Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires
Agenda Cultural - Buenos Aires
Festivales de Buenos Aires


Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan

She studied film at the Faculty of Arts of Turin, Italy. Then she got a Master in Film and Television at the Tisch School of Arts at New York University. She worked as a programmer and curator at the Turin Film Festival, of which she was director between 2003 and 2006. Since 2007, she is a programmer and member of the Selection Committee of the Venice Film Festival. She participated as a jury in several international film festivals, and wrote several books and essays on many directors.

Graciela Borges

Born in Santos Lugares, province of Buenos Aires, she is one of the most important actresses in the history of Argentine film. From her debut in Hugo del Carril’s Una cita con la vida, she appeared in about fifty features for such directors as Leopoldo Torre Nilsson, Leonardo Favio, Luis Saslavsky and Lucrecia Martel. Throughout her career, she has received countless awards, as well as distinctions as that of Outstanding Citizen of the City of Buenos Aires.

Héctor Soto

He was born in Chile and is a film critic, lawyer and journalist. In the early ‘70s, he directed the Primer Plano magazine. He edited such publications as Mundo Diners and Enfoque and was one of the founders of Capital magazine. In 2008, he joined the newspaper La Tercera as editor of the cultural section and film columnist, and since then has also written a weekly political column. He has hosted the radio show Terapia Chilensis for the past 15 years. In 2007, he published the book Una vida crítica.

João Paulo Cuenca

He was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1978. He is the author of four novels and an anthology of chronicles. His books have been translated into eight languages. Two of them are available in Spanish: Cuerpo presente (Dakota, 2016) and El único final feliz para una historia de amor es un accidente (Lengua de Trapo, 2013). In recent years he has written and directed plays and television series. The Death of J.P. Cuenca, his first feature film, competes in this year´s Avant-Garde & Genre Section.

Philippe Lesage

He was born in Quebec, Canada, and studied at the McGill University in Montreal and Denmark’s European Film College, where he would later teach. He directed the documentaries Pourrons-nous vivre ensemble? (2006), How Can You Tell If the Little Fish Are Happy? (2009), The Heart That Beats (2010) and Laylou (2012). His first fiction features, The Demons, competes in Avant-Garde and Genre at this Bafici. He has other two fictions in production: Copenhague: A Love Story and Genesis.


Nathan Fischer

After extensive travels across Asia, internships and junior positions in Paris and Los Angeles at companies such as Anonymous Content and Wild Bunch, among others, he decided it was time to start his own business, and launched the international film distribution company Stray Dogs in a couple of weeks with a small bank loan in early 2015. During its first year, Stray Dogs films won around 30 prizes in international film festivals.

Paz Lázaro

She’s the Panorama Program Manager for the Berlin International Film Festival since 2006 and a member of the Selection Committee for Competition since 2007. She is part of the Board of the European Film Academy as an Expert and has served in juries from several film festivals. Since 2010, she has been a member of the Spanish Film Commission (ICAA) in Spain and curated other commissioned programs like the Spanish Film Club Program in NY. She has also been engaged in the production of films and plays.

Pola Oloixarac

She is the author of the novels The Wild Theories and The Dark Constellations, which have been translated into seven languages. She wrote the libretto for the opera Hercules in Mato Grosso, which opened at Teatro Colón’s CETC and in New York. She was chosen among the best narrators in Spanish by Granta magazine, and received the national scholarship in Literature from the Arts Fund, among others. She contributes with articles on culture and politics for the New York Times. She is the founder and editor of Buenos Aires Review.

Roberto Doveris

A master graduate in Art Theory from Universidad de Chile, in 2010 he established the production company Niña Niño Films, where he has directed more than thirty music videos, NGO videos, and several short films selected at international film festivals. Currently he works as the editor in chief for CinemaChile, the agency that promotes Chilean cinema in the world. Plants, his feature film debut, won two awards at the last Berlinale and is screened at this edition of Bafici.

Ross Lipman

He is an award-winning independent filmmaker, archivist, and essayist. His works have spanned experimental, narrative and documentary forms; in recent years coalescing in a unique body of personal essays that cross multiple media platforms. His films have screened across the globe and his writings have been published in numerous books and journals. He is also considered one of the world’s leading experts in the restoration of independent cinema.


Alexandra Rojo

Born in Buenos Aires in 1966, her parents went into exile in France in 1976. She has a Master’s in Film by the University of Paris and attended a documentary film workshop. She made shorts, fictions and documentaries like Raoul Ruiz, contre l’ignorance fiction!, shown at this edition of Bafici. She has taught at Le Fémis and the Strasbourg conservatory. She currently teaches screenwriting and mise-en-scène at the Film Master’s of the University of Paris 8.

