Why IFF Panama?

IFF Panama exists for its audience: because Panamanians share an immense cultural passion for cinema, always open to exchange with all nations of the world. This passion caused and supported the launch of our first festival in 2012 and has fuelled its growth ever since. Today, IFF Panama is a recognized cultural cornerstone.

IFF Panama's relative youth contrasts with its established position in the film circuit of Latin America. The inaugural festival – almost an experiment – was attended by prestigious directors like Alex de la Iglesia and Fernando Trueba, screening over 60 films from 26 different countries and packing theaters in Panama City to the brim.

And the numbers continue to grow: even more films respond to our call; their prominent directors, actors, and producers eager to personally present their films to our passionate audience; an audience who clearly feels the call of the cinema as strongly as we do.


IFF Panama exists to show the entire world a fresh new perspective on modern, developing filmography from Central America and the Caribbean nations. We are committed to helping express the unique, genuine, and colorful flavor Central American and Caribbean cinema is bringing to the table.  Our work-in-progress section, Primera Mirada, highlights these films for industry insiders and members of the press – offering an exclusive “first look” at some of this year’s most exciting Latin American productions. Primera Mirada offers economic funds for the completion of the post-production process of the winning project.

IFF Panama’s relationship with the Marché du Film de Cannes provides the ideal international platform to share the power of new cinema with the world.


Industry Exchanges

The Industry Program of IFF Panama connects local film industry members with international representatives to promote shared experience and knowledge via conference and networking. The goal: identify creative new possibilities for production, marketing, and distribution of films. IFF Panama provides tools for attendees to make stronger impacts in these sectors.

Together, and throughout the weeklong festival celebration, this vibrant and diverse group of film industry insiders supports IFF Panama’s educational and training activities in the form of workshops, presentations, and master-classes industry members, students and youth.


More than 40% of IFF Panama’s audience enjoys festival screenings and activities absolutely free, for IFF Panama feels its duty to share this cultural experience with as many people as possible.


The International Film Festival honors the country that it represents, Panama: a channel through which passes the best of cinema from all four corners of the world.