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Jennifer Green

  • Locations: Panama’s bright future


    The Latin American country’s spectacular locations, film-friendly environment and cash rebate are helping to win over an increasing number of international film-makers.
  • World of Locations: Panama


    A film-friendly government is impressing international producers who choose to shoot in Panama.
  • World of Locations: Colombia


    A generous new cash rebate and the end of its devastating drug wars have opened up this stunning territory to international production.
  • World of Locations: Chile


    Chile is a country offering a huge variety of landscape and climates, broad ethnic diversity and counter seasons to the northern hemisphere.
  • World of Locations: Argentina


    Argentina’s geographic diversity and its easy substitution as settings from Paris to New York make it a magnet for international television crews, commercials and feature film productions.
  • Carlos Saura among Spanish directors invited to San Sebastian


    Iciar Bollain, Gracia Querejeta and Carlos Saura are among the Spanish directors invited to screen films this year at the upcoming 55th annual edition of Spain's Donostia-San Sebastian International Film Festival (Sept 20-29).
  • Soderbergh gears up for Spanish shoot for two Che features


    Shooting starts Wednesday in Spain on Steven Soderbergh's two Spanish-language films about Ernesto 'Che' Guevera, El Argentino and Guerrilla.
  • Oscar nominee Cobeaga ready for first feature


    Spain's recently Oscar-nominated short film director Borja Cobeaga will shoot his first feature for producers Telespan 2000 and Estudios Picasso in October.The film, titled Flash, El Amigo De Las Chicas (literally, Flash, Friend Of The Girls), is based on the novel Flash by Massimo Bruni.The boy-meets-girl comedy is set against the world of haute ...
  • Spain - The rain in Spain


    It is easy to assume Summer Rain (El Camino De Los Ingleses) carries some autobiographical resonance for Antonio Banderas. The actor's second film as a director after Crazy In Alabama (1999) is set in his hometown of Malaga in the 1970s and relates the experiences of a group of friends during their last summer of innocence.
  • Spanish short Oscar nominee sets feature debut Flash


    Spain's recently Oscar-nominated short film director Borja Cobeaga will shoot his first feature for producers Telespan 2000 and Estudios Picasso in October.The film, titled Flash, El Amigo De Las Chicas (literally, Flash, Friend Of The Girls), is based on the novel Flash by Massimo Bruni.The boy-meets-girl comedy is set against the world of haute cuisine, where boy tries to seduce ...
  • Woody Allen may work with Johansson again on Spanish project


    Woody Allen has unveiled new details about the film he will shoot in Spain this summer, including his desire to include recent muse Scarlett Johansson in the cast alongside Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem.
  • Sogepaq closes US deals on Sanchez-Arevalo, Lazaro features


    Spain's Sogepaq has closed all-rights deals for distribution in the United States on Daniel Sanchez-Arevalo's DarkBlueAlmostBlack to Strand Releasing and on Emilio Martinez Lazaro's The 2 Sides Of The Bed to Here! Films.
  • Del Toro adds Portuguese prize to list of honours


    Guillermo del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth walked away the top winner of the 27th annual edition of Portugal's Oporto Film Festival, better known as Fantasporto.Oscar-winning Labyrinth (El Laberinto Del Fauno) picked up theFantasporto official selection's Grand Prix for best fantasy film - anhonour the Mexican director previously took home in 1994 for ...
  • European animation - Territory Overview: Spain - 'Animation is in hot demand'


    The 2001 animated feature The Living Forest marked a before and after in Spanish animation. Europe's first 3D computer animation, it was seen by more than a million viewers across the continent. Its success helped producer Dygra Films finance its $8m (EUR6.1m) Midsummer Dream, and grow its company with an eye to opening associated studios abroad. Dygra is in production on the 3D follow-up, The Spirit Of The Forest, for a 2007 release.
  • Spanish exhibitors argue new law caters to producers


    Controversy surrounding the Spanish government's draft for a new film law heated up Wednesday following strong criticism by the the local exhibitors' federation FECE.
  • Final line-up announced for Malaga Film Festival


    UK director Francesca Joseph's Stanley Tucci-starrer Four Last Songs will close the upcoming 10th annual edition of the Spanish Film Festival of Malaga (March 9-17).
  • Four Last Songs to play out Malaga festival


    UK directorFrancesca Joseph's Four Last Songs will close the 10th annual edition of the Spanish Film Festival of Malaga(March 9-17).The film, aSpanish co-production which shot in Mallorca, stars Stanley Tucci, with Rhys Ifans, HughBonneville and Marisa Paredes. It's the story of an American pianist ofmediocre talents whose efforts to organise ...
  • On Pictures expands into production with Mortadelo & Filemon


    Spanish distributor On Pictures is about to embark on its first feature film production with a live action adaptation of popular comic strip Mortadelo & Filemon.
  • European stars: Spain


    The lack of a star system in Spain has long been lamented by the local industry, but the tide appears to be changing. It is no longer just the one-off Hollywood success of actors like Antonio Banderas, Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem, or other actors with cachet in specific territories, like Maribel Verdu in Mexico (Y Tu Mama Tambien, Pan's Labyrinth) or Sergi Lopez in France (Harry, He's Here To Help). Now a second line of talents is also making headway abroad: ...
  • Banderas and Perez to back new Spanish talent


    Antonio Banderas' Malaga-based Green Moon Productions and Antonio Perez's Seville-based Maestranza Films have signed a new film-per-year co-production agreement.
  • Spain's film-makers call for a Spanish Unifrance


    Spanish film-makers and industry representatives are calling on their government to help better promote Spanish cinema abroad by following the model of Unifrance. The call came as one of a series of conclusions out of a landmark two-day industry-wide conference held this week in Cordoba (Feb 12-14) to analyse key issues facing the Spanish film sector. 'The case of Unifrance constitutes a basic reference for how the different institutions of a country unite their ...
  • Avanzit buys out Notro Films


    Spanish distributor and producer Notro Films has been acquired by media company Avanzit.
  • Antena 3 on board for Woody Allen's Spanish project


    Spanish broadcaster Antena 3 has boarded the new Woody Allen film to shoot in Barcelona this summer with star Penelope Cruz.
  • Spain - Saints above


    Like The Da Vinci Code before it, Ray Loriga's Teresa (Teresa, El Cuerpo De Cristo) has drawn the ire of the Catholic Church from Madrid to London before the film - which stars Spanish siren Paz Vega as the 16th century saint - has even premiered.
  • Lolafilms plans $7.7m biopic of Spanish poet Gil de Biedma


    Andres Vicente Gomez's Lolafilms will produce a new Spanish-language biopic about prominent 20th-century poet Jaime Gil de Biedma.
  • Volver takes best film, director, actress at Goyas in Madrid


    Pedro Almodovar's Volver and Guillermo del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth split the top prizes Sunday night at Spain's 21st annual Goya Awards. Almodovar was absent from the ceremony, but his film won five prizes including best film, director, original music, actress for Penelope Cruz and supporting actress for Carmen Maura. Labyrinth (
  • Selling Spanish main attraction


    The 2.2% year-on-year drop in Spanish box office for 2006 has split opinion about cinema's health. Admissions were down to 124 million, from 126 million, while ticket sales rose slightly to $839m (EUR648m) thanks to higher prices.
  • Banderas to direct two new projects as Death's Other Kingdom stalls


    Antonio Banderas has two new projects in mind to direct in Spain following his Malaga-set drama Summer Rain, screening in both Sundance and Berlin.
  • Laura Mana to direct La Roldana


    Laura Mana has signed on to direct ambitious 17th century biopic La Roldana for Spain's Maestranza Films.Seville native Paz Vega (Spanglish, 10 Items Or Less) has expressed interest in taking the lead role of the talented sculptress in the vibrant 17th century setting of Seville who defied her family's wishes in marriage and craft.Maestranza chief Antonio Perez is presenting the $9m (Euros 7m) project to potential co-producers ...
  • Jeanada to star in Michael Radford's La Mula


    Up-and-coming Spanish actor Oscar Jaenada has been tapped for the lead in Michael Radford's new Spanish-language feature La Mula.Jaenada will star alongside Maria Valverde (Melissa P) in the Spanish Civil War-set bittersweet comedy about a soldier who discovers a mule in the middle of a battlefield and decides to keep the animal with him as long as the war lasts.Radford, fresh from editing his latest film
  • Posner launches YaYa! Films in Spain


    Enrique Posner, former general manager of Warner Bros in Spain, has set up new production outfit YaYa! Films with three feature films in the works.
  • Spanish 2006 admissions drop 2.2% in 2006 but grosses rise


    Spanish admissions dropped 2.2% last year, while a rise in ticket prices sent grosses up almost the same percentage. Admissions were down to 124m, while ticket sales were up to $839m (Euros 648m), according to figures from Nielsen EDI. 'The reality is that it was a 'good' year for Spain,' says Arturo Guillen of the Madrid office of EDI Nielsen. 'This is a mature market and as long as the box office stays within the Euros 600m range it is good.' But each ...
  • Filmax starts development of Blind Man Of Seville


    Spain's Filmax is developing new feature The Blind Man Of Seville, a crime thriller based on the novel by award-winning UK writer Robert Wilson. A screenplay is currently being written by Will Conroy, co-writer on Brad Anderson's Transsiberian, a $15m train-set mystery now shooting for Filmax. A director will be announced soon. Filmax has already secured backing from Germany's ZDF ...
  • Mar Abadin joins new Spanish sales group 6 Sales


    New Spain-based international sales consortium 6 Sales has hired Mar Abadin as its head of sales.
  • MediaPro, Grupo Arbol launch new sales company Imagina


    Spain boasts a new international sales outfit, Imagina International Sales, handling feature films and television content.
  • Berlinale Panorama slot for Banderas


    Antonio Banderas' second film as a director, the Spanish-language Summer Rain, will receive a 'Panorama Special' screening in the Berlinale.
  • Mortimer replaces Morton on cast of Transsiberian


    Emily Mortimer has signed on to take the place of an injured Samantha Morton in the cast of Brad Anderson's Transsiberian, now shooting for Spain's Filmax Entertainment.
  • Maltes plans movie for comic book hero Captain Thunder


    Young Spanish production house Maltes Producciones has taken a three-year option on rights to popular local comic book series Captain Thunder and is developing a $30-40m (Euros 25-30m) English-language feature.
  • Yelmo buys out Loews' stake in Spanish theatrical chain


    The Yelmo Group has bought out its partner Loews Cineplex's 50% stake in Spanish exhibition chain, Yelmo Cineplex.
  • Four films dominate Goya nominations


    Fourfilms, Alatriste, Volver, Pan's Labyrinth and Salvador dominated the nominations for this year's Goya Awards.Thenominees were announced in Madrid by a team led by the newly-elected presidentof the Academy, writer-director Angeles Gonzalez Sinde. The ceremony for the 21st annual edition of the awards will be held over the lastweekend in January.Alatriste led the nominations with 15 nods including ...
  • Maura to receive honorary prize at Malaga Festival


    Spanishactress Carmen Maura, the early Pedro Almodovar muse and co-star of hisaward-winning Volver, will receive the honoraryMalaga Prize at next year's 10thanniversary edition of the Spanish Film Festival of Malaga (March 9-17).
  • Lionsgate strikes deal for Filmax's The Backwoods


    Lionsgate has acquired NorthAmerican rights to Gary Oldman-starring thriller The Backwoods from Spanish mini-studio Filmax Entertainment.
  • Almodovar hopes to get Cruz on board for next film


  • Grisebach's Longing takes top prizes at Gijon


    Spain's Gijon International Film Festival (Nov 28- Dec 1) awarded its top honours to Valeska Grisebach's Longing (Sehnsucht).The German film about a man who unexpectedly falls in love with another woman, picked up best feature film award and the Fipresci prize.
  • Anderson lines up starry cast for Filmax's Transsiberian


    Ben Kingsley, WoodyHarrelson, Samantha Morton, Kate Mara and Eduardo Noriega are set to star inBrad Anderson's upcoming thriller Transsiberian for Spanish mini-studio Filmax Entertainment.
  • Perfume has strong Spanish opening for Filmax


  • Spain's Notro picks up 10 films at AFM


  • Vargas takes Golden Columbus at Huelva


    Mexico'sFrancisco Vargas took the Golden Columbus and best photography prizes for his El Violin at the 32nd edition of Spain's Iberoamerican FilmFestival of Huelva (Nov 18-25).
  • Spain's Gijon festival opens with The History Boys


    The 44th annual edition ofthe independent cinema-minded International Film Festival of Gijon, Spain (Nov23-Dec 1) kicked off Thursday with a line-up of international titles vying forofficial competition prizes. The top prize carries a $25,888 (Euros 20,000)purse for the Spanish distributor.
  • First Look takes on domestic to Kovak from Filmax


    Spain's Filmax Entertainment has sold North Americandistribution rights on English-language thriller The Kovak Box to First Look Studios.
  • New Latin American body takes on piracy


    The Motion Picture Association and the Spanish producers' rights' management entity EGEDA have joined to create the Latin American Regional Alliance to fight piracy in the region.
  • Sony boards Armero football comedy in Spain


    Columbia FilmsProducciones Espanolas has boarded the new comedy from Spanish director AlvaroFernandez Armero, to be distributed internationally and released in Spain bySony Pictures Releasing International.The as-yet untitledco-production with Madrid-based Morena Films and broadcaster Telecinco'sprolific ...
  • 35 new projects on show at Iberoamerican Co-production Forum


    Close to 30 companies will get an early look at 35 new projects from 13 countries at the upcoming Iberoamerican Co-production Forum (Nov 19-21) at Spain's Iberoamerican Film Festival of Huelva (Nov 18-25).
  • The Optimists triumphs at Valladolid


    GoranPaskaljevic was the main winner of the 51st annual International Film Festivalof Valladolid, taking home the Golden Spike award and best actorprize forThe Optimists (Optimisti).
  • German films claim top prizes at Sitges


    Two German films, Hans-Christian Schmid's Requiem and Martin Weisz's Butterfly-AGrimm Love Story (Rohtenburg), split most of the top prizes at the 39th edition of thegenre International Film Festival of Catalunya (Oct 6-15), better known as Sitges.Requiem, ...
  • Studios face more anti-competition allegations in Spain


  • 51st Valladolid line-up announced


    Fifteen feature films willcompete for the top Golden Spike Award at this year's 51st International FilmWeek of Valladolid, Spain, also known as Seminci (Oct 20-28).
  • Sitges line-up announced


    Terry Gilliam, Joe Dante,Paul Verhoeven, Darren Aronofsy and Brad Anderson are a few of the directorsexpected this year at the upcoming 39th edition of the InternationalFilm Festival of Catalunya (Oct 6-15), better known as Sitges.
  • Spain backs Almodovar's Volver in Oscar race


  • Spanish partners establish new consortium 6 Sales


  • Jaman strikes 30-film deal with Venevision


  • Wenders joins Bardem's The Invisibles project


  • Demme to make doc about Carter's book on Middle East


    Jonathan Demme is preparing a documentary about Jimmy Carter'sbook Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid, thedirector said at the Donostia-San Sebastian International Film Festival (Sept21-30) this week."I'm going to do a documentary film starting in aboutsix weeks with the former United States president ...
  • Mexican expansion talks for Films In Progress scheme


    Jorge Sanchez, director of Mexico's Guadalajara International Film Festival is negotiating with San Sebastian and Toulouse to extend the successful Films In Progress completion financing initiative.
  • San Sebastian chief warns of festival overcrowding


    Donostia-San Sebastian International Film Festival director Mikel Olaciregui has warned that the festival calendar is overcrowded.
  • John Hurt signs on for de la Iglesia's Oxford Murders


  • Spain's Lolafilms readies Aranda's Lolita's Club


    Spanish production house Lolafilms is preparing director Vicente Aranda'sLolita's Club, the follow-up to his English-languageromp The White Knight.
  • Sogepaq books multiple deals for DarkBlueAlmostBlack


    Spain's Sogepaq has closed a string of sales onwell-received Venice Days entry DarkBlueAlmostBlack (AzulOscuroCasiNegro) which screens in Toronto's Visions programme.
  • Jaume Balaguero finds The Certain Lady with Filmax


  • Alatriste opens well in Spain but doesn't break records


  • San Sebastian reveals line-up for Latin Horizons competition


    The Donostia-SanSebastian International Film Festival (Sept 21-30) has released the line-up ofits year-in-production Latin Horizons dual showcases of Spanish cinema, Made inSpain, and Latin American films, Horizons Selection.
  • Robert Carlyle signs on for 28 Weeks Later


    Robert Carlyle, Rose Byrne,Catherine McCormack, Jeremy Renner, Imogen Poots, Idris Elba and 12-year-oldnewcomer Mackintosh Muggleton have been cast in 28 Weeks Later, the sequel to DannyBoyle's 28 Days Later, which beganshooting yesterday in London.
  • Oliver Stone heads to San Sebastian with World Trade Center


  • San Sebastian selects projects for funding initiatives


  • Holland, Broomfield to compete in San Sebastian


    Lars von Trier,John Boorman, Tom DiCilloand Agnieszka Holland are among the directors set toscreen films in the official selection of the upcoming Donostia-SanSebastian International Film Festival (Sept 21-30).
  • San Sebastian's pearls include Inarritu's Babel


  • Eighteen compete for San Sebastian new director prizes


    Eighteen films will compete in the New Directors'competition at this year's Donostia-San SebastianInternational Film Festival (September 21-30).
  • New Marbella festival to offer four competition sections


    Dancing For Oliver, a documentary about the making of the dancesequences in Oliver Stone's Alexander,is one of approximately 50 films to screen at the first International FilmFestival of Marbella, Spain this Sept 8-10.
  • Catalunya establishes new $7.6m co-production fund


  • Appeals deadline looms for studios in Spanish case


    Monday marked the deadline forappeals to be filed in the ruling which found five studios guilty ofanti-competitive practices in Spain.
  • Lynch's Empire, Labute's Wicker lined up for Sitges


    Guillermo del Toro's Cannespremiere Pan's Labyrinth will openthe 39th annual edition of the International Film Festival of Catalonia, betterknown as Sitges, which has unveiled the first details of its 2006 lineup. Thefestival takes place from Oct 6 to 15.
  • Filmax raises $25m through bond issue


    Spain's Filmax has raised$25m through US investment groups subscribing to bonds it has issued.
  • Spain's Telespan 2000 to merge with Telson


    Leading Spanish producer Telespan 2000 is merging with Telson,the audiovisual arm of telecommunications giant Avanzit.
  • Spanish exhibitors threaten to escalate Scary Movie row


    A stand-off between leading Spanish exhibitors and BuenaVista over the local release of Scary Movie 4 could have ramificationsfor the majors in Spain.
  • Madrid Screenings deals continue to rack up


  • Madrid's new Screenings ends with strong turnout and sales


  • Huesca's top prizes go to Melodramat and Electrodomestica


  • New Madrid Screenings boasts 51 new films


  • Grupo GMR to invest $33m in new Spanish cinemas


  • Spain's new MPC focuses on crossover content


    New company MPC has launchedin Spain with the objective of producing and acquiringcontent for multiple platforms.
  • Filmax recruits Universum for Transsiberian


    Spain's Filmax Entertainmenthas signed on Germany's Universum Film to co-produce Brad Anderson's new film, Transsiberian.
  • Germany's Beta Cinema takes on Salvador


    Germany's Beta Cinema willhandle international sales on Un Certain Regard entry Salvador, produced by Spain's MediaPro.
  • UK's One Eyed Films launches production arm


    London-based One Eyed Films,a sales boutique specializing in Latin American cinema, is launching aproduction arm at Cannes.
  • Spanish exhibitors' federation responds to ruling


  • Spanish court slaps $15m in fines on major distributors


    A Spanish court has handeddown fines of $3.2m (Euros 2.4m) each on five multinational distributorsaccused of price fixing and otheranti-competitive practices in Spain.
  • Filmax adds flamenco biopic to Cannes slate


    Spanish mini-studio Filmax has picked up international rights to local flamencobiopic Camaronto add to its Cannes slate.
  • Spain's Latido takes on sales for Nobody's Perfect


    Salesconsortium Latido has picked up international rightsto Joaquin Oristrell's new comedy Nobody's Perfect, the follow-up to his2005 Unconscious, which screened atSundance and sold to 25 countries.
  • Spain's Dygra Films to launch sales division


    Spanish animation producer Dygra Films will launch an international sales departmentat the upcoming Cannes Film Festival.
  • Annaud feature in talks for Iberian shoot


    Spanish studio Ciudad De LaLuz is in advance negotiations to bring Jean-Jacques Annaud'slatest feature to its sound stages. Minor,which is billed as a mythological and pagan comedy set in an era before Homer,is scheduled to shoot around the end of the year.
  • Brad Anderson returns with Transsiberian


    Spain's Filmax has unveiled the first details ofdirector Brad Anderson's follow-up to well-received horror film The Machinist, a new thriller called Transsiberian.
  • DeA Planeta to launch new international sales arm


    Spanish-Italian media venture DeAPlaneta will launch a new international sales department at Cannes, headed by CFOGonzalo Martin.
  • Sogepaq picks up international on Spanish hit


    Spain'sSogepaq has picked up international rights on local box office hit The2 Sides Of The Bed.Thefilm (Los 2 Lados De La Cama) from director Emilio MartinezLazaro wasreleased in Spain by Buena Vista on December 20, 2005 andhasearned more than $8.5m (Euros 7m) to take top ranking ...
  • Cruz reveals passion for India


    PenelopeCruz and Spanish producers Colomo Producciones and Sogecine have optioned therights to popular novel Pasion India.Cruzis ...
  • Spain's Sogepaq pre-sells Bollain feature to Indie Circle


    Spain's Sogepaq has closed a pre-sale on director Iciar Bollain's new film, Mataharis, topan-European distribution pool Indie Circle.
  • Blockbuster to close all its Spanish stores


    Blockbuster has announced it will close86 of its stores in Spain by May 15. Blockbuster Video Espana, which openedits first stores in 1991, reported losses of $6.6m (Euros 5.5m) in 2004, up 65%over 2003, and expects even greater losses for 2005.
  • Sogepaq agrees Spanish distribution deal with Fox


    Spain'sSogepaq has signed a deal to release all of itsproductions and acquisitions locally through Hispano Foxfilm,including new titles from Antonio Banderas and Julio Medem.
  • Almodovar's Volver gets warm reception in Madrid


    Pedro Almodovar has submitted his muchanticipated new film, Volver, forcompetition at Cannes."The selectors have seenit and I understand they liked it, and we will have an answer from them inApril," Almodovar said.The director openedCannes in 2004 with his last film, Bad Education (La Mala Educacion), and wonbest director honours in 1999 for his widely praised All About My Mother (Todo Sobre Mi Madre).
  • Six titles chosen for Films in Progress financing initiative


    The Films in Progresscompletion financing initiative of the Latin American Film Festival of Toulouseand the Donostia-San Sebastian International FilmFestival has announced the six titles participating in the upcoming 9thedition March 23-24 in Toulouse.
  • Sandino Moreno signs on to Cuadri's new feature


    Oscar-nominated Colombian actress Catalina Sandino Morenohas signed on to the cast of $14.3m (Euros 12m) Spanish-UK-Portugalco-production The Heart Of The Earth,shooting from March 31.
  • Notro Films picks up Spanish rights to On Probation


    Spanish distributor NotroFilms has picked up local rights to Argentinean feature On Probation ahead of its European premiere at the 9th annualSpanish Film Festival of Malaga (March 17-25).The film (Tiempo De Valientes) will inaugurate Malaga's newly created Latin American ...
  • TriPictures helps Gaul to the Games


    Spain'sTriPictures has boarded the $93m (Euros 78m) French-language Asterix At TheOlympic Games, set to shoot entirely in Spain beginning nextJune.The film will shoot in high definition for20 weeks at the new Alicante-based City of Light studio complex.
  • Malaga Film Festival line-up is finalised


    Fourteen new Spanish filmsand co-productions will compete at the upcoming ninth annual edition of theSpanish Film Festival of Malaga (March 17-25).
  • Spain's Telespan in five-picture pact with BVI


    Spanish producer Telespan 2000isnearing a five-picture distribution agreement with Buena VistaInternational in Spain.
  • Morena greenlights Latin American productions


    Spain's Morena Films is preparing a new slate offilms, with the $3.6m (Euros 3m) Andalusian road movie Blinkerscurrently at the Berlin Co-Production market and three more set to shoot shortly.With Morena currently in post on Mexican veteranArturo Ripstein's El Carnaval De Sodoma, its forthcomingproductions tap into Latin American talent.
  • Grupo Pi sells US rights to The Uninvited Guest


    Spanish sales consortium Grupo Pi has closed aUS theatricalsale on thriller The Uninvited Guest to D Street Media Group.The film, which will premiere next month at the Philadelphia FilmFestival ...
  • Wanda Visions prepares new slate of films


    Spain's Wanda Vision, co-producer of Panorama opening title Family Law, is preparing a new slate offilms including two features set in Africa.Documentarian-turned-fiction-filmmaker GerardoOlivares is preparing his follow-up to BerlinaleSpecial screener The Great Match (El Gran Final) for Wanda. The road movie about Africanemigrants to Europe is called Tenere after the Saharan desertlocation also seen in Great Match.Agusti ...
  • Wanda Vision prepares new slate of films


    Spain'sWanda Vision, co-producer of Panorama opening title Family Law, is preparing a new slate of films including twofeatures set in Africa.Documentarian-turned-fiction-filmmakerGerardo Olivares is preparing his follow-up to BerlinaleSpecial screener The Great Match (El Gran Final) for Wanda. ...
  • AMC Entertainment to sell Iberian multiplex network


    AMC Entertainment is in final negotiations to sell off its multiplexes in Spain and Portugal to UK private equity firm Terra FirmaCapital Partners.
  • Trueba's Bienvenido A Casa to open Malaga Film Festival


    David Trueba's romanticdrama Bienvenido A Casa will have its world premiere asthe inaugural film atthe upcoming 9th annual Spanish Film Festival ofMalaga (March 17-25).
  • Julio Medem selects an international cast for his new film


    Spain'sSogecine has unveiled new details of Spanish auteurJulio Medem's next film, Caotica Ana, set to begin shooting on February 13.
  • Filmax to distribute Lauren Films' catalogue of titles


    Spain'sFilmax has signed a deal to distribute Lauren Films'catalogue of titles on DVD in Spain.
  • Tornasol Films to back new prize at Guadalajara


    Spanish producer Tornasol Filmsis backing a new prize for the winning film at the two-day Ibero-American Co-Production Meeting of Mexico's Guadalajara International Film Festival (March 24-31).
  • New Spanish film festival to be held in June


    International buyers of Spanish featureshave a new event to mark on their calendars: the Spanish Film Screenings ofMadrid, to be held June 18-20.
  • Spain claims 20-year production record


    Spainproduced more feature films in 2005 than in any year in the past two decades,according to new figures released by the Ministry of Culture.Some142 ...
  • Spanish government launches action plan for film


    Spain'sMinistry of Culture has unveiled an "action plan" for Spanish film, including increased subsidies and the creation of a new mutual guarantee fund.
  • The Match Factory picks up films from Wanda Vision


    New international sales outfit The Match Factory has picked up international rights to two new titles from Spain's Wanda Vision.
  • Spanish box-office admissions down by 12.7%


    Admissions at Spanish cinemas took a 12.7% dive in 2005,hitting a seven-year low.
  • Woody Allen prepares 2007 Barcelona shoot


    Woody Allen is to shoot a film in the Barcelona in 2007 with local producer MediaPro.
  • Woody Allen prepares 2007 Spanish shoot


    Woody Allen is to shoot a film in Spain in 2007 with local producer MediaPro.
  • Spanish Film Screenings at Lanzarote cancelled


    The Spanish Film Screenings of Lanzarote, a three-day mini-market for Spanish cinema heldevery winter in the Canary Islands, have been cancelledafter six editions.The Screenings drew anywhere from50 to 90 international buyers each winter to the Spanish archipelago off thenorthwest coast of Africa. After five years running inlate November and early ...
  • Spanish stars head home for new projects


    Spain's most exportable filmtalent, led by Antonio Banderas and Penelope Cruz,are going back to their roots for their most recent productions.
  • New Spanish studio secures its first international production


    Additional reporting by Nancy Tartaglione-Vialatte
  • Obaba and Princesas dominate the Goyas


    Montxo Armendariz's Obaba andFernando Leon's Princesses are thefrontrunners in the nominations for the 20th anniversary edition of Spain's Oscar-equivalent Goya Awards, which willtake place January 29.Obaba, aBasque Country-set adaptation of an award-winning novel, earned 10 nominationsincluding ...
  • Obaba and Princesas dominate the 20th Goya Awards


    Montxo Armendariz's Obaba and Fernando Leon's Princesses are the frontrunners in the nominations for the 20th anniversary edition of Spain's Oscar-equivalent Goya Awards, which will take place January 29.Obaba, a Basque Country-set adaptation of an award-winning novel, earned 10 nominations including in the best film and director categories. The movie is Spain's nomination to the foreign-language Oscar and inaugurated the Donostia-San Sebastian International Film Festival in September. ...
  • Sogepaq sells Goya-nominated Virgins to US


    Spain's Sogepaq has sold allrights for the US to Picture This! Entertainment on Alberto Rodriguez's coming-of-age drama 7Virgins (7 Virgenes).
  • Sogepaq announces sales for Fernando Leon's latest


    Spain's Sogepaq has announced first sales in Europe and Latin America on Fernando Leon's Sundance World Competition entry, Princesses (Princesas).
  • Grupo Pi reveals string of deals in the US


    Spanish consortium Grupo Pi hasclosed a string of sales on its slate of local films, including a USpay TV and video deal with HBO for first-time feature director Guillem Morales' thriller The Uninvited Guest.
  • Sogepaq takes on Banderas' Spanish project


    Sogepaq has picked upinternational rights to Antonio Banderas' second film as director, The WayOf The English, which beginsshooting next Monday in Spain.
  • Audiard beats rivals to Golden Giraldillo at Seville


    JacquesAudiard's The Beat That My HeartSkipped (De battre mon coeur s'est arrete) took theGolden Giraldillo at Spain's European Film Festival ofSeville.
  • Pedro Maso earns Spain's highest film award


