Costa de Almería’ shows the world its cinematographic potential with the presentation of the Carmen Awards

Costa de Almería' shows the world its cinematographic potential with the presentation of the Carmen Awards
Juanma Moreno visits the stand of the province of Almeria and highlights the quality and diversity of the most complete destination in the Mediterranean arc.

The destination ‘Costa de Almería’ has become a protagonist during the first day of FITUR, the International Tourism Fair in Madrid, thanks to the staging of its international film potential.

Actors, directors and producers and other professionals have filled the presentation area of the ‘Costa de Almería’ stand to witness the presentation of the 2nd edition of the ‘Carmen Awards’ of the Andalusian Film Academy, to be held in the province of Almería on 4 February.

The President of the Provincial Council, Javier A. García, the mayoress of the city of Almería, María del Mar Vázquez, the delegate of the Regional Government of Andalusia, Aránzazu Martín, the president of the Academy, Marta Velasco, as well as the general director of Canal Sur, Isabel Cabrera, the Almeria film director, Manuel Martín Cuenca, and actresses such as Elena Furiase and Petra Martínez, among other industry professionals, have participated in this event that has captured all the attention of the Andalusia Pavilion.

The gala awards ceremony of the Carmen Film Awards of Andalusia will once again fill the province with cinema and highlight the cinematographic legacy of a province that has maintained a close relationship with the seventh art for 70 years, which has led it to be the natural setting for more than 500 films.

The President of the Provincial Council has highlighted this new milestone in the history of cinema in the province of Almeria, which highlights the potential of the Almeria film industry: “We have a film province, the largest open-air set in the world where Clint Eastwood was born as an actor. We have professionals and a film industry that makes film an engine of employment and wealth before, during and after filming”.

In the same way, he detailed that “more than 300 professionals of our audiovisual industry will meet in Almería to award the best Andalusian films of the year. Since its inception, the awards have had a marked Almerian flavour, both in terms of the nominees and the award winners”.

He also thanked the Film Academy of Andalusia, the City Council, the Regional Government of Andalusia and Canal Sur for their joint support and collaboration to make this important event a reality in the province. Javier A. García concluded that “because of our history and the industry professionals from Almería, the Diputación de Almería could not let this magnificent opportunity pass us by. It is a great showcase to the world, with enormous repercussions, which will make us the epicentre of Spanish and Andalusian cinema”.

The Mayoress of Almería, María del Mar Vázquez, stressed that “making cinema a source of promotion, employment and wealth is the objective on which we have been working for more than 20 years the City Council and the Diputación de Almería”, and congratulated herself “on the success of bringing these awards to Almería and continuing our commitment to linking our land to cinema and culture”.

Within the framework of projection that the celebration of FITUR represents for any tourist city, the Mayoress took advantage of the presentation of these awards to highlight and recognise “the great work being done by the Andalusian Film Academy, which together with the Academy of Arts and Cinematographic Sciences of Spain, and the film academies of Catalonia, Galicia and Valencia, complete the panorama of the film industry, Andalusia and Almeria grow with the cinema”, stressed Vázquez, understanding the celebration of the next edition of the Carmen Awards in Almeria as “an excellent opportunity to continue making cinema an element of cultural, touristic and social dynamisation”.

For her part, the delegate of the Regional Government of Andalusia in Almería, Aránzazu Martín, stated that “the celebration of the Carmen Awards positions the province of Almería as a cultural and tourist destination and as a focus of attraction for the film industry for the development of new productions that at the same time boost our economy and employment”.

Martín stressed that with the important support of the Andalusian Government for these Awards, they become an opportunity for Almería, “where we project our land as a privileged space for its landscapes, climate and as a location destination”. The delegate also assured that the Awards will be broadcast by Canal Sur, which will highlight the strategic axis that the seventh art represents for culture, tourism and, in short, for the creation of wealth for Almeria.

The president of the Andalusian Film Academy, Marta Velasco, thanked the institutional support that the second edition of the Carmen Awards is receiving on its arrival in the province of Almería, “a land of cinema par excellence that will showcase the great cinematographic talent that Andalusia has to offer on 4 February. Andalusian professionals are the best calling card of our seventh art and these awards were created to promote their magnificent work.

Finally, the general director of Canal Sur Radio and Television, Isabel Cabrera, highlighted the public company’s support for the film industry, which has amounted to more than six million euros in the last year. “The return is unbeatable. The level of Andalusian cinema is very high and Almeria, beyond the light it gives off, is also a province of talent and cinema,” she explained.

Great support from the audiovisual industry for the destination ‘Costa de Almería’.

The stand of the Diputación and ‘Costa de Almería’ has been filled with personalities from the world of cinema who have wanted to participate in the commitment to the world of cinema in the province of Almería. Personalities such as directors Manuel Martín Cuenca, Fernando Colomo and actors Elena Furiase, Petra Martínez, Will Shepard, Eva Almaya and other well-known faces from film and television have agreed on the greatness of a land linked to cinema and above all to tourism.

Petra Martínez recounted her magnificent experience during the filming of the movie La Vida Era Eso; while Elena Furiase wished she could film in Almería, a land she knows perfectly well on a personal level and thanks to the Almería International Film Festival (FICAL).

Manuel Martín Cuenca said that there is nothing more satisfying for a filmmaker from Almería than to shoot in his own land and in Andalusia, because it is synonymous with “freedom”, and he praised the light and gastronomy of Almería.

Award of Honour to María Galiana

The ‘Carmen Awards’ this year will present the Award of Honour to María Galiana at a gala that will once again highlight the importance of cinema for the province of Almería. During the gala, the winners in 25 categories will be unveiled and receive their awards.

Among this year’s favourites, Modelo 77, with 14 nominations, is the most nominated production, followed by Las Gentiles, with 13; La maniobra de la tortuga, with 12; El universo de Oliver, with 9; and A las mujeres de España. María Lejárraga, with 7.

The ‘Carmen Awards’ of Andalusian Cinema, organised by the Andalusian Film Academy, are supported by the Diputación de Almería, the Consejería de Turismo, Cultura y Deportes de la Regional Government of Andalusia, the Ayuntamiento de Almería and RTVA, in collaboration with the Fundación SGAE, Fundación AISGE, EGEDA, Andalucía Film Commission and Crea SGR.

Visit by Juanma Moreno to the Almeria exhibitors

The President of the Regional Government of Andalusia, Juanma Moreno, and the Regional Minister of Tourism, Arturo Bernal, have visited the Almeria stand and have been surprised, beyond the offer, by the impressive staging of the Almeria stand with panoramic photographs of two of the jewels of the Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park: Genoveses and Panorámica desde la Isleta del Moro.

Moreno has greeted one by one with professionals and representatives from Almeria and has congratulated them for their hard work and good work to ensure that the destination ‘Costa de Almeria’ continues to recover after the major obstacle posed by the arrival of the pandemic.

In the same way, he encouraged them to face the promising future of the tourism sector with enthusiasm in the coming days in which Almeria’s institutions and companies have an intense agenda to project the province of Almeria in the world.

 

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