This morning, the same day the Malaga Festival began, we introduced our own eighteenth edition to the media. We were accompanied by representatives from the Cabildo of Lanzarote, co-producers of the festival along with Fisme Producciones, Arrecife City Hall and the Government of the Canary Islands.
The Lanzarote Film Commission, the Art, Culture and Tourism Centres of Lanzarote, Arrecife Gran Hotel, CICAR and restaurant Bogavante, comprise the team of collaborators this year.
This Festival is like filming a movie: we would be nothing without team work. With no public-private input, it would be impossible to screen movies from 19th to 28th April.
Thank you everyone for supporting film culture.
We’d like to quote some of the things we heard this morning:
“This festival grows when it comes to expectation and international participation. We’re going to have the unprecedented opportunity to watch a documentary about Víctor Fernández Gopar, El Salinero, that our theatre is named after” (Pedro San Ginés, President of the Cabildo of Lanzarote)
“We have rescued the Canarian audiovisual work aid, with 2.7 million euros aimed at production, development and completion” (Isaac Castellano, Minister for Culture, Tourism and Sports of the Government of the Canary Islands).
“Cinema is a means used to pass on culture and raise awareness in our society” (Jimena Álvarez, City Councillor for Culture, Arrecife City Hall)
“We must be grateful for the enormous and unconditional work done by the Festival selection committee. Since September 2017, they have watched hundreds and hundreds of short films” (Óscar Pérez, Minister for Culture, Cabildo of Lanzarote)
“At the Festival, there will be once-in-a-lifetime moments; for instance, the screenings of short films with English and Spanish subtitles, which is rare in movie theatres” (Ismael Curbelo, FICL18 director and Lanzarote Film Commission coordinator).