    Veteran director Pedro Maso will receive the Goya of Honour at the 20thanniversary edition of Spain'sOscar-equivalent national awards ceremony next January 29.
  • Julio Medem to shoot new film next year


    Spanish auteur Julio Medem is preparing to shoot his next film, Caotica Ana, in 2006 with backing from local powerhouse Sogecine.
  • Tornasol to understudy De la Iglesia's Oxford thriller


    Spain'sTornasol Films is backing the second English-language foray of Spanish cultdirector Alex de la Iglesia, the UK-set Oxford Murders.
  • European Film Awards to be announced at Seville


  • Bedside manner earns Bize the Golden Spike


    Chilean-Germanco-production In Bed scooped the Golden Spikeaward at the 50thanniversary edition of Spain's Valladolid International Film Festival.DirectorMatias Bize's film (En La Cama) turns on two strangerswho meet, decide to rent a hotel room for a tryst, then unexpectedly ...
  • Malaga brings forward festival dates


    The Spanish Film Festival of Malaga has moved its dates forward a monthto March and added several new awards for its 9th annual editionnext year.
  • Virgins run wild at Spanish box office


    Seville-set teendrama 7 Virgins ousted runaway localhit Torrente 3: The Protectorin a surprise upset at the Spanish box office over the weekend.
  • Sogepaq takes on Leon's Princesses


    Spain's Sogepaqhas picked up international rights outside North America just ahead of the AFMon Fernando Leon's Princesses.
  • Spain finalises plans for new guarantee fund


    The Spanish government hasformed a landmark new mutual guarantee fund for the audiovisual sector,unveiled Monday in Madrid under the banner Audiovisual SGR.
  • Hard Candy sweeps prizes at Sitges


    David Slade's Hard Candy picked up best film and script honors at Spain'sInternational Film Festival of Catalunya, better known as Sitges (Oct 9-17).
  • Spanish broadcasters bankroll commercial fare


    Spanishbroadcaster Antena 3 cranks up production on Monday (Oct 17) on its biggest feature filmto date, the Euros 10m period drama Los Borgia.
  • Tenerife to host new Historical Film Festival


  • Valladolid unveils competition line-up


    Spain'sValladolid International Film Festival has unveiled the programme for itsupcoming 50th anniversary edition (Oct 21-29).
  • Sitges kicks off with Cronenberg's Violence


  • Torrente 3 smashes Spanish box office records


    Torrente 3: The Protector, the third instalment inthe hugely successful local comedy franchise, made history on its openingweekend in Spain.Thefilm was released September 30 on a gargantuan 465 copies by UIP, whichreporteda record-making Euros 7.2m grossed off 1.38m admissions.
  • Filmanova unveils three film slate at San Sebastian


    Spanishproduction fund Filmanova Invest has unveiled three new films for 2006 withinternational names attached like Barry Gifford, Eva Green, Paul Auster andDaniel Schmid.
  • Beyond takes on sales for road movie Carmo


  • El Dorado picks up sales rights to Garci catalogue


    Mocha Aguilar'sstart-up Spanish sales house El Dorado Internacional has picked up rights on acatalogue of films from Academy Award winning director-producer Jose LuisGarci.
  • Local films dominate San Sebastian opening weekend


    Local films dominated the opening weekend of the 53rdannual Donostia-San Sebastian International Film Festival (Sept 15-24).
  • El Aura cleans up at Argentina box office


    Fabian Bielinsky's El Aura (The Aura), his follow-up to local smash Nine Queens, has opened to record-breaking numbers in its hometerritory of Argentina.
  • Shadowboxer sold to Italy in San Sebastian


    Lee DanielsEntertainment closed a sale to Italy's Videa on Daniels' directorial debutShadowboxer at the San SebastianFilm Festival where it is in official selection. The film had its worldpremiere at Toronto.
  • Spain names trio of films to fight for Oscar contention


    The Spanish Film Academy hasselected three finalists for its nomination to the foreign-language Oscar,including Montxo Armendariz's Obaba, which inaugurated the 53rd Donosita-San Sebastian International FilmFestival on Thursday night.
  • San Sebastian kicks off with emotional tribute to Robert Wise


    Spain'sDonostia-San Sebastian International Film Festival kicked off its 53rd annualedition Thursday night.
  • Andalucian outfit launches film investment fund


    Agroup of film professionals and investors from the Spanish region of Andalusiahave launched new investment fund Surinvest Capital Andalucia to offerfinancing for film and TV works.
  • KWA takes on international sales for Galan's Editor


    Spanish sales outfit KevinWilliams Associates (KWA) has picked up international rights on a handful ofnew Spanish and Latin American films including San Sebastian special screener Pablo G.del Amo: Editor Of Illusions.
  • Anjelica Huston to head San Sebastian jury


    Anjelica Huston will presideover the official jury of the 53rd Donostia-San SebastianInternational Film Festival (Sept 15-24), which has also unveiled TheWorld's Fastest Indian as its closing film.
  • Sogepaq runs with South Express


    Spain's Sogepaqhas picked up world rights on new feature South Express, screening this month in both Toronto andSan Sebastian.
  • San Sebastian launches North African financing initiative


    TheDonostia-San Sebastian International Film Festival (Sept 15-24) is expandingits geographical reach with a new financing initiative targeting North Africanfilmmakers, building on its current reputation as a hotbed for emerging Latintalents.
  • Lumina takes on sales for Favela Rising doc


    Sales house Lumina Films has picked up world rights outside the US toprize-winning documentary Favela Rising.
  • Zaentz, Forman call action on Goya's Ghosts


    Milos Forman will strike up principal photography on his $36million (Euros 29m) historical drama Goya's Ghostsstarring Javier Bardem, Natalie Portman and Stellan Skarsgard on September 5in Spain.
  • San Sebastian announces Films in Progress contenders


    Seven projects chosen from 80applicants from across the world will compete for completion funding in thisyear's Films in Progress initiative.The ...
  • Galactic launch for Real Madrid movie


    Madrid is to host the most lavish premiere in Spanish cinemahistory this week featuring the city's footballing megastars, known as galacticos.
  • Banderas leads Andalucian film push


    The AndalusiaFilm Commission has announced new incentives to attract more internationalshoots to the region with the support ofnative son Antonio Banderas, whois planning to shoot his next film as a director in Malaga this autumn.
  • San Sebastian names New Directors contenders


    Twenty-fourfilms from almost as many countries will compete for the Altadis New Directorsprize at the upcoming 53rd edition of the Donostia-San Sebastian InternationalFilm Festival (Sept 15-24).
  • Sogepaq to handle five more from Tesela


    Spanishsales house Sogepaq has inked a deal with local producer Tesela to handle internationalsales and domestic video on five new and in-development features Includedin that five are two films that will be unveiled in the upcoming festivalseason. Among them is Venice Days screener The ...
  • First Hand takes on sales for Oliveira's Magic Mirror


    First Hand FilmsWorld Sales will handle international sales on venerable Portuguese directorManoel de Oliveira's Venice competitor Magic Mirror.
  • San Sebastian adds 13 titles to competition line-up


    The Donostia-San SebastianInternational Film Festival (Sept 15-24), now in its 53rd edition, has unveiled13 more predominantly European and Asian features selected to complete thisyear's official competition.
  • Moreau to head San Sebastian jury


    Jeanne Moreau will preside over a high-profile official jury at the Donostia-San Sebastian International Film Festival(Sept 21-30).
  • Oldman, Ledoyen headline Filmax horror Backwoods


    Gary Oldman and Virginie Ledoyen are headlining a new Englishlanguage horror title from Spain's Filmax, The Backwoods.
  • Argentinean romantic comedy scores in Spain


    Juan Taratuto's romantic comedy It's NotYou, It's Me is breaking records for an Argentinean film in Spain.
  • Guillermo del Toro enters the Labyrinth


    Mexicandirector Guillermo del Toro started shooting this week in Spain on his latestfeature, the Spanish-language Pan's Labyrinth.The ...
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  • Almodovar leads Spanish production boom


    Pedro Almodovar cranks up filming July 18 on his new movieVolver, a black comedy starring Penelope Cruz and Carmen Maura, just one of aslew of new projects in the works from Spain's leading international talents.
  • Heavenly intervention boosts market share for Spanish film


    New government figures on the performance of Spanish cinema have set tongueswagging thanks to the inclusion of two high-profile minority co-productionsincluding Ridley Scott's Kingdom Of Heaven.
  • Almodovar preps collector's editions of his own work


    The Almodovarbrothers' El Deseo has bought into Spanish DVDdistributor Cameo Media and will pump the bulk of its catalogue and newproductions through the company, including Pedro Almodovar'supcoming feature Volver.
  • Alquimia set 4 Dances with Ripoll


    Spain's Alquimia Cinema is preparing a new English-languagefeature from Tortilla Soup director Maria Ripoll called 4 Dances.
  • Sogepaq scores Euro sales for 20 Centimetres


    Sogepaq has announced a cache of European sales on RamonSalazar's musical drama 20 Centimetres, building on the North America deal with TLA Releasing announced lastweek.
  • Asian buyers dive for Sogepaq's Real movie


    Spain'sSogepaq has unveiled the first sales concluded on its highly anticipatedfootball feature Real, The Movie to a slew of Asian territories.
  • KanZaman boards Basic Instinct 2


    Spanishproducer KanZaman has entered a new phase of growth with the announcement ofits participation in the estimated $80m Sharon Stone-starrer Risk Addiction:Basic Instinct 2.
  • Spain's Vertigo stocks up with Cannes goodies


    Spanish distributor Vertigo Films has acquired rights to theDardenne brothers' Palme d'Or winner The Child and Francois Ozon's UnCertain Regard screener Le Temps Qui Reste.
  • Latido kicks up Longest Penalty deals


    Spanish sales consortium Latido has seen brisk sales onSpanish box office hit The World's Longest Penalty.
  • Lola closes pre-sales on saintly Paz Vega biopic


    Spain'sLolafilms has closed three key pre-sales and is fielding broad interest on itsperiod biopic Teresa,starring Viggo Mortensen and Paz Vega.
  • DeAPlaneta signs on for Summit duo


    Spanish-Italian media groupDeAPlaneta is flexing its buying muscle with new acquisitions for Spainincluding Summit Entertainment's Michael Clayton and Harsh Times.
  • Fox takes chance on Brazilian love story


    Fox Latin America has boughtpan-regional rights to Philippe Barcinski's Not By Chance, a love story co-produced by Donald K Ranvaud'sBuena Onda and Fernando Mereilles' 02 Filmes.
  • Paz Vega sets Seville date with Maestranza


    MaestranzaFilms, producer of Un Certain Regard closing film Habana Blues, is preparingwhat will be its biggest film to date: 17th century biopic La Roldana with star Paz Vega.Vega (Spanglish) will playthe title character, a talented, ahead-of-her-time sculptress in theartistically ...
  • Tartan wins US Battle for Reygadas' Heaven


    Tartan USA has acquired USrights to Mexican director Carlos Reygadas' competition title Battle InHeaven (Batalla En El Cielo).Philippe Bober, the film'smajority producer and sales agent through his The Coproduction Office, has alsosold the film to France's Bac Films, Mexico's Gussi, Film Museum for theNetherlands and Belgium's Lumiere.Tartan Films previouslypre-bought the picture for the UK.
  • Ferretti named as Venice festival jury president


    Legendary production designer Dante Ferretti, who has worked on filmsfrom Fellini's Satyricon to Scorsese's The Aviator, has been namedpresident of the international jury at this year's 62nd annualedition of the Venice Film Festival (Aug 31-Sept 10).
  • Darin flies in for Fairy role with Tornasol


    Hot Argentinean actor RicardoDarin is to star in Spanish director Jose Luis Cuerda's The Education Of AFairy for producer Tornasol Films.Darin, who has achievedinternational recognition in films such as Nine Queens, Son ...
  • Morena makes waves in Mexico


  • UK sales outfit keeps an eye on Latin America


    London sales outfit One EyedFilms, a Brazilian film specialist, has broadened its scope to include filmsfrom across Latin America and makes its Cannes debut with three multipleaward-winning titles on its slate.
  • Spain's Zebra readies Cervantes, Shakespeare comedy


  • Latido bangs Cuba drum


  • Tequila Gang, Media ready first-time trio


  • Lolafilms to sell off sales arm


    Spanish producer-distributorLolafilms is restructuring - the company is to sell off a majority holding inits international sales and distribution arm.
  • Real Madrid scores with Sogepaq


    Spain'sSogepaq has picked up worldwide rights including Spain to a surprise new filmabout - and starring - the Real Madrid football club called Real, The Movie.
  • Valley to hit LA heights


  • Warner Bros snaps up Habana Blues for Latin America


    Warner Bros has taken rightsin Latin America to Un Certain Regard closing film Habana Blues.The ...
  • Lumina to sell Brazilian Futebol around the world


  • Spain's On Pictures stocks up with Alquimia films


    Spanish distributor On Pictureshas acquired rights to four new films from local producer Alquimia Cinema.The deal, which is expected to be expanded onin the next few days, encompasses theatrical and DVD/video rights inSpain. It is the first agreement of its kind for new distributor On,backed by media conglomerate Grupo Zeta, and only its third acquisitionannounced to date.
  • Malaga savours Spanish Tapas


    Ensemble comedy-drama Tapas was the surprise winner of the best film, best actress and thepublic's prizes at the eighth annual Spanish Film Festival of Malaga(April 22-30), with other top awards split among higher-profile contenders 20Centimeters, Heroine and Ants InThe Mouth.
  • Almodovar ready to roll with Volver


    Pedro Almodovar and producer Agustin Almodovar haveconfirmed that Penelope Cruz and Carmen Maura will star in the director's newfilm, Volver, shooting from July in Spain."Volver is Michael Curtiz's Mildred Piercemeets Frank Capra's Arsenic And Old Lace, mixed with the surrealistnaturalism of my fourth film What Have I Done To Deserve This!!,"Almodovar ...
  • Spanish producers will lobby to block US from subsidies


    The Spanish Producers'Federation (FAPAE) said this week it would lobby the government to block themajor studios from accessing state subsidies for local film productions.
  • Herrero readies Los Aires Dificiles


    DirectorGerardo Herrero, competing this week in the Spanish Film Festival of Malaga(April 22-30) with Heroine, is set to begin shooting on his nextfeature, Los Aires Dificiles, on June 6.
  • Bigas Luna looks to build Juani franchise


    Media Films, the fledgling production division of Spanishdistributor Manga Films, is developing a franchise around popular directorBigas Luna's latest feature, I Am Juani.
  • Spanish producers unveil projects at Malaga Forum


    Spanish distributor Notro Films introduced its debutco-production over the weekend, one of seven new feature films unveiled in aProjects Forum organised by the Spanish Film Festival of Malaga (April 22-30).
  • Malaga festival kicks off with Ants


    Beginningtoday, the Mediterranean city of Malaga transforms itself into the capital ofSpanish cinema for the nine days of the Spanish Film Festival of Malaga (April22-30).
  • Two Malaga festival films get sales agents


    Two films competing in theofficial section of the Spanish Film Festival of Malaga (April 22-30) havefound international sales agents on the eve of the event: Sogepaq has picked upRamon Salazar's 20 Centimeterswhile Grupo Pi will handle romantic comedy Semen, A Love Sample.
  • El Dorado takes on sales for Malaga pair


    Newly-formed El Dorado International has picked upinternational rights on two films competing in next week's Spanish FilmFestival of Malaga (April 22-30), Jose Antonio Vitoria's Vorvik andXavier Berraondo's Working Class.TheMadrid-based sales outfit, newly created by former Aurum international salesdirector Mocha Aguilar, will screen both films to international ...
  • Hutton signs on for Filmax's The Kovak Box


  • Frugone named as new Valladolid fest director


    Spain's Valladolid International Film Festival hasnamed Juan Carlos Frugone as the new director of the event, which this yearcelebrates its 50th anniversary edition (Oct 21-29).
  • Malaga festival unveils Spanish competition line-up


    The Spanish Film Festival of Malaga has finalised itsline-up for this year's eighth annual edition (April 22-30), unveilingthe final titles competing in its official selection.
  • Spain's Avalon partners with Fnac on DVD label


  • Euro producers link up for Carreras' Wind


    New Spanish company Ficcion Producciones has signed on fourEuropean co-producers to its debut feature, 18th century drama Talking WithThe Wind starring Luis Tosar.Italy'sD'Ursi, Germany's Pictorion Pictures and Portugal's EPC Lisboa will each bring12% of the Euros 2.8m budget to the film, shooting next autumn for directorDavid Carreras (Hipnos).
  • Spain's Filmanova boards mystery tale Portovero


    Spain'sFilmanova Invest has signed on to co-produce T&C Film's Portovero fromSwiss director Daniel Schmid and writer Barry Gifford.
  • Filmax options Iraq war Invader


    Spain's Filmax has optioned the rights to Fernando Marias'novel Invader (Invasor).
  • Sales veteran Aguilar leaves Spain's Aurum


    Salesveteran Mocha Aguilar has left her position as director of international salesat Spanish distibutor Aurum Producciones to launch her own El DoradoInternational.
  • Venture capital group acquires Spain's Abaco


    Venture capital groupMercapital has invested Euros 55m in Spanish exhibition company Grupo Abaco tobecome the majority shareholder.
  • Malaga festival unveils first films in competition line-up


    The 8th annual editionof the Spanish Film Festival of Malaga (April 22-30) has unveiled the first five featuresset to compete in its official line-up, which kicks off with opening film AntsIn The Mouth by Mariano Barroso.The five competitors, representing some of the most anticipated new filmsout of Spain this season, include Filmax's To Die In San Hilario (Morir EnSan ...
  • Voyage sails off with Mar del Plata prize


    Ismael Ferroukhi's French-Moroccan co-production Le GrandVoyage was awarded the Golden Astro for best feature film at the 20thanniversary edition of Argentina's Mar del Plata International Film Festival(March 10-20)
  • Dygra racks up further Midsummer pre-sales


    Spanish animation producer Dygra Films has pre-sold itsanticipated new feature film Midsummer Dream to Scanbox Entertainmentfor rights in five Scandinavian countries.
  • Wanda takes on sales for Rotterdam winner Sky Turns


    Spain's Wanda Vision will handle international sales onMercedes Alvarez's award-winning documentary The Sky Turns (El Cielo Gira).Thefilm, which has already sold to France's ARTE, was a surprise Tiger Awardwinner in Rotterdam and took home the top prize last weekend at Paris's Cinemadu Reel festival.
  • Las Palmas festival hands top prize to Chinese World


  • Films In Progress announces 2005 line-up


    FilmsIn Progress, the joint completion financing initiative of the San SebastianInternational Film Festival and the Latin American Film Festival of Toulouse,has unveiled the seven titles screening in the seventh edition March 17-18 inToulouse.
  • Mar del Plata kicks off in face of economic troubles


    Argentina's Mar del Plata International Film Festival kicksoff its 20th anniversary edition today (March 10-20) with a line-up boastingmore than 300 titles.Thisyear the sole FIAPF-accredited A-grade festival in Latin America will also hostthe first annual Mercosur Film Market (March 14-19), sponsored by Al-Invest,Europe's MEDIA Programme and the local Exportar Foundation.
  • Malaga festival unveils market initiatives


    The Spanish Film Festival of Malaga (April 22-30) will hostfour industry-oriented markets this year, adding two new three-day events toits calendar of activities.
  • 23 projects for Las Palmas co-prod market


    Twenty-three feature film projects from across Europe havesigned up for the third annual EuroForum co-production market, held March 9-11during Spain's Las Palmas International Film Festival (March 4-12), which kicksoff tomorrow with Paul Weitz's inaugural film In Good Company.
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  • Spanish producers spread their film budget bets


    A contradictory trend is at work in Spain: the country ismaking increasingly more low-budget films, yet production cranks up this monthon two of its costliest features ever, Viggo Mortensen-starrer Alatristeand Vicente Aranda's The White Knight.
  • Spanish box office hit gets sales lift at EFM


    Spanish salesconsortium Grupo Pi has announced a handful of deals concluded at the recentEuropean Film Market in Berlin.
  • Spain's Filmanova to co-finance flamenco biopic Camaron.


    Galician investment fundFilmanova Invest has signed on to co-finance Spanish veteran Jaime Chavarri'slatest film, flamenco biopic Camaron.
  • Sixth Lanzarote Screenings attracts buyers from 20 countries


    Fifty buyers from more than20 countries are expected to attend the sixth annual Spanish Film Screenings ofLanzarote (Feb 24-26).
  • Spain's lazonafilms, Telespan back Serrano projects


    Two young Spanish productioncompanies, lazonafilms and Telespan 2000, have joined forces to back twofeature films from hot writer-director David Serrano.
  • Family a fresh embrace for Burman, Hendler


    Argentineandirector Daniel Burman, winner of Berlin's Silver Bear Award last year for LostEmbrace (El Abrazo Partido), started pre-production this week on his newBuenos Aires-set comedy Family Law (Derecho De Familia) which reunitesthe director with his Embrace cast.
  • TLA picks up Bardem's Swindled


    Spanishsales consortium Latido has sold US rights to Miguel Bardem's Swindled(Incautos) to TLA Releasing.
  • Sogepaq strikes US deal on de la Iglesia's Crime


    Spanishsales company Sogepaq has closed North American rights on Alex de la Iglesia'sblack comedy Ferpect Crime (Crimen Ferpecto) to US independentdistributor Vitagraph, which will partner with exhibition chain LandmarkTheatre Corp for the film's release.Theunusual partnership promises cult director de la Iglesia (Perdita Durango,Day ...
  • Bruehl set to become Spanish political martyr


    Good Bye, Lenin! star Daniel Bruehl has signed onto take the lead in new Spanish feature Salvador from Barcelona-basedMEDIApro.Theaction film turns on the last two years in the life of 1970's Catalan politicalmartyr Salvador Puig Antich, who was imprisoned at the tail end of the Francoera.
  • New Spanish distributor Notro launches sales arm


    NewSpanish distributor Notro Films is launching an international sales armstarting with three films from local producer Filmanova, including Berlincompetition title One Day In Europe.
  • Spanish outfit launches Euros 30m fund at Berlinale


    Spanish company Markab Creativos is using theBerlinale as a platform to present its landmark new Euros 30m fund offeringmyriad facilities to film and television producers.
  • Saidel's V!S takes on sales for Littin's La Ultima Luna


    Paris-based sales agent MaxSaidel has picked up world rights on Chilean veteran Miguel Littin's latestfeature, La Ultima Luna.
  • Almodovar to tango with Cruz in Volver


    Pedro Almodovar is plottinghis return to female-centred comedies with what looks set to be his next film, Volver, starring Penelope Cruz.
  • Spain's Lauren picks up Berlin opener Man To Man


    Spain'sLauren Films has picked up local distribution rights to Berlin opening title,Regis Wargnier's Man To Man.
  • KWA takes international rights to Argentine Hours


    Madrid-based sales outfit Kevin Williams Associates (KWA)has picked up international rights on Berlin Forum title The Hours Go By(Como Pasan Las Horas) by Argentine director Ines de Oliveira Cezar.
  • Sea Inside dominates Spain's Goya awards


    AlejandroAmenabar's Oscar-nominated The Sea Inside dominated Spain's 19th annualGoya Awards ceremony on Sunday night, making history by winning 14 statues inthe 15 categories in which it was nominated..
  • Madrid, Paris Commissions strike co-production deal


    Celebrating the one-yearanniversary of its creation, the Madrid Film Commission has signed acollaboration agreement Monday with Paris's Ile de France Film Commission tohelp foment Spanish-French co-productions.
  • Spanish get busy with winter market deals


    Spanish companies are busy setting up business deals on theeve of the first winter festivals and markets in Sundance and Berlin.Spanishsales consortium Grupo Pi has picked up international rights on directorMariano Barroso's Ants In The Mouth (Hormigas En La Boca), a romanticthriller set in 1958 Cuba and starring Ariadna Gil, Eduard Fernandez, SamuelClaxton and Jorge ...
  • here! Films takes US rights to Sundance competitor


    Sales consortium Latido International has closed a deal withhere! Films for North American distribution rights on Spanish film Unconscious(Inconscientes), which is competing in theWorld Cinema competition at Sundance.
  • Spanish producers banking on repeat business


    Shooting begins next Mondayon The 2 Sides Of The Bed, the sequel to Spain's 2002 box officegargantuan The Other Side Of The Bed.
  • Valladolid fest chief named head of Spanish film institute


    The director of the International Film Festival ofValladolid, Fernando Lara, has been confirmed to replace Manuel Perez Estremeraas head of Spain's national film institute ICAA.
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  • Sogecable restructures production and distribution arms


    Spanish mini-studio Sogecable has restructured itsproduction and distribution houses, promoting two executives to oversee theareas run under the Sogecine and Sogepaq banners respectively.Formerdeputy director of distribution Simon de Santiago has been named new directorof production and international while former head of marketing FranciscoSanchez Ortiz has been named new director of distribution ...
  • Ocelot readies Kirikou animation sequel


    Spain's Intuition Films andnewly-created S2 International are set to co-produce director Michel Ocelot'sfollow-up to animated hit Kirikou And The Sorcerer, Azur And Asmar.
  • Sea Inside is top Goya contender


    Alejandro Amenabar's The Sea Inside dominated the nominations at Spains Goya Awards, the local Oscar equivalent, with 15 nods including best film and director.
  • Fragil deal for new Spanish distributor


    On Pictures, the new distributor-producer launched bySpanish media conglom the Zeta Group, has picked up distribution rights inSpain to director Juanma Bajo Ulloa's Fragil.
  • Filmax wraps up Shroud rights


    Spanish mini-studio Filmax has acquired the rights toSpanish novel The Brotherhood Of The Holy Shroud as part of a new push to adapt local best-sellers as English-languagefeature films for the international market.
  • Guadalajara festival to focus on Latin cinema


    Mexico's Guadalajara FilmFestival is expanding its reach to all of Iberoamerican cinema, beyond itstraditional Mexican film focus, in time for next year's 20thanniversary edition (March 11-18, 2005).
  • Zentropa, Filmanova strike two picture deal


    Spain's Filmanova and Denmark's Zentropa Productions havesigned a two-picture co-production agreement starting with Filmanova co-founderAnton Reixa's Tivoli Hotel.The second film of the accord has not yet been agreed.The deal marks Zentropa's first such move with a Spanish company. It brings 10% of the film's estimated Euros 2.6m budget.A romantic comedy with no less than eleven love storiesrevolving around ...
  • Real-life stories all the rage in Spain


    While Hollywood has foundinspiration in recent years culling its own archives for remake possibilities,Spanish cinema has been doing another kind of navel-gazing: bringing real-lifestories to the silver screen. There are currently a slew of reality-based filmsin the works in Spain and all the major production houses have at least onesuch project in some stage of production.
  • Buyers court Warner Bros' Spanish Queens


    Spanish film Queens(Reinas), Warner Bros' Pictures first 100% Spanish production, has sold toa raft of European territories while the film is still in post-production.
  • Sitges unveils festival line-up


    Sky Captain And The World Of Tomorrow, ThePhantom Of The Opera, Christopher Smith's Creep and JohnnieDepp-starrer Finding Neverland will comprise the gala screenings of theupcoming International Film Festival of Catalunya (Dec 2-11), better known asSitges.
  • Gomez buys back Lolafilms from Telefonica


    Andres Vicente Gomez has bought out100% of production-distribution house Lolafilms, the company he founded in1981.
  • Coixet embarks on Secret Life shoot


  • Sogepaq sells on de la Iglesia's Crime


  • Spanish, Swiss partners go to Boarding School


    Spain's Morena Films and Switzerland's ZodiacPictures have agreed to develop two new feature films together, starting withEnglish-language comedy Swiss Boarding School.
  • Warner Bros wraps first solo Spanish shoot


    Warner Bros Pictures has wrapped shooting on its first soloSpanish production, Manuel Gomez Pereira's Reinas.The Euros 4.5m filmheadlines a star-studded ensemble cast in a comedy turning on the first gaywedding in Spain.
  • Sorin takes to El Camino as Bombon follow-up


    Spain's Wanda Vision is set to co-produce Argentine directorCarlos Sorin's El Camino De San Diego, his follow-up to San Sebastianhit Bombon - The Dog.
  • Aranda gathers high profile cast for White Knight


    Spanish director Vicente Aranda has united a high-profilecast for his new Euros 13.6m English-language medieval romantic adventure TheWhite Knight, headlining veteran Victoria Abril with rising stars Paz Vegaand Pilar Lopez de Ayala.
  • De La Iglesia wraps The Child's Room


    Alex de la Iglesia will wrap shooting next week on the firstin a landmark series of six genre TV movies for Filmax and Telecinco dubbed "Filmsto Keep You Awake."Theseries is the first of its kind in Spain. Filmax is presenting thetitles to buyers this week at Mipcom. Other directors involved include JaumeBalaguero, Paco Plaza, Mateo Gil, Narciso Ibanez Serrador and Enrique ...
  • Valladolid unveils festival line-up


  • Filmax, Telecino present 'Films To Keep You Awake'


    Alex de la Iglesia (The Day Of The Beast, Perdita Durango, 800 Balas) will wrap shooting next week on the first in a landmark series of six horror TV movies for Filmax and Telecinco dubbed 'Films To Keep You Awake.'
  • New Portugese indie festival celebrates success


    Portugal's newly-createdInternational Independent Film Festival, IndieLisboa (Sept 24-Oct 2), closedits first annual edition with resounding public success.
  • Spain's MediaPro, Globomedia negotiate merger


    MediaPro, one of Spain's largest media companies is about to grow significantly bigger if merger talks with local TV powerhouse Globomedia are successful.
  • Amenabar beats Almodovar to Spanish Oscar nod


    Alejandro Amenabar's The Sea Inside will represent Spain in the race for aforeign-language Oscar nomination.
  • Pons' Idiot benefits from Spanish Euros 40m fund


    Ventura Pons' Idiot Loveand Eduard Cortes' Other Days Will Come are two of the feature films setto receive backing from a Euros 40m fund created by Sogecable and CatalanTelevision (TVC).
  • European Film Awards to fete Liv Ullmann


