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.

The Volunteer Application for the 2019 PIFF/LA is now OPEN! Without your support, this festival wouldn't be possible so thank you for your interest! Please, fill the following form:

Audience Award, based on polling of audience members during screenings. This year, we have included a prestigious judging panel, which includes Juan Agustin Marquez, Angela Ortiz, Juan Escobedo, and Sabrina Precario.

Latinx Filmmakers from the U.S. and across the globe are encouraged to submit their work. English and Spanish language work welcome.

PIFF/LA is an inclusive festival and interested in a range of Latinx experiences including work from Central American filmmakers, Student Films, Female and LGBTQ Filmmakers, to name a few.

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 subtitles.

Entries will not be viewed without entry fee payment.

Screeners should be labelled 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.

Overall Rating
  • Linda Palmer

    We LOVED this film festival! Highly recommend it. Great venue, great programming and fantastic team running it! Top notch. We were thrilled to be honored with two awards for screenplay and Best Comedy! Planning on submitting and attending in the future. Bravo!

    November 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much, Linda. It was a joy to share your wonderful film with out audience.

  • Donna Wheeler

    A very cool festival, championing Latina and LatinX voices and films. I loved the short films my film was programmed with, and I was inspired by the many films I got to see, as well as by the lovely filmmakers I met and connected with!

    November 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your kind words. It was an honor having you on board.

  • Rafael de Andrade

    I believe that a great festival made for cinema lovers. Congratulations!

    October 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your kind words. We hope to see you again at our next one.