The Buenos Aires Independent Film Festival (BAFICI) announced today that film critic Marcelo Panozzo will replace Sergio Wolf as the Artistic Director of the festival. Wolf served as the leader for the Argentine festival for five editions. Since its creation in 1999, BAFICI became one of the leading film festivals in Latin America, and played a critical role in the consolidation of the so-called New Argentinean Cinema which has launched the career of numerous filmmakers that have garnered international acclaim.
Panozzo has worked as journalist and film critic for the Sur and Clarín newspapers, he also wrote some screenplays and is currently and editor for local publishing house. He has previously worked as programmer for BAFICI. The festival recently held its 14 edition last April in which the Israeli film Policeman by Nadav Lapid took the prize for Best International Film whilst Gastón Solnicki's Papirosen was awarded the prize for Best FIlm in the Argentinean category.