    LivUllmann will receive the European Achievement in World Cinema award at thisyear's European Film Awards ceremony, to be held on December 11 in Barcelona.
  • Fox nabs Latin American rights to Sea Inside


    Sogepaq has sold all Latin American rights to 20thCentury Fox on Alejandro Amenabar's Spanish-language hit The Sea Insidestarring Javier Bardem.LatinAmerica was the last remaining major territory to sell excluding Germany, forwhich Sogepaq says it is considering various offers.
  • Spanish film-makers win major funding boost


    Spain'snew Socialist government has increased funding for Spanish cinema by 89%,fulfilling its election promises to support cultural industries.
  • New distributor launches into Spanish market


    Start-up Spanish distributor ABL Augusta has joined with twopartners to launch new distribution company Notro Films to reach the Spanish,Portuguese and possibly Latin American markets.
  • San Sebastian sees Torrente action


    He lies,he drinks, he rarely showers - Spanish P.I. Torrente is back in AmiguetesEntertainment's in-the-works Torrente 3.Industry executives had the chance to get in early on theT3 action as one of a handful of new projects presented at the SalesOffice of the San Sebastian International Film Festival (Sept 17-25).Theestimated ...
  • DeA Planeta likes look of Mirror Maze


    Spanish-Italianmedia conglomerate DeA Planeta has boarded new Rioja Films thriller MirrorMaze as co-producer and local distributor.Rioja chief Jose Antonio Romero and the film's director,Guillermo Groizard, unveiled the project at the San Sebastian InternationalFilm Festival (Sept 17-25).It is oneof five ...
  • Spanish pay-TV outfit snaps up arthouse films


    Spain'ssole pay-TV platform Digital Plus has signed new deals with local independentdistributors Alta Films, Wanda Vision, Vertigo, Musidora and Golem, coveringkey European arthouse hits such as Dogville, Goodbye, Lenin! and TheGirl With The Pearl Earring.The dealscover only a handful of already-released titles cherry-picked ...
  • European Film Awards names 42 finalists


    The European Film Academy has announced the 42 finalistsselected to compete for this year's 17th edition of the European Film Awards,to be celebrated on December 11 in Barcelona.Among thetitles are international festival favourites and local box office hits such as BadEducation, Ae Fond Kiss, 5 x 2, The Sea Inside, Being Julia, Take My Eyes, TheGirl With A Pearl Earring, Les Choristes, ...
  • Allen's star shines at San Sebastian


    Woody Allen was the undeniable star of the opening weekendof the 52nd annual edition of Spain's San Sebastian International Film Festival(Sept 17-25).
  • Almodovar to honour Allen at San Sebastian


    Pedro Almodovar is confirmed to present Woody Allen with theDonostia Award on Friday night at the inaugural ceremony of the San SebastianInternational Film Festival (Sept 17-25).
  • Filmax adds Deadly Cargo to sales slate


    Following its pick-up this week of Hypnos, FilmaxInternational has acquired worldwide distribution rights to another Spanishthriller, Deadly Cargo (Camara Oscura).
  • Spain's Sogepaq closes sales on The Sea Inside


    Spain's Sogepaq has announced the first sales on AlejandroAmenabar's The Sea Inside (Mar Adentro)following its double prize coup in Venice over the weekend.
  • Filmax takes on international Hypnos sales


    Filmax International has picked up worldwide distributionrights to Spanish thriller Hypnos (Hipnos)from DeAPlaneta PC, and will present it to buyers in Toronto.
  • Vargas Llosa named as San Sebastian jury chief


    Writer Mario Vargas Llosa has been named as the jurypresident at this year's San Sebastian International Film Festival (Sept17-25), which has closed its official line-up with the announcement of specialscreenings, awards and juries.
  • Spain, Morocco strike film accord


  • Balaguero cranks up Flockhart thriller for Filmax


    Spain's Filmax begins shooting today (Monday) on itslatest English-language outing, Jaume Balaguero's Fragile starring Calista Flockhart and rising Spanishactress Elena Anaya.
  • New Yorker takes My Eyes for US


    Spanish sales house Sogepaq has closed a deal with NewYorker Films for US distribution of award-winning local drama Take My Eyes.
  • San Sebastian names Floor as closing film


    Tod Williams' The Door In The Floor has been selected as the closing film for theupcoming San Sebastian International Film Festival (Sept 17-25).
  • San Sebastian lines up political documentaries


    Six political themeddocumentaries - including Oliver Stone's Looking For Fidel and BasqueCountry-set Persecuted - have been invited to screenat nextmonth's San Sebastian International Film Festival (Sept 17-25) as part of itsOpen Zone (Zabaltegi) sectionThe festival also has addedfive new films, four of them documentaries, to its Latin Horizons sidebar, allout of competition, ...
  • San Sebastian unveils 2nd Latin Horizons competition


    New films from talents across Latin America will beshowcased in the San Sebastian International Film Festival's (Sept 17-25)second annual Latin Horizons competition.
  • Pony Canyon takes rights to Spanish Sea


  • Zabaltegi unveils festivals' top titles


    Walter Salles' TheMotorcycle Diaries, Joshua Marston's MariaFull Of Grace, Mike Leigh's VeraDrake and three memorable documentaries are among the thirteen titlesselected by the San Sebastian International Film Festival (Sept 17-25) for itspopular "Festivals' Top" selection of hits from other festivals.
  • Horas De Luz joins San Sebastian competition


    Spanish production HorasDe Luz has been added to the official competition of the San SebastianInternational Film Festival (Sept 17-25).
  • Sogepaq adds Roma to autumn slate


  • San Sebastian unveils New Directors competition line-up


    A selection of eighteen films from seventeen differentcountries will compete for the New Directors award at next month's 52nd annualedition of Spain's San Sebastian International Film Festival (Sept 17-25).
  • San Sebastian selects seven Films In Progress


    The San Sebastian and Toulouse film festivals' joint fundinginitiative, Films in Progress, has announced the seven Latin American titlesinvited to participate in this year's sixth edition, including first-timeentries from Brazil and Uruguay.
  • San Sebastian unveils main competition titles


    The Donostia-San Sebastian International Film Festival hasunveiled 15 of the titles set to compete for the official competition's GoldenShell prize at this year's 52nd edition (Sept 17-25) - showing off ahigh-profile and geographically balanced international line-up.
  • Stantic sets Lerman's Meanwhile


  • Almodovar toys with trio


    Spain's El Deseo is preppinga new English-language drama from director Isabel Coixet for an autumn shootprior to cranking up Pedro Almodovar's as-yet undecided next film in 2005.
  • Morena launches Trauma, sets Saura


  • Aligator measures up with Salazar's Centimetres


  • Aligator measures up with Salazar's Centimetres


  • Spanish producers go for box office gold


    The president ofthe Spanish exhibitors' federation FEECE has called on local producers to helpturn around the gradual slide in ticket sales in Spain by making filmsspecifically targeting the largest cinema-going demographic: the 15 to 45 agegroup. He need hardly have bothered: a new wave of films matching this profileare in the pipeline in Spain.Call ...
  • Wild Bunch picks up Cargo


    Wild Bunch has picked up international sales duties on PaulLaverty-scripted thriller Cargo, set to star Peter Mullan (TheMagdalene Sisters) and Luis Tosar (Take My Eyes).
  • Wild Bunch picks up Cargo for Cannes


    Wild Bunch has picked up international sales duties on PaulLaverty-scripted thriller Cargo, set to star Peter Mullan (TheMagdalene Sisters) and Luis Tosar (Take My Eyes).
  • Saura to get EFA lifetime achievement award


    Veteran Spanish director Carlos Saura will be the recipientof a lifetime achievement honour at December's European Film Awards.
  • Nine Queens director readies Aura thriller


    Fabian Bielinsky, director of international hit NineQueens, is putting the finishing touches onthe script for his follow-up film, a psychological thriller provisionallytitled The Aura (El Aura) and setto star Ricardo Darin.
  • Argentine directors commemorate Jewish massacre with short film project


  • Maradona biopic set to unveil star actor


    The Spanish, Argentinean and Italian co-producers of a Euros 6m-plus feature film about the life of Argentinean football hero Diego Maradona have unveiled new details of the project days after the star was hospitalised in Buenos Aires for a heart problem and lung infection.
  • Cinema Jove to screen early works of Roman Polanski.


    Spain's 19th annual Cinema Jove International Film Festival (June 19-26) will dedicate a retrospective to the early works of Roman Polanski.
  • Spain's Filmanova seeks new co-production opportunities


    Spanish producer Filmanova is beefing up its production activities thanks to the creation of private investment fund Filmanova Invest.
  • Alta strikes Bad Education truce with Warners


    One of Spain's leading independent exhibitor-distributors,Alta Films, has agreed to put Pedro Almodovar's Bad Education back up on eight screens nationwide after pullingthe film from 13 earlier this month over a programming dispute with itsdistributor Warner Bros.
  • Spain's Lumina sells Hero to UK's Parasol Peccadillo


  • Spanish box office sensation cranks up Amazing World


    Spain's box office Midas, Santiago Segura, is co-producing andstarring in new comedy The Amazing World Of Borjamari Y Pocholo.
  • Malaga film festival unveils competition line-up


    The Spanish Film Festival of Malaga (April 23 - May 1) has unveiled its full competition line-up for this year's seventh edition, where actress Geraldine Chaplin, director Fernando Trueba and distributor Enrique Gonzalez Macho will receive tributes.
  • Spain's Golem joins DVD alliance Cameo Media


    Spanish arthouse distributor Golem Distribucion has joined start-up DVD distribution alliance Cameo Media as an equal partner.
  • Spring, Summer proves a winner at Las Palmas


    Kim Ki-Duk's South Korean festival favourite Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter...And Spring won best film and cinematography prizes at Spain's fifth annual Las Palmas International Film Festival (March 12-20).
  • Malaga opens with Violet Gaze


    The Violet Gaze willinaugurate the 7th annual Spanish Film Festival of Malaga (April 23-May 1),which is also set to honour director Fernando Trueba, distributor EnriqueGonzalez Macho and actress Geraldine Chaplin.
  • Spanish film-makers pin hopes on incoming Socialists


    The Spanish film industry, as surprised as the rest ofsociety by the upset in last week's national elections, is lookingforward to positive changes under a new Socialist government.
  • Spanish industry joins weekend protests against terrorism


    Spain's media sector came to a halt this weekend,responding to last week's terrorist attacks with the same solemnity andshock that has characterised national - and international -response to the tragedy.
  • Yuzna embarks on Rottweiler shoot


  • Argentinian films dominate Toulouse financing initiative


    The fifth annual Films In Progress initiative kicks off March 25-26 at the 16th annual Toulouse Latin American Film Festival (March 19-28).
  • Spanish industry suspends business after terror attacks


    Cinema is the last thing on anyone's mind in Spaintoday. The media sector responded to yesterday's terrorist attacks withthe same solemnity and solidarity that has characterised national - andinternational - response to the tragedy.
  • Spain talks all about Almodovar


    Spain's El Deseo has held a number of screenings for Pedro Almodovar's Cannes opener Bad Education and early press reaction suggests that Cannes is set for a provocative opening.
  • Mortensen eyes big budget Alastride adaptation


  • Spanish industry gets political


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  • Las Palmas lines-up 30 projects for market


    The Las Palmas International Film Festival is gearing up forits fifth annual edition (March 12-20), and is set to host the second annualEuroForum Co-Production Market where more than 30 new projects will bepresented from 10 different countries.
  • New Spanish distributor starts to build slate


    New Barcelona-based distributor ABL Augusta has closed its first two all-rights acquisitions for Spain with Morgan Spurlock's hit Sundance documentary Super Size Me and Takashi Miike's Japanese thriller One Missed Call.
  • Madrid, Barcelona plan Spanish film studios


    New plans are underway to build studio and production centres in both Madrid and Barcelona.
  • Fantasporto shares out top honours


    Korean title A Tale Of Two Sisters and Spain's Killing Words shared the top prizes of the official Fantasy Film competition at the 24th annual edition of Portugal's leading film festival, the Oporto International Film Festival (Feb 20-Mar 1), better known as Fantasporto.
  • Filmax unveils Bloodline at AFM


    Filmax is prepping new English-language horror film Bloodline from award-winning short film director Nacho Cerda to be presented for the first time at the AFM.
  • Spain's Manga sues Miramax over Kill Bill


    Spanish distributor Manga Films has filed a suit against Miramax in a Barcelona court claiming non-completion of a distribution agreement for Quentin Tarantino's two-volume Kill Bill.
  • Sharif, Chaplin in line for Spanish honours


    Omar Sharif and Geraldine Chaplin will travel to Spain to receive honorary lifetime achievement awards at the upcoming Las Palmas International Film Festival and the Spanish Film Festival of Malaga, respectively.
  • Manga sues Miramax over Kill Bill, Miramax countersues


    Twoweeks before the scheduled March 5 opening of Kill Bill Vol I in Spain through BVI, Spanish distributor MangaFilms last week filed a suit against Miramax Films in a Barcelona courtclaiming non-completion of a distribution agreement for both Vol I and Vol II.
  • Medem's Basque Ball sparks UK festival funding row


    The Spanish government's Instituto Cervanteshas pulled its contribution of funding to the Viva Spanish Film Festival ofManchester (March 18-28), ostensibly over the inclusion of Julio Medem'scontroversial documentary The Basque Ball: Skin Against Stone in this year's line-up.
  • Cannes to open with Almodovar's Bad Education


    Pedro Almodovar's Bad Education (La Mala Educacion) will open the 57th Cannes Film Festival on May 12,the event's organisers announced on Friday.
  • Spain's KanZaman strikes deal with Columbia TriStar


    Spanish production powerhouse KanZaman has signed a five-title distribution deal with Columbia TriStar Films of Spain for local theatrical and DVD/video rights.
  • Latido beats Spanish drum


    New Spanish-language sales consortium Latido has closed a string of sales on Manuel Gutierrez Aragon's Berlin competition entry Your Next Life prior to the film's premiere today (Monday) - and the company's official launch at the post-premiere party.
  • Machinist director moves to bossa nova


    Director Brad Anderson, whose The Machinist screens in Berlin's Panorama section, is prepping two new and very different feature film projects.
  • Filmax creates second Spanish base


    Spanish mini-studio Filmax is expanding its Barcelona-based activities with plans for a new, integrated hub in the northwest Galicia region.
  • Spain's Star Line unveils 2004 slate


    Spanish producer Star Line, producer of Berlin Panorama entry Bear Cub (Cachorro), is looking to repeat its two-fold production success of 2003 with its new slate for 2004.
  • Take My Eyes takes Spanish prize


    Director Iciar Bollain's domestic abuse drama Take My Eyes fulfilled expectations as the big winner at Spain's 18th annual Goya Awards this weekend, taking home seven of nine nominations including best film, director, original script, actor, actress, supporting actress and sound.
  • Amenabar, Medem shepherd Spanish short film-makers


    Alejandro Amenabar and Julio Medem are two of five established Spanish directors godfathering an up-and-coming filmmaker each in new short film initiative 50 Minutes.
  • Madrid targets foreign shoots with film commission launch


    Long the capital of the Spanish film and television sectors, Madrid has finally made official the launch of its much-anticipated Film Commission.
  • Media Luna takes on Spanish Bearcub sales


    Media Luna Entertainment has picked up world rights on new Spanish film Bearcub (Cachorro), premiering in the Panorama section of the upcoming Berlin Film Festival.
  • Top Spanish film exec drafted into key Sogecable role


    Sogecable has announced that Fernando Bovaira will take over as the company's managing director of contents following the unexpected departure earlier this month of Jose Manuel Lorenzo.
  • Astronauts (Astronautas)


  • Spanish cinema stuck in 'vicious circle' says Academy


    Spanish cinema is stuck in a "vicious circle" of debility and dependence, the Spanish Cinema Academy suggested in its annual report on the local film sector, presented on Thursday in Madrid.
  • Aurum shows Spanish Passion for Gibson epic


    Spanish distributor Aurum has nabbed all local rights to Mel Gibson's controversial The Passion Of Christ.
  • Spain's Plural embarks on US Justice shoot


    Spain's Plural Entertainment has begun shooting in Miami on Justice For All (Justicia Para Todos), the first Spain-produced fiction series wholly designed for, shot and broadcast in the US.


    Warner Bros' The Last Samurai opened strong in Spain with close to Euros 4.27m off 425 screens. That is a large release for Spain, but not as massive as the 513-print Return Of The King, now in its fourth week out through Aurum with a record-breaking cumulative gross of Euros 28m - already more than any of the top-grossing films of the last three years in Spain.
  • Lorenzo steps down as Canal Plus Spain manager


    Jose Manuel Lorenzo has stepped down from his position as general manager of Canal Plus and Contents at Spanish powerhouse Sogecable.
  • Canary Islands offers tax incentives to lure media outfits


    Beginning this month, Spain's Canary Islands will offer fiscal incentives for international media companies which set up headquarters or subsidiaries on the islands.
  • Spanish exhibitor strikes Imax deal to convert screens


    Spanish exhibitor Yelmo Cineplex is set to become the first commercial exhibitor in Spain to operate IMAX theatres out of its multiplexes, thanks to a new deal signed with the IMAX Corporation.
  • Fantasporto line-up reveals US accent


    North American films have a notable presence at the upcoming 24th edition of Portugal's leading Oporto International Film Festival (Feb 20-Mar 1), better known as Fantasporto.
  • Veteran Blanco to step down from Spain's DeA Planeta


    Veteran Spanish executive Adolfo Blanco will step down from his position as director of distribution at DeA Planeta.
  • Tesela emphasises new talent with 2004 slate


    Spanish production company Tesela is preparing three new films to shoot in 2004 with a continued emphasis on seeking new writing and directing talents.
  • Malaga to host European Film Commission summit


    Malaga, Spain will play host this week to the first-ever European Encounter on Film Commissions (Dec 18).
  • Bigas Luna readies female coming-of-age tale for Alquimia


    Spanish producer Alquimia Cinema has unveiled its slate for 2004 including new films from directors Bigas Luna (Golden Balls), Marcelo Pineyro (Kamchatka) and Maria Ripoll (Tortilla Soup).
  • Spanish producers benefit from Fund increase


    The Spanish government has approved a Euros 27.8m increase to its Cinema Protection Fund, expected to result in immediate payments on outstanding subsidy obligations.
  • Spain's Goya Award nominations announced


    Domestic abuse drama Take My Eyes and Civil War feature Soldiers Of Salamina led the nominees with nine and eight nods, respectively, for Spain's annual Goya Awards, to be held January 31.


    BVI's Finding Nemo continued to dominate the Spanish box office over the weekend, raking in Euros 3.9m off 383 copies after its record opening for BVI and as an animated film in Spain of Euros 4.68m last weekend.
  • Almodovar eyes Cannes launch for Bad Education


    Almost a year after his best original script Oscar coup for Talk To Her (Hable Con Ella), Spanish maestro Pedro Almodovar is putting the finishing touches on his next film, Bad Education (La Mala Educacion), and considering a premiere at the Cannes Film Festival.
  • Lanzarote wraps with flurry of deals


    The Spanish Film Screenings of Lanzarote (Nov 27-29) closed its fifth annual edition on Saturday with general consensus that the event has consolidated as an important concentrated showcase of Spanish cinema for buyers from Europe and Latin America.
  • KWA takes on Spanish Night and Sunset


    Madrid-based international sales agent Kevin Williams Associates (KWA) has picked up two new Spanish films, The End Of The Night and Red Sunset, both of which are showing to buyers this weekend at the Spanish Film Screenings of Lanzarote (Nov 27-29).
  • Manga snags Kill Bill for Spain


    Barcelona-based Manga Films has snagged theatrical, video and DVD rights in Spain to Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill, and will give attendees at the local Sitges International Film Festival (Nov 27-Dec 7) a sneak preview of Volume 1 on Saturday.


    UIP's Love Actually opened to 282,029 spectators in Spain this weekend, taking Euros 1.4m - far short of the biggest openers in the territory, but enough to place it in first position over the weekend. The British romantic comedy went out on a wide 288 copies.


    Spanish title 4th Floor (Planta Cuarta) and Clint Eastwood's Mystic River were the only two repeat releases in the local top 10 to improve their performance this weekend. A drama with strokes of comedy about a group of teenage boys getting by as best they can in a hospital cancer ward, BVI release 4th Floor took in Euros 677,206 off 131 copies for a cumulative Euros 2.16m.
  • 4th Floor (Planta Cuarta)


  • Spanish directors join forces for oil spill disaster film


    Following in the tradition of recent festival favorites like 11'09'01 or Ten Minutes Older, Spain is about to embark on its own collaborative feature film about the massive oil spill last year off the northwest coast of Galicia.
  • Grupo PI picks up BocaBoca's 4th Floor


    Spanish sales consortium Grupo PI has picked up international rights from producer BocaBoca on Montreal best director prize-winner and local box office performer 4th Floor (Planta 4a).
  • Alex de la Iglesia unveils his new film, Ferpect Crime


    Spanish director Alex de la Iglesia has unveiled details of his new film, Ferpect Crime (Crimen Ferpecto), prior to a ten-week shoot to roll in Madrid and Seville next Monday, November 17.
  • Lanzarote gears up for 5th annual screenings


    The Spanish Film Screenings of Lanzarote are gearing up for their upcoming fifth annual edition November 27-29.
  • Spanish films get increased TV funding


    For full current Spanish production listings see the International Production Listings section, or click here.
  • Trio of films dominate Huelva prizes


    Guillermo Casanova's El Viaje Hacia El Mar, Marcelo Ferrari's Subterra and Boris Quercia's Sexo Con Amor split the lion's share of the top awards at the 29th edition of the Iberoamerican Film Festival of Huelva (Nov 8-15), a premiere event solidifying the ever more important links between the Spanish and Latin American film industries.


    Despite its massive local release on 417 prints and a simultaneous worldwide marketing campaign, Warner Brothers' Matrix Revolutions wasn't among the top five biggest openers ever in Spanish history. With Euros 4.2m on the weekend (and a cumulative gross through Sunday of Euros 5.5m), the film also trailed its predecessor Matrix Reloaded's first-weekend gross of Euros 5.61m in Spain, as it did in the US.
  • Gijon festival unveils 200 film line-up


    Spain's indie-oriented Gijon International Film Festival (Nov 20-28) has unveiled the line-up for its upcoming 41st edition, featuring some of the year's top festival prize-winners and talked-about international titles.


    Fresh from its best director and public's prize wins at the Montreal Film Festival, new Spanish release Planta 4a took in Euros 541,643 on its opening weekend from just 100 prints through Buena Vista International. The receipts represent a screen average of Euros 5,416 - the second highest of the weekend, and placed it in seventh position.
  • Camara Oscura to open Sitges


    Catalan newcomer Pau Freixas' Camara Oscura is set to open the Sitges International Film Festival, which this year has pushed its dates back to run Nov 27 - Dec 7.
  • Lolafilms names international sales chiefs


    Spanish production, distribution and sales house Lolafilms has named Tania Pinto Da Cunha and Eva Sklar its new co-directors of international sales.
  • Lolafilms names new sales chiefs ahead of Mifed


    Spanish production, distribution and sales house Lolafilms has named Tania Pinto Da Cunha and Eva Sklar its new co-directors of international sales.
  • Osama, Crimson Gold take top Valladolid honours


    Siddiq Barmak's Afghan tragedy Osama and Iranian Jafar Panahi's Crimson Gold (Talaye Sorgh) shared the top Golden Spike award at the 48th annual edition of the Valladolid International Film Week (Oct 24-Nov 1).
  • Borruel departs as BocaBoca appoints Lekhal


    Spanish production house BocaBoca has appointed Waheb Lekhal its new general manager to work alongside president Cesar Benitez.
  • Spain's BocaBoca restructures with Lekhal appointment


    Spanish production house BocaBoca has appointed Waheb Lekhal its new general manager to work alongside president Cesar Benitez.
  • Huelva names competition contenders


    The 29th annual Iberoamerican Film Festival of Huelva, Spain (Nov 8-15) has unveiled the full line-up of films for this year's first edition under new director Porfirio Enriquez.
  • Juarez joins Spain's Intuition as production chief


    Ele Juarez's Madrid and Miami based consultancy Intuition Media has appointed Patrick Juarez as managing director of feature film and documentary production arm Intuition Films.


    The Coen brothers' Intolerable Cruelty had a strong but far from record-breaking opening in Spain, earning Euros 1.6m off 235 copies through UIP, enough to place it in top spot. Columbia's Hollywood Homicide placed second, with just shy of Euros 1m off 275 prints.
  • Football Days (Dias De Futbol)


  • Juarez joins Juarez at Spain's Intuition Media


    The 29th annual Iberoamerican Film Festival of Huelva, Spain (Nov 8-15) has unveiled the full line-up of films for this year's first edition under new director Porfirio Enriquez.
  • Telecinco turns back on Hollywood output deals


    Spanish broadcaster Telecinco has confirmed a significant shift inits film acquisitions and production policy, turning its back on lengthy Hollywoodcontracts in favour of more selective pacts with both US indies and local suppliers.
  • KWA takes over Comandante sales


    Spain's Kevin Williams Associates (KWA) has picked up international rights on Oliver Stone's Fidel Castro documentary Comandante.


    Spanish films continued performing well at the local box office. Comedy Football Days (Dias De Futbol) held steady in third position on its fifth weekend out through Buena Vista International, earning a cumulative Euros 6.55m. The total makes it the second highest grossing Spanish film of the year to date.
  • Spain's merged pay-TV platform reveals first figures


    In the first figures released from Spain's new digital satellite pay TV platform Digital Plus since its July 21 merger, the platform boasted 50,000 new subscribers in September alone.
  • Valladolid lines up 21 Spanish premieres of international titles


    Spain's Valladolid International Film Week (Oct 24-Nov 1), kicks off this weekend with an official selection featuring the Spanish premieres of 21 top-notch international titles, including opening film Dogville from Lars von Trier and closing film Anything Else from Woody Allen, both screening out of competition.
  • Saucers flies onto Sogepaq's MIFED 2003 slate


    Spanish sales house Sogepaq has added forthcoming title Flying Saucers (Platillos Volantes) to its Mifed line-up.
  • Saucers flies onto Sogepaq's MIFED slate


    Spanish sales house Sogepaq has added forthcoming title Flying Saucers (Platillos Volantes) to its Mifed line-up.
  • Financial backing flows into Spain's Manga Films


    Spanish media veteran Enrique Cerezo has taken a 16% stake in Barcelona-based distributor and producer Manga Films, underwriting a Euros 6m capital increase through his Video Mercury Films.
  • Spain's FAPAE names Perez as new president


    The Spanish Producers' Federation FAPAE has elected former Via Digital president Pedro Perez as its new president, replacing Eduardo Campoy.
  • Pita steps down from Media Business School


    Juan Pita has announced he will step down from his position as director of the pan-European training initiative Media Business School (MBS) at the end of the month.
  • Spanish Film Academy chiefs quit


    The president and two vice presidents of the Spanish Film Academy have stepped down in a surprise move just four months after their reelection to a second three-year term.
  • Carmen


  • Cuba selects Suite Havana for Oscars


    Fernando Perez's Suite Havana, a poetic meditation on everyday life in Havana which opened the Donostia-San Sebastian International Film Festival last month, has been nominated to represent Cuba in the foreign-language Oscar race.


    Among the slew of Spanish films set for release this month, Vicente Aranda's Carmen was one of the most anticipated and, accordingly, one of the most promoted.
  • Top Spanish post-production houses unveil merger


    Two Barcelona-based heavyweights, En Efecto and MEDIApro, have announced the merger of their post-production interests.
  • San Sebastian films prepare to roll out across Spain


    A swathe of films from last week's Donostia-San Sebastian International Film Festival (Sept 18-28) will invade the Spanish box office over the next month, but to what extent they will benefit from buzz and media coverage coming out of the event remains to be seen.


    Spanish film Football Days (Dias De Futbol), heir in both behind- and in front of camera talent to last year's top local hit in Spain, The Other Side Of The Bed (El Otro Lado De La Cama), improved its performance over its second weekend. Through BVI on a steady 200 prints, the film took in just over Euros 1m, up from its first weekend gross of Euros 879,354.
  • Take My Eyes (Te Doy Mis Ojos)


  • Filmax funds boosted by Spanish investors


    In a long-anticipated move which gives national and regional government interests direct shares in a film business, Spanish producer-distributor-exhibitor Filmax has undergone a capital increase worth Euros 32m.
  • Beyond prepares to sell A Good Woman


    Beyond Films is to handle international sales on director Mike Barker's upcoming feature A Good Woman starring Helen Hunt, Scarlett Johansson and Tom Wilkinson.
  • Gun-Shy shoots down opposition at San Sebastian


    Georgian director DitoTsintsadze's German film Gun-Shy wasthe controversial top winner on Saturday night of the Donostia-San SebastianInternational Film Festival's Golden Shell prize, while local favourite Take My Eyes was recognised with bestactor and best actress Silver Shells for stars Luis Tosar and Laia Marull. As has become customary in San Sebastian, the prizescountered local expectations ...
  • Gun-Shy shoots down opposition at San Sebastian


    Georgian director DitoTsintsadze's German film Gun-Shy wasthe controversial top winner on Saturday night of the Donostia-San SebastianInternational Film Festival's Golden Shell prize, while local favourite Take My Eyes was recognised with bestactor and best actress Silver Shells for stars Luis Tosar and Laia Marull. As has become customary in San Sebastian, the prizescountered local expectations ...
  • Colombian project wins Latin cash prize at San Sebastian


    Columbian title The Wandering Shadows won the Films In Progress cash and post-production services prize on Sept 25 at the Donostia-San Sebastian International Film Festival (Sept 18-28).


