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.
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