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PANAFEST - A three day Film Festival celebrating Latino culture

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A three-day Film Festival and more. Celebrating Latinx Cinema, Culture and Community.

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PANAFEST by Panamanian International Film Festival in Los Angeles (PIFF/LA) features the work of Latinx filmmakers from throughout the Americas, Spain, and the Caribbean. In English and Spanish (with subtitles). PANAFEST screens shorts, documentaries, animated films, 360 VR projects, and feature films. Plus, networking, panels and parties.

Get an All-Weekend or Day-Pass. Or attend one or more film blocks!

Please arrive 10 minutes prior to showtime. Unclaimed seats may be released.

-------- PANAFEST 2019 FILM PROGRAM & SCHEDULE --------

OCTOBER 18, 2019 

12:30 PM - Film Block 1

Documentaries and Animation: Immigration, School Shootings, Gentrification

Migrante dir. by Ezequiel Dalinger and Daniel Iezzi (Argentina) 5:38 - Panamanimation

And the Brave Shall Rise dir. by Adam Schlachter (USA) 15:00

There Goes the Neighborhood dir. by Angelique Molina (USA/Panama) 27:00

1:30 PM - Industry Panel: "Colorism, Racism and Other Isms in TV and Film: A Panamanian Perspective"

Free Panel - RSVP. Learn more about our Industry Panels here.

Presented by H Code. Featuring: Carlos Carrasco, Maylin De Leon, Angela Ortiz, and Deborah Castillero

2:30 PM - Film Block 2

Documentary, narrated by Baseball Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera

Chico Heron and the Last 42 dir. by Alberto Serra (Panama) 1:10:00

4:00 PM - Film Block 3

Award-winning Feature Film

Turnover dir. by Linda Palmer (USA) 2:00:00


7:00 PM - Red Carpet

8:00 PM - Film Block 4 - By Invitation Only*

Raúl Julia: The World’s a Stage dir. by Ben DeJesus (USA)

(*Not included in Festival Pass or Weekend Pass)

10:00 PM - Reception


OCTOBER 19, 2019

12:15 PM - Industry Panel: "Demystifying the Workflow of a Line Producer and a UPM" 

Free Industry Panel - RSVP. Learn more about our Industry Panels here.

Presented by Film Gals. Let’s explore where the similarities lie and where the roles differ in the production ecosystem. 

Featuring: DMA, Gabriela Revilla Lugo, Connie Dolph, Christa Boarini, Lea Walker.

12:30 PM - Art & Performances: Pen Clique Pop-Up Poetry Gallery (Free-In Lobby / All Day)

Pen Clique Pop-Up Poetry Gallery is a conceptual pop-up art exhibit that fuses poetry with visual art. Learn more about the 2019 Art & Performances here.

1:30 PM - Film Block 5

2 Panamanian Documentaries Highlight Dreams of Better Lives

Pineapples of Hope (Piñas de esperanza) dir. by Jorge Cajar (Panama) 30:00 

Darién, Vienen o Van dir. by Andrea Victoria Calderón (Panama) 30:00

2:30 PM - Film Block 6

5 Short Films from 4 Countries

Truth in Silence (Nadie nos quita) dir. by Juan Daniel Pinzón (Panama) 5:21

Banalities dir. by Rafael de Andrade (Brazil) 10:00

The Serpent’s Skin dir. by Adrian Cruz García (Costa Rica) 25:00

Chronicles: Sol & Javi (Crónicas: Sol y Javi) dir. by Ernesto Gutierrez (Costa Rica) 11:32

Deliver dir. by Ricardo Farias (Cuba) 8:00

3:40 PM - Film Block 7

4 Panamanian Short Films

El Uniforme No Se Esconde dir. by Juan Quirós (Panama) 10:00 - BannabáFest

Arnold dir. by Mona Lisa García (Panama/USA) 20:00 - Material Extra

Juan Melgar Junín dir. by Sebastian Touma (Panama) 4:39 - Reto Micro Cine by Cine Animal

Sundae dir. by Halsam Ortega 24:33 (Panama) - Panama Horror Film Fest

4:50 PM - Film Block 8

4 Short Films About Beginnings and Endings

Frog Boy (Niño Rana) dir. by Laura Zenobi and Lucas Altmann (Argentina) 15:00

Against The Stream (Contracorriente) dir. by Carlos Asse (USA/Mexico) 12:56

A Wish dir. by Agustina Claramonte (Argentina) 18:28

Processing Station dir. by Rodrigo Espinosa (USA) 15:00

6:00 PM - Film Block 9

Three Documentaries About Identity & 2 Short Films

Blue Cape (Capa Azul) dir. by Alejandra López (Puerto Rico) 5:00

Chimpanzees (Chimpancés) dir. by Ull Galindez (Argentina) 7:00

Los Riders del Rufina  dir. by Elvira Gálvez Límaco, Dara Nicole Ríos, José Daniel Cerdas, Obed Samudio (Peru/Nicaragua/Costa Rica/Panama) 4:30 - Acampadoc