    Spanish film Football Days (Dias De Futbol) opened strong on its first weekend with a three-day gross of Euros 879,354 from 200 prints through Buena Vista International. The film marks the directorial debut of the screenwriter of last year's local hit The Other Side Of The Bed (El Otro Lado De La Cama), David Serrano, and stars several of the same popular young actors.
  • Another Basque film stirs up San Sebastian


    Eduardo Noriega is set to star in ambitious new action-packed Spanish thriller Lobo, which was presented on Sept 23 at the Donostia-San Sebastian International Film Festival.
  • Another Basque film stirs up San Sebastian


    Eduardo Noriega is set to star in ambitious new action-packed Spanish thriller Lobo, which was presented on Sept 23 at the Donostia-San Sebastian International Film Festival.
  • Spanish veterans launch co-production consultancy


    Aiming to fill a niche for Spanish and other producers increasingly hard-pressed to finance feature films in their own markets, two veteran players have formed Madrid-based co-production negotiation outfit Cinearch.
  • Spanish veterans launch co-production consultancy


    Aiming to fill a niche for Spanish and other producers increasingly hard-pressed to finance feature films in their own markets, two veteran players have formed Madrid-based co-production negotiation outfit Cinearch.
  • MTV strikes first European film production alliance


    MTV Films Europe, looking to produce a slate of low-budgetyouth-orientated films in a variety of local languages, has turned to Spain forits first alliance.An agreement with Spanish consultancy Intuition Media'snew production arm Intuition Films is designed to funnel projects and potentialco-productions in Spain and Portugal to the iconic music network.
  • MTV strikes first European film production alliance


    MTV Films Europe, looking to produce a slate of low-budgetyouth-orientated films in a variety of local languages, has turned to Spain forits first alliance.An agreement with Spanish consultancy Intuition Media'snew production arm Intuition Films is designed to funnel projects and potentialco-productions in Spain and Portugal to the iconic music network.
  • San Sebastian opener strikes string of deals


    Spain's Wanda Vision has closed a string of sales on Donostia-San Sebastian International Film Festival opening film Suite Havana.
  • San Sebastian opener strikes string of deals


    Spain's Wanda Vision has closed a string of sales on Donostia-San Sebastian International Film Festival opening film Suite Havana.
  • Basque politics loom large over San Sebastian opening


    Charlize Theron, MarkWahlberg, Isabelle Huppert and Harvey Keitel provided the star wattage for theopening weekend of the Donostia-San Sebastian International Film Festival butit was a controversial Basque documentary and a strike by workers at thefestival's traditional social hub, the Hotel Maria Cristina, that dominatedconversations here.
  • Basque politics loom large over San Sebastian opening


    Charlize Theron, MarkWahlberg, Isabelle Huppert and Harvey Keitel provided the star wattage for theopening weekend of the Donostia-San Sebastian International Film Festival butit was a controversial Basque documentary and a strike by workers at thefestival's traditional social hub, the Hotel Maria Cristina, that dominatedconversations here.
  • Spanish film industry in flux


    Key changes to the Spanishfilm industry were announced this weekend at the Donostia-San SebastianInternational Film Festival (Sept 18-28).
  • Spanish film industry in flux


    Key changes to the Spanishfilm industry were announced this weekend at the Donostia-San SebastianInternational Film Festival (Sept 18-28).
  • Chill Out (Descongelate)


  • San Sebastian opens on realistic note


    Spain's leading film festival, the Donostia-San Sebastian International Film Festival (Sept 18-28), kicks off today with award-winning Cuban director Fernando Perez's dialogue-free fictionalised documentary Suite Havana - one
  • Sogepaq takes on sales for San Sebastian contender


    Making its fourth third-party pick-up in two weeks, Spanish distribution house Sogepaq has taken worldwide rights on San Sebastian competition title Take My Eyes (Te Doy Mis Ojos).
  • Spain unveils Oscar contenders, Belgium submits Sea




    Fox's The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen (LXG) held onto the lead in Spain for a second week, despite a 55% drop-off from its debut weekend. New releases, launching on a smaller scale than LXG, were unable to trouble the action adventure, which has grossed Euros 6.9m and sold 1.4m tickets after 10 days.
  • Valladolid fest to open with Dogville


    Following its tradition of attracting high-profile independent premieres for Spain, the 48th annual Valladolid International Film Week (Oct 24-Nov 1) will open with Lars von Trier's Dogville and close with Woody Allen's Anything Else.
  • Spanish outfits mastermind de la Iglesia's Crime


    Spanish sister companies Sogecine and Sogepaq are set to co-produce and handle worldwide sales respectively on cult director Alex de la Iglesia's next film, Ferpect Crime (Crimen Ferpecto).
  • Stars travel to San Sebastian for career prizes


    Sean Penn, Robert Duvall and Isabelle Huppert will each receive the career achievement Donostia Award at Spain's upcoming Donostia-San Sebastian International Film Festival (Sept 18-27).
  • Sitges unveils first competition titles


    Spain's International Film Festival of Catalonia, better known as Sitges, has unveiled the first of its competition titles for the upcoming 36th edition, which this year has moved dates from early October to late November (Nov 27-Dec 7).


    Fox's Sean Connery-starrer The League Of Extraodinary Gentlemen did extraodinarily well in its opening weekend in Spain, its first major European territory. The success could bode well for future openings on the continent, which continue with a 95 print launch in The Netherlands this weekend.
  • Huelva festival unveils trio of tributes


    Bolivian director Jorge Ruiz, Argentine actress Norma Aleandro and Spanish actor Imanol Arias will be the recipients of three tributes planned for this year's 29th edition of the Iberoamerican Film Festival of Huelva (Nov 8-15).This November will mark new festival director Porfirio Enriquez's first edition since replacing Salvador Augustin in July.
  • Suite Habana, Open Range bookend 51st San Sebastian


    Cuban-Spanish co-production Suite Habana and Kevin Costner's Open Range will open and close, respectively, the 51st edition of the San Sebastian International Film Festival (Sept 18-27).


  • Spain's Sogepaq scores Football Days, Torremolinos 73


    Spain's Sogepaq has acquired international rights to two high-profile third-party films: much-anticipated new release Football Days (Dias De Futbol) and four-time Malaga winner Torremolinos 73.
  • Miramax is top priority says new Lauren chief


    Spanish distributor-exhibitor Lauren Films has appointed Francesc Guardans as its new CEO to run the day-to-day operations of the company, whose financial difficulties have led to takeover talks in recent months.
  • San Sebastian lifts its Latin Horizons


    The 51st Donostia-San Sebastian International Film Festival has unveiled the plethora of Latin American and Spanish films that make up its Latin Horizons, Made In Spain and Films In Progress sections.
  • Amenabar's Out To Sea gets ship shape


    The cast and crew for Out To Sea (Mar Adentro), Spanish director Alejandro Amenabar's much-anticipated follow-up to international hit The Others, is taking shape prior to its October shoot in Spain.
  • San Sebastian to showcase controversial docs


    Spanish director Julio Medem (Sex And Lucia) will present his new documentary about life in Basque country as one of five charged "special screenings" lined up for the Zabaltegi section of the 51st Donostia-San Sebastian International Film Festival (Sept 18-27).
  • San Sebastian unveils New Directors contenders


    The 51st Donostia-San Sebastian International Film Festival has announced the first titles set to compete in its Zabaltegi sidebar for the New Directors prize.
  • Distant, Reconstruction win top Fipresci prizes


    Cannes prize-winners Distant (Uzak) and Reconstruction will take home the top FIPRESCI prizes from next month's Donostia-San Sebastian International Film Festival (Sept 18-27).
  • San Sebastian unveils competition line-up


    The Donostia-San Sebastian International Film Festival has unveiled its official competition line-up for next month's 51st annual edition (Sept 18-27).
  • Little Fiesta makes big noise in Spain


    A new Spanish release about a hard-partying group of college-aged kids, appropriately called La Fiesta, has taken the Spanish box office by surprise and could convert its directors into poster children for struggling filmmakers in Spain.
  • San Sebastian cherrypicks festival favourites


    Making the most of its slot near the tail end of the annual festival calendar, the San Sebastian International Film Festival (Sept 18-27) has cherry-picked another top-notch selection of films from other A-list events for its Festivals' Top sidebar showcase, part of the Zabaltegi section.
  • Media Business School seeks applicants for training course


    The pan-European Media Business School (MBS) has announced a July 28 deadline for applications to the upcoming fourth edition in October of its Marketing & Distribution training course.
  • Spain's BocaBoca to double feature output


    Spanish producer BocaBoca is planning to more than double its recent feature film output with an ambitious 2003-2004 slate and a new five-year production plan.
  • Spanish digital merger concluded


    Spain's Sogecable and Via Digital have completed the merger of their pay TV platforms, joined in new unit Digital+, with Wednesday's integration of Telefonica-backed Via Digital into Grupo Prisa and Groupe Canal+ -backed Sogecable.
  • RTL, Planeta reach agreement on Antena 3


    Luxembourg-based RTL Group and Spain's Grupo Planeta have reached an agreement which could see both companies increasing their stakes in Spanish free-to-air broadcaster Antena 3.
  • Ten first-time directors to compete at Guadarrama fest


    Asif Kapadia's The Warrior and Eduard Cortes' Nobody's Life (La Vida De Nadie) are among the ten films to compete at next week's second annual International Film Festival of Guadarrama in Spain (July 12-23).
  • New Spanish production company prepares debut film


    Newly formed Spanish production company Bruta Escena has signed on the UK's F&ME and Portugal's FBF Filmes to its first feature film, Joao Costa Menezes' Penta.
  • Cruz steps up to Castellitto's Don't Move


    Penelope Cruz has signed to star in Italian-Spanish co-production Don't Move (Non Ti Muovere) for actor-turned-director Sergio Castellitto.
  • Sweden's Elina wins in Spain, by Jove


  • Antena 3 announces executive appointments


    Spanish broadcaster Antena 3 has announced several new executive appointments following the anti-trust authorities' greenlight to Grupo Planeta's buy-out of a 25.1% stake in the network.
  • Columbia Spain prepares first local production shoot


    Columbia Films Producciones Espanolas, Sony Picture Entertainment's Spanish production unit, has announced its first project to shoot this summer: Tam Tam, a co-production with local outfit Zebra Producciones.
  • Spain, Puerto Rico sign co-production pact


    As part of an ongoing push to 'internationalise local cinema,' Puerto Rico has signed a pact with Spain to facilitate feature film co-productions between the two countries.
  • Spain's Ele Juarez launches Intuition Media consultancy


    Veteran Spanish film and TV executive Ele Juarez has launched new Madrid- and Miami-based consulting firm Intuition Media.
  • Spanish Cinema Academy re-elects Paredes president


    The Spanish Cinema Academy has unanimously re-elected actress Marisa Paredes as its president for three more years.
  • Martin Sorrell's WPP invests in Spain's MediaPro


    Multinational communications giant WPP has taken a 30% stake in growing Spanish media firm MediaPro.
  • Topeka tops Huesca's short film competition


    Spain's 31st annual Huesca Film Festival closed Saturday night with three-minute dialogue-free Topeka taking the top prize and the various short film competition juries coinciding on many of the other main awards.
  • Spain's Filmax closes Cannes deals


    Spain's Filmax has announced a series of deals closed at the recent Cannes market including two promising European sales on Laura Mana's new psychological thriller Killing Words (Palabras Encadenadas) to Kinowelt for Germany and Instituto Luce for Italy.
  • Spain's Dygra starts work on major 3D animated feature


    Spanish animation studio Dygra Films is preparing an ambitious 3D digital animated feature, A Midsummer Night's Dream (El Sueno De Una Noche De San Juan).
  • Where Is Madame Catherine' (Les Mains Buides)


  • Bardem to star in Amenabar's Out To Sea


    In what will surely be one of the biggest buzz titles out of Spain next year, auteur Alejandro Amenabar will team with star Javier Bardem in new film Out To Sea (Mar Adentro), the director's first feature foray since international hit The Others.
  • Huesca gets 1,400 submissions for shorts competition


    Reflecting the importance of the short film format as a calling card for young talents, the Huesca Film Festival of Spain (June 5-14) said it received more than 1,400 submissions for its parallel international and iberoamerican short film competitive sections.
  • Spain's Filmax starts shooting The Machinist


    Filmax began principal photography Monday on Brad Anderson's The Machinist, a 100% Spanish production shooting for eight weeks in Barcelona.
  • Mar del Plata retains its 'A' grade festival status


    Argentina's leading Mar del Plata International Film Festival will retain its A grade festival status next year, the International Federation of Film Producers' Associations (FIAPF) agreed at a general assembly meeting in Cannes.
  • Spain's youth-themed Jove fest attracts contenders from 30 countries


    Eight features and 70 short films from more than 30 countries will face off in the two parallel competition sections of next month's 18th annual Cinema Jove Film Festival (June 14-21).
  • Spain's Sogepaq announces 'best Cannes in years'


    Calling Cannes its "best market in years," Spanish sales house Sogepaq announced a slew of deals, including local hits Mondays In The Sun and Mortadelo & Filemon - The Big Adventure.
  • Buyers pick up Whore


    Spanish production and sales outfit Dolores Pictures has closed five all-rights deals on its English-language title Whore.
  • Buyers pick up Whore


    Spanish production and sales outfit Dolores Pictures has closed five all-rights deals on its English-language title Whore.
  • Spain's City of Light studio options Mario Puzo's Borgia novel


    Spain's City of Light studio complex has optioned the rights to Mario Puzo's last novel, The Family, with plans to film the Euros 25m feature on-site in 2005.
  • Spanish producers focus on foreign finance


    Spanish producers have avidly begun turning to foreign partners in a bid to finance their films.
  • Wanda Vision sells Suite Havana to Trigon


    Spanish producer-distributor-sales house Wanda Vision has sold Cuba-set co-production Suite Havana to Trigon Films for all Swiss and Austrian rights.
  • Spain's Filmax boards UGC's Daltons


    Spanish mini-studio Filmax has boarded UGC's mega-production The Daltons, signing on as co-producer and picking up distribution rights in both Spain and Latin America.
  • Argentina appoints envoys


    Argentina's Film Institute INCAA has appointed four international representatives to act as "antenna" for the nation's cinema.
  • Spain's Filmax sees the light with Darkness


    Spain's Filmax has closed remaining territories on Jaume Balaguero's Darkness and closed the first sales on the director's highly-anticipated follow-up, Fragile.
  • Top Spanish talent in LaZona


    New Spanish production company LaZona Films, launched in January, has unveiled its first slate of films featuring some of the talent behind the biggest Spanish box office hits of recent years.
  • Top Spanish talent in LaZona


    New Spanish production company LaZona Films, launched in January, has unveiled its first slate of films featuring some of the talent behind the biggest Spanish box office hits of recent years.
  • The Hours Of The Day (Las Horas Del Dia)


  • DeAPlaneta, Mikado and Kramer launch Argentine outfit


    Spain's DeAPlaneta and Italy's Mikado, both backed by Italian publishing giant DeAgostini, have joined with veteran Argentinean producer Oscar Kramer to form new Argentina-based production company KDM films.
  • DeAPlaneta, Mikado and Kramer launch Argentine outfit


    Spain's DeAPlaneta and Italy's Mikado, both backed by Italian publishing giant DeAgostini, have joined with veteran Argentinean producer Oscar Kramer to form new Argentina-based production company KDM films.
  • Eddie Saeta boards Argentine Chong


    Barcelona-based company Eddie Saeta, producer of Marc Recha's Un Certain Regard entry Where Is Madame Catherine' (Les Mains Buides), has boarded Argentine co-production Chong for director Lucho Bender.
  • Spanish producer eyes gross-out teen market


    Spanish producer Morena Films has opened feature film production label 'Happy Hour Films' dedicated to raucous teen flicks as part of a brimming slate of new projects for 2003-2004.
  • Spanish producer eyes gross-out teen market


    Spanish producer Morena Films has opened feature film production label 'Happy Hour Films' dedicated to raucous teen flicks as part of a brimming slate of new projects for 2003-2004.
  • Cruz eyes more Euro projects


    Just as Spanish talents are making greater-than-ever strides into Hollywood, Spain's leading lady Penelope Cruz looks set to rev up her European activity.
  • Euro funding for Bartolome's Sirens


    Spanish sales and production house Bulbeck & Mas, co-producer of Un Certain Regard entry Today And Tomorrow (Hoy Y Manana), is now prepping The Silence Of The Sirens (El Silencio De Las Sirenas) from director Cecilia Bartolome.
  • Spain's Alquimia boards Euro pair


    Spain's Alquimia Cinema has boarded two European projects as minority co-producer: French sequel Jet Set 2 from Mandarin Films and Italian thriller Eyes Of Crystal from Cattleya Films.
  • ABS traffics again with Luper partners


    The Spanish co-producer behind The Tulse Luper Suitcases series, ABS Production-Barcelona, has boarded another project involving several of the same co-production partners: a thriller set against the world of art trafficking and forgeries.
  • Costa-Gavras, Ozores to get Valladolid tributes


    Greek director Costa-Gavras and Spanish actor Jose Luis Ozores will receive tributes at this year's 28th annual Valladolid International Film Week (aka Seminci) (Oct 24-Nov 1).
  • Spain's Wanda Vision takes local rights on two Cannes titles


    Spanish distributor Wanda Vision has picked up local theatrical distribution rights on two Cannes titles: Un Certain Regard entry Where Is Madame Catherine' (Les Mans Buides) and Directors' Fortnight screener The Hours Of The Day (Las Horas Del Dia).
  • Spanish network to dramatically reduce acquisition of US films


    Spanish broadcaster Telecinco plans to cut its spending on US films by 20% by the end of 2005, according to CEO Paolo Vasile.
  • Two Spanish festivals announce retrospectives


    Two Spanish film festivals, the Huesca Film Festival (June 5-14) and the Cinema Jove International Film Festival (June 14-21), have both announced retrospectives for their upcoming editions.
  • Portugese exhibitor to double screen count in 2004


    Portugal's Socorama-Castello Lopes Cinemas exhibition chain plans to nearly double its screen count across the territory by the end of next year.
  • Teresa Moneo named co-MD at Aurum


    Teresa Moneo, former senior vice president of production at Miramax in London, has joined Spanish film distributor Aurum as co-managing director.
  • Fantasporto gears up for 2004 edition


    Portugal's leading film festival, Fantasporto, is already revving engines for its 24th edition in 2004 (Feb 20-28), to be followed immediately by a year-long celebration of the event's 25th anniversary.
  • Spanish film fest's Projects Forum sizes up five films


    Spanish producers took advantage of the talent and media congregated in Malaga last week for the sixth annual Spanish Film Festival (April 25 - May 3) to present five new feature films in various stages of production.
  • Killing Words (Palabras Encadenadas)


  • Spain's Filmax to expand and diversify


    Spanish mini-studio Filmax is preparing ambitious new plans to expand and diversify its already wide-ranging activities.
  • Malaga seduced by Torremolinos


    First-time feature director Pablo Berger's Torremolinos 73 scooped four top awards at Spain's sixth annual Spanish Film Festival of Malaga, which ended Saturday night (April 25-May 3).
  • Torremolinos 73


  • Spanish media giant grabs slice of Antena 3


    Spanish publishing and media giant Grupo Planeta has bought 25.1% of Spanish free-to-air broadcaster Antena 3 from telecommunications company Telefonica, the companies announced Wednesday.
  • Wild Bunch takes selected territories for Today And Tomorrow


    France's Wild Bunch has picked up international sales rights outside Spain and four Latin American territories on new Argentinean title Today And Tomorrow (Hoy Y Manana), set to premiere in Un Certain Regard at Cannes.
  • San Sebastian adds new competition strand


    Spain's leading film festival, the San Sebastian International Film Festival, has added a new competitive section devoted to Latin American cinema, further strengthening its position as a key showcase for Spanish and Latin American product and talent.
  • Spain's Grupo PI adds two to its international slate


    Spanish sales house Grupo PI has added two new titles to its international slate, box office hit Moscow Gold and Danube Hotel, which premieres in competition at next week's Spanish Film Festival of Malaga (April 25-May 3).
  • KWA takes international sales on Carmen


    Madrid-based sales house Kevin Williams Associates (KWA) has picked up Vicente Aranda's ambitious Carmen for international sales, and will give the film its market debut next month at Cannes.
  • Madrid Film Commission launched


    Spain's capital city will finally boast a film commission thanks to the creation this week of the Madrid Film Commission.
  • Sony's Spanish production arm confirms first projects


    Just a month after the company closed its German production division, Sony Pictures Entertainment's new Spanish production operation, Columbia Films Producciones Espanolas has confirmed two of its first projects in development.
  • Fantasporto launches 16-title 'marathon'


    Portugal's leading international film festival, Fantasporto, will launch a marathon showing of 16 hit festival titles in Lisbon next week.
  • Casa Nova Films launched to develop US Hispanic market


    Two new players have launched LA- and Barcelona-based theatrical distributor and consultant Casa Nova Films, specialising in the US Hispanic market.
  • Malaga fest unveils 16 new Spanish films


    Pedro Olea's Tiempo De Tormenta is set to inaugurate the sixth annual Spanish Film Festival of Malaga (April 25-May 3).
  • Gimenez Cacho joins Almodovar's Bad Education


    Actor Daniel Gimenez Cacho (pictured) looks set to take the third lead role in Pedro Almodovar's forthcoming Bad Education (La Mala Educacion) alongside Mexico's Gael Garcia Bernal and Spaniard Fele Martinez.
  • Las Palmas awards top prize to Mr & Mrs Iyer


    India's Aparna Sen (pictured) picked up the gold prize for best film for Mr & Mrs Iyer at the fourth annual International Film Festival of Las Palmas (March 28-April 5), which also hosted the first edition of the EuroForum Co-Production Market.
  • Production starts on The Bridge Of San Luis Rey


    Principal photography gets underway today (Friday) in Madrid, on The Bridge Of San Luis Rey, a Spanish-French-UK co-production being sold internationally by Senator International.
  • Screwball comedy scores Spain's fifth biggest opening


    Actor-turned-director Jesus Bonilla struck gold this weekend with star-studded comedy Moscow Gold (El Oro De Moscu), recording the fifth top opening weekend ever for a Spanish film.
  • Spanish scriptwriting consultancy to launch in May


    Four Spanish partners are preparing a May launch for their new consulting company abc guionistas (abc scriptwriters) which will offer a range of services related to film and television scripts.
  • Salamina Soldiers (Soldados De Salamina)


  • Madragoa Filmes awarded Portugese production support


    Paulo Branco's Lisbon-based production company Madragoa Filmes has received two of the three latest feature film subsidies granted by the Portuguese Film Institute ICAM.
  • Mango Yellow wins top prize in Toulouse


    Brazilian Claudio Assis picked up the grand prize at the 15th annual Latin American Film Screenings of Toulouse, France (March 21-30) for his film Mango Yellow (Amarelo Manga).
  • Utopia


  • Media Business School appoints eight-member advisory council


    Pan-European training initiative the Media Business School (MBS) has appointed a new eight-person advisory council for its Master in Audiovisual Management (MEGA) program.
  • Telecino is Spain's only profitable broadcaster


    Telecinco has posted 2002 year-end net profits of Euros 85.9m, making it the only profitable broadcaster in Spain last year.
  • Lolafilms closes sales on Raggy Boy


    Spanish production, distribution and sales house Lolafilms has closed a string of deals in Latin America, Europe and beyond on Sundance hit Song For A Raggy Boy.
  • Spain's DeA Planeta announces string of pick-ups


    Spain's DeA Planeta has announced a string of high-profile pick-ups including Ingmar Bergman's Saraband and Tod Williams' Door In The Floor.
  • Telefonica to divest Antena 3 stake as part of merger with Sogecable


    Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica has announced plans to unload its 59% majority stake in local free-to-air broadcaster Antena 3.
  • New Italian-Spanish co-production market planned


    The Italian Institute for Foreign Commerce (ICE) is organising a new Italian-Spanish co-production market to take place in Madrid.
  • Sogepaq seals int'l sales on Mortadelo, Mondays


    Spain's Sogepaq has announced a slew of sales on two local hits Mortadelo & Filemon - The Big Adventure and Mondays In The Sun.
  • UIP to release Spanish feature The Weakness Of The Bolshevik


    UIP has confirmed local distribution plans for Spanish feature film, The Weakness Of The Bolshevik (La Flaqueza Del Bolchevique) (working title), currently in post-production.
  • Mortadelo & Filemon: The Big Adventure (La Gran Aventura De Mortadelo Y Filemon)


  • New co-production market to be launched at Las Palmas film fest


    The fourth edition of the Las Palmas International Film Festival (March 28-April 5), is to introduce a new co-production market: EuroForum (April 3-5).
  • Rance joins Spain's City of Light studio complex


    Spanish studio complex City of Light (Ciudad de la Luz) has contracted former Pinewood Studios executive David Rance as its operations manager.
  • New Spain-Argentina production company wraps first films


    Start-up Spanish-Argentinean production company Altair Cinema has wrapped its first two feature films in Buenos Aires and is now preparing a similar second-year slate.
  • Argentinian films dominate Films in Progress event


    The Latin American Film Screenings of Toulouse, France (March 21-30) and Spain's San Sebastian International Film Festival (Sept 18-27) have unveiled the five new feature films set to participate in this year's third annual Films in Progress (Cine en Construccion) program, which aims to bring needed financiers on board unfinished Latin American films.
  • Spain cordinates European Film workshops


    Spanish authors' rights body SGAE is coordinating three workshops on "European Films Crossing Borders" to be held just prior to the next Cannes, San Sebastian and Berlin film festivals.
  • Bulgarian Lovers goes to the US


    Spanish sales company Grupo PI announced it has closed an all rights deal in the US to TLA Releasing on Berlin Panorama entry Bulgarian Lovers (Los Novios Bulgaros) (pictured).
  • Portugal's LNK Filmes strengthens its slate


    Portugal's LNK Filmes has announced a host of acquisitions, further strengthening its market position as well as that of its expanding umbrella holding company JRP.
  • Intacto takes top honours at Fantasporto


    Juan Carlos Fresnadillo's Intacto (pictured) picked up best film and best screenplay prizes in the Fantasy Section of the 23rd Oporto International Film Festival (Feb 21 - Mar 1), better known as Fantasporto.
  • Spanish cinema takes heart from new figures


    The Spanish box office looks to have enjoyed a better year last year than estimates predicted, as new figures from the state film institute ICAA reveal.
  • Spain to host Cartoon Master workshop


    Galicia in Spain will play host to a three-day Cartoon Master workshop dedicated to technological developments in the animation industry May 15-17.
  • Malaga fest lines up Aragon and Arias tributes


    The sixth annual Spanish Film Festival of Malaga (April 25-May 3) will include tributes to director Manuel Gutierrez Aragon and actor Imanol Arias.
  • Spanish gov't plans to monitor TV investment in film


    The Spanish government has said its plans to clarify and regulate television investment in local films more strictly in the future.
  • Joint venture to distribute Hispanic films in the US


    Spanish production company Plural Entertainment, Mexican producer-distributor Televisa Cine and Miami-based talent management and marketing firm Latin World Entertainment have formed a joint venture to distribute Hispanic films in the United States.
  • Spain's 42nd Street boards Kill, God Will Forgive


    Spain's 42nd Street Productions has boarded new Cuban-Spanish co-production Kill, God Will Forgive (Mata, Que Dios Perdona).
  • Argentine Patagonik kicks off 2003 with strong slate


    Argentina's leading production company Patagonik Film Group, in Berlin with Panorama entry Kamchatka, has a strong start to 2003, with a six-title slate of feature films.
  • Buskin branches out into co-productions


    Italy's Buskin Film will expand its new production activities to include minority co-productions with other European partners, Buskin president Roberto Bessi and CEO Antonio Guadalupi said in Berlin.
  • Giannini, Roth to star in Taviani brothers' Dumas project


    Italian heartthrob Adriano Giannini (Swept Away) and Argentina's Cecilia Roth (All About My Mother) are set to star for the Taviani brothers in Luisa Sanfelice, an ambitious Italian feature film and miniseries, Rome-based producer Cattleya announced in Berlin.
  • Local film rocks Spanish box office


    Effects-laden, cartoon-inspired Spanish feature film Mortadelo & Filemon - The Big Adventure achieved the top grossing opening weekend ever for a local title this weekend in Spain, earning Euros 5.1m from 325 prints through distributor Warner Sogefilms.
  • Spain's Tesela readies three new films


    Spanish production company Tesela is preparing three new feature films including the next project from Argentinean veteran Adolfo Aristarain (Common Places).
  • Spain's Zebra Films lines up three features


    Madrid-based production company Zebra Films is preparing three new feature films including the as-yet-untitled next project from recent best original script Goya Award winner Antonio Hernandez (The City Of No Limits).
  • Kevin Williams Associates adds to Berlin line-up


    Madrid-based sales house Kevin Williams Associates (KWA) has added Chiqui Carabante's debut feature film Carlos Against The World (Carlos Contra El Mundo) and Palm Springs Film Festival entry The Impatient Alchemist (El Alquimista Impaciente) to its line-up for Berlin.
  • Kevin Williams Associates adds to Berlin line-up


    Madrid-based sales house Kevin Williams Associates (KWA) has added Chiqui Carabante's debut feature film Carlos Against The World (Carlos Contra El Mundo) and Palm Springs Film Festival entry The Impatient Alchemist (El Alquimista Impaciente) to its line-up for Berlin.
  • Mondays In The Sun basks in Goya Awards


    There was one clear victor in the battle for the top prizes at Spain's 17th annual Goya Awards ceremony held Saturday night in Madrid: Fernando Leon's Mondays In The Sun.
  • Spanish digital merger goes ahead


    Today marks the deadline for Spain's Sogecable and Telefonica to accept or decline the 34 conditions placed by the Spanish government on the merger of their pay TV platforms Canal Satelite Digital and Via Digital.
  • For better or worse - Canal Satelite Digital & Via Digital merge


    Spain's two mammoth digital satellite pay-TV platforms are merging, an event which will drastically transform the Spanish media landscape - for better or worse.
  • Mini-studio planned for Barcelona


    Six Catalan media firms have merged to create a single holding company with plans to forge a new mini-studio in Barcelona.
  • Goats, Goddesses and AC/DC feature in Lolafilms slate


    Spanish production company Lolafilms is readying several new films for production in 2003.
  • LaZona launches into Spanish production sector


    Three producers are braving the choppy waters of the Spanish film sector to launch new Madrid-based production outfit LaZona Films.
  • Entera appoints int'l production & acquisitions team


