Iff Panama Discusses Distribution of Central American and Caribbean Films

  • Variety
Iff Panama Discusses Distribution of Central American and Caribbean Films
Panama City — One of the biggest challenges facing filmmakers from Central America and the Caribbean is how to release their films in neighboring countries.

This is a problem facing Latin American cinema as a whole, but in larger countries such as Mexico, Argentina or Portuguese-speaking Brazil, the home territory is sufficiently large to achieve significant box office revenues.

In Central America, the countries have small populations and limited domestic funding opportunities, which can be asphyxiating for local filmmakers.

Two Panamanian features are planning multi-territory releases in 2018 – Abner Benaim’s “Ruben Blades is Not my Name” and Arturo Montenegro’s “Frozen in Russia.” This year’s Primera Mirada pix-in-post sidebar also included the omnibus film “Days of Light” which involves six Central American countries, and will be released across the region.

Iff Panama’s industry events attract an increasing number of festivals, distributors and sales agents, which this year included the Tribeca Film Institute,
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