The Buenos Aires Running Film Festival is the first film festival in Latin America dedicated to running.
It counts with an international competitive feature and short film exhibition involving running and triathlon around the world. There are also conferences, seminars and activities directed by professionals who are involved in different aspects of running and filmmaking.

Our mission is to capture the essence of running. By sharing the stories of committed runners, be that trail, street, mountain, long distance, sprint or amateur, we aim to unravel the mystery what keeps us running.

Our reasons may be different, but our motivation is often the same: to keep on doing it. Achieving this goal may be full of glory, disaster or even humor. One film may describe how an athlete won a 100K race in memory of his late father, while another may illustrate the hardship of a woman trying to loose weight after giving birth, or the ordinary challenges we all have to deal with, such as dodging random manure, season allergies, and our inner voice that sometimes pleads “not today”.

Why do you run? How did it all start? Who were you before this? Who inspired you to start running? Who do you wish to become? Is there a special race you are preparing for? What do you think about while you train?

There is a life-changing story in every runner yearning to be told.

We hope to inspire people from all walks of life, as well as provide an opportunity for filmmakers and athletes to connect with local audiences and visitors drawn to an area that’s a tourist destination in its own right.

Best Feature Film and Best Short Film will receive an award diploma. Best Feature Film will also receive a prize from our sponsors.

1- The entry fee is per submission, depending on the category, and fees are non-refundable.

2- There is no limit on the number of submissions that can be done, but multiple submissions must be provided as individual submissions, completing one form per film.

3- Submissions in any language other than Spanish must be subtitled or dubbed. The BARunFF may provide support to translate films according to .

4- For evaluation and selection, all films must be submitted in digital format (.mov or .mp4 file), by a secure online screener, preferably protected by a password and with the download option enabled (mandatory). We also receive links via FTP, WeTransfer, Google Drive or Dropbox.

5- The screening format will be DCP (Digital Cinema Package). The BARunFF will provide support to convert the selected films to that screening format.

6- The BARunFF is open to both, Short and Feature Films. We consider Short Films those which last between 1 and 30 minutes (including credits). The films that exceed 30 minutes will be considered Feature. Maximum length allowed is 90 minutes (including credits).

7- All films, both Short and Feature, shall have “running” as the main theme, whether Street, Trail or Ultra; it can also have Triathlon and Ironman as a protagonist.
This requirement is compulsory. As for the genre and style, there are no restrictions. It can be documentary, fiction, comedy, drama, suspense, animation– that is up to the filmmakers.

8- The BARunFF Jury panel will be formed by professionals and celebrities linked to sports and film industry. They will declare a winner in both categories. The awarded Feature Film will receive a prize from our sponsors yet to be designated which may result in shipping costs to the winner. The decision of the judges is final.

9- The BARunFF reserves the right to extend the list of winners, declare a category or award vacant, modify the awards, or add an exceptional one where considered appropriate.

10- The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, in all venues (online included) and dates yet to be designated for the BARunFF screening, fixed or itinerant, throughout the 2021 season which can extend up to 6 months from the start date of the festival, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless the Buenos Aires Running Film Festival (BARunFF) from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity or screening of the videos entered.

11- The BARunFF is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt of 2 minutes from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes.

12- The BARunFF retains the power to decide on all matters not specifically dealt with in these regulations.

In case of any doubt or query, please do not hesitate to contact us to barunfilmfest@gmail.com

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  • BARunFF organizers did an excellent job promoting the festival and making it available online. They were great to work with.

    December 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Erick, thank you so much for your kind words. It was an absolute delight to work with you and have your film in our festival! I hope to have you again! Cheers, Verónica Segura.

  • WSF Productions

    Just as filmmaking is my passion, so is running. Anyone who dedicates so much energy and time to something can understand how significant the intwining of one's deep loves can be. The Buenos Aires Running Film Festival is not only a brilliant presentation of films celebrating the human spirit, it is an important elevation of films that feature how the sport of running can transcend all of the separate elements. From documentary to narrative films, every single piece is a gift from its filmmakers, a gift of their souls (and soles).

    Yet it isn't just that this film festival exists, although I feel it extremely important that it does, it is the loving care and respect the festival's producers give to each of their selections. In a year that had every festival moving online due to the pandemic, I've seen some pretty unworthy presentations. Some festivals just hoarded films as a money making vehicle and through them all online in a catalog that made me feel my film was just a book on the shelf, indistinguishable from all the others. The Buenos Aires Running Film Festival is the antithesis of that. They've accepted any and all materials I sent to them and they raised them up, adding elements, style, and their personality to them. During the screening week I would open my Instagram account to be pleasantly surprised by their posts, every single one of them. Their website is sleek and dynamic. Their catalog is pared to what I perceive as the producers' favorite films and their placement and presentation is evidence of this.

    Communication with the folks at BARUNFF has been extraordinary. I've enjoyed every single interaction. If 2020 weren't riddled with closures and sickness, our entire team would have happily trekked down to Buenos Aires. I know this to be true. I will have to contribute to the running/filmmaking community again, I suppose. Having the opportunity to visit Buenos Aires and these fine humans at this festival would add another level of satisfaction in doing so.

    BARUNFF; Thank you for the love you've shown my work. The feeling is quite mutual.

    November 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for your review and your kind words. It is precisely because of films like “Out & Back” that the BARUNFF can exist as we conceived it. It’s not easy to find films with both depth and quality, and with a production team so humane as WSF. We are honored to have you on board!

  • Barney Spender

    Many thanks to everyone at BARFF. I was sorry not to be able to make it but I understand it was very well staged and presented. I was particularly impressed with the comms from very early on, the efficiency and enthusiasm of organising sub-titles. It is a nice idea that the festival tours as well, giving people outside Buenos Aires the chance to see what is on offer. Muchos gratias people - until the next time x**

    November 2019