    New international production-distribution company Entera has appointed three executives to form its cross-Atlantic production and acquisitions team.
  • Spanish Film Academy predicts 'The Crisis to Come'


    Titling its annual report on the state of the national film industry 'The Crisis to Come,' the Spanish Film Academy has warned that '2003 will be a critical year' for Spanish cinema.
  • Italy's Mediaset takes control of Spain's Telecinco


    Italy's Mediaset has agreed to pay Euros276m to Spanish media conglomerate Grupo Correo Prensa Espanola for an additional 12% stake in Spanish broadcaster Telecinco.
  • Cuban Film Institute unveils 2003 slate


    The Cuban Film Institute (ICAIC) unveiled its slate of films for 2003 at the 24th annual edition of the Havana Film Festival of New Latin American Cinema (Dec 3-13).
  • First Hand Films takes int'l rights on Truth & Lies


    First Hand Films has picked up international rights on Seville-based Maestranza Films' forthcoming English-language "false documentary" Truth & Lies, a co-production with Germany's and France's Dune.
  • Mondays In The Sun shines in Goya nominations


    Fresh from his sweep of the European Film Awards last weekend, Pedro Almodovar now faces stiff competition at home for Spain's Oscar-equivalent Goya Awards, the nominations to which were revealed today in Madrid prior to their February 1 ceremony.
  • Ex-Admira president plans new Spanish media group


    Juan Jose Nieto, former executive president of Admira (Telefonica Media), is understood to be in final negotiations to buy Das Werk's remaining interests in Barcelona-based En Efecto in a bid to create a new media group in Spain.
  • Spanish producer duo prepare two new features


    Pedro Costa and Enrique Cerezo, the co-producers behind Eduard Cortes' Nobody's Life (La Vida De Nadie) and last year's Spanish nomination to the foreign language Oscar, Mad Love (Juana La Loca), are prepping two new feature films, including Cortes' next project.
  • Film industry worries over Spanish pay-TV merger


    The government approval last week of the merger between Spain's rival pay TV platforms - Canal Satelite Digital (CSD) and Via Digital - has produced as many questions as it has answers for the film industry.
  • Italy's Mediaset mulls majority stake in Spain's Telecinco


    More changes to Spain's television landscape are in order if Italy's Mediaset follows through on plans to up its 40% stake in Spanish broadcaster Telecinco to a majority 51% share.
  • Lilja 4-Ever scoops Gijon top prize


    Lukas Moodysson's Lilja 4-Ever walked away the top winner from Spain's 40th annual edition of the Gijon International Film Festival (Nov 21-29).
  • Lanzarote wraps busiest-ever film screenings event


    The Spanish Film Screenings of Lanzarote closed its busiest-ever, fourth annual edition on Saturday night after three full days attended by almost 90 buyers from around the world.
  • Spain to introduce measures to protect local market


    The Spanish Film Institute (ICAA) plans to prohibit distributors from giving theatrical premieres to any non-EU film which has not previously premiered in its home country.
  • Portugal's national film institute appoints new president


    Portugal's National Film Institute ICAM has appointed a new president in the midst of an industry-wide controversy concerning the funding body's outstanding debts.
  • Spain's digital TV merger is finally approved


    The Spanish government has approved a merger between the country's two leading digital satellite TV operators Canal Satelite Digital (CSD) and Via Digital.
  • Spain to alter local TV ownership rules


    In a decision that will directly affect both parties in Spain's pending pay-TV merger, the Spanish government has announced that it will prohibit companies from owning shares in more than one broadcaster at the national, regional and local levels.
  • Buyers gear up for Lanzarote's Spanish Film Screenings


    The fourth annual Spanish Film Screenings of Lanzarote (Nov 28-30) kicks off in Spain's Canary Islands this week with 92 buyers attending from around the world to screen 37 of the latest Spanish feature films.
  • Metro Tartan gets Mind Of A Killer for UK


    Spanish sales house Grupo PI has sold all UK rights on San Sebastian International Film Festival competition title Aro Tolbukhin: In The Mind Of A Killer (Aro Tolbukhin: En La Mente Del Asesino) to Metro Tartan.
  • Kamchatka


  • Spain's digital satellite platforms get qualified greenlight for merger


    The planned pay TV merger between Spain's two digital satellite platforms - Via Digital and Canal Satelite Digital (CSD) - got a qualified green light this week from the nation's Competition Defense Court (Tribunal de Defensa de la Competencia).
  • Nobody's Life (La Vida De Nadie)


    Dir: Eduard Cortes. Spain. 2002. 103 mins.
  • KWA sells three Latin American titles to the UK


    Spain-based sales agent Kevin Williams Associates (KWA) has sold three Latin American titles to the UK.
  • Spain's Alquimia signs co-production deal with France's Mandarin


    Spain's Alquimia Cinema and France's Mandarin have signed a two-picture co-production agreement.
  • Spain, Israel name foreign language Oscar hopefuls


    Fernando Leon's Mondays In The Sun was named Spain's submission for the foreign language Oscar today, beating the other shortlisted films, Pedro Almodovar's Talk To Her and Jose Luis Garci's Story Of A Kiss .
  • Spanish film on course for bumper box office share


    Spanish producers have been predicting since September that the market share for local films would rise this year - up from 10.7% to 12% in anticipation of high-profile autumn releases.
  • Spanish broadcaster TVE to invest Euros 25m in film rights


    Responding to local producers' calls for broadcasters to make public their investment in Spanish films, public broadcaster Television Espanola (TVE) announced that it expects to pump as much as Euros 25m into free-to-air film rights in 2002.
  • Multiple sales for Saura's Salome


    Spanish director Carlos Saura's musical Salome has sold to Japan, Benelux and much of South America.
  • Sweet Sixteen takes Golden Spike at Valladolid


    Ken Loach's Sweet Sixteen went home Saturday night with the top Golden Spike award from Spain's 47th annual Valladolid International Film Week.
  • Spain mourns death of veteran director Juan Antonio Bardem


    Spain awoke Thursday morning to the news that veteran director and scriptwriter Juan Antonio Bardem had died on Wednesday in Madrid at the age of 80.
  • Portugal's national film institute in crisis


    The vice president of Portugal's national film institute ICAM abruptly resigned last weekend, launching accusations that ICAM could default on outstanding debt worth upwards of Euros 30m.
  • Story Of A Kiss (Historia De Un Beso)


  • Borau awarded Spain's national film prize


    Veteran director Jose Luis Borau is the recipient of Spain's prestigious National Film Prize, the Ministry of Culture's Institute for Cinema and Audiovisual Arts announced.
  • Darkness


  • Plural Entertainment, Televisa Cine seal wide-ranging pact


    A new joint production-distribution accord encompassing feature films, TV movies and miniseries, unites two giants from opposite sides of the Atlantic: Spain's Plural Entertainment, 100% owned by media conglom Grupo Prisa, and Mexico's Televisa Cine, the film arm of Televisa.
  • 800 Bullets (800 Balas)


  • Spain selects three contenders for foreign-language Oscar submission


    The Spanish Cinema Academy's preliminary selection of three titles for the foreign-language Oscar submission includes Pedro Almodovar's Talk To Her, Jose Luis Garci's Story Of A Kiss and Fernando Leon's Mondays In The Sun.
  • Darkness descends on Spain


  • Films In Progress seeks entries for third round of screenings


    The Films In Progress (Cine En Construccion) joint initiative of the San Sebastian International Film Festival and the Latin American Screenings of Toulouse have sent out a call for entries for the third round of screenings to be held in Toulouse (March 21-30, 2003).
  • Spain's Tesela secures Alta outlet


    Spanish producer Tesela has signed a theatrical distribution deal with local arthouse distributor Alta Films for the release of all of its feature films over the next three years.
  • Cronenberg nets two awards at Sitges Int'l film festival


    Guy Maddin's Dracula: Pages From A Virgin's Diary (pictured) took home the best film award and David Cronenberg best director for Spider from the Fantastic Section of Spain's 35th annual Sitges International Film Festival of Catalonia (Oct 3-13).
  • Manoel de Oliveira starts shoting A Spoken Film


    Veteran Portuguese director Manoel de Oliveira began shooting Monday on his latest movie, A Spoken Film (Um Filme Falado), which will feature appearances by Catherine Deneuve, John Malkovich and Irene Papas.
  • Valladolid film festival to open with 11-09-01


    Commemorative effort 11-09-01 will inaugurate the official section of Spain's 47th annual Valladolid International Film Festival (Oct 25-Nov 2).
  • Belgian filmmaker Delvaux dies aged 76


    Veteran Belgian filmmaker Andre Delvaux died suddenly of a heart attack on Friday during a conference in Valencia, Spain.
  • Spanish studio to launch new genre label


    Spanish mini-studio Filmax is prepping the launch of new genre label Fantastic Family to create feature films targeted at the entire family.
  • Spanish arthouse distributors form industry association


    Four of Spain's leading arthouse distributors have formed the Independent Film Distributors' Association (ADICINE) to provide a lobby for their interests in the exhibition of European films in Spain.
  • Spanish actors call for international treaty to defend performers


    Spanish actors' rights association AISGE made public its demands for an international treaty on intellectual property rights in a lengthy press conference at the San Sebastian International Film Festival (Sept 19-28), which was attended by dozens of local actors.
  • San Sebastian celebrates Mondays In The Sun


    Spanish film Mondays In The Sun took the top prize at the 50th anniversary of the San Sebastian International Film Festival (Sept 19-28), which ended Saturday night with a series of applauded, if not anticipated, prizes.
  • Sun shines at San Sebastian


    Monday night's applause-filled screening of Spanish director Fernando Leon de Aranoa's competition entry Mondays In The Sun (Los Lunes Al Sol) marked the halfway point of Spain's San Sebastian International Film Festival, which runs September 19 to 28.
  • Columbia TriStar takes Spanish rights to Mexican hit Father Amaro


    Columbia TriStar Film Distributors International has picked up Spanish rights to Mexican hit The Crime Of Father Amaro (El Crimen Del Padre Amaro) following the company's move last week to take up its first-look option to distribute the film worldwide outside North America and Mexico.The deal was negotiated at the San Sebastian International Film Festival (Sept 19-28) by Ernesto Victoria, GM of Columbia TriStar in Spain, and Jose Maria Morales, head of Spanish co-producer ...
  • KWA picks up worldwide rights to Spanish language trio


    Madrid-based sales house Kevin Williams Associates (KWA) has picked up worldwide rights to three new films - The Blue Room (La Habitacion Azul), The Suit (El Traje) and November (Noviembre) - the company announced at the San Sebastian International Film Festival (Sept 19-28).The trio of pick-ups link KWA directly to Spanish production company Plural Entertainment, which is backed 100% by media conglomerate Grupo Prisa. Plural is a co-producer on Mexican ...
  • Tony Blair unwittingly boosts Thornton Wilder adaptation


    When Tony Blair chose the closing paragraph of an obscure 1927 novel called The Bridge Of San Luis Rey to read at a memorial service last year for the victims of September 11, he did not know that UK producer Pembridge Pictures had already spent close to ten years prepping a film adaptation of the same book, now a Euros 23m co-production with Spain's KanZaman.Blair's choice of the passage may prove a good omen for the project, unveiled this week at the San Sebastian International ...
  • El Deseo links with MediaPro for production expansion


    The Almodovar brothers' El Deseo company has signed a wide-ranging co-production pact with Spanish media group MediaPro which will allow both companies to expand their current production activities.
  • Columbia TriStar holds on to Father Amaro


    Columbia TriStar FilmDistributors International has taken up its first-look option to distributeMexican box office hit The Crime Of Father Amaro (El Crimen Del Padre Amaro) worldwide outside North America and Spain.
  • Mad Pix, Madrid Film team for new digital lab


  • peppermint takes worldwide rights to When Pigs Fly


    peppermint, the worldwidedistribution company that recently underwent a management buy-out from HelkonMedia AG, has acquired worldwide rights outside Germany, Austria andGerman-speaking Switzerland, on San Sebastian International Film Festival (Sept19-28) competition entry Pigs Will Fly.
  • San Sebastian festival kicks off with The Good Thief


    Spain's San Sebastian International Film Festival (Sept 19-28) kicks off what promises to be a star-studded 50th anniversary edition today with screenings of Official Section inaugural film The Good Thief and sidebar Zabaltegi opening title The Dancer Upstairs.Good Thief director Neil Jordan and co-star Tcheki Karyo will offer a press conference prior to the official screening tonight. Director John Malkovich and star Javier Bardem will accompany their Spanish ...
  • Spanish pay-TV merger will get greenlight says media titan


    Jesus de Polanco, president of Spanish media group Sogecable, said on Tuesday that he is "convinced" the digital merger between Sogecable's pay TV platform Canal Satelite Digital (CSD) and rival Via Digital will be approved.News reports on Monday suggested the government would give the merger the green light by year-end. Various top-level goverment representatives were present Tuesday for Polanco's statements, made at a presentation of Sogecable's new suburban Madrid headquarters.Polanco ...
  • Spanish, Italian publishing giants unveil film production and distribution push


    Spanish publishing giant Grupo Planeta and Italian partner De Agostini have finally unveiled full details of their joint multi-media venture, DeA Planeta, including the creation of a new production division to be headed by former Esicma chief Pau Calpe.Calpe will oversee the as yet unnamed production division, which plans to co-produce miniseries and an annual 4-5 feature films, beginning with Esicma co-production Voices In The Night (Las Voces En La Noche) from Mensaka ...
  • Endemol acquires hit-making Spanish TV production outfit


    Endemol Entertainment has bought out 100% of Barcelona TV production outfit Gestmusic Endemol.Endemol, itself 100% owned by Spanish telecoms company Telefonica, originally bought into the producer in 1994 and owned 60% prior to the latest move. Gestmusic founders Tony Cruz and Jose Maria Mainat will stay on as co-executive directors for at least another four years.Gestmusic is best known for the creation of hugely successful TV programs such as reality show Operacion ...
  • Sogepaq restructures distribution team


    Spanish distribution house Sogepaq has restructured its executive staff following the July departure of former head of international sales Eva Diederix, now with UGC in France.Simon de Santiago has been appointed deputy director of distribution for Sogepaq and sister production company Sogecine. Previously head of Canal Plus Guiones, a script development program also housed in Sogepaq umbrella body Sogecable, de Santiago will report to director of distribution Jacques Roldan.Sophie ...
  • Valladolid festival unveils latest competition titles


    Ken Loach's Sweet Sixteen, Walter Doehner's The Blue Room (La Habitacion Azul), Diego Arsuaga's The Last Train (El Ultimo Tren) and Eduard Cortes's Nobody's Life (La Vida De Nadie) are among the titles set to compete in Spain's forthcoming Valladolid International Film Week (Oct 25-Nov 2).The festival traditionally announces the participation of Spanish productions and - as in the case of all of the competition titles unveiled except Cortes's Life ...
  • San Sebastian to present three lifetime achievement awards


    To celebrate its 50th anniversary edition, the San Sebastian International Film Festival (Sept 19-28) will present three, rather than the usual two, lifetime achievement Donostia Awards this year to Jessica Lange, Dennis Hopper and Bob Hoskins.
  • Alta Films takes Magdalene Sisters for Spain


    Madrid-based distributor Alta Films has picked up rights in Spain to Venice Golden Lion winner The Magdalene Sisters.
  • Spain's Grupo PI taps into The Mind Of A Killer


    Spain's Grupo PI will handle international sales on San Sebastian competition entry Aro Tolbukhin In The Mind Of A Killer (Aro Tolbukhin En La Mente Del Asesino).
  • The Other Side Of The Bed (El Otro Lado De La Cama)


    Dir: Emilio Martinez Lazaro. 120mins. Spain. 2002.
  • Spanish producers' association appoints communications director


    The Spanish Producers' Federation (FAPAE) has appointed Mercedes Martinez as its new communications director.Martinez replaces previous director Fernando Bejarano, who left FAPAE for Madrid-based production outfit BocaBoca.Martinez has worked for the last five years in the Spanish film acquisitions department of digital satellite pay TV platform Via Digital.FAPAE is overseen by general manager Fabia Buenaventura and current president Eduardo Campoy.
  • Buena Vista Spain boosts local co-production slate


    Having officially entered the local production sector last year, Buena Vista International Spain (BVIS) is negotiating a potential slate of five to six new co-productions for 2003.
  • San Sebastian reveals special tribute & competition jury


    The San Sebastian International Film Festival (Sept 19-28) has finalised the programme for its 50th anniversary edition, unveiling a surprise tribute to Francis Ford Coppola and the members of its competition jury, presided over by Wim Wenders.
  • Sitges reveals full competition line-up


    Brian de Palma's Femme Fatale, Oxide and Danny Pang's The Eye and David Cronenberg's Spider are among the films lined up to compete in the Official Fantastic Section of next month's Sitges International Film Festival of Catalunya (Oct 3-13).
  • Man Without A Past, Ramsay get new FIPRESCI prizes


    The Man Without A Past (Miles Vailla Menneisyytta) will receive the Best Film of the Year and UKdirector Lynne Ramsay the newly-created New Director of the Year awards fromthe International Film Critics Federation (FIPRESCI) at the opening ceremonyof this month's San Sebastian International Film Festival.
  • Latin American films compete for San Sebastian prize


    Thirteen Latin American films will compete for the Made in Spanish award at next month's 50th anniversary edition of the San Sebastian International Film Festival (Sept 19-28).
  • Spanish regulator raises concerns over pay-TV merger


    The merger of pay-TV platforms Via Digital and Canal Satelite Digital (CSD) could result in a "monopoly on rights to feature films" according to an investigation by Spain's industry regulator.
  • Star Line, Parallel, Planet team for Aranda's Carmen


    Madrid-based producer Star Line has signed up the UK's Parallel Pictures and Italy's Planet Pictures to co-produce the long-planned ambitious new feature film version of Carmen.
  • Sogepaq takes int'l rights on Mondays In The Sun


    Spanish distribution house Sogepaq will handle international sales on San Sebastian International Film Festival competition entry Mondays In The Sun (Los Lunes Al Sol).
  • The Good Thief to open San Sebastian competition


    Neil Jordan's The Good Thief will open the official competition section of this year's 50th anniversary edition of Spain's San Sebastian International Film Festival (Sept 19-28).
  • Antonio Banderas firmly in Tarantula's web


    Antonio Banderas reiterated his interest Thursday in taking a starring role in futuristic film noir Tarantula for director Pedro Almodovar.
  • Asian films dominate Sitges sidebar


    Asian films form the bulk of titles screening in the animated features sidebar Anima't at the forthcoming Sitges International Film Festival of Catalunya (Oct 3-13).
  • San Sebastian unveils director's award line-up


    Spain's San Sebastian International Film Festival has unveiled the 20 titles that will compete for the New Director's Award at this year's 50th anniversary edition (Sept 19-28).
  • Spanish film industry cautious on TV merger


    The planned merger of Spain's two leading pay-TV platforms, Telefonica-owned Via Digital and Sogecable-backed Canal Satelite Digital (CSD), took one step further towards reality after Friday's decision by the European Commission to send the case back to the Spanish government for consideration.
  • Abril signs to Alquimia's Swindled


    Tie Me Up,Tie Me Down star and Spain's leading lady, Victoria Abril has signed on to star in the forthcoming Alquimia Cinema production Swindled (Incautos).
  • Sitges to open with Darkness


  • Warner Lusomundo Sogecable expands Spanish multiplex circuit


    Warner Lusomundo Sogecable, the three-way Spanish exhibition venture, is to invest Euros 65m-70m in expanding its cinema estate, building six new multiplexes with a total 62 screens before the summer of 2004.
  • European local hits fight back against US blockbusters


    In a reversal of fortunes for Spanish films, a musical comedy has become the third-highest grossing local title of this year after just 10 days on release. Meanwhile, continuing a robust trend, a Danish film has kicked Spider-Man off the top spot at the box office, with the fourth-best opening of any film this year in the territory.
  • New regional Spanish film commission launched


    A new regional film commission has been added to Spain's growing network of local organisations with the launch of an office in Castilla-Leon
  • Sales chief Diederix quits Sogecine-Sogepaq for new post


    Eva Diederix, director of international sales at production-distribution house Sogecine-Sogepaq, resigned from her post on Thursday July 11 to accept a new position in international sales outside of Spain.
  • Spain's Admira offloads Argentinian Azul TV


    Spanish media house Admira and JP Morgan have finalised the long-mooted sale of Argentina's Azul TV to Argentine consortium HFS Media SA.
  • Carlos Saura readies two new feature projects


    Veteran Spanish director Carlos Saura is preparing two new projects to follow his forthcoming feature Salome, slated for a September release.
  • Spain's Abaco to double its cinema circuit by 2005


    Spanish exhibitor Cines Abaco has unveiled plans to invest Euros 48m over the next three years to grow its multiplex cinema circuit and entertainment chain.
  • Spain's Plural Entertainment close to taking 80% of Tesela


    Spanish production house Plural Entertainment is rumoured to be closing a deal to buy out an 80% share of up-and-coming Madrid-based producer Tesela PC.
  • Spider-Man takes Spain's opening gross record - by a whisker


  • Tough times see Spanish producers adopt novel approach


    The tough climate for film financing in Spain is causing producers to turn to literary adaptations, especially works which have already proven popular with audiences and critics. Indeed, there are currently more than a dozen films based on novels in advanced stages of production in Spain.
  • Cat bags Spain's top Cinema Jove prize


    Korean director Jeong Jae-Eun took home the top Valencian Moon award Saturday from Spain's youth-oriented Cinema Jove International Film Festival (June15-22) for his debut feature film, Take Care Of My Cat (Go Yang I Rul Boo Tak Hae).
  • Gaia's new Golden Prize goes to Heaven


    The newly-launched Gaia International Film Festival of Portugal closed its first annual edition Saturday night (june 22) with the awarding of its non-monetary Golden Prize for Best Film to Tom Tykwer's Heaven.
  • Spain's Lolafilms secures Euros 18m capital boost


    The financial restructuring of Spain's Lolafilms has concluded with majority backer Admira and Lola CEO Andres Vicente Gomez both subscribing to the Euros 18m capital amplification for the company.
  • Lolafilms' refinancing deadline extended to mid-July


    The deadline for shareholders to participate in the Euros 18m capital amplification of Spanish production powerhouse Lolafilms has been pushed back until mid-July.
  • National general strike won't cripple Spain's film industry


    Despite a call by the Spanish Actors' Guild to support a nationwide general workers' strike planned for Thursday, June 20, the film industry will not come to a full stop.
  • Two Spanish digital TV channels launch, reluctantly


    Frustrated subscribers of Spain's failed digital terrestrial TV (DTT) pay platform Quiero TV are enjoying an unintended consolation. They are currently among the only consumers with the technology to view Spain's two new free-to-air DTT platforms, Net TV and Veo Television, which launched on Tuesday.
  • Sidney and De la Iglesia retrospectives open 17th Cinema Jove


    The 17th youth-oriented Cinema Jove International Film Festival of Valencia, Spain (June 15-22) opened on Saturday night with retrospectives of recently deceased American director and producer George Sidney and popular Spanish filmmaker Alex de la Iglesia.
  • Local titles dominate Spain's Huesca festival awards


    Spanish films dominated the prizes in both the international and Iberoamerican short film competitions of Spain's 30th annual Huesca Film Festival (June 6 to 15).
  • Spanish government issues 'Cinema Law'


    The Spanish government has issued its 'Cinema Law' which, among other measures, requires broadcaster-affiliated producers to finance a minimum 75% of their feature films as co-productions. It also set up a national watchdog to oversee fair practice in all sectors of the film industry.
  • Dibildos mourned by Spain's film industry


    Spain Thursday mourned the sudden death of veteran scriptwriter and producer Jose Luis Dibildos, a key figure in Spanish cinema of the last half century.
  • New Spanish distributor Indisa braves choppy market


    Former Filmax executive Alberto del Val is braving the difficult conditions facing the Spanish distribution sector and has launched a new releasing outfit, Indisa. The new company aims to handle up to ten local, European and international pictures a year.
  • Telecinco quits Spain's Pay-TV platforms


    Spanish free-to-air broadcaster Telecinco is to remove its signal from both of Spain's digital satellite TV platforms, Via Digital and Canal Satelite Digital (CSD).
  • Buena Vista Spain adds two more co-production projects


    Buena Vista International Spain (BVIS), which last autumn announced its full-fledged entry into local feature film co-production, has added two more titles to its slate: Cat Kisses (Besos De Gato) and Hold-Up At 3... Thirty (Atraco A Las 3... Y Media).
  • Spain's Alquimia pacts with France's Fidelite for co-productions


    Spain's Alquimia Cinema and France's Fidelite Productions have signed a two-picture co-production deal likely to be expanded to include two further forthcoming titles.
  • Allen to receive Spain's Prince of Asturias Award


    Woody Allen is set to receive Spain's prestigious Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts at the hand of the country's Prince Felipe next October, an honour which could lift the director's spirit this week as he defends his highly publicised lawsuit against producer Jean Doumanian.
  • Spanish Huesca film festival to honour Kaurismaki


    Finnish actress Kati Outinen, recently awarded the best actress prize at Cannes for her work in Aki Kaurismaki's The Man Without A Past, is one of the stars expected to turn out for this year's 30th anniversary edition of the Huesca Film Festival of Spain (June 6-15).
  • Spain's Admira names Martin Marin as new president


    Admira, the media subsidiary of Spain's Telefonica last night confirmed the anticipated appointment of Pedro Antonio Martin Marin as its new president, and announced the division of the filial into two separate companies: Admira and Telefonica Contenidos (Telefonica Contents).
  • Every Stewardess goes to France


    Spain's Wanda Vision has sold all French rights on Berlin Panorama entry Every Stewardess Goes To Heaven (Todas Las Azafatas Van Al Cielo) to Pretty Pictures.
  • Spain's Grupo Pi announces string of deals


    Spanish sales consortium Grupo Pi announced a string of deals on various titles from its growing slate of feature films.
  • Banderas, Cruz may re-unite with Almodovar for Tarantula


    Two of Spain's hottest properties, Antonio Banderas and Penelope Cruz, are likely to co-star in Tarantula, a futuristic film noir by director Pedro Almodovar.
  • Sogepaq wraps Asian deals


    Spain's Sogepaq has closed a range of sales to Asia on four recent pictures from sister company Sogecine.
  • Spain's MediaPro buys 60% stake in Ovideo


    Spanish audiovisual company MediaPro has bought out 60% of film and TV producer Ovideo TV.
  • Luque enrolled as head of Film Business School


    Former director of creative affairs at Lolafilms UK, Nadine Luque has been appointed new director of the Film Business School, part of the MEDIA Programme-backed pan-European training initiative the Media Business School (MBS).
  • Spanish, Italian publishing giants unveil production and distribution push


    Spanish publishing giant Grupo Planeta and Italian partner De Agostini have finally unveiled full details of their joint multi-media venture, DeA Planeta, including the creation of a new production division to be headed by former Esicma chief Pau Calpe.Calpe will oversee the as yet unnamed production division, which plans to co-produce miniseries and an annual 4-5 feature films, beginning with Esicma co-production Voices In The Night (Las Voces En La Noche) from Mensaka ...
  • Spanish-French PHF Films' partners prepare separate slates


    Partners in Spanish-French production venture PHF Films, co-producers of Directors' Fortnight title Nada +, are dismantling their joint banner but will continue to co-produce projects together.
  • Spain's Mate Productions unveils new sales division


    Spanish production outfit Mate Productions has launched an international sales division which will make its market debut at Cannes.
  • Tesela heads new slate with Manas project


    Firming up its reputation as a wellspring for new talent in Spain, start-up Tesela Producciones is prepping four new films for its second-year slate headlined by writer-director Achero Manas' follow-up to his multiple award-winning debut feature Pellet (El Bola).
  • San Sebastian to honour Schlondorff, Powell for 50th edition


    The San Sebastian International Film Festival will honour multifaceted filmmakers Volker Schlondorff and Michael Powell with retrospectives at this year's 50th anniversary edition, to be held September 19-28 in the northern Spanish coastal town.
  • The City Of No Limits (En La Ciudad Sin Limites)


  • Government to close one of Portugal's national TV stations


    Portugal's public broadcaster looks set to get cut in half if the government follows through on a promise to close down one of its two nationwide channels.
  • New-look Good Machine continues to focus on Almodovars' El Deseo


    Good Machine International (GMI), newly renamed Focus International, will handle worldwide sales on the forthcoming My Life Without Me, produced by the Almodovar brothers' Madrid-based El Deseo.
  • Smoking Room


  • Spanish media giants agree to merge their pay-TV operations


    Spain awoke this morning to the prospect of a dramatic revolution in its media landscape, with the announcement that industry giants Grupo Prisa and Telefonica have agreed to merge their pay-TV units.
  • Portugal's Gaia Film Festival reveals inaugural competition line-up


    The newly launched Gaia International Film Festival of Portugal is carving a niche as the first stop for international summer releases in the Portuguese market with a high-profile line-up of 12 feature films competing in this year's first annual edition (June 14-22).
  • Spain's Aurum picks up Lazaro's Girlfriend


    Spain's Aurum Producciones has picked up international rights to Malaga Film Festival best actress prize winner Lazaro's Girlfriend (La Novia De Lazaro) from director Fernando Merinero.
  • Via Digital, Canal Satelite Digital merger rumoured in Spain


    In the face of the pending closure of local digital terrestrial pay TV platform Quiero TV, rumors have flared once again in Spain that rival digital satellite platform owners Telefonica and Grupo Prisa are courting a fusion between Via Digital and Canal Satelite Digital (CSD).
  • Malaga festival's best film award-winner pulled from screenings


  • Spain's Via Digital re-asserts commitment to (fewer) Spanish films


    Telefonica-backed digital satellite platform Via Digital publicly responded Thursday to growing concern in the Spanish film industry about the pay-TV sector's steep reduction in financing for both local productions and foreign acquisitions.
  • Sogecine's South Of Granada signals greater co-production push


