Argentina plans int'l film festival


CANNES -- Argentina is set to have a new first-class international film festival this year, organizers of the new San Luis International Film Festival announced Wednesday.

The Nov. 16-25 event is the product of the regional San Luis government's energetic support of the arts, including a film law with tax incentives.

The festival is headed by Julio Marbiz, formerly with the Argentine Film Institute and credited for resuscitating Argentina's premier film festival, Mar de Plata, in 1996 after 26 dormant years.

The festival, which will offer various prizes, will sport five sections with a parallel market. The first section, called Movies of Author, will screen 10 films from around the world. The Latin American Movies section will screen an additional 10 films exclusively from Latin America, Spain and Portugal. The Movies for All Audiences will offer the biggest boxoffice hits worldwide, while San Luis Screen will focus on the local industry and a final section will showcase documentaries and shorts.

"San Luis has a tremendous advantage over other film festivals in the region because the San Luis government is assuming all the festival's costs," Marbiz said.

Upon his return from Cannes, Marbiz said the selection committee would start piecing together the titles in competition and the international jury members.