The Marbella International Film Festival has been held in Marbella on the Costa del Sol in Spain since 2006. It provides a venue for encouraging artists from all parts of the world.[dead link]
The festival was started by the New World Trust, a non-profit organization. It supports artists financially through start-up capital and by helping with business concerns such as marketing, finding agents and finding means of distribution. This year they featured industry experts such as Mary Hare, Andy Loveday and Brendan Foley and included networking events and workshops into the timetable as well as the screening of several up and coming independent movies, as well as old classics which were available to watch free of charge. There is also the 24-hour movie challenge that allows prospective film-makers to show off their talents. The Marbella International Film Festival´s official media sponsor is popular English speaking newspaper Euro Weekly News. The festival includes an "Art at the Fringe" program where artists in other media may display their work, including sculpture, photographs, fashion, jewelry and performance arts.