Main Benefactors María y John Pfeffer

Main Benefactors

Maria and John Pfeffer

Three decades ago, the Pfeffers adopted José Ignacio as their family base in the region and, over time, this base became their home. Actively integrated into the José Ignacio community throughout the year, they've led the creation of the Benefactors group at JIIFF, one of many actions that confirm their leitmotif in life: make a difference. With immense joy, we celebrate once again the alliance with Maria and John Pfeffer.
“JIIFF is at the heart of the rich cultural life of our beloved town of José Ignacio and it is a beautiful moment to share each year with family, friends and neighbors. Do not miss it!"”

Our Benefactors program was created in December 2020 thanks to the generous participation of Maria and John Pfeffer who, from then on, have become JIIFF's Main Benefactors.
The 13th edition finds the Benefactors group multiplying its footprint by integrating more allies linked to the José Ignacio community and with the desire to help us make a bigger and better JIIFF.

Benefactors Edda & Rob Kofler


Edda and Rob Kofler

An immediate sense of belonging to José Ignacio. A love at first sight. These are the most exact words to describe the choice of the Kofler family for this place in the world, who came from Austria to lay their foundations as a family and as beacon for art, culture, design and architecture. From the opening of Posada Ayana to the inauguration of Ta Khut – James Turell's first “Skyspace” in South America -, they feel more than excited to be able to share their work with the town of José Ignacio and all its visitors. In 2023, they welcome the listening experience created by Max Pattisier for Ta Khut.

“JIIFF is where the most unexpected is projected on a screen under the stars of Jose Ignacio and the subsequent talks broaden horizons beyond what is visible.”
Benefactors Sandra & Ricardo Torres


Sandra and Ricardo Torres

JIIFF Benefactors and sponsors of the Short Film Competition through Fundación Diciembre, Sandra and Ricardo Torres have been a loyal audiece, allies and friends for years. From Argentina thoughout the year, and from José Ignacio during the summer season, they follow and promote actions that respect the values of freedom, solidarity, equality and respect for diversity.

“The opportunity to share beautiful moments with friendly neighbors and an incredible group of young people who love the festival and the cinema… all this while helping the young Uruguayan creative industry show their work and grow. Hopefully we will see the 50th festival.”
Benefactors Jessica Taylor


Jessica Taylor

Uruguayan by birth, Canadian by adoption, Jessica Taylor returns to Uruguay every summer and everywhere she visits around the world she preaches the natural beauty of José Ignacio as a treasure to be discovered. Due to her high commitment to the promotion of art and culture, she has joined JIIFF as a Benefactor since 2022.

“JIIFF is a magical part of the high season in Jose Ignacio, bringing together the many parts of Jose Ignacio I love- the vibrant love for arts, depth of conversations, the international community of supporters, and the locals which are the foundation of what makes Jose Ignacio so authentic and special. JIIFF’s laid back, chic bohemian presentation represents the core of JI culture”.


“Benefactors” is a space created for those who share our love and passion for cinema, but, above all, the purpose that drives us, year after year, to carry out JIIFF as an outstanding and fundamental cultural event in the region.

The impact of the benefactors in JIIFF transcends the week of projections and meetings, since their contribution makes possible the work of our entire work team, throughout the year.

Foto de JIIFF en Cannes

As JIIFF’s sponsors, our benefactors receive our public recognition and appreciation, as well as experience JIIFF in a different way and from a completely different place than the rest of the audience.


Main Benefactors