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.
Together withthe Andalusian Tourist Board, the Film Commission (AFC) has unveiled a newthree-year plan to jointly promote this southern region of Spain as both anaudiovisual and a tourist destination.
Concrete plansinclude inviting film producers, directors and key technicians to tourAndalusia; and elaborating reports, industry conferences, promotional andtourist materials such as "movie maps."
Two recentmega-productions to shoot inthe regionwere Ridley Scott's KingdomOf Heaven, which the AFCsaid spent 31% of its estimated $100m budget in Andalucia last year, andAgustin Diaz Yanes' Euros 20m Alatriste, starring Viggo Mortensen.
Banderas said hewould support the new initiative by appearing at as many festivals andpromotional events as his schedule allows.
Meanwhile, the actor's production company Green Moon hasjust opened offices in Malaga to house production activities for theanticipated November shoot of his next film as a director. The film, anadaptation by Antonio Soler of his novel El Camino De Los Ingleses (literally, The Way Of The English), is a coming-of-age tale about a group of youngboys during the last summer of their childhood.
Green Moonproducer Antonio Meliveo told local press that casting for the young leads hasnarrowed down to three or four contenders for each of the roles. "Now it's upto Antonio to make decisions after meeting them himself and giving moreauditions."
Victoria Abril -who starred across Banderas in, among other films, Pedro Almodovar's 1990sadism send-up Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (Atame!) - may have a role in the new film.