I attended the first and third AWFF, after that the event was taken over by Almeria City Council, who couldn’t organise a piss up in a brewery!
Their aim, they say, is to attract film production and tourism, yet the link posted to the English language version of the site has no info, only on the Spanish version.
The problem I found with the festival is that the recent release westerns shown in competition were almost all dreadful small budget crap - The plus side was an opportunity to meet some of the special guests, many of whom are no longer with us.
Since the council took over, the event has become a family oriented affair, with line dancing and kid’s dressing up as cowboys and Indians - it has very
little to do with the history of our favourite genre. It’s more like a rodeo or circus than a bonafide film festival.
However, if like me you’re not into kids and circus, I can strongly recommend a trip to the area just to see some of the magnificent desert locations, where you won’t see another soul, and you’ll find Morricone music automatically playing in your head as you wander through the hills and ramblas.