About the festival

CONSTRUIR CINE: International Labour Film Festival

Construir Cine is a one of its kind festival in the region whose objectives are the discovery and promotion of films related to the world of work and the fostering of the production of audiovisual works that consider work as a force for change in people's lives and privilege the point of view of workers on the social issues that affect their lives, that of their families and the reality of communities and the planet.

In each edition, the festival celebrates the thematic diversity and audiovisual quality of Argentina and the world through open competitions, focuses, training spaces and special activities, designed to entertain and engage multiple audiences so that everyone finds their place within Construir Cine.

Through human and universal stories created to achieve change and positive impact on society, the festival also seeks to raise awareness about socio-labor issues, which are not considered in isolation from the global reality, but integrated into it through the great contextual and practical framework provided by the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda, which strive for a planet with greater social, economic and environmental justice.

Constantly evolving, the festival is strengthened in each edition and is also proposed itself as a space that promotes the development of the local and regional audiovisual industry, favoring the networking and interaction between independent talents, the different agents of the industry and the experts and organizations related to the subject .

The festival is held in Buenos Aires - Argentina, in the month of May of each year in commemoration of International Labor Day, is organized by the UOCRA Social Network through CONSTRUIR TV, the TV channel of the UOCRA Foundation for the Education of Construction Workers and is part of the Global Labor Film Festival.

Gerardo Martínez, General Secretary of the Construction Workers Union of the Republic of Argentina and President of Build Cinema, inaugurating the sixth edition of the Festival.


As to content, the works to be submitted must tell stories related to the world of work and workers. Under this thematic area, the festival is looking for stories of courage, progress, fellowship, simple or grandiloquent stories that strike a chord with viewers, or educate and report on situations that should be open to social discussion. Within the wide scope of the topic, by way of example, please find below the four main themes on which Construir TV and Construir Cine are based on.


We believe that the social dimension is the basis upon which better societies are to be built. Subjects such as solidarity, ecological awareness, sustainability, care for the planet in which we live, fundamental rights at work, gender equality, inclusion, child labor, forced labor, migrant labor, disability and labor, and social protection, among other topics, are valid themes to apply for the contest.


Life stories in which the main characters are the workers themselves, their realities and dreams through intimate stories that expose the contribution of each person in the realization of a work or project and the construction of society.


Training makes people more competent and competitive, and improves workers’ life quality. Education-based entertainment. Innovative formats that rely on education as a fundamental part of individual progress and society as a whole.


Industry is the meeting place for technological and human resources. In this area, the role of entrepreneurship, business activity, scientific and technological advances, state participation, the role of trade unions and human capital are evident. The development of the industry as a way towards the future of work.