Che Sandoval

He was born in Santiago de Chile in 1985. He made is film debut at 23 with You Think You’re the Prettiest, But You’re the Sluttiest, his thesis film –shown at Bafici ‘10– that would become a cult movie. In 2013, he directed Much Better Than You, with which he won the FEISAL Award at Bafici that year, as well as the Free Spirit Competition at the Warsaw Film Festival. He currently lives in Buenos Aires and is preparing Mucha ex, poco sex, a Chilean-Argentine co-production.

Roger Koza

Born in 1968, he’s a film critic and member of FIPRESCI. He publishes regularly at La Voz del Interior, Ñ, Quid and the website Con los ojos abiertos. He is also the host of a TV show,
El cinematógrafo. He works as a programmer for FICUNAM, Mexico, and for the Vitrina section of the Hamburg Festival. Since 2014, he’s the director of the Cosquín International Film Festival. He was a jury member at many international festivals, and took part in master classes with Peleshyan and Akerman, among others.


Daïchi Saïto

Originally from Japan, he co-founded Double Negative, an artist collective devoted to the exhibition and production of experimental cinema in Montreal, Canada. His films are in the permanent collections of the Austrian Film Museum and the Slovenian Cinematheque, and have won several awards including the Best of the Festival Award at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, the Jury Grand Prize at Media City Film Festival, and the Tiger Award at the International Film Festival Rotterdam.

Pablo Conde

He was born in Burzaco, province of Buenos Aires, in 1973, and grew up in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego. He is co-founder of the website Encerrados Afuera, writes for Los Inrockuptibles magazine and is vice-president of Cineclub Ushuaia. After graduating as editor from the ENERC, he worked in many television products as editor, screenwriter, producer and announcer. From 2009 to date, he has been a member of the programming committee of the Mar del Plata Film Festival.

Penny Lane

She graduated in American Culture and Media Studies at Vassar College in New York, USA. She is a filmmaker, and occasional video artist, writer, curator and professor of film, video and new media art. In addition to short films as The Abortion Diaries (2005), she directed the documentaries Our Nixon, which premiered at the 2013 Rotterdam Film Festival and Nuts!, awarded at Sundance 2016. Both are screened at this year’s Bafici. And yes, Penny Lane is her real name.


Joanna Lombardi

She wrote and directed the shorts De noche (2009; Best Short at that year’s CONACINE) and Unamujer (2011). In 2012, her first feature, In House won the Golden Zenith at the Montreal Film Festival as well as the FIPRESCI award. The film was shown at festivals in Spain, India, Brazil and Switzerland, among many other countries. In 2014, she made her second feature, Alone, which premiered at Rotterdam 2015 and will be screened in the current edition of Bafici.

Leticia Jorge Romero

Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, in 1981, she is a screenwriter, director and producer. Her first feature, So Much Water (Bafici ’15) won many international awards and was released commercially in many parts of the world. Her new project, Alelí, is currently in pre-production. She teaches filmmaking at the University of the Republic and Montevideo’s Acting Institute. She co-organizes the film exhibit “Plano Americano” since 2015.

Nicolás Prividera

He was born in Buenos Aires in 1970. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Sciences by the UBA, and graduated from the ENERC, where he currently teaches. He is also a film critic, and has directed two films: M (2007, Bafici ‘15) and Fatherland (2012, FIPRESCI Argentina mention for Best Local Film from that year). In 2015, he published the book El país del cine. Para una historia política del Nuevo Cine Argentino.


Jazmín Stuart

A graduate in filmmaking from Universidad del Cine in Buenos Aires, she’s also an actress. She directed and wrote theater plays and short films, and in 2012 she co-directed the feature-length film Desmadre. In 2014 she directed her second film, Pistas para volver a casa, starred by Erica Rivas and Juan Minujin. She is currently working as an actress, directing the series Depto for UN3TV, and writing three film scripts: El cuerpo, with Gabriel Medina; Recreo, with Hernán Guerschuny; and her next solo film La bestia.

Karl-Heinz Klopf

Born in 1956 in Linz, Austria, he studied at the University for Artistic and Industrial Design of that city and now lives in Vienna. The main concern of his artistic practice is constructed environments and the everyday life in the urban sphere. He works with various media, such as drawing, photography, installations and projects in the context of architecture and urbanism. He made a dozen films, six of which are screened at this Bafici’s Focus on his work.