    British actors Matthew Goode, James Fleet and Laurence Fox have signed on to star alongside Spaniards Veronica Sanchez and Guillermo Toledo in director Fernando Colomo's forthcoming Gerald Brenan biopic, South Of Granada (Al Sur De Granada).
  • Digital pay-TV platforms fold in Spain and the UK


    Two European pay-TV platforms, Spain's Quiero TV and the UK's ITV Digital have simultaneously reached the end of their struggles to survive.
  • Spain's MediaPro launches in to feature film production


    Spanish producer and rights broker MediaPro has announced its fully-fledged entry into feature film production, with plans to produce and back between five and seven films per year.
  • Spanish film industry holds breath as pay-TV sector wavers


    The Spanish film industry is up in arms over what is seen as a halt in acquisitions at pay TV platforms Via Digital and Canal Plus/Canal Satelite Digital, two of the most important financing sources for Spanish producers and distributors.
  • Jordi Molla's directorial debut to open Malaga fest


  • The Shanghai Spell (El Embrujo De Shanghai)


  • Spain's producers' federation appoints three VPs


    The Spanish Producers' Federation (FAPAE) has named three vice presidents as a part of an ongoing restructuring of its leadership.
  • Cash or closure imminent for Spain's Quiero TV


    Spanish DTT platform Quiero TV could be forced to close down as soon as next week if a buyer doesn't emerge in time.
  • Telefonica names Faura head of contents


    Telefonica has appointed Kim Faura as the first corporate general manager of the newly organised contents division, Contenidos de Telefonica.
  • Abril appointed new Via Digital head


    Luis Abril was named president of Spanish digital satellite TV operation Via Digital, by parent company Admira.
  • Food Of Love


  • Telecinco profits hit by competition, ad recession


    Calling itself the "most profitable broadcaster in Europe" for a third
  • Lolafilms gets Euros18m lifeline from shareholders


    The once mighty Spanish production and distribution concern Lolafilms is to get a Euros18m cash injection. The lifeline was approved on Friday (Mar 22) by shareholders, which include 70% owner Admira, part of the giant Telefonica group.
  • Talk To Her (Hable Con Ella)


  • Malaga film festival to honour Angela Molina


    Actress Angela Molina will be the recipient of a tribute at next month's fifth annual Spanish Film Festival of Malaga (April 26-May 4).
  • PT Multimedia posts impressive results


    PT Multimedia (PTM), the media subsidiary of Portuguese telecommunications giant Portugal Telecom (PT), posted operating revenues of Euros 625.8m last year, a 152.5% rise over the previous year.
  • Spain's Telecino appoints Alberto Carullo


    Private Spanish broadcaster Telecinco has named Italian-born Alberto Carullo its new head of production, marketing and programming.
  • Sogecable to get five more years of Columbia pics


    Spanish media group Sogecable has renewed its output TV deal with Columbia Tristar International Television for another five years beginning in January 2003. The original deal, signed in 1997, gave Sogecable exclusive rights to Columbia films for its pay-TV and pay-per-view (PPV) services on platforms Canal Plus and Canal Satelite Digital (CSD), the latter launched the same year. Titles included in the new deal for CSD's PPV service include America's Sweethearts, ...
  • Spain's Admira plans cash boost for Lolafilms


    Spanish production house Lolafilms looks set to receive a much needed capital injection of Euros 21.6m by the end of March.
  • Spain gets new travelling filmhouse: Club del Cine


    A group of Spanish industry vets have joined to launch an innovative new project to send little-seen films out to all corners of Spain.
  • Alquimia Cinema's slate has Latin American flavour


    Madrid-based production house Alquimia Cinema's new slate of films reflects the increasing attractiveness of Spain as a marketplace for actors from across Latin America (particularly financially troubled Argentina), including Ricardo Darin (The Son Of The Bride, Nine Queens), Leonardo Sbaraglia (Intact), Cecilia Roth (All About My Mother) and Dario Grandinetti (Talk To Her).
  • El Deseo confirms My Life Without Me cast


    The Almodovar brothers' Madrid-based production house El Deseo has confirmed casting on forthcoming English-language production My Life Without Me from director Isabel Coixet.
  • Fausto and Sorum are Fantasporto favourites


    Spain's Fausto 5.0 and South Korea's Sorum walked away the big winners of the 22nd annual edition of Portugal's fantasy and sci-fi oriented Oporto International Film Festival (Feb 22-Mar 3), better known as Fantasporto.
  • Telefonica reports decline in net profits


    Spanish telecoms operator Telefonica reported a drop in net profit for 2001, down 15.9% to Euros 2.1bn from Euros 2.5bn in 2000. The company estimates the devaluation of the Argentine peso impacted its results by as much as Euros 369m.
  • Spain's Morena Films announces three new titles


    Spanish film and TV producer Morena Films has unveiled three new feature films for its 2002 slate, following its co-production of the Oliver Stone Cuba documentary Looking For Fidel.
  • Film division boosts Sogecable's net profit


    Spanish media group Sogecable has reported positive year-end financial results for the first time since 1998, citing the success of its film division Sogecine, as a major contributing factor.
  • Malaga fest honours Cuerda and Marsillach


    The Spanish Film Festival of Malaga is set to pay tribute to director-producer Jose Luis Cuerda and actor Adolfo Marsillach at its fifth annual edition, to be held a month earlier than usual this year (April 26 to May 4).
  • Fantasporto unveils new film festival of Gaia


    The organisers of Portugal's premiere film festival, Fantasporto, have unveiled plans to launch a new annual event, the International Film Festival of Gaia, with a first edition scheduled for June 14-22, 2002.
  • Spain's Quiero appoints Sahun as general manager


    Spanish DTT platform Quiero TV has appointed Luis Sahun its new general manager following former GM Ildefonso de Miguel's resignation Friday (Feb 22).
  • Almodovar Talks to Euro theatres for premiere


    Pedro Almodovar's eagerly anticipated new film Talk To Her (Hable Con Ella) will not receive its world premiere at one of this year's top film festivals as might be expected. Instead promotion will focus initially on just three key European territories so that the director can get back to work on his next project, the long-gestating Bad Education (La Mala Educacion).
  • Veteran Colom quits Spain's Via Digital


    Spanish industry veteran Ramon Colom has resigned from his position as head of contents and programming at Spanish digital satellite platform Via Digital.
  • Cash crunch hits Portugal's producers


    The Portuguese film industry is beginning to feel the effects of the growing financial difficulties within the nation's broadcasters. The global slump in advertising has hit this corner of Europe particularly hard, with one Portuguese television executive estimating a 40% drop in the market in recent months.
  • Oliver Stone to interview Castro for Cuba project


    Spanish producers MediaPro, Morena Films and Argentina's Esperanza Films have joined Madrid-based Pentagrama Films to produce a documentary about Cuba for director Oliver Stone.
  • Every Stewardess goes to multiple territories


    Co-producers Wanda Vision, Patagonik Film Group and BD Cine have closed a string of sales on Berlin Panorama entry Every Stewardess Goes To Heaven (Todas Las Azafatas Van Al Cielo) from director Daniel Burman.
  • Sogepaq takes world rights on City Of No Limits


    Spanish sales house Sogepaq has picked up worldwide rights on Berlin Panorama entry In The City Of No Limits (En La Ciudad Sin Limites).
  • Blasco named president of Spain's Antena 3 TV


    Spanish media group Admira Media, filial of telecoms giant Telefonica, has appointed Luis Blasco the new president of holding Antena 3 Television.
  • Spain's Grupo Planeta launches documentary arm


    Spain's Grupo Planeta has launched new documentary production-distribution label "Planeta D" to be overseen in the group's Barcelona headquarters by former Media Park executive Jonathon South.
  • Euros 300m secures Quiero TV's continuity


    Backers of struggling Spanish digital terrestrial television (DTT) platform Quiero TV have approved a capital increase worth Euros 300m.
  • Spain's top awards dominated by The Others


    Alejandro Amenabar scooped eight of Spain's Goya Awards on Saturday (Jan 2) with his international co-production The Others in a brisk ceremony which offered few surprises and no other stand-out winners.
  • Palm Pictures takes Sex & Lucia for North America


    Palm Pictures has picked up North American rights to Spanish director Julio Medem's drama Sex And Lucia (Lucia Y El Sexo), which recently screened in the World Cinema sidebar at Sundance.
  • Spanish producers lobby for quota increase


    The Spanish Producers' Federation FAPAE is lobbying for an increase in the country's controversial screen quota system, calling for one day of European cinema for every two of third-country films exhibited in Spain. Current law requires one for every three.
  • Spain's MediaPro buys French VCF


    Barcelona-based producer and rights broker MediaPro has acquired French production services outfit Video Communication France (VCF) for Euros 15m.
  • The Son Of The Bride (El Hijo De La Novia)


  • Spanish pay-TV merger talk resurfaces


    Spanish media and publishing giant Grupo Prisa has played down local reports that it is negotiating the sale of its 21.3% stake in media subsidiary Sogecable to Vivendi Universal. The move would double the French giant's stake to 42.54%.
  • Spanish production's 'endemic structural problems'


    Despite record production levels and a near-doubling of the domestic market share to 19%, a report on the Spanish film industry describes the production sector as suffering from "endemic structural problems" and an enormous gap between the haves and have-nots.
  • Intact (Intacto)


  • Spain's Auna posts encouraging 2001 results


    Spanish telecoms group Auna posted better-than-expected year-end financial results for 2001 amid continued uncertainty about the future of its stake in struggling DTT platform Quiero TV and its various cable interests.
  • Kirch close to finalising 25% Telecino sale


    German giant Kirch may close a sale on its 25% stake in Spanish broadcaster Telecinco in a matter of days, according to local Spanish news sources.
  • Spanish films' home market share up by 90%


    Spanish films came close to doubling their local market share last year, with a record three films breaking through the watershed Euros 6m (pts1bn) mark, while national cinema admissions set a new global (post-war) record of 13 years' consecutive growth.
  • Sudden, major changes announced at Spain's Admira


    Spanish powerhouse Admira underwent a radical shake-up Friday (Jan 11) when parent company Telefonica announced the replacement of executive president Juan Jose Nieto by Luis Abril, who was appointed secretary general of Telefonica last year.
  • Javier Bardem tipped for Scott's Pancho Villa role


    Oscar-nominated Spanish actor Javier Bardem is in the running to play Mexican revolutionary hero Pancho Villa in a forthcoming film for director Tony Scott.
  • Tricky Life (En La Puta Vida)


  • Gomez to take back Lolafilms stake from Admira


    Spanish heavyweight producer Andres Vicente Gomez is in negotiations to take back the 70% stake in his production powerhouse Lolafilms which he sold two years ago to Admira (Telefonica Media).
  • Spain launches French-style cinema loyalty cards


    Spanish exhibition major, CAEC, has launched the territory's first cinema loyalty pass, two weeks after French film support body, CNC, concluded that the introduction of the card system has benefited both exhibitors and distributors in that country, where UGC, Gaumont and Pathe have all launched versions. (Screendaily Dec 20, 2001)
  • Spain's Goya nods dominated by The Others


    Alejandro Amenabar's international box office hit The Others is up for 15 of Spain's Oscar-equivalent Goya Awards in the 16th annual ceremony to be held February 2, leading a competitive pack of four titles vying for most of the major prizes.
  • Catalunya to back Spain/Argentina co-productions


    The Spanish autonomous regional government of Catalunya has signed an agreement to back TV co-productions between Spain's national public television network Television Espanola (TVE) and Argentine firms Pramer and Tranquilo Producciones.
  • Prisa may acquire Quiero TV stake


    Spanish multimedia conglom Prisa, backer of audiovisual powerhouse Sogecable, may buy a stake in troubled digital terrestrial television platform Quiero TV.
  • Spain's Manga strikes deal with Admira platforms


    Barcelona-based Manga Films has inked a five-year partnership with Admira (Telefonica Media) TV holdings Via Digital and Antena 3.
  • Quiero TV shake-up likely after Auna stake sale


    Telecom Italia looks set to finally sell off its 26.9% stake in Spanish telecoms operator Auna, majority backer of pay digital terrestrial pay-TV (DTT) platform Quiero TV.
  • Spain's box office heads towards world record


    Spain looks set to break the world record for sustained admissions growth if predictions come true and cumulative ticket sales rise for the thirteenth year in a row.
  • Lanzarote screenings bask in calendar shade


    The third annual Spanish Film Screenings at Lanzarote (Nov 29-Dec 1) established the event as a valuable showcase for Spanish productions and talent but not a marketplace for closing deals.
  • Intercartel increases its co-production activity


    Spain's Valencia-based Intercartel, co-producer of this year's foreign-language Oscar candidate for Venezuela, is stepping up its co-production plans and shaping up as a key player in the growing Valencia media market.
  • Mad Love (Juana La Loca)


  • Admira, Venevision launch TV production venture


    Spain's Admira (formerly Telefonica Media) and Miami-based Venevision International have launched a 50/50 joint venture to produce telenovelas and other TV content for the Latin American and US Spanish-speaking markets.
  • Tricky Life takes top prize at Huelva festival


    Uruguayan box office wonder Tricky Life (En La Puta Vida) was awarded the top Golden Columbus (Colon de Oro) prize Saturday (Nov 24) by the jury of Spain's 27th annual Iberoamerican Film Festival of Huelva.
  • Iberoamerican co-prod forum wins approval


    The second annual Iberoamerican Co-Production Forum came to a close Tuesday (Nov 20) midway through a quiet Iberoamerican Film Festival of Huelva, with both events emphasising the Latin American industry.
  • New pan-regional Cibermedia fund launched


    Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American producers will soon have a fresh source of financing available for projects integrating "new technologies" through a new pan-regional funding initiative known as Cibermedia.
  • Cuaron hires Torresblanco for El Delirio NY


    Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron is setting up a New York office to complement the existing LA and Mexican branches of his Good Machine-backed production company, newly dubbed El Delirio. Frida Torresblanco, line producer for Spanish heavyweight Lolafilms, has been hired to help set up the new operation alongside Cuaron.
  • Spain's Admira creates content acquisition arm


    Spain's Admira (Telefonica Media) has created a content acquisitions division to be overseen by Ele Juarez, general manager of strategic alliances.
  • ...while Spain takes Madness, Mexico picks Perfume


    Vicente Aranda's historical drama Madness Of Love (Juana La Loca) is Spain's official nomination to the foreign language category of the Oscars, while Mexico has chosen last spring's winner of five Ariel awards: Perfume De Violetas by Marisa Sistach as its foreign Oscar entry.
  • Spain's Auna to get Euro720m injection


    Shareholders of Spanish telecoms operator Auna (Retevision) approved a capital injection of Euros720m (pts120bn) in a move apparently intended to stall the potential sale by Telecom Italia of its 27% stake.
  • Spanish heavyweights sign multi-year accord


    Two Spanish heavyweights - distributor/exhibitor Lauren Films and film and TV producer Cartel - have signed a multi-year production and distribution accord.
  • Sex And Lucia seals international sales


    Julio Medem's erotic Spanish epic Sex And Lucia (Lucia Y El Sexo) has closed brisk sales worldwide, fulfilling expectations that the local hit from production powerhouse Sogecine would travel.
  • Telefonica Media ready to sell stakes, change name


    Telefonica Media, part of Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica, is to slim down the assets it owns and focus on a simpler array of businesses in Europe and Latin America. It will also change name to Admira.
  • DiCillo's Double Whammy to open Gijon festival


    US director Tom DiCillo is set to inaugurate Spain's International Film Festival of Gijon (Nov 23-30) with Sundance hit Double Whammy.
  • Iberoamerican forum to host 44 new film projects


    Spanish organisers of the annual Iberoamerican Co-production Forum (Nov 18-20) have unveiled the list of 44 new feature film projects set to participate in this year's event.
  • TriPictures entices new Spanish directors


    Up-and-coming Spanish directors have a potential new outlet in Spanish distributor TriPictures' start-up production division, which is seeking directors on several projects in early development stages.
  • Telefonica signs output deal with Warner Bros TV


    Telefonica Media, the multimedia subsidiary of Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica, has signed a non-exclusive, multi-year output deal with Warner Bros International Television (WBIT) for free-to-air, pay TV and PPV rights to WBIT product beginning in January 2002.
  • Spain chooses three foreign Oscar contenders


    Penelope Cruz-starrer No News From God (Sin Noticias De Dios), erotic melodrama Sex And Lucia (Lucia Y El Sexo) and period drama Juana La Loca are the Spanish Cinema Academy's three semi-finalists to compete for the country's nomination to the foreign language category of the Oscars.
  • Spain's Huelva fest announces line-up


    Spain's Iberoamerican Film Festival of Huelva (Nov 17-24) has announced the 12 titles which will compete for its top Golden and Silver Columbus awards in this year's 27th edition.
  • Loews Cineplex and Yelmo expand in Spain


    Loews Cineplex and Spanish partner Yelmo Films have announced they will pump a Euros 60m (pts9.98bn) loan into the construction of eight new multiplexes for Yelmo Cineplex, their joint exhibition venture in Spain.
  • Bunuel And King Solomon's Table


  • The Others poised to reign in Spain


    Spanish-US co-production The Others is poised to overtake raunchy local comedy Torrente 2: Mission In Marbella (Torrente 2: Mision En Marbella) at the Spanish box office this week as the highest grossing domestic film in history.
  • France's Vidocq takes five awards at Sitges


    French box office sensation Vidocq was the big winner at this year's 34th annual edition of the Catalan International Film Festival of Sitges, walking away with best film, new director, effects, make-up and original soundtrack nods.
  • Spain's Goya awards adds documentary prize


    Spain's Oscar-equivalent Goya Awards will introduce a new best documentary prize alongside its usual line-up of awards for this year's 16th annual edition, to be held February 2.
  • Catalan govt. doubles film & TV funding to $110m


    Artur Mas, chief minister of Spain's Catalan regional government, the Generalitat, revealed plans to nearly double annual funding of the local audiovisual industry to Euros 120m (pts20bn) for 2002, at the Catalonia Film Festival of Sitges
  • UK's Scala Productions boards TSP's Seagull


    The UK's Scala Productions has boarded English-language Spanish production The Seagull, in development at Barcelona start-up TSP.
  • San Sebastian's hope: next year's 50th anniversary


    This year's San Sebastian International Film Festival (September 20-29) may well be remembered more for the promise of next year's high-profile anniversary event, as well as the unfortunate global circumstances which affected the 49th edition, than for the festival's own merits.
  • Taxi Para Tres is San Sebastian surprise winner


    Chilean director Orlando Lubbert was the surprise winner Saturday Oct 28, at the 49th annual San Sebastian International Film Festival, walking away with the Golden Shell award for best film for the little-known A Cab For Three (Taxi Para Tres).
  • Roldan heads Sogecine-Sogepaq distribution


    Jacques Roldan, former head of acquisitions for Spanish media giant Sogecable, has been appointed director of distribution for the newly merged production and distribution/sales activities of Sogecable interests Sogecine and Sogepaq.
  • San Sebastian honours absent friends


    The San Sebastian International Film Festival kicked off its 49th edition yesterday (Sept 20) with the screening of The Safety Of Objects by Rose Troche, and a surprise announcement that Warren Beatty would be the recipient of a third Donostia Award. Beatty, like fellow Donostia recipient Julie Andrews, will not be present to receive the award owing to the "uncertainty" of circumstances following last week's attacks in New York and Washington.
  • Spain's Sitges film festival reveals final line-up


    The International Film Festival of Catalonia, better known as Sitges, has unveiled the final program for its forthcoming edition (Oct 4-13).
  • Valladolid unveils local contenders for 46th event


    Following tradition, Spain's International Film Week of Valladolid (Oct 26-Nov 3) gave a sneak preview of its forthcoming 46th edition by revealing the Spanish films and co-productions participating in the festival.
  • Buena Vista Spain banks on established success


    Buena Vista International Spain (BVIS) has picked up local distribution rights on forthcoming Spanish-language comedy Dirty Vivancos The Sequel (Vivancos El Sucio III), a "zany detective comedy" which boasts all the ingredients to repeat the success of biggest-ever domestic hit Torrente 2: Mission In Marbella (Torrente 2: Mision En Marbella).
  • Two Spanish festivals announce programmes


    The Gijon International Film Festival (Nov 23-30) and the Valencia Mediterranean Film Showcase (Oct 18-25) have both unveiled the first details of their forthcoming editions.
  • Spain's Ensueno reveals grand co-production plans


    Ensueno Films, the fledgling film division of Spanish free-to-air broadcaster Antena 3 Television, has confirmed plans to co-produce as many as ten feature films per year.
  • Stars cancel San Sebastian appearances


    Julie Andrews, who was scheduled to receive the Donostia Award at this year' s San Sebastian International Film Festival, has cancelled her trip to Spain "in light of the recent events" in New York and Washington.
  • Sex And Lucia (Lucia Y El Sexo)


  • No Shame (Sin Verguenza)


  • Buena Vista Spain commits to local co-productions


    Buena Vista International Spain (BVIS) has committed to co-producing two to three local feature films per year, according to BVIS general manager Javier Vasallo.
  • International titles stoke hot box office weekend


    The weekend saw a host of titles, and especially local films, performing exceptionally well at the international box office. The Others in Spain, Musa: The Warrior in South Korea, Der Schuh Des Manitu in Germany as well as Moulin Rouge in the UK, all point to a healthy year for ticket sales that will be remembered chiefly for domestic product.
  • Spain to see Sexy Beast - at last


    UK-Spanish co-production Sexy Beast has finally secured distribution in Spain with Hispano Foxfilm in a deal negotiated through Fox in the US.
  • San Sebastian reveals new titles and full jury


    Mike Figgis' Hotel and Garry Marshall's Julie Andrews-starrer The Princess Diaries have been added as "special sessions" to the official section of the San Sebastian International Film Festival.
  • San Sebastian unveils new awards


    Legendary British actress and singer Julie Andrews will be the recipient of San Sebastian's Donostia Award at this September's 49th edition, the festival announced Monday.
  • Spanish industry mourns veteran Rabal


    Spanish actor Francisco (Paco) Rabal died Wednesday August 29 on his way home to Spain from the Montreal World Film Festival, where he was part of a tribute this week.
  • Objects and Bunuel open and close San Sebastian


    Rose Troche's The Safety Of Objects and Carlos Saura's Bunuel And King Salomon's Table (Bunuel Y La Mesa Del Rey Salomon) will open and close, respectively, the official section of the 49th edition of the San Sebastian International Film Festival (Sept 20-29).
  • Garci announces The Story Of A Kiss


    Popular Spanish director and four-time Academy Award nominee Jose Luis Garci has announced his next feature, The Story Of A Kiss (Historia De Un Beso), set to shoot in northern Spain in October or November.
  • San Sebastian reveals competition line up


    The San Sebastian International Film Festival has announced 16 of the films which will compete in the official section of this year's 49th edition, which runs from September 20 to 29. The line-up, which will likely receive at least a couple of last minute additions, has a distinct European flavour. It also features one title each from the US and Australia and two each from Asia and Latin America.
  • San Sebastian's 21 films in New Directors slot


    The San Sebastian International Film Festival (Sept 20-29) has unveiled the 21 titles set to compete for the Euros150,000 (pts25m) New Directors Award.
  • Mexico's IMCINE gives Spanish KWA first-look


    Madrid-based sales house KWA has signed a first-look deal on all forthcoming productions out of Mexican national film institute IMCINE. KWA will also handle worldwide rights on two recent IMCINE films, Streeters (De La Calle) and Violet Perfume (Perfume De Violetas), both of which made waves as top prize winners at this year's Guadalajara Film Festival.
  • San Sebastian unveils 14 'Pearls' for sidebar


    Spain's San Sebastian International Film Festival (Sept 20-29) unveiled the fourteen titles which will comprise the "Pearls from Other Festivals" section of its Open Zone (Zabaltegi) line-up.
  • Alta and Lumen co-produce Novo comedy


    Spain's Alta Produccion and France's Lumen Films are co-producing French-language romantic comedy Novo with stars Eduardo Noriega (Open Your Eyes) and Anna Mouglalis (Merci Pour Le Chocolat). France's Celluloid Dreams is handling international sales.
  • Perugorria and Flores sign up to Resentment


    Cuban actor Jorge Perugorria (Strawberry And Chocolate) and Spanish pop star Lolita Flores have signed on to star in director Miguel Albaladejo's next film Rencor (Resentment) for co-producers Iconica, Zebra, Alta Producciones and Trivision.
  • Spain's Quiero TV begins staff reshuffle


    At least four top executives have departed from Spanish pay DTT platform Quiero TV, casualties of a top-down restructuring by majority shareholder Auna (Retevision).
  • Sogecable reveals profit rise of 262%


    Spanish media group Sogecable has posted net consolidated profits of Euros7.5m (pts1.251m) for the first half of 2001, up 262% from Euros2.1m (pts345m) during the same period last year.
  • Three Spanish films to vie for San Sebastian award


    Spain's premiere film event, the San Sebastian International Film Festival has unveiled the first titles in its official competition line-up for the 49th edition which runs from Sept 20-29.
  • Sagittarius


  • Nicoll quits top Sogepaq post


    Veteran Spanish film executive Margaret Nicoll announced that she is quitting her position as general manager of Sogecable rights arm Sogepaq, but not necessarily step away from the conglom where she has spent the last 12 years of her professional career.
  • Almodovar's Tarantula may weave in Cruz, Banderas


    Pedro and Agustin Almodovar's El Deseo production company has optioned film rights to French novel Tarantula, marking it as a potential next project for the director and igniting local speculation that this may well be the project that will re-unite Almodovar with Spanish acting superstars Antonio Banderas and Penelope Cruz.
  • Food Of Love fills out cast


    UK actors Kevin Bishop, Juliet Stevenson, Paul Rhys and Allan Corduner have signed on to star in Spanish director Ventura Pons' English-language debut, Food Of Love, for start-up company 42nd Street Productions.
  • Spain's biggest animation rolls as Aardman stalls


    In the week when UK-based Aardman Animations announced it was postponing production on its $40m Tortoise vs. Hare, Barcelona-based Filmax has unveiled details of an ambitious animation project: El Cid, The Legend (El Cid, La Leyenda) The film, one of the biggest animated features ever produced in Spain, is to be made out of the company's start-up division Filmax Animation.
  • Spain's Alquimia tunes up for Zeffirelli's Callas


    Fledgling Spanish producer-distributor Alquimia Cinema has boarded Franco Zeffirelli's widely anticipated forthcoming film Callas Forever about the famed opera diva.
  • Spain confirms new film promotion laws


    Spain's Ministry of Culture confirmed that a much debated new Cinema Support and Promotion Law was approved by Parliament on Friday, June 22.
  • TV Forum Europe to target international buyers


    Organisers of the newly created TV Forum Europe have unveiled details of the event, which will celebrate its first edition next year in Barcelona between February 18-21.
  • De la Iglesia goes solo to set up Stray Bullets


    Spanish director Alex de la Iglesia has launched his own production company, Panico Films, through which he plans to set up new feature film project Balas Perdidas (literally, Stray Bullets), according to statements he made in Argentina this week.
  • Three more sign up for Carpenter's Pencil


    Tristan Ulloa (The Nameless), Maria Adanez (Cha Cha Cha) and Luis Tosar (Flowers From Another World) have signed on to star in director Anton Reixa's The Carpenter's Pencil (El Lapiz Del Carpintero). The project marks the first co-production between Madrid outfits Morena Films and Sogecine, together with Galicia-based start-up Portozas Vision.
  • Spanish films get export boost with new promo fund


    Spanish producers can already begin tapping into a new promotion fund for films released abroad, thanks to an initiative launched by the state Ministry of Economy with support from the Spanish Producers' Federation (FAPAE). The fund is effective immediately.
  • Russia and Catalonia sign cultural pact


    Russia and Spain's regional Catalan government have signed a two-year agreement to promote cultural interchange during the 23rd annual Moscow International Film Festival.
  • English-language Seagull finds Spanish director


    Spanish director Enrique Gabriel (Fading Memories) has signed on to direct ambitious English-language project The Seagull.
  • Spain's Jove festival honours young directors


    Spain's youth-oriented International Cinema Jove Film Festival closed its 16th edition this weekend with top awards going to Iranian feature film Sanam and Danish short 2 Juledag.
  • Telefonica weathers stock market buffeting


    Spanish giant Telefonica looks set to emerge from a rocky week on the stock exchange with solid new plans for future media and telecoms growth in Latin America and Spain.
  • Filmax closes more Cannes slate deals


    Spanish mini-studio Filmax has announced a string of deals that it closed at Cannes, including three films to Japan's Gaga and a package of titles to all Latin American pay-TV platform LAPTV. Two titles included in both deals were Carlos Saura's forthcoming Bunuel And King Salomon's Table (Bunuel Y La Mesa Del Rey Salomon) and Paco Plaza's feature debut Second Name (Segundo Nombre).
  • TF1 set to board Kino Vision's Devil's Beauty


    France's TF1 International is in negotiations to co-produce and handle world rights on Spanish production The Devil's Beauty, an ambitious English-language project in development at Madrid-based Kino Vision.
  • Jove festival unveils youth line-up


    Spain's youth-oriented International Cinema Jove Film Festival of Valencia (June 16-23) has unveiled a list of 80 short films and 10 feature films which will compete this year in the two parallel official sections of its 16th annual edition.
  • Spanish newcomer continues film buying binge


    Start-up Spanish distributor Alquimia Cinema, run by former Aurum Producciones head Francisco Ramos, has acquired all Spanish rights on four big-name films from Alliance Atlantis Pictures International and one from Pandora Cinema.
  • Valladolid sets up retrospective six pack


    The International Film Week of Valladolid, Spain (Oct 26-Nov 3) is preparing
  • Warner plans Spanish, Italian local prod ventures


    Warner Bros International is readying its first Spanish-language pictures in the next phase of its drive into local-language production in Europe.
  • Fox launches first pay-TV channel in Europe


    Fox International Entertainment will next week launch its first stand-alone pay-TV channel in Europe, when it unveils the Fox channel in Spain.
  • Patagonic adds weight to 12-picture slate


    Cecilia Roth, Norma Leandro, Leticia Bredice, Ricardo Darin and Beto
  • Alta, Celluloid team for Noriega starrer Nova


