The film industry in Panama and its surrounding countries is rapidly evolving into a world-class destination. Increasingly, works from this region are not only finding their way to the world's most prestigious festivals, but garnering top critical recognition as well. This festival, designed to cast a spotlight on the emerging film industry in Panama and Central America, will feature works by up and coming filmmakers from the area and, through its partnership with NewFilmmakersLA, a well-established and respected presenting entity in Los Angeles, seek to build professional and artistic exchanges between Latin America and the Hollywood film world.

Rules & Terms

Filmmakers from across the Central American region are encouraged to submit their work. You may submit more than one film, but each one must be submitted separately and must be accompanied by its own completed submission form and entry fee.
All non-English films must have English sub-titles.
Entries will not be viewed without entry fee payment
Screeners should be labeled with the title, running-time, contact email and phone number.
Please do NOT send stills or press kits. If your project is selected we will request additional information at that time
All fees are non-refundable
The Panama International Film Festival/LA is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that they are authorized to commit the film for screening, and understand and accept these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless The Panama International Film Festival/LA from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered. Entries will not be returned. The Competition reserves the right to refuse entries.