CinemaThe Panama IFF is Back
Mirador del Pacifico is the site of the Panama International Film Festival.

The Panama IFF is Back

When the Panama International Film Festival (IFF Panamá) was launched in 2012, the Panamanian public’s passion for cinema was immediately apparent, and this festival quickly became an indispensable event on the country’s cultural calendar.

The festival has welcomed more than a thousand international guests over the course of eleven years and become a platform for programs such as the Primera Mirada and Su Mirada film production funds. This has, in turn, put Panama and the region on the global movie map.

The 12th festival will kick off on April 4 with the film The Mother of All Lies, by Moroccan director Asmae El Moudir. More than 25 films with success ful track records at international festivals will be screened before the festival ends on April 7.

IFF en Cinepolis

This year, the IFF returns to the Cinépolis Multiplaza movie theaters. Also back are the traditional free outdoor screenings for all audiences at the Mirador del Pacífico (on the Coastal Beltway): Robot Dream (6:30 p.m.) and Croma Kid (9 p.m.) on April 6, (9 p.m.) and on April 7 it will be La Sombra del Sol (The shadow of the sun) (6:30 p.m.). The United States Embassy will sponsor three special screenings: Grease, Casablanca, and Rear Window.

The most eagerly awaited festival of the year will take place April 4-7.

IFF Industry Day is scheduled for April 4 at Atrio Mall’s Learning Vila Study Center. There will be panels, talks, and master classes on topics ranging from social cinema and movie criticism to new cinema techniques. The panel discussion “The Multiplier Effect of the Audiovisual Industry” will feature guests like Pierre Emile Vandoorne, Director of Public Policy for Netflix Latin America, and Alejandra Luzardo, a leader in innovation and creativity for the IBD Group.

Poster de promoción del IFF Panamá 2024

To help promote Panama as a cultural tourism destination that brings together art, music, and cinema, IFF Panamá signed an agreement with Panama Crossroads to show the film Sisters with Transistors (2020). The film highlights the contributions of female electronic music pioneers; a panel discussion will spotlight special guests from the genre.

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