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BUENOS AIRES – Carlos Caridad Montero’s “Beyond the Silicone Valley” and Nathalia Orozco’s “Benghazi, Beyond the Front Line” took top honors Thursday at the third Doc Buenos Aires/Latin Side of the Doc, Latin America’s top doc co-production forum.

Nabbing the Arte France Prize and a Sunny Side of the Doc Prix Coup de Coeur, “Valley” was lauded as a funny and ironic but also deep analysis of Venezuela’s beauty industry,by Roberto Blatt, director of content and development at Spain’s Chello Multicanal.

“Benghazi” captures the expectations of Libya’s middle classes during the Arab Spring. Orozco said she closed a co-production pact in Buenos Aires with Colombia’s E-nnovva and Once TV Mexico.

Straddling Chile and Italy, Constanza Fernandez’s food doc “Levaggi” took the Cono Sur Award.

Execs from Arte France, France Televisions, Al-Jazeera Network, ARD, Sundance Institute and Link Media figured among the 68 buyers at the event.

In 2012, Latin side of the Doc will move from Argentina to mid-November’s Mexico City DocsDF Festival. “Mexico is a perfect platform to mix documentaries from the Americas,” said Latin Side of the Doc head Yves Jeanneau.

Pubcaster Once TV Mexico will sponsor both events, said Once TV general manager Rafael Lugo Sanchez.

Doc Buenos Aires will overlap two days with 2012’s Ventana Sur and morph from a meet to a four-day sister docu mart, hosting a rough-cut docu showcase and completed docu feature screenings, said DBA director Marcelo Cespedes.

DBS/LSD ran Dec. 6-8.

Event winners:

ARTE PRIZE

“Beyond the Silicone Valley,” Carlos Caridad Montero (Venezuela)

SUNNY SIDE OF THE DOC PRIX COUP DE COEUR

“Benghazi, Beyond the Front Line,” Nathalia Orozco (France, Argentina, Colombia, Mexico)

“Beyond the Silicone Valley,” Carlos Caridad Montero (Venezuela)

CONO SUR PRIZE

“Levaggi,” Constanza Fernandez (Chile)

STAGNARO LABORATORY PRIZE

“Jorge Sanjines, The Courage of a Cinema Alongside the People,” Alejandro Zarate Blades (Bolivia)

SOUND POST-PRODUCTION PRIZE

“Where Were You? (During the U.S. Invasion of Panama),” Abner Benaim (Panama)

ARGENTINA HIGH-DEFINITION PRIZE

“Puerto Alvira,” Hector Ulloque Franco, Manuel Ruiz Montealegre (Colombia)