The Industry Program of the International Film Festival of Panama connects local film industry members with
international representatives to identify new and creative possibilities for the production, marketing, and distribution of films.
At the same time, a vibrant and diverse group of film industry insiders support IFF Panama’s educational and training activities in the form of workshops,
free screenings, presentations, and master-classes for industry members, students and youth.
Among the activities that will take place during IFF Panama’s fifth edition is the “Your Project in Motion: Co-production and Financing”, a panel,
organized by the Panama Film Commision (DICINE), an agency under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MICI). The panel will feature both international
and domestic industry figures: producer Gema Juarez Allen, director Delfina Vidal, directorAnnie Canavaggio and director Abner Benaim. – See more here
The Importance of Inspiration
IFF Panama understands that the youth and children of today are the future representatives of Panamanian culture and industry. Knowing how essential it is
to offer them healthy opportunities to develop critical thinking skills and grow creatively – both for the future of Panama’s film industry and maximum
success in their own lives, in its inaugural year, the International Film Festival of Panama launched an exciting program to inspire and enable children
and youth to explore cinema through educational workshops, free screenings, and supported learning in audio-visual/editorial production.
Combined with IFF Panama’s other activities, this program helps groups of young people organize to develop and refine their skills and knowledge in these
and other areas of the film industry. – See more here.
Four years later, in 2015, over 850 children participated; representing nine different non-profit foundations and five schools, like Fundación Brooklyncito
(which has been actively involved in this initiative for the past two years). IFF Panama provided no-cost film screenings for them to enjoy; arranging both
transportation and accommodations so that youth groups in regions outside Panama City – like Portobelo, Colon, and the Darien – could reach and enjoy IFF
Panama activities safely and easily.
Active. Applied. Animated
Among the program’s best-loved educational workshops is the stop-motion studio. In 2015, for the second year, children gathered for a high-energy, two-day
experience where industry insiders helped them explore the process of creating stop-motion animation.
And the short film they created together? The large audience at Panama’s Museum of Contemporary Art declared its production and public screening an
This year ought to be even better.
Last year, IFF Panama partnered with FANCINE initiative to support a group of young people in the foundation of their very own magazine: Pela’os and Pela’as Te Cuentan El Festival. The printed publication, distributed throughout IFF Panama in 2015, featured film critiques, articles, and exclusive interviews – written, designed, and produced entirely by members.
See more HERE.