Lewis Bennett

Based in Vancouver, Canada, he has shown his comedic documentaries at film festivals such as TIFF, Hot Docs, and Slamdance. Between 2012 and 2013, he made the short films Parrot Island, Trevor the Dinosaur, The Fat Diet, An Afternoon with Alexandra Morton, Shirley Sings, A Brief History of British Columbia, Asian Gangs, and Hey Vancouver, This Is You on Craigslist. In 2015, he premiered his feature-length debut, The Sandwich Nazi, at SXSW. All of his films are screened at this year’s Bafici.



(Argentine Film Reviewers Association)

Guillermo Courau

Daniel Cholakian

Javier Luzi


(Argentine Association of Cinematographers)

Rogelio Chomnalez

Diego Roblado

Diego Russo


(Image and Sound Schools Federation of Latin America)

Aldo Paparella

Dolly Pussi

Marcelo Trotta


(International Federation of Film Critic)

Federico Karstulovich (Argentina)

Carlota Moseguí (Spain)

Raúl Ortiz-Mory (Perú)


(Argentine Society of Audiovisual Editors + Argentine Association of Audiovisual Editors)

Leandro Aste

César Custodio Santos

Anabela Latanzio


(World Catholic Association for Communication)

Miguel Ángel Agüero (Paraguay)

Florencia Raggi (Argentina)

Elisa Vidal (Argentina)


Audience Award

Best Argentine Film - Audience Award sponsored by Cinecolor

Best International Film - Audience Award sponsored by Cinecolor 

Best Little BAFICI Film


Human Rights Competition

Special Mention 

Best Film


Avant-Garde & Genre 

Grand Prize - Avant-Garde & Genre

Best Feature Film - Avant-Garde & Genre

Best Short Film - Avant-Garde & Genre


Short Films Official Selection 

First Prize

Sinsistema grants a prize consisting of post-production services including the use of the color correction suite for up to 4 full days and the encoding of a DCP master for a short film of up to 30 minutes. 


Second Prize
Sinsistema grants a prize consisting of post-production services including the encoding of a DCP master for a short film of up to 30 minutes.

INCAA TV awards the short film by acquiring screening rights to showcase it on INCAA TV within Argentina, for a period of 48 months.

Third Prize

Pomeranec  awards a prize consistin of sound design and soundtrack work including the production of original music for a short film of up to 30 minutes. Including up to 30 hours of studio time.



Latin American Official Selection

Special Mention

Best Director

Alta Definición Argentina awards a prize consisting of post-production services in 2K, the creation of one (1) 2K DCP from a digital master and two copies.

Best Film

The Ministry of Culture of the Buenos Aires City Government awards a grant of 40,000 pesos.


Argentine Official Selection

Special Mention

Best Director

Alta Definición Argentina and La Burbuja Sonido jointly award a prize consisting of equipment for shooting 2K/4K for 4 weeks and audio post-production sessions. In addition, the Ministry of Culture awards a grant of 40,000 pesos.

Best Film 

Cinecolor awards a prize consisting of 3 full-day conform sessions, 5 full-day color correction sessions, 3 full-day visual effects sessions – with an editor, colorist and art director – and the digitization for DCP, the creation of a DCP with 10 keys and insertion of subtitles for the winning feature film.  


The winning film also gets a week-long commercial run at two theaters of the Village Cines cinema chain, including the Recoleta one. 

The Ministry of Culture of the Buenos Aires City Government awards a grant of 150,000 pesos.


International Official Selection

First Mention

Second Mention

Best Actress

Best Actor

Best Director

Special Jury Award

Best Film: Z Films gives 5,000 dollars to the winning film for the acquisition of the theatrical, DVD and TV rights in Argentina. The film also gets a week-long commercial run at two theaters of the Village Cines chain, including the Recoleta one, on a date to be determined.  


The 18th BAFICI is also graced with the participation of jury members from the following institutions: 


Asociación de Cronistas Cinematográficos Argentinos (Argentine Film Critics Association)







27 de April de 2016

380 mil personas vivieron [18] bafici

Durante 11 días y en 27 sedes, la ciudad se vistió de cine con una notable respuesta del público.

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24 de April de 2016

Surprises revealed

find here which are the surprise films that bafici programmed for today at village recoleta: there are tickets available for all screenings.

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24 de April de 2016

A super sunday at terraza of cc recoleta

enjoy a free three-part program at cc recoleta: shorts from the “hacelo corto” fest, wallace & gromit and michael jackson.

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