiere of a British action film Rise of the Foot Soldier: Vengeance promises to wow audiences after it sold out at a screening in London two weeks ago.
The festival has expanded significantly since its debut in 2006 and now collaborates with Marbella council and tourist board, Marbella Film Office and the Andalucía Film Commission.
Each year, the festival is promoted at other major cinema festivals across the world such as the Cannes International Film Festival and the Los Angeles International Film Festival.
During the remaining days of the festival there will be screenings and after-show parties at venues in Marbella and Puerto Banús, as well as a gala awards ceremony on Sunday.
The full programme can be viewed online on the festival's website www.marbellafilmfestival.com
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