Buenos Aires Film Fest Announces Animation Spin-Off


Animated BAFICI will screen footage of Oscar winner Juan Jose Campanella's upcoming "Foosball."

BUENOS AIRES – The Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Film announced today the creation of Animated BAFICI – Winter Collection, a 3-day spin-off fest focused on animation features. The new fest will kick-off on July 26th, and close with the Argentine premiere of Seth MacFarlane’s Ted.

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“What better way to extend the reach of BAFICI that through the vast and wide world of animation, which relates directly to the Buenos Aires Film Festival’s spirit, for its plurality of film languages; its creative, bold, and innovative drive; and its taste for experimentation and aesthetic diversity?,” stated Buenos Aires Minister of Culture Hernan Lombardi.

Programmed by BAFICI staffers Juan Manuel Dominguez and Fran Gayo, the fest will screen 9 features and 7 short film programs spread in two sections, BAFICI and Little Bafici.

The first one will include more adult-oriented animation, like Goya winner Wrinkles, directed by Ignacio Ferreras, and Anca Damian’s Crulic – The Path to Beyond. The section will also feature Plymptoons! a program of Bill Plympton’s shorts, as well as Adventures in Plymptoons!, a documentary on Plympton’s work directed by Alexia Anastasio.

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Highlights in Little Bafici include a premiere of local 3D animation La Maquina que Hace Estrellas, by Esteban Echeverria, and The Secret World of Arriety, directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi and written by legendary Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki.

One of the fest’s most attractive programs will be featured in the Work in Progress section: Argentine filmmaker Juan Jose Campanella will showcase fragments of his 3D animated pic Foosball, a follow-up to Foreign Oscar winner The Secret in Their Eyes, which is scheduled for a 2013 release. The screening will also include a presentation of his work in a conference together with scriptwriters Eduardo Sacheri and Axel Kuschevatzky.

Argentina’s animation film industry is slowly rising from the ashes and becoming more professional, with local companies starting to add animation feature films to their production schedules, which up until recently was mostly dominated by TV shows and advertising content. While only 16 films were made all throughout the first decade of the 00s, now production spiked with 12 films in production since last year.  

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The country was also the home of the first animated feature in recorded history: The Apostle, a political satire directed by Quirino Cristiani and produced by Federico Valle (who worked in France with the Lumière brothers), was first screened in November 9th, 1917 in Buenos Aires.