What Are You? dir. by Anayansi Prado (Panama)13:00

Alpharaoh dir. by Lidieth Arevalo (USA) 26:36

7:15 PM - Film Block 10

Feature Film directed by Emmy Award Winner Sergio Guerrero

Plus 2 Short Films by Award Winning Filmmakers

Jeremy dir. by Enrique Rico Diaz (USA) 9:10

American Dream, Music Video by Los Rakas, dir. by The Perez Brothers 5:00

Intolerance No More dir. by Sergio Guerrero (Mexico/USA) 1:20:00

9:15 PM - Live Performance: SP!T "Spitting through Movement"

Spoken Word Live Experience. Learn more about the 2019 Art & Performances here. 1:00

10:15 PM - Film Block 11

U.S. Premier: Panama’s first feature length horror film plus documentary about the bus that inspired it

The Art of Devils (El arte de los diablos) dir. by Benjamín Liao (Panama) 15:00

Diablo Rojo/PTY dir. by Sol Moreno (Panama) 1:16:00


OCTOBER 20, 2019

12:30 PM - Art & Performances: Photolab Panama Exhibit (All Day)

Pop-up photo exhibition of award-winning work by Panamanian photographers as part of a partnership with Photolab Panama. Learn more about the 2019 Art & Performances here.

12:30 PM - Film Block 12

Award-winning Panamanian Documentary. Enter the world of a 1970’s record store and music of the times

Panamá Radio dir. by Edgar Soberón (Panama) 1:00:00

1:40 PM - Film Block 13

4 Short Films: Immigration with a Twist

Hunter dir. by Shashank Varma (USA) 11:39

Wall (Muro) dir. by Alejandro Irias Leiva (Honduras)13:00

In Colors (De Colores) dir. by Stephanie Willis (USA) 15:00

The End (Fin) dir. by Sabrina Macchi (Argentina) 21:57

3:00 PM - Film Block 14 - Sunday Funday

7 Short Films with A Sense of Humor

Final Frontier dir. by Stephen Cervantes (USA/Panama) 9:36

Un Polvo dir. by Renzo Arteaga (Panama) 6:00

Bite! dir. by Danny Arroyo (USA) 17:28

Home For Mom dir. by Emiliana Ammirata (Venezuela) 7:39

Four Women Away From Home (Cuatro mujeres lejos de casa) dir. by Pablo Riesgo (Spain) 10:30

The Fur Day dir. by Camille Sloan (Panama/USA) 4:13

Honey, I’m Home dir. by Gabriela Méndez (Panama) 8:00

4:15 PM - Film Block 15

3 Shorts And A Feature. Warning: Lots of Laughter

Weddings, Inc. dir. by Kalee St. Clair (USA) 3:55

A Period Piece dir. by Sylvia Ray (USA) 5:00

Papi Papilloma dir. by Juan Escobedo (USA) 3:24

Venus de Macho dir. by Danny Hastings (USA/Panama) 1:20:00

6:00 PM - Film Block 16

Five Short Films. 100% Female Directors.

Jalisco dir. by Kayden Phoenix (USA) 3:33

To Play With Fire dir. by Gabriela Paciel (USA/Cuba/Mexico) 9:35

The Girl Next Door dir. by Donna Bonilla Wheeler (US/Peru) 19:00

Pozole dir. by Jessica Mendez Siqueiros (USA) 10:00

Control/Option/Escape dir. by Gandja Monteiro (US/Brazil) 18:00

7:15 PM - Film Block 17 (Free Entry)

3 Shorts. 3 Countries -- Who’s Crying?

Shy & Ketchup dir. by Teresa Romo (Chile)  3:40 - Panamanimation

Alejandro Busca Ayuda dir. by Rafa Leonard (Panama) 5:00 

Kid Miguel (Chico Miguel) dir. by Maximiliano Subiela (Argentina) 15:00

7:00 PM - Red Carpet

8:00 PM - Film Block 18

An Inspiring Award-Winning Documentary

Our Quinceañera dir. by Fanny Véliz (USA) 1:15

9:45 PM - Party & Awards

Thank you to our sponsors and partners: The California Arts Council, LA Times En Español, Univision, H Code, El Clasificado, Walton Isaacson, Hispanicize, Alegria Magazine, Hispanicad.com, AutoProyecto, and more.

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