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MAFIZ comes to an end with the WIP and MAFF award

The 26th edition of the festival will pay a tribute to Peru as the protagonist of the Latin American Focus section

Yesterday the audiovisual industry in Spanish said farewell to MAFIZ with a gala replete with awards, expressions of gratitude and expectation regarding the 26th edition, with the announcement of a few of its features.

At the ceremony, held at El Candado Beach with the journalist Romina Zace as the presenter, the winners of the Malaga Film Festival - WIP Spain Award - A los libros y a las mujeres canto / Of book and women, by María Elorza; and the Malaga Film Festival - WIP Ibero-America Award - Nada / Nothing (working title), by Adriano Guimaraes, were announced, as decided by the jury comprising Pamela Bienzobas (Festival of Locarno), Luis Ferrón (Ecam), Joana Gusmao (DocLisboa), Iván Melo (Festival of Sao Paulo), Alejandra Mora (Quatre Films) and Antoine Sebire (Festival of Biarritz). The award, which is given to two films –an Ibero-American film and a Spanish one– of the WIP section, is endowed with 5,000 euros for each one.

In addition, some of the companies that collaborated with WIP and MAFF gave their respective awards, consisting in the participation in festivals, cash prizes, collaborations, advisory services, support for production, advertising and many others. Annabelle Aramburu, general coordinator of MAFIZ, thanked everyone present and told them she was “happy to have reached this last phase” and that “everything had gone well,” adding that “we just hope that you have all achieved the goals you had set for yourselves”.

Moreover, the twenty participants of the fourth edition of Malaga Talent, who had had an intense week of encounters, training sessions and acquired deep knowledge of the sector, will receive an NFT diploma. Romina Zace highlighted that “MAFIZ is a springboard for these new talents, who tomorrow will no doubt be the major names of Spanish cinema”. Likewise, the 20 winners of HACK MAFIZ, who have had “to show their storytelling and entrepreneurial” capacity these days in Malaga with their last challenge, will also receive an NFT diploma. The presenter of the ceremony told them that “you are the transformation of the Spanish and Ibero-American industry”.

Next edition´s guest

The protagonists of the Territory Spain and Latin American Focus section of this edition were the Valencian Community and Costa, respectively. The journalist pointed out that “49 delegates from Valencia” and “26 delegates from Costa Rica have participated in MAFIZ” Aramburu announced that Peru is the Ibero-Amercian country that will take over from Costa Rica as guest of the Latin American Focus section at the 26th edition of the Malaga Film Festival.

List of winners

Málaga Work In Progress (WIP):

Málaga Film Festival – WIP Spain Award
‘A los libros y a las mujeres canto’ (Of book and women), de María Elorza.

Málaga Film Festival – WIP Ibero-America Award
‘Nada’ (Nothing (working title)), de Adriano Guimaraes.

Aracne Digital Cinema. Post-production and final copy, worth 20,000 euros
‘SICA’ (SICA), de Carla Subirana.

Damita Joe. National distribution award
‘Agua salá’ (Salt water), de Steven Morales Pineda.

Latamcinema.com. Page of advertising in the journal latam cinema
‘Nada’ (Nothing (working title)), de Adriano Guimaraes.

Music Library award – WIP Spain
‘Ramona’ (Ramona), de Andrea Bagney.

Music Library award – WIP Iberoamerica
‘El filo de las tijeras’ (The sharp scissors), de David Marcial Valverdi.

Yagán Films. Sound postproduction, worth 13,000 euros
‘Agua salá’ (Salt water), de Steven Morales Pineda.

Cine y Tele. Page of adverstising in their magazine
‘Ramona’ (Ramona), de Andrea Bagney.

SANFIC Award. Participation in their industry laboratory
‘Tierra de nuestras madres’ (Land of our mothers), de Liv Lobato.

REC Award. Participation in their industry laboratory
‘SICA’ (SICA), de Carla Subirana.

FIDBA Award. Participation in their industry laboratory
‘A los libros y a las mujeres canto’ (Of book and women), de María Elorza.

ABYCINE Award. Participation in their industry laboratory
‘SICA’ (SICA), de Carla Subirana.

Málaga Festival Fund Co-Production Event (MAFF):

Bolivia LAB Award. Participation in their industry laboratory
‘Ciudades vacías’ (Great art will be destroyed), de Fernando Fonseca Espinoza.

Cinema 226 Award. Advice for script, financing, casting and edition of teaser
‘Marte al Anochecer’ (Mars at Nightfall), de Edgar Noé Sajcabún y ‘Mar rojo’ (Red sea), de Javier Tolentino.

SANFIC Award. Participation in their production tutoring symposiums
‘Diamante’ (Diamond), de Yashira Jordán.

Dok Leipzig Award. Participation in their coproduction forum
‘El espacio es un animal monstruoso’ (Space is a monstruos animal), de Natalia Solórzano Vasquez.

ECAM Award – La incubadora
‘Adiós a satán’ (Godspeed Satan), de José Pablo Escamilla.

Music Library Award
‘Juliette y Camille’ (Juliette & Camille), de Paloma Zapata, ‘Kaye’ (Kaye), de Juan Cáceres y ‘Antonia’ (Antonia), de Toñi Martín Zorrilla.