Mar del Plata Int'l Film Festival
The Mar del Plata International Film Festival is one of the most prestigous competitive festivals in South America. Held in Mar del Plata, Argentina, the festival averages is 150,000 spectators. Producers, exhibitors, distributors and journalists from all over the world meet there, contributing to the global promotion of the event and the films.
The first festival took place in 1954, but it was a non-competitive event. The second festival was held in 1959 and was by then recognized by the FIAPF as an international, competitive event.
The festival was not held in 1967 and 1969, because the FIAPF forced it to alternate years with the Rio de Janeiro festival. During the period of military government the festival was suspended in 1970. Frequent attempts were made to restart the festival, but for political and economic reasons, the Mar del Plata Festival was not revived until 1996.