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Panama Film Festival Revs Up Primera Mirada

10 April 2016 6:54 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Panama City — One of the core goals of Iff Panama when it was founded in 2012 was to provide a new window and international launch-pad for films from Panama and the rest of Central America and the Caribbean.

Last year the festival bowed a Primera Mirada pix-in-post sidebar, including a cash prize to help with post-production and a screening at the Cannes Film Festival.

The initiative was immediately welcomed by the region’s filmmakers: They often have to work miracles just to get their shoots completed and desperately require post-production completion finance.

Last year’s Primera Mirada winner, “I Promise You Anarchy,” by Guatemalan director Julio Hernandez Cordon, is returning to the fest this year, after its world premiere at Locarno, followed by screenings in Toronto and San Sebastian.

“Winning Primera Mirada last year was extremely important for the film,” explained Cordon. “Not just because of the financial injection, which enabled »

- Martin Dale

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