In 1994, the Cinema Club at Universidad Austral de Chile organized the first Valdivia Film & Video Festival. This milestone began outlining and giving continuity to an initiative that today spans 30 years of uninterrupted activity.

In 1998, under the direction of Lucy Berkhoff, Valdivia Film & Video was rechristened the Valdivia International Film Festival, setting the bases for a broader, more ambitious project, aimed at supporting and disseminating a program at the forefront of world cinematography, projecting the festival as a fundamental reference point for Chilean cinema.

In November 2006, the Directive Council at Universidad Austral de Chile entrusted the execution of the festival to the Valdivia Cultural Center for Film Promotion (CPCV), which in conjunction with the Great City of Valdivia and the Regional Government, came to insure FICValdivia operations from that moment on. 

That same year, renowned Universidad Austral professor Guido Mutis took on the festival’s direction. His great contribution was instituting an authorial vision of cinema. His untimely passing, in 2008, was a hard blow for FICValdivia. In 2010, noted film producer Bruno Bettati assumed as director. His seal was linking the festival to contemporary independent cinema in a more decided manner, internationalizing it, while at the same time strengthening Valdivia as an industry platform

The festival’s current direction, led by Raúl Camargo, has been characterized by strengthening a deeper cohesion between FICValdivia and CPCV actions. Likewise, there has been added emphasis in the relationship between the festival and the regional community in Los Ríos, in the reflection around social issues, and in inclusion, which has translated into a year-round activities program centering on cinema.

FICValdivia has emerged as a meeting ground for the industry, for local and foreign authors, and for increasingly diverse audiences. Each edition of the festival is a new opportunity to gather this necessary plurality of visions, around film.

The Festival’s Official Selection is characterized by a marked authorial tinge and an explicit avant-garde vocation, which has resulted in many movies collecting their first accolades in Valdivia, and going on to receive multiple international awards, increasing, in a short time, the fame of authors and pictures that premiered in front of Chilean audiences.

However, in addition, the festival offers a broad, accessible, and attractive panorama of the audiovisual arts, capable of appealing to the sensitivity and taste of different audiences, to contribute to bringing everyone closer to the phenomenon of cinema.