2013 BAFICI Winners

by Benjamin Harguindey, contributing blogger

The English film Berberian Sound Studio, by Peter Strickland, was voted Best Film of the International Official Selection of the BAFICI, and Santiago Loza’s La paz won best film in the Argentine Official Selection, as was announced today, Saturday, at noon at the Centro Cultural Recoleta, together with the rest of the awards of the 15th edition of the Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival (BAFICI).

There was a surprise with an actual statue as an award. “This year we decided we wanted the BAFICI to have a physical award,” said Festival Director Marcelo Panozzo, uncovering a pearly statuette. “The BAFICI Owl. It’s a shame it’s not nighttime. It glows in the dark. If you filmmakers have kids, you can put it in their room to shine a light”.

Other winners in the International Competition include, María Villar, Agustina Muñoz, Elisa Carricajo as Romina Paula, collectively awarded Best Actress for Viola, by Matías Piñeiro; Franceso Carril, Best Actor for Los ilusos; Matt Porterfield, Best Director for his film I Used to Be Darker; Playback, by Antoíne Cattin and Pavel Kostomarov, which earned a special mention; and Leones, by Jazmín López, which received the Special Jury Prize. In the Argentine Competition, Raúl Perrone was chosen Best Director for P3ND3J05, and Alejo Moguillansky’s El loro y el cisne received a special mention. In the Short Films Official Selection, the first prize went to 9 Vacunas, by Iair Said, and the second prize went to Yo y Maru 2012, by Juan Renau.


Best Movie Berberian Sound Studio (by Peter Strickland)
Best Director Matt Porterfield (for I used to be Darker)
Best Actor Franceso Carril (for Los ilusos)
Best Actress María Villar, Agustina Muñoz, Elisa Carricajo and Romina Paula (forViola)
Special Jury Prize Leones  (by Jazmín López)
Special mention Playback (by Antoine Cattin y Pavel Kostomarov)


Best Movie La paz (by Santiago Loza)
Best Director Raúl Perrone (for P3ND3J05)
Special Mention El loro y el cisne (by Alejandro Moguillansky)


Grand Prize Arraianos (by Eloy Enciso)
Best Feature Joven y alocada (by Marialy Rivas)
Best Short Length A story for the Modlins (by Sergio Oksman)


First Prize 9 vacunas (by Iairsaid)
Second Prize Yo y Maru 2012 (by Juan Renau)
Special Mention La mujer perseguida (by Jerónimo Quevedo)
Special Mention Un sueño recurrente (by Santiago Esteves)


Argentine Association of Cinematographic Chronists (ACCA) La Paz (by Santiago Loza)
Argentine Association of Cinematographic Photography Authors (ADF) Berberian Sound Studio (for DP Nick Knowland)
Latin American Sound and Image School Federation (FEISAL) Soy mucho mejor que vos  (by  Che Sandoval)
International Federation of Cinematographic Press (FIPRESCI) Viola (by Matías Piñeiro)
Worldwide Catholic Association for Communication (SIGNIS) Su Re (by Giovanni Columbu)


People’s Award for Best Movie Rodencia y el diente de la princesa (by David Bisbano)


Best Argentine Movie Ramón Ayala (by Marcos López)
Best International Movie (vacant)


Best Movie My Afghanistan, Life in the Forbidden Zone (by Nagieb Khaja)
Special Mention Materia Oscura (by MassimoD’Anolfi and Martina Parenti)

It’s been a spectacular BAFICI,” said Ministry of Culture Hernán Lombardi. “The changes proposed to the festival, while bold, turned out very well. I always say BAFICI speaks for itself through the movie selection, and the repercussion this year has been great


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