Primera Mirada

With Primera Mirada - the work-in-progress section of the International Film Festival of Panama - IFF Panama reaffirms its commitment to strengthen the region’s cinematic industry and become a platform for the internationalization of Central American and Caribbean films.


IFF Panama announces the films selected for its works in progress SECTION

Five films from Central America and the Caribbean will participate in IFF Panama’s works in progress industry section “Primera Mirada”, to take place during the festival from April 4th -10th, 2019. “After a long selection process, we are happy to announce the five films that will participate in Primera Mirada works in progress, we believe these films reflect this special territory”, said Diana Sanchez, Artistic Director of IFF Panama. 

The films selected are:

1. Panquiaco. Countries: Panamá, Portugal. Director: Ana Elena Tejera. Genre: Hybrid.

2. Ceniza negra. Countries: Costa Rica, Argentina, Chile, Francia. Director: Sofía Quirós. Genre: Fiction

3. Malpaso. Country: República Dominicana. Director: Héctor Valdez. Genre: Fiction

4. El silencio del topo. Country: Guatemala. Directora: Anaïs Taracena. Genre: Documentary

5. Por eso vengo al río. Country: República Dominicana. Director: Fernando Blanco. Genre: Documentary

For the fifth consecutive year, the festival’s Industry Program will grant a cash prize of USD$15,000, awarded by the Inter-American Development Bank, to support the post production of the chosen film. IFF Panama will also take the winner to the largest film market, Marché Du Film at Cannes. 

“Primera Mirada is a unique fund for filmmakers from Central America and the Caribbean, whose movies showcase the region and their identity, an industry that also drives the economy forward. Thanks to the support of the Inter-American Development Bank, from Panama we can propel these movies in their final stages of production and help them find an audience, through their exposure at the Cannes film market”, said Pituka Ortega Heilbron, Executive Director of IFF Panama. 

The participants of Primera Mirada also benefit from the guidance of the jury and the senior industry professionals who attend the screenings. 

With Primera Mirada, IFF Panama asserts its support to the film industry from Central America and the Caribbean. 



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Through Primera Mirada, IFF Panama reaffirms its mission to strengthen the film industry throughout the region and to provide a platform for the development Central American and Caribbean film projects.

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