Malaga film festival aims to prove that cinemas are "safe"

The Albéniz cinema, one of the venues.
The Albéniz cinema, one of the venues. / Eva Sánchez Meléndez
  • Screenings, concerts and events are planned for the coming week for the festival that pays tribute to film in Spanish

There'll be no crowds waiting to see their favourite film stars on the red carpet outside the Cervantes theatre this year. Coronavirus has meant that the 23rd Malaga Film Festival will be different from previous years, not least because it is taking place in August after being postponed from its original dates in March.

Festival director Juan Antonio Vigar has promised a "friendly" event that will prove that the cinema is a "safe place".

As usual the Festival de Málaga focuses on film in Spanish with sections for feature length and short films, fiction and documentary, as well as numerous parallel events, all with reduced audience capacity and other special precautions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Actors and directors will pose for photo calls rather than walking along fan-lined red carpets into the theatres for premieres and award ceremonies.

The festival runs from 21 to 30 August with events in the Cervantes and Echegaray theatres and the Albéniz cinema, among other venues.