Minimart Madrid de Cine Returns After One-Year Hiatus

Organized by Spain's Fapae producers' confederation, film industry event dates move from June to Nov. 16-18

Following a one-year hiatus, Madrid de Cine-Spanish Film Screenings, the main international film industry event taking place in the Spanish capital, is back for its ninth edition, scheduled for Nov. 16-18.

Organized by Spain’s Fapae producers’ confederation, Madrid de Cine, which regularly ran in June, cancelled its 2014 edition, reportedly for economic reasons and also to rethink the event.

The recovery of Madrid de Cine signals a partial rebuild of the still critically-limited Spanish film industry, ravaged by a lack of public financing and the damage infringed by piracy.

The announcement comes at a time when prices paid for Spanish films abroad are decreasing and local producers are channeling ever more films through international co-production – all the more reason for an international meet.

According to the European Audiovisual Observatory, tying down foreign production equity has become a main trend among Spanish producers: in 2014, Spain took part in 100 international co-productions, more than any other country in Europe.

And their favorite market is Latin America, as suggested by the 2015 San Sebastian Fest’s Spanish film line-up, unveiled July 23 in Madrid: Four of the six San Sebastian Golden Shell contenders are Latin American co-productions.

Aimed to promote export sales on Spanish productions and tubthump the city of Madrid as a shooting locale, the 2015 Madrid de Cine edition, as the event did in the past, will offer international buyers screenings of the most recent Spanish pics and access to a vast video library with new and catalogue titles.

In parallel, minimart will organize international press junkets with Spanish directors and actors plus round tables and industry meetings on Spanish film.

The call for the participation of international press and buyers, sales agents, producers and film teams will take place around September, Fapae said in a statement.

Madrid de Cine backers also include the Icaa Spanish film institute, Spain’s Icex Foreign Trade Institute, Spain’s producers rights protection society Egeda, public Agency Accion Cultural AC/E and the Madrid City Council.

John Hopewell contributed to this article

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