Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema

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Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema
Location Buenos Aires, Argentina
Founded 1999
Language International
Website http://festivales.buenosaires.gob.ar/2017/bafici/

The Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival (BAFICI, Spanish: Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente) is an international festival of independent films organized each year in the month of April, in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The festival is managed by the Ministry of Culture of the Government of Buenos Aires City. It is not officially affiliated with FIAPF, but it has become well known internationally.


The festival had its first edition in April 1999 and it was organized by the Secretaryship of Culture of the Government of Buenos Aires City. The festival is held in the most important movie theatres of Buenos Aires, but also feature free open-air screeanings in parks and squares all over the city.

In the first year the festival had 146 guests, among them Francis Ford Coppola, Todd Haynes, Paul Morrissey and others. that year the festival screened more than 150 national and international films and had approximately 120,000 spectators. Since then the festival has been growing reaching an audience of 1.100.000 spectators in the 2013 edition.

Nowadays the BAFICI feature more than 400 films, several activities were added over the years and many conferences and workshops are held every year. With a great amount of spectators and guests, the festival is permanently added into the Buenos Aires list of cultural events.


The festival has several competitive sections of which the "International Competition" and the "Argentinian Competition" are the most important ones. Inside each competitive section a jury evaluates the films and select the winners of several awards, including: Best Film, Best Script, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress and Special Mentions. In the BAFICI the audiences vote, the feature-length film with the highest ratings given by the audience receives the People's Choice Award.

Since the third festival there have been awards given to Short films, which include Best Short Subject Film and Best Director.

List of winners[edit]

Year Winners
2008 Best Film: "Intimidades de Shakespeare y Víctor Hugo"
Best Director: Lance Hammer for "Ballast"
Special Mention: "Profit Motive and the Whispering Wind"
Best Actor: Kang Sheng Lee for "Help Me Eros"
Best Actress: Liu Dan, for Night Train
Special Judge's Award: Night Train
2006 Best Film: En el hoyo, by Juan Carlos Rulfo (Mexico)
Special Judge's Award: Sehnsucht – Longing, by Valeska Grisebach (Germany)
2005 Best Film: El cielo gira, by Mercedes Álvarez (Spain)
Best Director: Ilya Khrzhanovsky, for 4 (Russia)
Best Actor: Mohammed Bakri, for Private (Italy)
Best Actress: Eva Loebau, for Der wald vor lauter Bäumen (Germany)
Special Judge's Award: L'Esquive, by Abdel Kechiche (France)
People's Choice (National): Cándido López, los campos de batalla by José Luis García (Argentina)
People's Choice (International): El cielo gira, by Mercedes Álvarez (Spain)
Special Mention: Monobloc, by Luis Ortega (Argentina)
Special Mention: Frakchi, by Cheol-Mean Wang (South Korea)
2004 Best Film: Parapalos, by Ana Poliak (Argentina)
Best Director: Royston Tan, for 15 (Singapore)
Best Actor: Pietro Sibille, for Días de Santiago (Peru)
Best Actress: Hwang Jeong-min, for Jigureul jikyeora! (South Korea)
Special Judge's Award: Las horas del día, by Jaime Rosales (Spain)
2003 Best Film: Heremakono, by Abderrahmane Sissako (Mauritania)
Best Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul, for Sud sanaeha (Thailand)
Best Actor: Alejandro Ferretis, for Japón (Mexico)
Best Actress: Séverine Caneele, for Une part du ciel (France/Belgium/Luxembourg)
Special Mention: Los rubios, by Albertina Carri (Argentina)
2002 Best Film: Tornando a casa, by Vincenzo Marra (Italy)
Best Director: Michael Gilio, for Kwik Stop (United States)
Best Actor: Lennie Burmeister, for Bungalow (Germany)
Best Actress: Ronit Elkabetz, for Hatuna Meuheret (Israel/France)
Special Judge's Award: Tan de repente, by Diego Lerman (Argentina)
Special Mention: Lavoura Arcaica, by Luiz Fernando Carvalho (Brazil)
2001 Best Film: Zhantai, by Jia Zhangke (China)
Best Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan, for Mayis sikintisi (Turkey)
Best Actor: Daniel Hendler, Jorge Temponi and Alfonso Tort for 25 watts (Uruguay)
Best Actress: Yuko Nakamura, for Hotaru (Japan)
Special Judge's Award: The Mad Songs of Fernanda Hussein, by John Gianvito (United States)
Special Mention: Takhté siah, by Samira Makhmalbaf (Iran)
2000 Best Film: Ressources humaines, by Laurent Cantet (France)
Best Director: Noémie Lvovsky, for La vie ne me fait pas peur (France)
Best Script: Sasa Gedeon, for Návrat idiota (Czech Republic)
Best Actor: Ewen Bremmer, for Julien Donkey-Boy (United States)
Best Actress: Anna Geislerová and Tatiana Vllhelmová, for Návrat idiota (Czech Republic)
Special Mention: Enrique Piñeyro, for Esperando al Mesías (Spain/Italy/Argentina)
People's Choice: Ressources humaines by Laurent Cantet (France)
1999 Best Film: After Life, by Koreeda Hirokazu (Japan)
Best Director: Pablo Trapero, for Mundo Grúa (Argentina)
Best Script: After Life, by Koreeda Hirokazu (Japan)
Best Actor: Luis Margani, for Mundo Grúa (Argentina)
Best Actress: Monic Hendrickx, for De poolse bruid (Netherlands)
People's Choice: Sib, by Samira Makhmalbaf (Iran)

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