Movies and glamour at IFF Panama

IFF Ruben Blades

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Movies and glamour at IFF Panama


Cinema enthusiasts will be in their element when the International Film Festival of Panama (IFF) arrives with nearly 70 films from all over the world which have won awards in their countries of origin and internationally. The event will take place from Thursday 5 to Wednesday, April 11 at the Balboa Theater, Cinepolis Multiplaza, the Gladys Vidal Theater in the Hatillo Building, in Bella Vista and the Pacific Lookout of the Coastal Strip 2.

In addition to the movies there will be premiers, exclusive screenings, master classes, workshops and panels. The public will also have the opportunity to meet cinematographers, actors and other special guests, who will discuss their work with them.

The International Film Festival of Panama Foundation (IFF Panama Foundation) is a non-profit organization created to support the International Film Festival of Panama while promoting cultural and educational activities as an integral part of the event.


IFF Ruben Blades

Ruben Blades in the documentary, “My name is not Ruben Blades”


The Festival is supported primarily by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MICI), the Dirección General de Cine (DICINE), the Panama Tourism Authority(ATP), the Ministry of the Environment (MiAmbiente), among other generous sponsors.

The organizers have divided the films, shorts and documentaries) into different categories. They are: movies; documentaries and shorts about environmental issues; special presentations, which are historical films or are unique. The movies from this segment will be screened once and people involved in their production will share their vision with the public.

For the whole family: this is a particular segment where parents and their children, big and small can get together within the magic of the cinema, with a program that will satisfy everybody due to its variety and subject matter.





The Ibero-American Portal: this selection of films and documentaries is fun, creative and intelligent and includes the most celebrated pieces on the international scene. One of the most awaited movies is the Chilean production winner of the Oscar in 2018 for best foreign film, “Una Mujer Fantástica.”

Histories of Central America and the Caribbean: The cinematographic industry from the neighboring countries and the nearby islands is developing its own voice and the IFF has selected movies such as “Mi nombre no es Rubén Blades”, which follows the salsa singer on his tours around the world and gives access to his home. The director Abner Benaim discovers a different face of the Panamanian singer and songwriter.


Daniela Vega in “Una Mujer Fantastica”


From nominated films to winners of the biggest awards of the international cinematographic industry, these productions offer provocative and ambitious visions of contemporary cinema, which needs to be seen by the public. One of the most moving is “The Other Side of Hope”, which tells the story of Khaled who arrives at Helsinki Airport, hidden in a container full of coal, after fleeing the Syrian War and seeks asylum in Finland, but only finds disappointment and more hardship.

Movies will be also be shown for free outdoors at the Pacific Lookout (Mirador del Pacifico) on the Coastal Strip 2 during the week of the festival.

Tickets for all the screenings can be bought at from Monday, March 19. The entrance prices are: Cinepolis (Multiplaza) $6.00; Balboa Theater (premiers and closing night), $30.00; regular screenings $6.00 and Gladys Vidal Theater (El Hatillo Building), $3.50.

For more information about films and when they will be shown visit


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