In a film world where the circulation of films has become faster, the visibility of the projects –the “before” of film– becomes more important. The film about to be made or finished is now a piece of news, and increasingly so. There are festivals that even do photocalls of fragments, of promises of films that will be. Maybe the film in question can be seen in the next edition of that same festival, or maybe in another one. Or perhaps
it’s never finished. The idea of BAL is to help those films happen or, rather, for them to finish happening. It is an instance in which Bafici delves into the production, apart from its main role, which is that of the exhibitor; of putting intense spotlights on the films through the course of twelve days. Spotlights that are also good for illuminating those projects, those images that promise the film about to come; that which, with luck, we’ll probably see finished in some future edition of Bafici, or in another screen. This year, BAL carries some important news, because those who directed it since its inception, Violeta Bava and Ilse Hughan, have decided that after twelve editions it was time to close a cycle and make BAL continue its path in another direction. Violeta and Ilse contributed in turning BAL into an important date in the annual calendar of projects. In 2013, BAL went to Cannes, in a pioneering event that was later imitated by other festivals. This year finds us thanking Violeta and Ilse for their dedication and their vision and welcoming the new director of BAL, Agustina Costa Varsi, with our best wishes.
Javier Porta Fouz
Artistic Director  Bafici