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Plaza Cathedral (Panama 2021) to open 10th edition of Panama International Film Festival

IFF Panama celebrates 10 years of having become the broadcast platform for cinema in Central America and the Caribbean, inaugurating its selection with the Central American premiere of Abner Benaim's most recent film, Plaza Catedral, which will be screened on December 3 at the City of Knowledge Athenaeum.
Panama, November 2021.- The International Film Festival of Panama, IFF Panama, announces that for the first time in IFF Panama's history, a Panamanian film will be screened at the opening gala, “Plaza Catedral” by Abner Benaim is the film chosen and will premiere in Central America this December 3 at the opening ceremony of the tenth edition of the Festival that will take place at the City of Knowledge Athenaeum. Its protagonist, Ilse Salas, will participate in this anniversary edition as a special guest.
IFF Panama becomes each year the cinema headquarters for the region, a vibrant meeting point where opportunities are generated for the audience and the film industry. From December 3 to 5, 2021 IFF Panama commemorates 10 years of being the dissemination and integration platform for cinema in Central America and the Caribbean, this time La Manzana in the Santa Ana neighborhood, will be the spot to enjoy the screenings, training programs, talks, and face-to-face and digital activities. All this because cinema is life, today more than ever.
The executive director of the IFF Panama Foundation, Pituka Ortega-Heilbron, commented: “Having Plaza Catedral in the emblematic tenth edition of IFF Panama is exceptional and symbolic, because it speaks of the development of our industry and the strength of cinema and the the need for it to rise as a nation. It is an honor and a breath of hope in these moments that we all recognize are challenging. ”Abner Benaim, renowned Panamanian filmmaker, who is also a pioneer in the industry and has participated with us in previous editions, presenting on this occasion for the opening gala a genre of fiction that has been selected to represent Panama in the Awards of the Academy for the year 2,022 ”, he said.


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