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Subject: Parapalos, Monobloc (film), Plan B (2009 film), Albertina Carri, Lior Shamriz
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Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema

Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema
Location Buenos Aires, Argentina
Language International

The Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente (BAFICI, English: Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival) is an international 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.


  • History 1
  • Awards 2
    • List of winners 2.1
  • External links 3


The festival had its first edition in April 1999 and it was organized by the Secretaría de Cultura de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires. The festival used important movie theatres, some of them included Hoyts and other more traditional studios, usually non-commercial theatres.

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

The following year the event featured more films and other activities were added such as conferences and workshops. With a similar amount of spectators and guests, the festival was permanently added into the Buenos Aires list of cultural events.


The festival has an international group and national group of judges. Currently some of the award categories are Best Film, Best Script, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress and Special Mentions, and others.

The public assisting the event also vote. The film that gets the most votes receives the People's Choice Award.

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

List of winners

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: 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)

External links

  • Official Website
  • 2007 Edition by ZonaFreak (Spanish)
  • Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema at Internet Movie Database
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