Film commission pays off for Malaga


MADRID -- Audiovisual production in Spain's southern city of Malaga has increased more than sixfold since the local film commission was created in 2001, with producers pumping €31 million ($44.8 million) into the local economy during that time, officials said Monday.

At a press conference marking the sixth anniversary of the Malaga Film Office, officials said that there were 24 productions in 2001, a number that jumped 159 last year.

Over the six years, 643 Spanish and foreign movies, television programs and advertising spots have filmed in or around the city located on Spain's Mediterranean Costa del Sol.

According to the office, producers are attracted to the region because of its sunny weather, bilingual professionals, multinational casting opportunities and wide range of locations.