The Hayah Festival is back

Hayah Festival

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The Hayah Festival is back


After a series of delays the Hayah Festival is finally here to screen short films from Wednesday 24 to Sunday, January 28 at the Cinemark Multicentro. During the five days of the festival audiences will be able to appreciate the best international short movies and find out what the Panamanian cinematographers are up to.

For this new version the festival will have special guests, workshops, exhibits and the popular Panama Film Lab where emerging talents compete to find out who can produce the best short film.

The lab is directed at Ibero-American fiction projects in their developing stages, so they can be taken up by a director or producer. This activity promotes communication and dialogue among the cinematographers who take part and opens opportunities for co-production.



Hayah Festival

A Hayah Festival scene



Among the participants there are 15 Panamanian short films and four video-clips as well as 32 international shorts that are part of the Official Selection competing in the different categories, in addition to other international mini films that are in the ‘Out of Competition’ section.

The Hayah is looking for the best works to award the following prizes: “Best Fiction Short”, “Best Documentary Short”, “Best Short Animation”, “Best Video-Clip”, “Best National Short” and the “Award for the ‘New Directors Panama’”. This year the winner will receive a statuette specially designed by the Panamanian artist, Angie Tryhane Singh.

Some of the works that are competing for the Best Fiction Short Film are “Antes de Irme” by Marta Sanguinetti (Argentina). It is a ten minute story about a couple’s failing relationship; “Apollo” by Loic Dimitch – France, 2016 (8 minutes). Apollo is a young man who dreams about having the perfect muscled body; “Big Sister” by Michal Gassner – Israel, 2016 (13 minutes). Gili despises violence against women and does everything in her power to improve the world around her, until an incident with her own brother takes her by surprise.

Representing Panama are the shorts “Broken Open” by Tomás Cortés-Rosselot (4 minutes), in which a young and independent women wants to stand up and be recognized and “El Tiro por la Culata” by Jacobo Silvera, (9 min) in which two young men go out to a party one night, see a good looking girl and pretend to drive an UBER taxi.





The festival program can be consulted by visiting Tickets are for sale in and the box office.


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