Santiago International Film Festival to screen over 100 movies

The nine-day event will feature appearances from famous actors like Hollywood star Willem Dafoe and Mexican actress Dulce Maria.


Chile’s capital city is gearing up for the glitz and glamor of the seventh annual Santiago International Film Festival (SANFIC), which is set to kick off later this month.

With over 100 films, 30 countries represented, and a handful of big-name actors who have confirmed their attendance, this year’s festival is expected to set a new attendance record. Organizers at the non-profit cultural foundation CorpArtes said 95,000 patrons took part last year.

“Seventy national premieres, 25 Latin American premieres and 10 world premieres will be part of this year’s SANFIC and that makes us very happy because culture plays a fundamental role in who we are,” Catalina Saieh, the director of CorpArtes, told La Cuarta.

Stars who will be hitting the event’s red carpet include Spiderman villain Willem Dafoe, Mexican actress Dulce Maria, Colombian actress Angie Cepeda, and Argentine actor Ricardo Darín, who appeared in Juan José Campanella’s Oscar-winning film, The Secret in Their Eyes.

The festival will have two competitions for full-length feature, focusing on the best international and best Chilean movies to be screened throughout the event.

There will be a “National Talent” competition for short films from Chile, as well as a segment called “Work in Progress” that will spotlight local films still in production.

Speaking at the event’s official launch, organizers said they have tried to make this year’s festival more accessible.

“We want to have movies throughout Santiago, so this year we will take the festival to seven municipalities in the Metropolitan Region and in the future, we will probably be taking it to the regions,” SANFIC Executive Director Marcelo Forni told La Cuarta.

Alongside the main action on the big screen, organizers have also arranged a series of exhibitions and lectures on the film industry, film production and culture.

SANFIC will run from August 19 to August 27.