Panama Will Invest 1.2 Million Dollars In The 2014 Panama Film Festival
Friday, August 23 2013 @ 04:58 PM EDT
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The Minister of Trade and Industries (MICI), Ricardo Quijano, told journalists that their intention is to project Panama as a film center in order to receive actors, producers, directors and other personalities from the world cinema.
Quijano said the Film Festival is a platform that will allow developing the local industry by creating opportunities for Panamanian filmmakers to promote and distribute their productions.
The minister said they will release the “first cut” of Roberto Duran’s biographical movie during the festival in 2014, called “Hands of Stone,” in which the actors Robert De Niro and the singer Usher will participate.
In the 2014 festival they will present the new production of the Panamanian filmmaker Abner Benaim, called “Dónde estabas tú? (Where were you?),” a documentary about the Panama invasion from the United States in December 1989 to overthrow the dictator Manuel Antonio Noriega, according to official information.
Quijano said they were expecting to receive more than 23,000 attendees, which was last year’s figure.
The minister signed with the president of the International Film Festival of Panama Foundation (IFF Panama), Yasser Williams, the sponsorship agreement, in which they will also offer speeches from local and international directors and producers.
Also, the director of the Festival, Pituka de Heilbron, said she expects to maintain the same amount of movies presented this year, and consolidate the work done since 2012, when they organized the first edition.
In the II Festival a total of 68 movies were presented, and approximately 60 of them were Latin American, artists such as Gerardine Chaplin, the Spanish director Pablo Berger and the Spanish actress Maribel Verdú, participated at the festival, among others. (Telemetro)