Mar del Plata International Film Festival


Years running: 69 (since 1954)

Mar del Plata International Film Festival

International Film Festival in Mar del Plata.


Created in 1954, 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 Cinematográfico Internacional (International Cinematographic Festival). The festival continued in this way until 1959, when the Asociación de Cronistas Cinematográficos 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 Cinematográfico Internacional de la República 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. There were some attempts to reactivate it, but this did not happen until 1996 when the festival returned with new renovations.


  • International Competition (documentaries and fictional; features),
  • Latin American Feature Films Competition,
  • Argentine Feature Films Competition,
  • Argentine Short Films Competition,
  • Latin American Short Films Competition,
  • Work In Progress.


International Competition. The following awards shall be granted: Best Feature Film, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Actor and Best Screenplay. The Jury may grant a Jury’s Special Award and up to two special mentions, stating the reasons for its decision.


  • Admission to the Festival is open for national and international films, feature, medium-length and short films; fictional, documentaries and experimental films. The productions should have been finished after Decemberr 1st, 2021.
  • English subtitles are mandatory.
  • Films should be Argentine Premiere
  • If a film has been exhibited at other Festivals -outside Argentine Territory- prior to its selection for the Mar del Plata Festival, this shall not prevent it from entering our Official Competition.

Documents and Other Requisite Items

The Festival shall bear the expenses of storing and insuring the copies, as long as they are within the official limits of the Festival. The Festival shall not bear customs expenses relating to the export and import of copies in the countries of origin.

Screening Media Type: DCP

Audio language: original

Subtitles language: English

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Jury and Organizers

  • President — Mr. José Martínez Suárez
  • Artistic Director — Mr. Fernando Peña



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Dates & Deadlines
  • Deadline
    July 29, 2022
  • Event Dates
    3 — 13 November 2022
Categories & Fees

The films submitted to the International Competition should be international and national feature films, documentaries and fictional.

  • Deadline — free
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