The Malaga Film Festival announces the call for applications for the second edition of Hack MAFIZ, the successful event geared at digital creators

Participants will face audiovisual challenges leading up to their participation in the 26th edition of the Malaga Film Festival

The Malaga Film Festival has announced the call for applications for the second edition of Hack MAFIZ Malaga, an event of its Industry Zone - MAFIZ (Malaga Festival Industry Zone) – geared at new talent of the audiovisual sector. The event was launched at the Festival’s 2021 edition with great success, with the objective of becoming a meeting point for young creators of digital content and distributors, brands, media, streaming services and production companies from all over the world.

The Malaga Film Festival’s call for applications for this event will be open as of today and until the 15th of October on a specific page of the MAFIZ website. Applicants can register by filling out and submitting a form containing their particulars.

The objective is to select, from all the applications, a group of young Spanish and Latin American creators who will go on to the next phase (from 15th October to 15th January), consisting of three content creation challenges which they will have to resolve online in a collaborative manner. 20 finalists will be selected from that group to attend, from the 10th to the 19th of March, 2023, the MAFIZ Industry Zone of the 26th Malaga Film Festival, where they will be given a new challenge, namely to create audiovisual content about the event at the Festival’s Laboratory. At the same time, they will have the opportunity of meet and talk to co-production companies and international funds, media and platforms, as well as other leaders of the Latin American industry.

With Hack MAFIZ, the Malaga Film Festival addresses the sector’s efforts to reach new audiences, who consume audiovisual content through very diverse channels and have a community identity that requires a much more active dialogue on the part of content creators and producers. The event therefore seeks to create new spaces that will enable regenerating audiences and establishing a dialogue with them and with the creators with whom they identify. This is Hack MAFIZ Malaga’s main priority: to offer the opportunity to accommodate these creators, to get to know them, see them in action and allow them to interact in a venue of synergies with the different agents of the traditional industry.

The first edition of Hack MAFIZ Malaga was a great success, exceeding by far the organizer’s objectives. Applications for the event were submitted by 1,300 candidates from a great diversity of countries, including Spain, Argentina, Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Brazil, Cuba, Costa Rica, Bolivia and Ecuador, most of them between the ages of 18 to 24 (54%) and of 25 to 34 (31%).

Digital creators bring innovation to content production and to the field of distribution and editorial positioning in respect to their community. Knowing and sharing their experience and knowledge provides a differential and synergetic view of the new business models based on social media. Portability, fragmentation, co-creation, collaboration, self-distribution, monetization and new narratives, amongst others, are key aspects of these new creators’ identity, and also of the event that will bring them together in Malaga.