    Spain's Alta Films is prepping feature film Novo with France's Celluloid Dreams, set to star heartthrob Eduardo Noriega in his first non Spanish-language role.
  • Oscar nominee Bardem gets spot in the Sun


    Fresh from an Academy Award nomination for his performance in Julian Schnabel's Before Night Falls, Spanish actor Javier Bardem has signed on to star in Fernando Leon's Mondays In The Sun (Los Lunes Al Sol) for producer Elias Querejeta.The film is Bardem's first new project announced since the role as gay Cuban writer Reinaldo Arenas brought him international acclaim and made him Spain's first-ever Oscar-nominated ...
  • Colifilms buys Assassination In February


    Spanish producer Elias Querejeta has sold French rights on Cannes Critic's Week entry Assassination In February (Asesinato En Febrero) to specialist French distributor Colifilms.
  • Colifilms buys Assassination In February


    Spanish producer Elias Querejeta has sold French rights on Cannes Critic's Week entry Assassination In February (Asesinato En Febrero) to specialist French distributor Colifilms.
  • Lolafilms boards Serrano's Cannibal's Daughter


    Spanish heavyweight Lolafilms has boarded Mexican production The Cannibal's Daughter (La Hija Del Canibal), which reteams the director and producers of box office smash Sex, Shame And Tears (Sexo, Pudor Y Lagrimas).
  • Spain's Boca launches international sales division


    Spanish production house Grupo Boca has launched a new worldwide sales and production division, signalling plans to significantly grow its international presence.
  • Pons dishes up cast for Food Of Love


    UK actors Paul Rhys, Allan Corduner and Lindsay Duncan have joined the cast of Spanish director Ventura Pons' English-language debut, Food Of Love.
  • Spanish Dogme producers prepare new projects


    Pilar Suero and Juan Pinzas, the producer-director team behind Spain's first official Dogme film, Once Upon Another Time (Erase Otra Vez), are preparing two new Dogme feature films.
  • KWA chews on Beach Dogs for worldwide sales


    Spanish sales outfit Kevin Williams Associates (KWA) has picked up worldwide rights on Beach Of Dogs (La Playa De Los Galgos), a new forthcoming feature film from director Mario Camus.
  • Sogepaq adds Medem's latest to Cannes slate


    Spanish rights house Sogepaq has added two films to its Cannes sales slate: Julio Medem's Lucia And Sex (Lucia Y El Sexo) and Antonio Hernandez's In The City Without Limits (En La Ciudad Sin Limites).
  • Wild Bunch takes worldwide rights to Madhouse


    StudioCanal specialist division Wild Bunch will handle worldwide rights on French-Spanish co-production Madhouse (Una Casa De Locos) from director Cedric Klapisch.
  • San Sebastian unveils three retrospectives


    Making his first announcement about content, Mikel
  • Aurum owner Asensio dies


    Francisco Matosas has been named president of publishing and media giant Grupo Zeta following the April death of Zeta founder and chief Antonio Asensio.
  • Early Chabrol to be celebrated by Jove


    The 16th annual Cinema Jove International Film Festival (June 16-23) will dedicate a retrospective to the early films of French director Claude Chabrol.
  • ESICMA boards Lopez vehicle


    Spanish production outfit ESICMA has boarded Sergi Lopez-starrer The Women Or The Children by director Manuel Poirier.
  • Paquin, Olin emerge in Belaguero's Darkness


    Anna Paquin and Lena Olin will head the cast of Catalan director Jaume Balaguero's much-anticipated English-language debut, Darkness.
  • Bille August seduced by Lola's Maid Of Buttermere


    Spanish producer Lolafilms has signed two-time Palme d'Or winner Bille August to direct The Maid Of Buttermere, a long-gestating period love tale set in England's Lake District.
  • Fantasporto festival extends role as distributor


    Portugal's Cooperativa Cinema Novo, organisers of the Oporto International Film Festival (aka Fantasporto) have picked up all rights in Portugal on a handful of films from the festival's recent 21st edition.
  • Spanish producers create Grupo PI


    Spain's small handful of sales outfits will soon face a new competitor on the international scene: Grupo PI, a powerful new rights broker and channel packager being launched by four of Spain's top producers.
  • Alta Vista joins No News From God


    Growing Mexican heavyweight Alta Vista Films has boarded No News From God (Sin Noticias De Dios), a Spanish-language comedy starring Penelope Cruz and Victoria Abril. The film is handled internationally by TF1 International.
  • Ster Century opens cinemas while awaiting sale


    Despite its stated intention of divesting itself of its exhibition interests, South African-owned multiplex operator Ster Century is forging ahead into the bustling Spanish cinema market with two new multiplexes planned for a spring opening.
  • Spanish Las Palmas festival celebrates Europe


    Spanish and European films will have a strong presence at this year's second edition of the International Film Festival of Las Palmas, Grand Canary Island (March 24-31).
  • New player enters Spain's frenetic cinema market


    Amid talk of the Spanish exhibition industry growing too big for the market to sustain, a new, and unexpected, player has entered the highly competitive sector. Premiere Megaplex, a 50-50 joint venture between broadcaster Telecinco and distributor Tri Pictures, is set to unveil its first multiplex next week.
  • Swedish company eyes Spanish digital pay TV


    A Swedish company could become the majority owner of Spain's third digital pay TV platform, Quiero TV, if rumored negotiations end in a deal. Telecoms firm Auna (Retevision) is understood to be in talks to sell its 49% stake in Quiero, Europe's second-ever digital terrestrial TV platform, to Swedish global savings company Skandia.
  • Spain's Grupo Correo posts best ever results


    Confirming its place on the roster of profitable corporate backers pumping capital into Spain's media sector, conglom Grupo Correo reported net profits for last year of Euros 69m (pts11,542m), a.4% rise over 1999.
  • The Big Martian


  • Filmax restructures Spanish animation division


    Following the lead of its successful start-up genre division The Fantastic Factory, Spain's Filmax Group has initiated a restructuring of its animation division, newly dubbed Filmax Animacion.
  • Ripoli prepares English Utopia for Alquimia


    Director Maria Ripoll is preparing an English-language psychological thriller for new production company Alquimia Cinema.
  • Mate boards directorial debut: Private Lives


    Spanish producer Mate Productions has boarded Argentinean film Private Lives (Vidas Privadas) from first-time director and popular musician Fito Paez.
  • Portugal Telecom posts results


    Telecoms and media giant Portugal Telecom (PT) released its year-end financial results, which were highlighted by a 32.1% rise in consolidated operating revenues to Euros 4.19bn.
  • Only Mine for Buena Vista Spain


    Buena Vista International Spain (BVIS) has picked up Spanish theatrical rights on Sergi Lopez-starrer Only Mine (Solo Mia) from Madrid-based production house Star Line Productions.
  • Cartel to make biopic of Spaniard on death row


    Spanish production outfit Cartel has announced plans to produce a film about Joaquin Jose Martinez, the Spaniard currently on death row in the United States accused of double murder.
  • Paredes joins Savages


  • Planeta 2010 moves on education and Revelation


    Heralding the frenzied competition for content to feed Spain's expanding TV market, publishing giant Grupo Planeta's media entity Planeta 2010 announced it would invest a whopping $33m (pts6,000m) over the next five years in the production of a single thematic channel: interactive educational channel Beca TV.
  • Spanish fest to host Sundance script lab


    Spanish fest to host Sundance script lab
  • Fernan-Gomez awarded Gold Medal


    Spanish film legend Fernando Fernan-Gomez will add another notch to his belt this year with the receipt of the Spanish Cinema Academy's prestigious Gold Medal lifetime achievement award.
  • Plural signs with New York Times TV


    New Spanish production outfit Plural Entertainment, a 100%-backed Grupo Prisa company with headquarters in Madrid and New York, has signed a landmark co-production agreement with the television filial of The New York Times.
  • Spain considers abolishing screen quotas


    The general director of Spain's Cinema Institute (ICAA) and members of the Spanish film community are set to appear before a congressional committee this week to argue the finer points of proposed changes to the country's cinema law, including the controversial dissolution of screen quotas.
  • Quiero fulfils desire for Paramount Comedy


    Spanish digital terrestrial pay television platform Quiero TV has extended its non-exclusive output agreement with Paramount Pictures to add the thematic channel Paramount Comedy into the platform's package offer.
  • Amores Perros sweeps Fantasporto


    Mexican sensation Love's A Bitch (Amores Perros) took home two top awards of the official fantasy film competition of this year's Oporto International Film Festival (popularly known as "Fantasporto").
  • Rios for Global Crossing


    Latin American industry veteran Jose Antonio Rios has been named president for Latin America and the Caribbean of Global Crossing Ltd, a US firm dedicated to integrated telecommunications solutions.
  • Spain's private TV nets post blockbuster results


    Spain's thriving television sector, set to grow exponentially in the next year, is proving its potential with recently published, landmark year-end financial results, which place private networks Telecinco and Antena 3 among Europe's most profitable.
  • Veo announces CEO


    In the first major announcement to come out of one of the two powerful consortia awarded Spain's new free-to-air digital terrestrial television licenses, Veo TV has named Andres Tejero as CEO.
  • Telefonica reveals 2000 profit up by nearly 40%


    Spanish telecoms and multimedia giant Telefonica confirmed its place among Europe's top operators with a 38.8% rise in net profits for the year 2000 to Euros2.5bn. Earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) rose 9.5% to Euros11.9bn.
  • Terra Lycos appoints Killeen


    Internet company Terra Lycos, a subsidiary of Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica, has appointed Stephen J. Killeen president of operations in the United States.
  • Sogecable posts net operating profits


    Spanish multimedia conglom Sogecable posted net operating profits of Euros3.3m (pts 548m) for 2000, a rise over the previous year's losses of Euros22.6m (pts3,768m). The group's net consolidated losses were down 18.2% from 1999 to Euros11.4m (pts1,900m).
  • Portugal's SIC Filmes reveals second-year slate


    Portuguese private broadcaster SIC (Sociedad Independente de Comunicao) has unveiled the next five titles on its second-year slate of made-for-TV movies from production division SIC Filmes.
  • Spain's Grupo Correo restructures ahead of float


    Spanish publishing and multimedia giant Grupo Correo has appointed a new CEO and restructured its organisation into five main business areas with an eye toward expansion and in preparation for a planned spring stock flotation.
  • El Deseo to shoot Coixet drama in the US


    The Almodovar brothers' Madrid-based production outfit, El Deseo, has boarded English-language drama My Life Without Me, which is set to shoot in the US later this year with Isabel Coixet directing.
  • Villalonga joins Univision board


    Juan Villalonga, the former chairman and CEO of Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica, has been appointed to the board of directors of US-based broadcaster Univision Communications Inc.
  • Malaga fest to launch documentary market


    The Spanish Film Festival of Malaga plans to inaugurate a sales office and documentary film market at this year's fourth edition (June 1-9).
  • Telefonica appoints Juarez to strengthen US links


    Industry veteran Ele Juarez will leave his post as president and CEO of HBO Latin America Group and HBO Brazil to take over the newly created position of managing director of strategic alliances, international sales and music for Spain's Telefonica Media.
  • Pons to make English-lang debut for 42nd Street


    Spanish director Ventura Pons is preparing his English-language debut, Food Of Love, which he will co-produce with start-up production and sales outfit 42nd Street Productions, backed by German facilities giant Das Werk (ScreenDaily, February 5).
  • Media Park to co-produce Risi's Three Wives


    Spanish content broker and producer Media Park has boarded its third feature film, Three Wives (Tres Esposas) from Italian director Marco Risi.
  • Das Werk launches Spanish production-sales outfit


    German facilities giant Das Werk has launched a new production and sales company in Spain under the name 42nd Street Productions.
  • Pellet scoops four awards at Spain's Goyas


    Actor-turned-director Achero Manas' debut feature film, Pellet (El Bola), was the surprise grand winner at the 15th edition of Spain's top Goya Awards on Saturday night.
  • Kevin Williams picks up Cordoba's debut


    Madrid-based sales outfit Kevin Williams Associates (KWA) has picked up world rights on Juan Vicente Cordoba's feature film directorial debut, What You Never Knew (Aunque Tu No Lo Sepas).
  • Davis quits as CEO of Terra Lycos


    Bob Davis, founder of internet giant Lycos, will step down as CEO of Terra Lycos in a move widely depicted as the result of a power struggle with Terra chief Joaquim Agut.
  • Grupo Boca adds thriller to expanding slate


    Spanish production outfit Grupo Boca is seeking an Italian co-production partner on forthcoming thriller They're Watching Us (Nos Miran), to be directed by first-time feature director Norberto Lopez, from a script by Jorge Guerricaechevarria (Live Flesh, Common Wealth co-writer).
  • Media Park cancels IPO; unveils studio plans


    Barcelona-based content producer and packager, Media Park, has postponed its proposed stock flotation, but at the same time has revealed that it will open a 6,500 square metre production facility in Madrid next month.
  • Spain's ICEX taps Campoy as advisor


    Eduardo Campoy, president of the Spanish Producers' Federation (FAPAE), has been named advisor to Spain's Foreign Commerce Institute (ICEX).
  • Telefonica doubles stake in Portugal Telecom


    Spain's Telefonica has more than doubled its stake in Portuguese counterpart Portugal Telecom (PT) from 4.75% to 10% as part of a deal that sees the two companies create South America's largest mobile phone operator via a joint venture in Brazil.
  • France Telecom to take control of Madrid Film


    France Telecom subsidiary TDF looks poised to take control of leading Spanish film laboratory Madrid Film with an accumulated 79% interest in the company.
  • Quiero strikes output deals with Warner, Disney


    Quiero Television, Spain's first and Europe's second-ever DTT platform, has closed two non-exclusive PPV deals with Warner and Disney.
  • Alquimia pacts with Via Digital; unveils slate


    Spanish digital satellite platform Via Digital has signed an exclusive, three-year PPV rights deal with Madrid production-distribution start-up Alquimia Cinema, to add to its accords with other local companies such as Lauren Films, Manga Films, Planeta 2010, Alta Films, Lolafilms and Filmax.
  • Gimenez-Aleman replaces Gonzalez at TeleMadrid


    Francisco Gimenez-Aleman has been appointed the new managing director of Spanish regional public broadcaster TeleMadrid.
  • Spain's Alquimia buys five from Alliance


    Madrid-based newcomer Alquimia Cinema has picked up all Spanish rights on five films from Canada's Alliance Atlantis Pictures International, including Berlin Panorama entry Maelstrom from French Canadian director Denis Villeneuve.
  • Spain: production up as local market share falls


    Spanish production levels rose significantly last year but box-office for local product fell, according to the year-end analysis by the Spanish Cinema Academy.
  • Spain's Anita heads for Berlin's Panorama


  • Spain's Via Digital appoints general manager


    Pedro Urieta has been appointed general manager of Spanish digital satellite TV provider Via Digital.
  • Sogecable takes stake in Canal Technologies


    Spanish multimedia group Sogecable has taken a 3.23% stake in France's Canal Plus Technologies in a deal valued at Euros 49.7m.
  • Broadcasting chief exits at Spain's Antena 3


    Juan Jose Diaz is stepping down as general director of broadcasts at Antena 3 Television.
  • Spain's Goyas fete de la Iglesia, You're The One


    Alex de la Iglesia's black comedy Common Wealth (La Comunidad) and Jose Luis Garci's black-and-white period tale You're The One led the list of nominees for Spain's Goya awards, announced today in Madrid by the Spanish Cinema Academy.
  • Brian Yuzna's genre Factory heads for Fantasporto


    Brian Yuzna's Fantasy Factory, the Spanish genre house which struck deals with Dimension Films, Lions Gate and Trimark late last year, is expected to world premiere Arachnid at Portuguese fantasy festival Fantasporto as part of a spotlight on the Filmax subsidiary.
  • Spain's San Sebastian appoints festival manager


    Leading Spanish film event the San Sebastian International Film Festival has named Mikel Etxagibel as its general manager.
  • Spain's Canal hits 1 million pay-TV subscribers


    Grupo Prisa's Spanish pay-TV operation Canal Satelite Digital has racked up 1.05 million subscribers.
  • Telefonica in talks for majority stake in Manga


    Telefonica Media, the multimedia filial of Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica, is in negotiations to take a majority stake in Barcelona-based distributor Manga Films.
  • Planeta takes Triumph, Legend Of Zu


    Planeta 2010, the acquisitive media division of Spanish publishing giant Planeta, has picked up all local rights on The Triumph Of Love and The Legend Of Zu.
  • UIP acquires Spanish Big Brother feature


    International distribution giant UIP has picked up Spanish theatrical rights to The Big Martian (El Gran Marciano), a hoax digital feature starring the (unwitting) cast of the Spanish version of Big Brother.
  • Planeta seeks partners for debut production


    Planeta 2010 - the start-up media division of publishing giant Planeta - is seeking international co-production partners for the feature film which will mark it's entry into the production market, Avatar.
  • Compassionate Sex (Sexo Por Compasion)


  • Spain's Grupo Correo buys 30% of Grupo Boca


    Spanish multimedia house Grupo Correo has acquired a 30% stake in Madrid-based production outfit Grupo Boca, home to the BocaBoca and Cristal labels.
  • Buena Vista acquires Living Forest for Spain


    Buena Vista International Spain (BVIS) has picked up Spanish theatrical and video rights to local animated feature film The Living Forest (El Bosque Animado).
  • Russian media baron Gusinsky arrested in Spain


    Vladimir Gusinsky, head of Russian media empire Media Most, was taken into police custody in Spain late Monday night, just a few weeks after the Russian authorities placed him on an international wanted list in connection with fraud charges.
  • Together scoops four awards at Gijon fest


    Swedish film Together walked away the top winner at the 38th annual Gijon International Film Festival (November 24 - December 1).
  • HBO acquires KWA's San Bernardo


    Madrid-based sales agent Kevin Williams Associates (KWA) has sold pay-TV rights on Spanish-language romantic comedy Saint Bernard (San Bernardo) to HBO USA.
  • Lanzarote's Spanish Screenings start to mature


    The Spanish Film Screenings for Europe (Nov 29-Dec 1) closed a successful second edition Friday night on the Canary Island of Lanzarote. Sales were few, but general consensus praised the event as a budding force for making contacts and launching Spanish cinema.
  • You're The One


  • Planeta appoints Spinetta for production move


    Planeta 2010, the start-up multimedia division of publishing giant Grupo Planeta, is advancing plans to move into feature production after appointing Emanuela Spinetta, to the newly-created post of head of production.
  • Paredes in line for Spanish Cinema Academy post


    Veteran actress Marisa Paredes was the only candidate presented to take over the soon-to-be-vacated position of president of the Spanish Cinema Academy, according to Spanish newspaper El Pais.
  • Morena to co-produce Portozas Vision's Pencil


    Madrid-based production house Morena Films has boarded The Carpenter's Pencil (El Lapiz Del Carpintero), a feature film in development at Galician outfit Portozas Vision.
  • Recoletos, Prensa Espanola win DTT licences


    Two major new players were unleashed on the Spanish media scene Friday with the government concession of two nationwide, free-to-air digital terrestrial television (DTT) licences.
  • Spanish networks oppose new DTT licences


    On the eve of the Spanish government's announcement on the winners of two new nationwide, free-to-air digital terrestrial television (DTT) licences, the country's private TV union has sent out a strong warning that the market will not be able to sustain the increase in competition.
  • Las Razones De Mis Amigos


  • Taxidermia stuffs the competition at Alcala


    The Alcala de Henares Film Festival, Spain's top short film festival, closed its 30th edition Saturday night in a rousing awards ceremony at the Teatro Cervantes, so named for the town's best-known native son.
  • Telefonica restructures Media, delays float


    After months of uncertainty following the forced resignation of former Telefonica chairman Juan Villalonga, a new blueprint unveiled this week for the future of subsidiary Telefonica Media (TM) confirms the conglomerate's intent to remain at the forefront of the international media business.
  • Spanish film loses ground at domestic box office


    Spanish films' share of the domestic box office dipped below 10% in the ten months between January and October 2000 according to the Spanish Institute for Cinema and Audiovisual Arts (ICAA). This compares to a 14% market share for domestic product at the end of 1999.
  • Lanzarote's Spanish Screenings unveils line-up


    The Spanish Film Screenings for Europe, held on the Canary Island of Lanzarote, has unveiled the line-up of films set to premiere and screen at this year's second annual edition (Nov 29-Dec 1).
  • Ardant to star in Chavarri's Year Of The Flood


    French actress Fanny Ardant has joined the cast of The Year Of The Flood (El Ano Del Diluvio), a new feature film in development from Spanish director Jaime Chavarri (Tangos Are For Two).
  • Kidman resumes work on Amenabar's The Others


    Nicole Kidman has returned to the Spanish shoot of Alejandro Amenabar's thriller The Others after nearly a month off to treat a recurring knee injury.
  • Portugal Telecom buys out Lusomundo


    Portuguese telecommunications company Portugal Telecom (PT) has acquired the 58% it did not already own of local media and film giant Lusomundo in a transaction valued at Euros267m.
  • Almodovar to stay at home for next film


    Still basking in the worldwide success of All About My Mother (Todo Sobre Mi Madre), Spanish director Pedro Almodovar has decided to shoot his next film on home turf, postponing indefinitely his much anticipated English-language debut.
  • Spain chooses One as Oscar contender


    Jose Luis Garci was nominated this week for the sixth time to represent Spain in the foreign-language category of the Academy Awards with his latest film, the black-and-white You're The One.
  • Masterpiece (Obra Maestra)


  • Dream, Town share Valladolid's Golden Spike


    The 45th annual Valladolid International Week of Film (Oct 20-28) handed out its awards with no single film standing out as a walk-away winner.
  • Sogepaq, Wild Bunch have a Devil of a time


    Spanish sales outfit Sogepaq and France's Wild Bunch have closed a string of sales on the highly anticipated Spanish-language thriller The Devil's Backbone (El Espinazo Del Diablo) from director Guillermo del Toro. Sogepaq and Wild Bunch are jointly handling international sales on the film outside Latin America.
  • Filmax develops English-language trio


    Fresh from the sales success of forthcoming English-language feature Darkness, Barcelona-based mini-studio The Filmax Group is prepping three new English-language co-productions as part of its international push.
  • Zebra unwraps Big Brother for big screen


    Spanish producer Antonio Saura has unveiled the first feature film out of his start-up outfit Zebra Producciones, an innovative reality show spin-off shot entirely in secrecy and starring the cast of Gran Hermano, the Spanish version of hit TV programme Big Brother.
  • Via Digital secures Euros640m loan


    Spanish digital satellite TV platform Via Digital is set to receive a cash injection of Euros640m via a loan organised by the Chase Manhattan Bank.
  • Prisa invests $10m in Bolivia's Garafulic


    Spanish multimedia giant Grupo Prisa plans to pump $10m into leading Bolivian media group Garafulic to develop new and existing TV, internet, print and radio ventures in Bolivia.
  • Filmax partners with Miramax on Darkness


    In the highest-profile pre-sale during the London market screenings so far, Spanish mini-studio Filmax Group has partnered with Miramax Films on Jaume Balaguero's horror flick Darkness for English-speaking territories including the US.
  • Quixote struggles against collapse


    Producers in Spain are fighting to keep Terry Gilliam's new film The Man Who Killed Don Quixote alive after shooting stalled last week when 70 year-old lead actor Jean Rochefort suffered a double disk hernia.
  • Via Digital, ICO ink co-financing pact


    Spain's national credit institute (ICO) has signed an agreement with digital satellite platform Via Digital and the Spanish producers federation (FAPAE) whereby ICO will make available up to $18m worth of credits for film and TV product to which the Telefonica-backed Via acquires rights.
  • Spain's Ono postpones flotation


    Following an international trend, Spanish cable supplier Ono (Cableuropa) has announced that it will postpone its IPO, planned for Thursday, due to the "poor conditions" of stock markets globally.
  • UIP, MBS kickstart joint training programme


    UIP and the pan-European Media Business School (MBS) kicked off the inaugural edition of their joint training initiative in Seville, Spain on Tuesday, describing it as the "first international marketing and distribution training programme given by practitioners and for practitioners."
  • Ed Gein wins best film award at Sitges


    US title Ed Gein, directed by Chuck Parello, walked away the big winner on Saturday from the International Film Festival of Catalunya, better known as Sitges (October 5-14).
  • Planeta set to sell 10% stake in Telecinco


    Spanish publishing and multimedia giant Grupo Planeta looks set to sell off its entire 10% stake in private broadcaster Telecinco, and not just 5% as previously rumoured.
  • April Captains to open Huelva fest


    Portuguese actress Maria de Medeiros' directorial debut, April Captains (Capitaes De Abril), will inaugurate this year's 26th annual Iberoamerican Film Festival of Huelva, Spain (Nov 10-18).
  • Arbol buys stake in Capa Barcelone


    Spanish TV production house Grupo Arbol has acquired a 50% stake in Capa Barcelone, the local subsidiary of French production outfit Capa, according to a report in financial paper Cinco Dias.
  • Common Wealth in line for English-language remake


    Spanish outfit Lolafilms, headed by CEO Andres Vicente Gomez, is negotiating the sale of remake rights on Alex de la Iglesia's Common Wealth (La Comunidad) to US-based producer Arthur Sarkissian (Rush Hour, Last Man Standing).
  • Princess, Baise-Moi to compete at Gijon


    Tom Tykwer's The Princess And The Warrior, controversial French film Baise-Moi and US indie title Chuck And Buck are among the titles that will compete in the official section of this year's Gijon International Film Festival in Spain.
  • Via Digital signs up as Valencia sponsor


    Spanish digital satellite platform Via Digital has announced that it will sponsor this year's 21st annual Valencia Film Showing (Mostra de Valencia/Cinema del Mediterrani) which runs October 16-23.
  • Filmax, Endemol launch joint production venture


    Growing Spanish producer-distributor The Filmax Group and Endemol-backed TV producer Gestmusic have joined 50-50 to launch new production outfit Zenit Multimedia.
  • The Cell captures top spot; Comunidad opens well


    It was a busy weekend at the Spanish box office with five new releases bowing to different fates last Friday. Riding on buzz and hefty marketing campaigns leftover from their US premieres, Jennifer Lopez-starrer The Cell and Buena Vista's Coyote Ugly landed in the first and second spots. Aurum and Buena Vista opened the films wide on 261 and 221 prints, respectively. Both films brought in over $1m (PTS190m) on their opening weekend, but were well out of range of the year's ...
  • Sogepaq nabs Quixote, inks pact with El Deseo


    Spanish rights and distribution house Sogepaq has picked up theatrical, pay-TV and video rights in Spain on Terry Gilliam's The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, which began shooting Tuesday in Spain. Public broadcaster Television Espanola has free TV rights.
  • Canal Plus Spain picks winners for script fund


    Spanish pay-TV outlet Canal Plus has unveiled the six winners of its newly relaunched script development fund, known as Canal Plus Guiones.
  • San Sebastian heats up but field remains open


    No clear favorite had yet emerged in the official competition at the halfway mark of the 48th edition of the San Sebastian International Film Festival, running from September 21-30.
  • Altavista boards Saura's Bunuel fantasy


    Growing Mexican production outfit Altavista Films is one of three international partners to board veteran director Carlos Saura's forthcoming feature Bunuel And King Solomon's Table (Bunuel Y La Mesa Del Rey Salomon).
  • San Sebastian festival opens on poignant note


    The 48th edition of the San Sebastian International Film Festival got off to a halting start on Thursday night with the cancellation of the traditional party as a protest against the latest assassination by Basque terrorist group ETA.
  • Lola appoints Wagner as marketing director


    Ludwig Wagner has been appointed the marketing director for Spanish producer Lolafilms.
  • Spain's Planeta steps up rights buying with Sins


    Raising the stakes in the competitive Spanish rights acquisitions market, start-up Planeta 2010 has acquired all Spanish rights to Sins Of The Father, starring Andy Garcia.
  • Robert De Niro set for tribute at San Sebastian


    Robert De Niro has confirmed his acceptance of the second Donostia Award for career achievement at this month's San Sebastian International Film Festival.
  • Baise-Moi, Dios head Gijon competition selection


    Spaniard Pablo Llorca's La Espalda De Dios and controversial French film Baise-Moi will competeat Spain's International Film Festival of Gijon.
  • Valladolid opens with Dancer, unveils competition


    Lars von Trier's Palme d'Or winner Dancer In The Dark will inaugurate this year's 45th annual Valladolid International Film Week.
  • Ex-Aurum chief Ramos lines-up slate for new outfit


    A romantic comedy from the hip Spanish directing duo Alfonso Albacete and David Menkes is set to be the first project to go through a new production company launched by former Aurum Producciones chief Francisco Ramos.
  • Gala takes Second Skin for UK


    UK distributor Gala Film Distribution has picked up UK rights to Second Skin (Segunda Piel), a Spanish language film starring Javier Bardem and produced by Lolafilms.
  • Sogepaq takes international rights on Spanish hit


    Spanish rights and distribution house Sogepaq has added Ano Mariano, Spain's top box office performer this year, and Kilometro Zero to its growing list of local pick-ups for international sales.
  • Lauren re-enters production with Roman comedy


    Spanish distributor-exhibitor Lauren Films is preparing a Roman-era Monty Python-esque comedy, Lisistrata, which will mark its return to production after a decade-long hiatus.
  • Hollow Man fills Spanish box office


    Columbia TriStar had a successful weekend in Spain with the release of Paul Verhoeven's Hollow Man where it won the number one slot with a three-day gross of $2.3m (PTS434m). This is the territory's third strongest opening so far this year. Comparatively, Fox's Titan AE on 226 screens (versus Hollow Man's 260), opened at fourth place with $544,280 (PTS101m). Aurum's release of Frequency, starring Dennis Quaid, came in a surprise third with $641,298 (PTS119m) ...
  • Kevin Williams takes three from Tornasol


    Spanish sales outfit Kevin Williams Associates (KWA) has picked up world rights on three titles from Madrid-based producer Tornasol Films.
  • San Sebastian unveils Spanish, Music sidebars


    The San Sebastian International Film Festival (Sept 21-30) has announced the titles to be included in its Made In Spanish section, a popular sidebar dedicated to presenting the year's best Spanish and Latin American features and short films.
  • Telecinco buys stake in digital producer


