Málaga Festival Fund Co-production Event (MAFF) / FAQ

Here you can find answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding MAFF, the Malaga Film Festival’s co-production and funds event.
If you do not find the answer you need, please do not hesitate to contact us at the following email: mcgil@malagaprocultura.com

What films can be registered in MAFF?
Feature film, documentary and animation projects of Latin American, Spanish and Portuguese directors will be accepted, with a minimum running time of 70 minutes. Short films, series, audiovisual journalism and TV movies will not be accepted.

What countries can participate?
The projects must be submitted by production companies located in Latin America, Spain or Portugal.

When do you receive a response from MAFF?
The final selection will be published on the Malaga Film Festival website at the beginning of December 2023.

In case a documentary project is submitted, does a script have to be attached?

If the project is a documentary, a treatment must be attached (no more than 20 pages) with the other required documents.

Can a project whose director does not have any of MAFF’s nationalities be eligible?
No. MAFF is strategically designed to encourage co-production between Latin America, Spain and Portugal.

Can projects in the post-production phase be submitted?
No. All projects submitted must be in an advanced development phase, meaning that they have guaranteed financing for at least 20% of the production. No projects in the shooting or post-production phases will be accepted.

What type of document is the "Clarification of the chain of title"?
Clarification of the chain of title is a document or contract that transfers the screenwriter’s rights to the producer, and officially authorizes the latter to use the script for a film project.
It must be signed by the director, the producer and the screenwriter, and does not have to be attached if the screenwriter and the producer are the same person.

What does the director’s motivation refer to?
It refers to whatever motivated the director to make the film. The inclusion of an aesthetic proposal and previous work by the director will be positively valued. It is important that the director’s motivation be included with the other documents that are submitted, since it will be considered as an asset for the project’s eligibility.

Can a production company submit more than one project?
Yes. A production company can submit a maximum of two projects, provided they both comply with the participation requirements.

Can a production company submit a project presented at previous editions?
No. A project that has been assessed previously is not eligible.

How does the selection process work?
The projects will undergo two phases:

Phase 1: Eligibility
Projects will be checked to ensure that they comply with the requirements established in the call’s regulations.
Priority will be given to projects that have not been submitted to other similar calls made in other festivals and/or markets.

Phase 2: Assessment
Eligible projects will be assessed by a team of experts, who also form part of the LEARNING & TRAINING team. The team will assess the proposal’s production and financing structure as well as its artistic content.
The selection committee will consist of renowned European and Ibero-American experts of the audiovisual sector.

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