Mar del Plata Film Festival Names Cecilia Barrionuevo Its First Female Director

Cecilia Barrionuevo - Publicity - H 2018
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The former programmer is now the new artistic director of the Argentine film fest, following Peter Scarlet.

The Mar del Plata International Film Festival, the only A class festival in Latin America, has announced programmer Cecilia Barrionuevo has been appointed new artistic director, the first woman in that role in the long history of the Argentine film fest, which bowed in 1954.

“I very much appreciate this chance to assume the festival's artistic direction. I know that, in a way, this honor is not bestowed on me alone, but on a team of programmers that for many years has been working with dedication, commitment, and passion for cinema," said Barrionuevo, who is currently co-programming the series Neighboring Scenes: New Latin American Cinema at the Lincoln Center in New York.

A festival programmer since 2010, Barrionuevo has been in charge of experimental sections and retrospectives of the program, also shedding light on the local Super 8 filmmaking scene, all under the presidency of José Martínez Suárez. "I'll give my best effort to keep him proud of this festival. I also thank the INCAA [Argentine Film Institute] authorities for offering me this beautiful responsibility," said Barrionuevo.

“Cecilia knows and loves the Mar del Plata Film Festival and she is an extraordinary programmer who enjoys international recognition," said Ralph Haiek, head of the Argentine Film Institute (INCAA). "In spite of her youth, she has an experience and career few others have and she is backed by a great team work with the rest of the programmers, with whom she made Mar del Plata have an excellent program in recent years.”

Barrionuevo assumes the role following former director Peter Scarlet, who was also former head of Tribeca and Abu Dhabi and the first foreigner to run an Argentine film festival.

The 33rd edition of the Mar del Plata Film Festival is set to run Nov. 8–18.