Why IFF Panama

IFF Panama exists thanks to the immense passion felt by the Panamanian public towards the cinema. It is the audience of this country, always open to exchange with all the nations of the world, which marked the birth of the festival in 2012 and which has made it grow by recognizing it and supporting it as an essential cultural nutrient.

IFF Panama's relative youth contrasts with its established position in the film circuit of Latin America. In its first edition, when it was almost an experiment,it 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.

Since then, 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.


With regards to Central America and the Caribbean, IFF Panama exists to show the world a developing filmography, with a commitment to its own color and genuine taste that promises a new and fresh global offer. That's what Primera Mirada, the industry section of the festival, aims to benefit the culmination of Central American and Caribbean films. Primera Mirada offers economic funds for the completion of the post-production process of the winning project.

The partnership between IFF Panama and Marché du Film de Cannes completes the launching platform for this new cinema in the international arena.


IFF Panama's industry program links the experiences of members of the local film industry and that of representatives of the international industry who come to the event, in spaces that feed new possibilities for film production, marketing and distribution. IFF Panama provides tools to strengthen a sector of recognized impact.

All this rich universe of women and men of cinema also support the educational and training activities of IFF Panama, in the form of workshops, lectures and master classes that extend a student and youth populatino during the week of IFF Panama celebration each year.


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.