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Malaga is the location for three of every ten films shot in Andalusia

Malaga is becoming a film stage and is attracting not only tourists but also motion picture directors, who choose the capital of the Costa del Sol as the location for filming their productions. According to the data the province province of Malaga is the scene of three of every ten film shoots in Andalusia.

The figures show that productions filmed in the city of Malaga between 2001 and 2008 left more than 31 million euro in Malaga. Aside from the province’s seafront promenades and beaches the historical district and the local Fair Palace are the most popular locations, as well as the productions, mainly publicity spots, documentaries and video clips, that are carried out in the well known communities of Ronda, Antequera, Marbella and Benalmadena among other cities on Costa del Sol.

According to the Malaga Film Office’s balance sheet, of all the productions that were filmed between 2001 and 2008 in Andalusia (the autonomous community that has been the location of more film shoots than any other in Spain) 47% have been done in Seville and about 30% in Malaga, that is to say that of every ten film shoots three use Malaga as the stage. The more than 800 audiovisual productions filmed during this period in our city represent an investment of more than thirty million euro.

Film shoots in Malaga increased by 25% just in the first quarter of 2008. During this first quarter some 113 projects were carried out on our locations, compared to the ninety projects during the same period of 2007. Japan, Malaysia, Canada, the United States, Germany and Ireland are just a few of the countries that chose to shoot on location in our province.

The 643 audiovisual productions filmed during this period in our city have amounted to 1,170 days of filming and an investment of more than 30 million euro. Last year the Malaga Film Office assisted with 301 projects, an increase of more than 30% over the previous year. 159 were filmed, an increase of 13.5% over 2006, and 409 filming permits were issued. Included among these were such documentaries as “Walking into the Word” by the Korean production company KBS and “The Road to Civilisation” by the Chinese production company CCTC.

This is certainly an important stimulus to tourism due to the visual impact of these images upon the spectator and the emotions they arouse, and the opportunities that are provided to visit the filming sites.

The benefits from the film projects in Malaga are certainly felt in such specific segments of the population as the hotel, restaurant and transport industries. It is, furthermore, customary to contract with professionals connected to the local audiovisual industry, an extraordinary advantage for the international dissemination of the city’s image.


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