Spanish animation finds a spot at the Malaga Festival
by Sergio Ríos Pérez
07/02/2012 - Animation film will from this year have its own section at the Málaga Film Festival, the most important film competition for Spanish-produced films whose 15th edition will be celebrated this year from April 21 to 28. Created in collaboration with Diboos, a group of 92% of Spain’s animation film producers, Animazine is to present the best feature-length and short animation films of the year, as well as projects in production. It will feature workshops, meetings, and exhibitions.
This initiative marks a particularly sweet moment for Spanish animation film after great hits like Chico y Rita [trailer, film focus], a candidate this year for an Oscar, or Planet 51 [trailer], that continues to be the greatest Spanish box office hit abroad ever. Both represent the perfection and versatility of animation films in Spain, and demonstrate that they can be a perfectly adequate medium with which to tell stories for adults.
“We have to reflect that animation film in Spain is blossoming,” said Malaga Film Festival competition director Carmelo Romero. “We are creating a very positive image of Spanish film.”
Chelo Loureiro, the vicepresident of Diboos, at the announcement of the new section at the festival last Friday at the Cinema Academy, took the opportunity to review the sector and stress its international character: “Fifty percent of financing comes from outside and 70% of our sales are also from outside,” he said. This is a very valuable fact, according to Pedro Pérez, president of the Spanish producer federation FAPAE, as getting out of the crisis means “getting our companies abroad.”
Today, according to Loureiro, 22 animation films are being produced in Spain and there are 170 active animation film producers in the country.
(Translated from Spanish)