15/03/2019 Chile arrives at the Málaga Film Festival with new talents

The 22nd version of the Malaga Film Festival starts today and will continue until April 24th. Each year, this Spanish festival invigorates and encourages new and established talents of the Latin American and European film industries, both in its contests as well as in MAFIZ, the Festival’s industry area.

For this new edition, Chile will be present with a delegation that will have the on-site support of CinemaChile, ProChile’s sectorial brand. This entity will also have a stand at the Festival’s industry area, in order to facilitate the promotion of all of the Chilean audiovisual productions that will participate in the Andalusian festival. The general objective it to generate and strengthen relationships with Ibero-American film industry professionals, and at the same time, to present a selection of films that stand out for their style and narrative, demonstrating that Chilean talent is capable of reaching every part of the world and rising to the level of great international film industries.

The films presented in the official selection include three Chilean feature-length films: the fiction film Perro bomba, directed by Juan Cáceres and producer by Infractor Films, which will be competing in the Zona Cine section. The film had its premiere in the Miami Film Festival, and then flew to the Guadalajara Film Festival, where it received a Special Mention from the Mexican press. The film’s director, who will be participating in the Malaga Talents program, will now present it in the Spanish city.

The films Las cruces, by Teresa Arredondo and Carlos Vásquez, and Los sueños del castillo, directed by René Ballesteros, are the two Chilean pieces selected for the Feature Documentary Competition, whilst the French-Chilean co-production Cuatro y Quena, from director Thomas Torres, will take part in the Short Documentary Competition.

A highlight of Chile’s participation at the Malaga film festival is the world premiere of the feature film Sumergida, Andrés Finat’s debut film, which was produced by Universidad del Desarrollo. This film will participate in the Focus Latino section, which will celebrate the productions selected at Malaga’s Work in Progress 2018.


In parallel to the Festival, the MAFIZ (Malaga Festival Industry Zone) space is also set to take place. This platform encompasses a series of six events that are designed to strengthen Ibero-American film productions, promoting and encouraging new Latin American audiovisual talent in consideration of a transversal objective for this broad industry area and its relationship with the Spanish film industry.

One of these events is MAFF -Málaga Festival Fund & Coproduction Event-, an international co-production gathering for debut and/or follow-up films that are being co-produced between Europe and Latin America, and whose main objective is to strengthen, promote, and encourage the execution of diverse contents. Two Chilean audiovisual pieces will take part of this event: Sin Soledad, by Valentina Arango, produced by Josephine Schroeder; and La traductora, by Daniel Henríquez, produced by Elisa Sepúlveda through Capicúa Films. This project was recently selected for the Guadalajara Film Festival’s Co-Production Gathering.

In addition to MAFF, this space will also present the Malaga Latam WIP, whose objective is to push forward the completion of films that are currently in their final cut stage, ready to be post-produced and seeking out international distribution deals. The national project Un fuego lejano, by Diego Soto and produced by Florencia Dupont, will participate in this section.

Another Chilean participation is the inclusion of El cielo está rojo, directed by Francina Carbonell and produced by Storyboard Media, in the Málaga WIP Doc section. According to the Festival, this working space “contemplates the unique particularities of non-fiction film, which possesses its own ecosystem both in its narrative as well as in its production, distribution, funding and festival circuits.”

Finally, these parallel activities contemplate two other Chilean projects: the educational program set to take place at Malaga will screen a selection of episodes of the successful TV series entitled Puerto de Papel, developed by Zumbástico Studios and directed by Álvaro Ceppi and Hugo Covarrubias. This will be joined by the screening of the series Petit, directed by Bernardita Ojeda and produced by Pájaro.

And in parallel events, the director Ana L’homme will receive the award for Best Documentary for her project during the “Affirming the Rights of Women” Gala, for her project Entre la Tierra y el Canto, selected by the jury of the Muestra de Cine Mujeres en Escena section.


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