by Tracey Chandler, contributing blogger
Last night was the closing night of the twelve year strong BAFICI (Independent Film Festival of Buenos Aires), a popular two week (roughly), independent film festival including a full program of open-air screenings, concerts, book presentations and more, all on top of the regular cinema showings across a variety of participating cinemas in the city.
The major winners are “Alamar” , by Pedro González-Rubio (Mexico) in the international competition, “Lo que más quiero”, by Delfina Castagnino was named best Argentinian film by the international critics and “Invernadero”, by Gonzalo Castro was named best Argentine film.
For all you “Fact Fiends” out there, here are the stats…..
200 thousand regular cinema tickets sold
280 thousand people attending cinema showings and extra stuff combined, like the book presentations and open-air screenings
10% increase in ticket sales and attendance in comparison to that of the 2009 BAFICI….. not bad!
for a complete list of winners and more fun stats, keep reading!
422 films exhibited
21 cinemas participating in 12 different venues
105 short films
36 medium-length films
281 feature films
48 different participating countries
1115 showings in total across the entire eleven days….. phew!!!
86 of the films were Argentine (44 features and 42 shorts)
3 of these Argentine films participated in the International Competition and 11 made up the Argentine Official Selection as world premieres……. that´s an impressive figure!
And now….. who were the winners??? Well, I´m not going to list them all in this post…. a little boring to say the least (a full list can be seen by clicking here) ……but having kept up with what´s been going on on the ground over the past two weeks, there are some names that I would personally like to highlight above the rest. They are as follows:
Link to BAFICI website: http://www.bafici.gov.ar/home10/web/index.php/en/press/news_full/v/id/63.html
International Official Selection
– Best film: “Alamar” , by Pedro González-Rubio (Mexico).
– Best Director: Corneliu Poromboiu for “Police, Adjective” (Rumania).
– Best Argentine Film Distinction / Distinción a Mejor Película Argentina: “Lo que más quiero”, by Delfina Castagnino.
Argentine Official Selection
– Best Film: “Invernadero”, by Gonzalo Castro.
– Best Photography Distinction: “Las pistas – Lanhoyij- Nmitaxanaxac”, by Sebastián Lingiardi.
Short Films Official Competition
– Best Short Film: “Sábado uno”, by Ignacio Rogers (Argentina).
– Best Short Film: “Mientras paseo en cisne”, by Lara Arellano (Argentina).
– Best Short Film: “La mia casa”, by Marcelo Scoccia (Argentina).
– Mention: “Los árboles se mueven, Sergio. Sí, Christian”, by Christian Nunclares and Sergio Subero (Argentina).
Human Rights Competition
– Best Feature Film: “Cuchillo de palo”, by Renate Costa (Spain-Paraguay).
Cinema of the Future
– Best Feature Film: “Morrer como un homem”, by João Pedro Rodriguez (France-Portugal).
– Mention: “Sewer”, by Sherad Anthony Sanchez (Philipines)
If you didn´t see any of this festival then you´ll have to wait until next year! Don´t miss out again. It really is two weeks worth of undiscovered gems.