2006 production balance
by Vitor Pinto
According to a balance on the local film industry in 2006 released by the ICAA , 150 features films were produced in Spain last year. Of those 150 films, 40 were documentary features and eight were animated titles. These figures represent the highest level of production in the last 25 years.
The number of short films produced was equally high, a total of 209, the highest number in the last 20 years.
Forty-one titles were made as co-productions, marking a drop from 2005 (53 co-productions). However, this downward trend is expected to be compensated for in 2007, as a total of 83 co-production projects have since been selected by the ICAA for financing. Spain's top partners in 2006 were the UK (12 co-productions), France (10) and Argentina (9).
The increase of local production is due not only to institutional funding and television backing but also to private production financing: 183 companies backed the production of films, against 160 in 2005.
Of those 183 production outfits, 138 backed a single film, 41 from one to four films, and only four backed five or more titles. This is similar to 2005, when out of 160 active companies, 130 backed only one film, 27 from one to four, and only three companies participated in five or more titles.
In box office terms, the most successful production company was Madrid-based Estudios Picasso, who were behind of the local box office hits of 2006: Alatriste [+see also:
film profile], in first position (over 3.1m admissions and nearly €16.5m grossed) and Oscar winner Pan's Labyrinth [+see also:
film profile], in at third with over 1.3m admissions and over €7.1m grossed.
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