Top Spanish arthouse distributor Alta Films is widening its brief by moving into the acquisition of bigger-budget feature films.

In a further aggressive move, Alta also will double the number of films on its release slate for 1995.

Last year Alta opened 17 films. That figure should rise to some 35 releases for 1995, said topper Enrique Gonzalez Macho.

Of those 35 titles, some 25, said Macho, will be “quality” titles with cross-over potential, released primarily in dubbed copies. Many will play at mainstream multiplexes, Macho added.

Explaining the expansion of his distribution slate, Macho said that a larger portfolio will give him greater bargaining power with exhibitors. Moreover, the multiplex boom in Spain has opened up new opportunities to screen dubbed, “quality” films to more mainstream audiences.