The Mar del Plata International Film Festival (Spanish: Festival Internacional de Cine de Mar del Plata) is an international film festival that takes place every November in the city of Mar del Plata, Argentina. It is the only competitive feature festival recognized by the FIAPF in Latin America, and the oldest in this category in the Americas.
Created in 1954 by Jesus Miller, it was not considered to be a competitive festival, it was just an exhibition of selected international movies; during this stage the event was named Festival CinematogrÃ¡fico Internacional (International Cinematographic Festival).
In the early years famous international guests such as Mary Pickford, Gina Lollobrigida, Edward G. Robinson and Errol Flynn attended the event. The festival continued in this way until 1959, when the AsociaciÃ³n de Cronistas CinematogrÃ¡ficos de la Argentina took charge of running it; during this time the festival was approved and recognized by FIAPF.
In 1964 the festival moved temporarily to Buenos Aires, and the name was changed to Festival CinematogrÃ¡fico Internacional de la RepÃºblica Argentina (International Cinematographic Festival of the Argentine Republic). In 1966 there was a military coup d'etat in Argentina; in 1968 and 1970 the Instituto de Cine took charge of the festival.
From 1967 to 1969 the festival was cancelled because there were other festivals in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. During the 1960s several well-known guests appeared, including: Paul Newman, Alberto Sordi, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Vittorio Gassman, ToshirÅ Mifune, FranÃ§ois Truffaut, Karel Reisz, Catherine Deneuve, Juan Antonio Bardem, Anthony Perkins, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Maria Callas, Cantinflas, Andrzej Wajda, Jacques Tati, Lee Strasberg, George Hamilton.
After 1970 the festival was cancelled. There were some attempts to reactivate it, but this did not happen until 1996 when the festival returned with new renovations. Since then there were several changes. In the first years the event was not held in March; from 2001 to 2007 it returned to that month. Since 2008 the Festival has been held in November. During this stage the festival was granted a 'Category A,' the highest class assigned by FIAPF.
Originally the awards were called OmbÃº after the typical pampas tree, but in 2004 the name was changed to Ãstor for Ãstor Piazzolla. The twenty-second Mar del Plata Film Festival, held from 8 to 18 March 2007, introduced a new competition specifically for Latin American film-makers. The competition awards the Ernesto Che Guevara Award to the best Latin American film.
Currently, awards are given to: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Script, Best Latin American Film and the Judge's Special Award.
Golden Astor Winners
- = Denotes First Win
List of winners
- Official website
- Mar del Plata Website with news, activities and information