Fourteen new Spanish filmsand co-productions will compete at the upcoming ninth annual edition of theSpanish Film Festival of Malaga (March 17-25).

More than 60 buyers from 23countries are expected at the feature film Market Screenings (March 23-25),where they will screen more than 50 titles, including the competition line-up.

Among the competition titlesare three recent Berlin screeners: Mireia Ros' The Triumph: TheBeat Of The Streets (El Triunfo), about inner-city youths dreaming of making itas rumba musicians; the Guatemala-set tale of footballingprostitutes, The Railroad All-Stars (Estrellas De La Linea) by Chema Rodriguez and Gerardo Olivares' far-flung footballcomedy The Great Match (La Gran Final).

Other competitors include: Remake, by the co-director of 2002Malaga multiple prize-winner Smoking Room,Roger Gual; Gerardo Herrero'sLos Aires Dificiles,a project announced at the festival last year where Herrerocompeted as well; Argentine veteran Eliseo Subiela's Lifting DeCorazon; Manuel Iborra's period comedy La Dama Boba.

Remaining competition titlesare: Sigfrid Monleon'sValencia-set La Bicicleta;Raimon Masllorens' romanticdrama Sin Ti; Carlos Iglesias' 1960s-set directorial debut Un Franco, 14 Pesetas; Cesar Martinez Herrada'sArena En Los Bolsillos,starring new Almodovar muse YohanaCobo; scriptwriter RafaRusso's directorial debut Amor En Defensa Propia; and DanielSanchez Arevalo's AzulOscuroCasiNegro, about ayoung man struggling to find his own identity in the face of mounting familyresponsibilities.

David Trueba'sWelcome Home (BienvenidoA Casa) inaugurates the festival, where the official jury this yearincludes actors Imanol Arias and Cecilia Roth,producer Francisco Ramos, director Jaume Balabuero, writer Vicente Molina Foix,editor Pepe Salcedo and Spain Film Commission president Carlos Rosado.

Nineteen documentaries willcompete in the Official Documentary Competition, while a new Latin Americancompetition, Territorio Latinoamericana,will screen nine films previously unreleased in Spain.