BAFICI’s Animated Spinoff Doubles in Size


The second edition of the Buenos Aires fest’s animation sidebar kicks off this week with 14 films and a workshop by "Foosball" helmer Juan Jose Campanella.

BUENOS AIRES – Little Bafici, the animation branch of the Buenos Aires Independent Film Fest, kicks off its second edition this Wednesday in two theaters at the San Martin Cultural Centre. The five-day festival, which last year went from a BAFICI program section to a separate event held during Buenos Aires’ winter break, has now doubled its size, with 14 films, 12 shorts and three open workshops, including one given by Foosball director and Oscar-winner Juan Jose Campanella.

Little Bafici’s program will feature this year’s winners of the Audience Award and the Little Bafici official competition: Alfredo Soderguit’s Anina (Uruguay-Colombia), and David Bisbano’s Rodencia y el diente de la princesa (Argentina-Peru), two expressions of a consolidating LatAm animation scene.

New entries that weren’t in the original April program include Vincent Bal’s Nono, the Zigzag Kid (The Netherlands), and Wayne Thornley’s Zambezia (South Africa). A more adult-oriented offer is made up of Japanese series Evangelion, Alejandro Lozano Adame’s raunchy El Santos vs. La Tetona Mendoza (Mexico) and Fernando Cortizo’s stop-motion horror flick O Apostolo.

"The main idea in this second edition is to really achieve a sense of what is going on with animation, and we think we have done it. From student short films to Adventure Time, from the almost complete Evangelion film saga to an Argentine panorama, the spectrum in this second edition has a huge and welcome diversity, BAFICI style," said fest programmer Juan Manuel Dominguez to THR.

BAFICI’s animated spinoff will also offer a series of open workshops. Campanella (Not All Foosball Figures Are the Same) will share details on the making of the animated characters on Foosball, his 3D follow-up to The Secret in Their Eyes that smashed box-office records for a local opening last Thursday. The program also includes a five-day exhibit of the film’s storyboards, sketches, and models, as well as a giant foosball.