Almería Western Film Festival 2017

“Desert of Tabernas” Award

To the production director TONI NOVELLA

EThe objective of this award is to recognize the career of an active professional in the film industry who has worked in the Tabernas desert and has also contributed to the spread of this location. Novella has probably been the production director who has participated in the most ambitious international productions filmed in Tabernas over the last decade, and who has offered employment to many people in Almeria in various departments”


Toni Novella began his career in advertising and as a trainee in the feature film “Bazar Viena” (Amalio Cuevas, 1990). Immediately he started working as a production assistant in El Deseo, the film production company of the brothers Agustín and Pedro Almodóvar, in the films directed by the latter (High Heels, Kika, Live Flesh or All About My Mother). He took part in the feature films Mutant Action (Álex de la Iglesia, 1992) and Everyone Off to Jail (Luis García Berlanga, 1993), and in the TV fiction series Villarriba y Villabajo and La banda de Pérez. At the turn of the century he made the leap into the production management with the film Intact (Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, 2001) and The Devil’s Backbone (Guillermo del Toro, 2001). Since then, he has been responsible for the production of important Spanish feature films such as Talk to Her (Pedro Almodóvar, 2002), Obaba (Montxo Armendáriz, 2005), Come Back (Pedro Almodóvar, 2006), Che, Part One and Che, Part Two (Steven Soderbergh, 2008), The Kid (Daniel Monzón, 2014), for which he won the Goya Award for Best Production, and Pal Trees in the Snow (Fernando González Molina, 2015). Furthermore, he has been responsible for the production of the second Spanish filming unit of the international film The Bourne Ultimatum (Paul Greengrass, 2007), head of production in Asterix at the Olympic Games (Frederic Forestier, 2008) and the head of the main production unit of Exodus: Gods and Kings (Ridley Scott, 2014). The last two films being shot mainly in the desert of Tabernas.


Saturday, October 13th/ 17:30 h. / Saloon / Fort Bravo Texas Hollywood