THE lights have dimmed and the opening credits are rolling on the seventh Marbella Film Festival. The five-day festival, supported by the Euro Weekly News as media sponsor, brings together film-makers, actors, writers and critics and Wednesday night saw the curtain rise on the first of more than 100 films, shorts and documentaries at The Andalucia Plaza Hotel, Puerto Banus.
The festival provides a platform for upcoming directors and producers to showcase their talent and awards to the best films in each category will be presented at a prestigious gala dinner and awards ceremony to mark the festival close on Sunday.
The award-winning Notes from the New World, is among the films selected – from 800 submissions – to be screened, while there´s a wealth of talent on show from around the globe.
The festival kicked off with a Flamenco party at H10 Hotel and there are nightly events around the area to celebrate the festival, including parties at Finca Besaya, Marbella Casino and H10 Hotel.
On Sunday there is a cocktail party prior to the gala dinner, both by invitation only. The festival presents a supplementary Art at the Fringe programme including visual works and performances.
Contemporary international painting, photography, sculpture and others will be exhibited throughout the festival venue. The Performance Art programme offers opera, classical music, theatre and dance belonging to various cultures and genres.
Fashion and jewellery shows will also be presented by some of the most talented designers. In addition a showcase of works of modern architecture will provide a peep into some of the most glamorous Marbella homes.
Also a 24 Hour Film Challenge invites participants to make a short film on a given subject matter, writing the script, directing the actors, shooting, editing, and delivering the film in 24 hours.
This year, the contest is offered online as well to allow worldwide participation. For full details of all the entries, visit www.marbellafilmfestival.com.