    Spanish broadcaster Telecinco has acquired a 35% stake in TV and interactive content producer Multipark Madrid (MPM). The two companies plan to develop new thematic channels for TV as well as content for the internet.
  • Spain's Prisa reports 40% profit increase


    Spanish multimedia giant Grupo Prisa reported first half profits of $46.6m (PTS8,393m), a 40.7% rise over the same period last year. Operating revenues rose 86% to $470m (PTS87.5bn).
  • Bread And Roses to get airing at Valladolid


    Ken Loach's Bread And Roses is among the titles to be included in the official section of the 45th edition of the popular Valladolid International Film Week (Oct 20-28).
  • Nieto to spearhead Telefonica Media


    Putting a close to weeks of speculation, Juan Jose Nieto was confirmed today as the new executive president of Telefonica Media, the powerful multimedia subsidiary of Spanish telco Telefonica.
  • Telecinco's Lejarza to join Grupo Arbol


    Spanish television executive Mikel Lejarza has announced that he will leave his post as general director of broadcaster Telecinco to join TV production outfit Grupo Arbol.
  • Caine to receive San Sebastian Donostia award


    Sir Michael Caine will be the recipient of this year's Donostia Award at the San Sebastian International Film Festival (Sept 21-30).
  • Lolafilms, Kinowelt make Rain together in Iowa


    Marking their first co-production since announcing their share-swapping production and distribution pact at this year's Cannes Film Festival, Spain's Lolafilms is joining forces with Germany's Kinowelt to make Rain, an English-language American-set project to which Martin Scorsese is attached as executive producer.
  • Sitges adds Sabotage, Shadow Of The Vampire


    Spain's Sitges International Film Festival (Oct 5-14) has announced two more films in this year's line-up: screwball comedy Sabotage will close this year's event, while Elias Merhige's Shadow Of The Vampire will compete as part of the official selection.
  • San Sebastian competition has heavy Spanish accent


    The San Sebastian International Film Festival has unveiled 15 titles for its official selection at this year's 48th edition (Sept 21-30).
  • Lucky Red snaps up Venice entry Phantom


    Italy's Lucky Red has picked up rights on Venice competition entry The Phantom (O Fantasma), from Portugal's Rosa Filmes.
  • Morena, Cuatro Cabezas strike co-production deal


    Spanish production house Morena Films has signed a TV co-production accord with Argentinean outfit Cuatro Cabezas which will likely grow to include feature films.
  • San Sebastian unveils New Directors' line-up


    Six Spaniards and only one American are among the 19, mostly European directors competing for the Euros150,000 New Directors' prize at this year's San Sebastian International Film Festival (Sept 21-30), the festival announced today.
  • Perfect Storm swells Spanish box office


    Warner Bros' The Perfect Storm succeeded in pulling in a significant box office gross when it opened in Spain last weekend with $1.6m (PTS294.6m) from its super-wide release of 315 prints. The opening makes it the fifth biggest weekend opening in Spain this year, squeezing past Columbia TriStar's release of Erin Brockovich but trailing The Sixth Sense, Mission Impossible 2, Gladiator and Toy Story 2 (see chart). Warner Sogefilms' release of ...
  • Crouching Tiger to open San Sebastian's Top


    Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon will open "Festivals' Top", part of this year's Zabaltegi (Open Zone) section at the San Sebastian International Film Festival (September 21-30).
  • Portugal's SIC inks five-year pact with Globo


    Portuguese broadcaster SIC has closed a five-year deal with Brazilian media giant Globo which gives the two groups mutually exclusive rights to the other's product. As part of the deal, the two companies also plan to start co-producing feature films, made-for-TV movies and fiction series.
  • Cartel, Creaccion set to shoot Ungria's El Deseo


    Spanish producers Creaccion and Cartel plan to shoot Alfonso Ungria's El Deseo De Ser Piel Roja from September in Spain and Morrocco.
  • Jazztel founder launches rival cable operator


    Jordi Compte Batista, co-founder of Spanish cable company Jazztel, has launched his own competing cable outfit dubbed, according to Spanish news reports.
  • Telefonica board installs Alierta as new chief


    Juan Villalonga has officially resigned as chairman of Telefonica, ending a four-year run at the Spanish conglomerate he transformed into one of Europe's most dynamic players in the entertainment, communications and on-line realms.
  • Euro multimedia titan Villalonga tipped to quit


    Juan Villalonga, the embattled chief of telecoms and entertainment giant Telefonica, has reportedly stepped down after a little more than four years at the helm of Spain's largest corporation. His resignation comes less than 48 hours after Telefonica won shareholder support for its purchase of Dutch entertainment force Endemol.
  • Sogecable shares up 80% since IPO


    Spanish audiovisual group Sogecable's shares have gained in value by more than 80% after one year on the Spanish stock exchange.
  • Telefonica completes Endemol buy-out


    Spain's Telefonica has successfully completed its share-for-share buy-out of Dutch entertainment group Endemol with the acquisition of 97.4% of Endemol's shares.
  • Canal Plus Spain tunes into TV film sector


    Canal Plus has finally made its definitive move into made-for-TV feature production in Spain, striking a four-year accord with regional network Television de Galicia (TVG).
  • San Sebastian confirms Galan exit


    The San Sebastian International Film Festival today confirmed the departure of festival director Diego Galan (Screendaily, July 18). He will be replaced in 2001 by Mikel Olaciregui, currently sub-director of the event.
  • Barroso, Hayek to fly with Butterflies


    Up-and-coming Spanish director Mariano Barroso has reportedly been signed on by MGM and Showtime to shoot his first English-language film, In The Time Of The Butterflies, with actress Salma Hayek in the lead.
  • Galan expected to quit San Sebastian


    Diego Galan, the popular head of the San Sebastian International Film Festival, plans to leave his post in January 2001, to be replaced by the festival's number two, Mikel Olaciregui, according to Spanish press reports.
  • Telefonica denies Villalonga resignation


    Telefonica has denied reports in the Spanish press on Friday that chairman Juan Villalonga has agreed to resign over an insider trading scandal. However further reports in the local and international press over the weekend have added heat to the rumour.
  • Spanish production surges as b.o. reaches new high


    The Spanish film sector had one of its strongest years in over a decade in 1999 according to Spanish producers association FAPAE's annual report. Spain produced 82 features during the year - the second highest number in 15 years. Of these, 74 obtained theatrical distribution, the second highest level in 12 years.
  • Telecinco inks distribution pact with Buena Vista


    Spanish broadcaster Telecinco has signed a ground-breaking distribution deal with Buena Vista International Spain (BVIS), which gives the expanding channel theatrical and video outlets for its independently acquired films.
  • Spain's Ono to pump $1.7bn into expanding network


    Spain's nascent cable industry is set for a major tranche of investment as local cable operator Ono (Cableuropa) has unveiled plans to invest $1.7bn (PTS300,000m) over the next five years to expand its broadband network into new regions of Spain.
  • ICAA hands out $2.6m to


    Spain's government-backed Institute for Cinematography and Audiovisual Arts (ICAA) has unveiled its latest round of funding for new directors and "experimental works of distinct artistic and cultural content."
  • Media Park woos US, European majors


    Spanish content producer and packager Media Park has initiated talks with "various American and European majors" to find a new international shareholder before the end of the year.
  • Sogecable taps Campo as assistant general director


    Spanish multimedia group Sogecable has appointed Ignacio Campo as assistant general director.
  • Sogecable relaunches script development programme


    Spanish media group Sogecable has relaunched its script development programme, Canal Plus Guiones (Canal Plus Scripts).
  • Gonzalez Quiros confirmed as head of Spain's ICAA


    Confirming weeks of rumours, Spain's Minister for Education, Culture and Sports, Pilar del Castillo, announced yesterday that Jose Luis Gonzalez Quiros will replace Jose Maria Otero as the new general director for the country's cinema institute, ICAA (Instituto de la Cinematografia y las Artes Audiovisuales).
  • Applicants line up for Spain's new DTT licences


    Yesterday (July 3) marked the deadline for applications for the two new free-to-air digital terrestrial television (DTT) licences to be awarded by the Spanish government before November 30.
  • Media Park acquires minority stake in Horizonte


    Barcelona-based content packager Media Park has taken a 3% stake in Horizonte Digital, a consortium applying for one of two new free-to-air digital terrestrial television (DTT) licences to be awarded by the Spanish government in November.
  • Telefonica makes formal Endemol bid


    Spanish telecommunications and media powerhouse Telefonica has launched its anticipated public offer to buy out Dutch entertainment giant Endemol. The offer, which runs from July 3-24, values Endemol at Euros4.79bn.
  • Villalonga retains position despite investigation


    Telefonica president Juan Villalonga emerged from a critical board meeting yesterday (June 28) with his position intact, despite an ongoing investigation into accusations that he benefited from insider information when he purchased options for shares of Telefonica in January, 1998.
  • Prisa up 18% after first day's trading


    Spanish multimedia conglomerate Grupo Prisa - which took a risk on a volatile stock market by floating 20% of its shares yesterday (June 28) - came out a winner with a revaluation of its shares by 18.32% to Euros24.61 at day's end on the Bolsa, the Spanish stock exchange.
  • Telefonica responds to Villalonga controversy


    Spain's Telefonica responded this week to reports published in Spanish daily El Mundo that president Juan Villalonga benefited from insider information in the purchase of Telefonica stock options in 1998.
  • Pizza King reigns at Spain's Cine Jove


    Danish director Ole Christian Madsen last week walked away with the top prize at Spain's Cinema Jove International Film Festival, the Luna de Valencia (Valencian Moon), for his film Pizza King.
  • Producers upbeat about first Spanish-US Forum


    The first annual Ibero-American Co-production Forum closed Thursday in Madrid with a sense of optimism about the ramifications of Forum host Telefonica Media's planned $100m production investment in Ibero-American cinema.
  • Multichoice, Telefonica team for African launch


    African broadcaster Multichoice Africa, satellite operator Eutelsat and Telefonica de Espana have penned an agreement to launch a new digital satellite television platform to serve Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Telefonica's Villalonga under investigation


    Telefonica president Juan Villalonga has found himself at the centre of yet another media storm after a report in Spanish daily newspaper El Mundo that he benefited from insider information in the purchase of Telefonica stock options in 1998.
  • Media Park mulls float in second half of year


    Barcelona-based content packager Media Park is studying the possibility of launching an initial public offer on at least a part of its shares.
  • Telefonica's Nieto likely to quit Antena 3 role


    Juan Jose Nieto, CEO of Spanish broadcaster Antena 3, admitted last Thursday during a shareholders' meeting that he might resign from his post in order to focus on his dual position as CEO of Telefonica Media and new member of Telefonica's powerful Executive Committee.
  • Spanish broadcasters team up for Fiction Factory


    Four heavyweight Spanish television platforms - pay outlets Via Digital and Quiero TV and free-to-air broadcasters Antena 3 and Telecinco - are joining forces to create thematic channel The Fiction Factory (FDF) dedicated to Spanish and US fiction series.
  • Prisa appoints US, Internet chiefs on eve of float


    On the eve of its public offering, Spanish media empire Grupo Prisa has announced two key appointments.
  • Terra shareholders approve capital increase


    Shareholders of Telefonica Internet subsidiary Terra approved a Euros761m amplification of capital on Thursday (June 8) which will allow the company to complete its proposed 100% buy-out of US portal Lycos. The new company, Terra Lycos, will have corporate centres in Barcelona, Boston and Miami.
  • Gil to sing with Hamilton in Lolafilms' Off Key


    Spanish actress Ariadna Gil and Italy's Anna Galiena and Claudia Gerini have joined the cast of English-language comedy Off Key from Spanish production house Lolafilms.
  • Telefonica, Prisa reportedly in 'net merger talks


    Putting a new spin on old rumours of merger talks between Telefonica-backed digital satellite TV platform Via Digital and Grupo Prisa's Canal Satelite Digital (CSD), Spanish newspaper El Mundo reported that the two groups are negotiating the creation of a joint Internet and TV venture which could result in the fusion of CSD and Via Digital.
  • Canal Satelite racks up 900,000 subscribers


    Spain's Grupo Prisa-backed digital satellite TV platform Canal Satelite Digital (CSD) has reported that it has reached the 900,000 mark in subscribers. The platform has reported a steady growth of about 100,000 new subscribers every six months since June of 1998.
  • Telefonica to acquire Bertelsmann's mediaWays


    Telefonica added another acquisition to its growing European portfolio this week with the planned 100% buy-out of mediaWays, an Internet subsidiary of German media group Bertelsmann. MediaWays will be managed by Telefonica subsidiary Telefonica Data.
  • Spanish gov't extends broadcast licence deadline


    Spain's government has extended the application period for new radio and TV licences until July 3, reportedly in an attempt to motivate competitors to form joint consortia.
  • Mana scores at emerging Malaga fest


    Actress Laura Mana was the big winner at the increasingly high-profile Spanish Film Festival of Malaga on Saturday night, walking away with the best film award for her directorial debut Sexo Por Compasion.
  • Telefonica buys 25% of producer Media Park


    Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica has acquired a 25% stake in Barcelona-based content producer and broker Media Park in a transaction worth a reported $60m (pts10,500m). The shares will be managed by Telefonica subsidiary Telefonica Media. Local reports suggest that Telefonica paid as much as five times what Media Park shares were valued just weeks earlier. As a possible explanation analysts point to political motives for Telefonica's entrance into Media Park, a move which comes ...
  • Via Digital makes production move with Querejeta


    Spanish digital satellite platform Via Digital has made its definitive entrance into the domestic production sector with the signing of a new accord with veteran producer Elias Querejeta.
  • Ferrari replaces Cabanillas at RTVE


    Javier Gonzalez Ferrari has been appointed general director of Spain's public television broadcaster Radio Television Espanola (RTVE), replacing outgoing head Pio Cabanillas, who was given the post as spokesperson for the recently re-elected national government.
  • Prisa to go ahead with float in June


    Spanish media empire Grupo Prisa is pushing ahead with flotation plans and will offer up to 20% of its shares on June 12, according to reports in Prisa-owned financial newspaper Cinco Dias.
  • Telecinco strikes 10-pic deal with Singer


    Spanish broadcaster Telecinco has sealed a 10-picture pact with US independent producer Joseph Singer, marking its first foray into all-rights acquisitions. Nicolas Cage-starrer One To One will be the first title to emerge from the deal.
  • AltaVista lines up three to follow Bitch


    Mexican start-up production company AltaVista Films - which has its second feature, Love's A Bitch (Amores Perros) in Cannes competition - is prepping a slate of Spanish-language films to shoot before the end of the year.
  • PHF, Patagonik, Surf extend Sabrina tie-up


    Spanish-French joint production venture PHF is developing two feature films in a three-way arrangement with Argentina powerhouse Patagonik Film Group and Italy's Surf Film.
  • Fantastic Factory ready for chopsocky action


    Spanish mini-studio The Filmax Group is developing an "Asian-style action movie" for its Fantastic Factory genre film division, according to Factory co-producer and director Brian Yuzna.
  • Terra firms up Lycos acquisition


    Terra, the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking world's leading internet portal majority owned by telecoms giant Telefonica, has closed a deal to acquire multi-brand network Lycos in a stock-for-stock transaction worth $12.5bn.
  • Via Digital boards Spanish prod'n


    Spanish digital satellite platform Via Digital has boarded Spanish title Tercavida (working title) as a co-producer alongside Madrid's PHF and Karma Films. The film, a comedy set in Madrid under second-time director Fernando Huertas, begins shooting this week. Via takes free and pay-TV rights to the project.
  • Aurum plans thriller for English first


    Spanish distributor-producer Aurum Producciones is developing its first English-language feature film, an untitled thriller from The Man With Rain In His Shoes director Maria Ripoll.
  • Filmax thrills with Factory


    Barcelona-based mini-studio The Filmax Group has closed a string of sales on four English-language titles from its Fantasic Factory sci-fi and terror genre division - Brian Yuzna's Faust, Jack Sholder's Arachnid, Stuart Gordon's Dagon and Yuzna's Beyond Reanimator.
  • SIC takes stake, pics from Morena


    Portugal's leading private free TV broadcaster, SIC, has acquired a 10% stake in Juan Gordon's Madrid-based production outfit Morena Films. The broadcaster has also acquired all rights for Portugal on three Morena projects which it will co-produce, and taken TV rights on three other Morena productions. The deal marks SIC's entrance into the international film production and acquisitions market.
  • Medea announces $800,000 handout


    The newly launched Mediterranean and European Programme for Audiovisual Development, dubbed Medea, has unveiled the details of its application and awards process. The programme will dole out up to 900,000 Euros annually to 25 feature film and documentary projects from countries in the European Union and Mediterranean region.
  • Seagull flies with Independent Artists


    Los Angeles-based distributor and sales agent Independent Artists (IA) has signed a first-look deal with Spanish start-up The Seagull Productions (TSP). The initial five-year deal gives IA first-look for US distribution on all TSP productions, while TSP gets first-look as Spanish co-producer on IA films.
  • Sogepaq picks up Fugitivas, eyes del Toro's Devil


    Sogepaq, the rights and acquisitions arm of Spanish media group Sogecable, has picked up world rights on Fugitivas, a feature film currently in production at Seville-based Maestranza Films.
  • Malkovich adds Botto, Morante to Dancer cast


    Actor John Malkovich and producer Andres Vicente Gomez of Lolafilms have unveiled the full cast of Dancer Upstairs which will include Juan Diego Botto, Laura Morante, Elvira Minguez and Abel Folk alongside Spanish star Javier Bardem.
  • Quiero goes live with 14-channel line-up


    Spain's first digital terrestrial television (DTT) platform Quiero TV (formerly Onda Digital) starts broadcasting today (May 5) with an initial offer of 14 thematic channels, Internet/e-mail and PPV services.
  • Sogecable seals ten pic pact with Spyglass


    Spanish media group Sogecable has closed an exclusive ten picture deal with Spyglass Entertainment for pay-TV outlet Canal Plus and Canal Satelite Digital's PPV service Taquilla.
  • Telefonica reportedly in merger talks with KPN


    Spain's Telefonica is in talks with Dutch telco KPN in what could result in a merger of the two giants according to Spanish press reports. Telefonica has confirmed that it is in negotiations with KPN on a "variety of matters", but sources were unavailable to comment further.
  • Cabanillas quits RTVE for government post


    In an unexpected announcement yesterday, Pio Cabanillas, general director of public broadcaster Radio Television Espanola (RTVE), was appointed spokesperson of the recently re-elected government of Spanish president Jose Maria Aznar.
  • Spain's Saura unleashes Zebra Producciones


    Spanish producer and former head of the pan-European Media Business School Antonio Saura has launched production outfit Zebra Producciones with backing from two as-yet unnamed private investors.
  • Sogepaq counts Ephron's Numbers for Spain


    Spanish rights and acquisitions house Sogepaq has picked up all rights for Spain on forthcoming Nora Ephron film Numbers, produced by Paramount and set to star John Travolta, Lisa Kudrow, Tim Roth and Bill Pullman.
  • Spain's Garci gears up to shoot You're The One


    Spanish director Jose Luis Garci begins production on April 24 on You're The One, his follow-up film to 1998 Oscar nominee The Grandfather (El Abuelo).
  • Cruz, Abril attached to Diaz Yanes' second feature


    Penelope Cruz and Victoria Abril are reportedly attached to star as a bad angel and a good angel in the highly anticipated second feature from Spanish director Agustin Diaz Yanes, No News From God (Sin Noticias De Dios).
  • Sogecable joins private broadcasters' union


    Grupo Prisa subsidiary Sogecable, which houses pay-TV outlet Canal Plus and digital satellite platform Canal Satelite Digital, has announced that it will join free TV stations Antena 3 and TeleCinco in the Union of Associated Commercial Broadcasters (UTECA).
  • Spain's Filmax acquires post-production lab


    Barcelona mini-studio Filmax has added another feather to its cap with the 60% buy-out of post-production laboratory Filmtel.
  • Prisa set to float 25% of shares in June


    Spanish media conglomerate Grupo Prisa has revealed that it plans to float between 20-25% of its shares in June.
  • Spanish film stays alive with Art Of Dying


    Domestic productions continue to hold their own at the Spanish box office. Last week, two Spanish films opened in the top ten, one of which - Aurum Producciones' teen horror flic The Art Of Dying (El Arte De Morir) - nabbed the number two spot, beaten only by awards-laden American Beauty.
  • Telefonica tight-lipped on Telemundo acquisition


    Telefonica refused to comment today on press reports that the telecommunications giant is negotiating the buy-out of US-based Spanish-language channel Telemundo.
  • Kinovision fills out slate with Devil's Beauty


    Kinovision, the start-up production arm of Spanish distributor Araba Films, has added $40m drama The Devil's Beauty to its rapidly expanding English-language production slate.
  • Portugal's SIC Filmes unveils debut slate


    Leading Portuguese private broadcaster SIC (Sociedad Independente de Comunicao) has unveiled the remaining seven projects on its debut film production slate of 10 made-for-TV movies.
  • Via Digital reaches half million subscribers mark


    Spanish digital satellite platform Via Digital has announced that it has reached the half million mark in subscribers. Still trailing rival Canal Satelite Digital (CSD) by more than 300,000 subscribers, Via's numbers reflect a remarkable 70.5% rate of growth over the last 12 months.
  • Filmax unveils Captain Thunder multimedia project


    Barcelona-based mini-studio, The Filmax Group, is finalising plans for its "most ambitious" project this year: a feature film and spin-off multimedia ventures based on popular Spanish cartoon character Capitan Trueno (Captain Thunder).
  • Planeta 2010 makes first theatrical acquisition


    Planeta 2010, the start-up multimedia division of publishing company Grupo Planeta, has acquired all rights to its first feature film, the Italian animation La Gabbianella E Il Gatto.
  • Telefonica reportedly in talks to buy Lycos stake


    Spanish telecommunications and media giant Telefonica continues to make news this week in Spain, most recently with speculation that the company is negotiating a stake in US Internet portal Lycos.
  • Portugal's SIC buys controlling stake in CNL


    Portuguese private broadcaster SIC has bought a 60% stake in pay-TV news channel Canal de Noticias de Lisboa (CNL) from telco Portugal Telecom subsidiary PT Multimedia. The channel is carried by pay-TV operator TV Cabo.
  • Telefonica in talks for Latin American buys


    Spanish telecoms and multimedia giant Telefonica is understood to be making another aggressive step into the Latin American market by acquiring a stake in Mexican broadcaster TV Azteca, according to Spanish press reports.
  • Douglas, Dunaway to attend first Las Palmas fest


    The autonomous governments of Spain's Canary Islands and its capital Las Palmas have launched the International Film Festival of Las Palmas, Grand Canary Island. The first annual edition of the festival, which is co-sponsored by Canal Plus, will be held April 8-16.
  • Sogecable seals PPV deal with DreamWorks


    Spanish audiovisual group Sogecable has flexed its acquisition muscle by signing a 16-picture agreement with DreamWorks SKG giving it pay-per-view (PPV) rights for its digital satellite platform Canal Satelite Digital (CSD).
  • Telecinco doubles profits; unveils Internet launch


    Spanish private broadcaster TeleCinco has reported a 51.9% profit increase for the 1999 financial year to euros110.5m (pts18,388m). Revenue rose 24.3% to euros512.7m (pts85,301m) over the same period.
  • Prisa to acquire Spanish publisher ahead of float


    Spanish multimedia conglomerate Prisa Group is acquiring Santillana de Ediciones, one of the Spanish-speaking world's largest publishing houses, for an undisclosed amount. The move is seen as an effort by Prisa to add muscle to its planned 25% stock flotation in June.
  • Sogecable denies Canal Satelite sale


    Spanish audiovisual group Sogecable has vehemently denied speculation that it is nearing a sale to Telefonica of a 92.5% stake in digital satellite platform Canal Satelite Digital (CSD).
  • San Sebastian to feature Bertolucci tribute


    The 48th San Sebastian International Film Festival (September 21-30) will host a tribute to Bernardo Bertolucci which will feature screenings of all of his films as well as several documentaries about him and his body of work.
  • Vicuna returns to feature production


    Veteran Spanish film executive Jose Vicuna has returned to feature film production after an almost ten-year hiatus, during which time he became president of rights and acquisitions house Sogepaq, a position he still holds.
  • Telefonica grabs Venezuela's Chevere


    Terra Networks, the Internet subsidiary of Spanish telecommunications and media giant Telefonica, has acquired one of Venezuela''s top web portals, Chevere (
  • Antena 3 wipes out debt; posts 75% rise in profit


    Private Spanish broadcaster Antena 3 has eradicated its debt and posted its best ever financial results, according to CEO Juan Jose Nieto.
  • HBO to launch Spanish-language channel in the US


    HBO plans to launch a Spanish-language multiplex channel, HBO Latino, in the US by autumn 2000.
  • TVE renews output deal with Warner Television


    Spain's Television Espanola (TVE) renewed its agreement this week with Warner Bros International Television (WBIT), in a move that gives the public broadcaster rights to WBIT feature film and television product through 2004. TVE and WBIT have maintained an ongoing output agreement since 1990.
  • Telefonica, Sogecable end year on high note


    Flush from their successes on Spain's explosive stock market, La Bolsa, telecommunications conglom Telefonica and its audiovisual rival, the Prisa Group-owned Sogecable, both reported top-notch year-end results for 1999.
  • Spain gets greenlight for super studio


    Spain looks set to gain its biggest ever studio complex after the backers behind the proposed 'Audiovisual City' greenlit the project this week.
  • Spain's Filmax rolls out fantasy Factory blueprint


    Spain's aggressively expanding Filmax Group has announced a new slate of films for its fledgling Fantastic Film Factory and is now moving ahead on plans to construct a studio in Barcelona with the aim of transforming the city into the sci-fi and fantasy film capital of Europe.
  • Time Warner grabs key foothold in Spanish pay-TV


    Warner Bros. International Television (WBIT) has paid around $32m for a ten per cent stake in Spain's leading pay-TV operator, Canal Satellite Digital (CSD), exercising an option first offered in 1997.
  • Andalusia signs up for EC Mediterranean programme


    The cultural council of Spain's Andalusian regional government has signed an agreement with the European Commission's General Direction of Exterior Relations to join the Euro-Mediterranean Audiovisual Development Program, dubbed the MEDEA program.
  • Mother shows legs at Spanish box office


    Domestic productions have been maintaining a healthy presence at the Spanish box office in recent weeks, spurred on by both Spain's Oscars equivalent, the Goya Awards which took place on January 29, and the growing popularity among cinema-goers of a new generation of young actors.
  • Germany, Spain to renew co-production treaty


    Spain's culture secretary, Miguel Angel Cortes, and German culture minister, Michael Naumann, have announced that they will sign a German-Spanish co-production agreement tomorrow (Feb 11) at the Berlin Film Festival.
  • Fantasporto fetes Bowie, Bunuel at 40th bash


    Retrospectives dedicated to David Bowie and Luis Bunuel are among the highlights of the Oporto International Film Festival - better known as 'Fantasporto' - which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year (Feb 25-March 4).
  • Telefonica gets approval for LatAm buy-outs


    Shareholders of Spanish telecommunications giant Telefonica Friday approved a euro922m increase in capital to allow the conglomerate to follow through on plans to buy out 100% of four of its Latin American interests: Telesp and Tele Sudeste Celular of Brazil, Telefonica of Argentina and Telefonica of Peru. Telefonica will offer a little more than 922 million new shares at a value of 1 euro each in exchange for shares in the four Latin American firms.
  • Onda increases capital; rebrands as Quiero


    Shareholders for fledgling Spanish digital terrestrial television network Onda Digital last night approved an extraordinary increase in share capital worth pts11,000m ($68.75m) and the contracting of an external auditing for fiscal year 1999. In addition, the network has announced it will change its name to Quiero Television SA.
  • Euroficcion, TeleCinco team up for English comedy


    Fledgling Spanish production house, Euroficcion, part of the Europroducciones group, is co-producing an English-language romantic comedy Latidos with Spanish broadcaster TeleCinco.
  • Alta readies first English-language production


    Alta Films' Enrique Gonzalez Macho is developing his first English-language production for the company, Once In Europa.
  • Spanish cinema-going amongst highest in Europe


    Cinema attendance is higher in Spain than in most of Europe according to a report from Spain's General Society of Authors and Editors (SGAE) on the cultural consumption habits of Spaniards.
  • Benitez seeks fame through start-up outfit


    Spanish producer Cesar Benitez is developing an ambitious international television series - Dreams - about a music and arts school in the style of popular 1980s US series Fame.
  • Via Digital subscriber gains fuel merger talks


    Spanish digital satellite platform Via Digital announced a 30% rise in subscribers over the last six months, bringing its total to 450,000. Though the numbers fall short of competitor Canal Satelite Digital's (CSD) 825,000 subscribers, Via is showing a faster rate of growth as well as a slight rise in audience shares.
  • Spain scraps European film quotas


    The Spanish government has decided to do away with a controversial quota system which requires exhibitors to programme one day of European cinema for every two days of films from other countries.
  • Telefonica snares ticket to Argentina


    Spanish telecommunications giant Telefonica sealed a strategic alliance with US-based Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst Incorporated this week to jointly divide up a handful of media interests in Argentina.
  • Benitez launches BesoBeso


    Spain's top-grossing comedy producer, Cesar Benitez, has launched a start-up production house, BesoBeso Producciones, with Felipe Ortiz of local distributor Tripictures taking a 50% partnership stake in the new venture.
  • Almodovar set to dazzle at Goyas


    Pedro Almodovar's All About My Mother (Todo Sobre Mi Madre) looks set to sweep the Goya Awards, Spain's answer to the Oscars, in an already auspicious award season for the director.
  • Lolafilms talks signal co-prod'n ambitions


    Andres Vicente Gomez, head of Spain's leading production outfit Lolafilms, is in talks with Germany's Helkon Media to swap 5% company stakes and forge a co-production relationship.
  • Butterfly's Tongue


  • Telefonica moves closer to global ambition


    Spain's Telefonica stepped up its attempts to become a global player by unveiling that it plans to buy out four Latin American affiliates late last week.