Friday, February 8, 2019

The Panama-Locarno Industry Academy International is a new initiative organized by DICINE, the International Film Festival of Panama and the Locarno Festival. This pilot edition will be held within the framework of IFF Panama’s Eighth Edition.

The Panama-Locarno Industry Academy International aims at helping young industry professionals in sales, marketing, online and traditional distribution, exhibition and programming, to understand the challenges of the independent movie industry within the Central-american, Latin-american and the International scene.

Panama-Locarno Industry Academy International 2019 Selectees

The Panama-Locarno Industry Academy International 2019 will offer the opportunity to meet with international guest speakers and tutors, as well as fully enjoy the experience of IFF Panama to the following 8 participants that were selected:

Name Country Role / Company
Laura Helena Bermúdez Honduras Emerging Film Curator
Mónica Crespo Panama Distribution at Mallerich Films (Spain)
Katherine Bautista República Dominicana Director and Chief Executive at Hidden Lotus Entertainment Group (Distribution)
Estefani Peralta Panama Producer at The Afro Film Festival 2019
Ana Isabel Martins Palacios Honduras Emerging exhibitor, Professor and Producer
Martin Proaño Panama Director and Programmer at MICROCINE ANIMAL
Alejandra Vargas-Carballo Costa Rica Owner and Executive Producer at Noche Negra Producciones
Mariel Garcia Spooner Panama Executive Director and Programmer at Hayah Intl ShortFilm Fest

Locarno Industry Academy

The Industry Academy, launched for the first time at the Locarno Festival in 2014, is a program for young professionals working in the fields of international sales, marketing, distribution, exhibition and programming (festival, cine-club, museum, cinematheque). It has been created in order to help them to position themselves in the industry, and also to allow them to directly interact with regional and international industry professionals and key players. The Industry Academy acts as a shortcut for a new generation of professionals entering the independent film industry, encouraging their progress, helping them to get a better understanding of the Industry’s challenges and broaden their network of contacts. The aim of the Locarno Industry Academies International is also to build bridge across different markets in Europe, North and Latin America. 


Contact email 
Sandra Gomez & Marion Klotz

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