Spanish Film Screenings Relaunch With New November Date

Spanish Affair Still - H 2014
Pedro Alborenoz

Spanish Affair Still - H 2014

After last year's cancelation, the international event relaunches in November.

The Madrid de Cine Spanish Film Screenings returns to the industry calendar this year with new dates, running Nov. 16-18, marking a calendar shift from June and picking up on the international event that was canceled in 2014.

The ninth edition of the screenings  organized by the Spanish Producers Federation FAPAE, the Film Institute, the Foreign Trade Commission and the rights holders’ entity EGEDA — attracts international buyers and press focused on product from Spain and is one of the key vehicles for exporting film titles from Spain.

The event, which the industry uses to leverage for international sales, was canceled in 2014, citing lack of funding. The Spanish film industry has weathered tough times due to Spain’s financial crisis that led to subsidy cuts and the administration’s two-to-three-year lag time on funding, as well as rampant piracy.

With the exception of 2014, which was a banner year for homegrown films at the Spanish box office thanks largely to A Spanish Affair, international sales regularly outpace domestic.

In 2013, the event attracted some 72 international buyers from 29 countries to screen 40 Spanish titles. Organizers say moving the event to November — which follows September’s San Sebastian International Film Festival — allows for a greater number of fresh product.