APRIL 3 - 9, 2014

Panels and Talks


Talk with Jonathan Jakubobiwz - HANDS OF STONE

11:00 am – Cinepolis 5

Speaker: Jonathan Jakubobiwz

Country: Venezuela

Duration: 30 minutes talk + Q & A

Review: Hands of Stone is an entirely Latin American project that tells the story of the famous panamanian boxer Roberto "Mano de Piedra" Durán. The speaker will lead us through the creative process of this great production that took 13 thousand extras, revived three generations using over 140 locations and starred big names such as Robert De Niro, Edgar Ramirez and Usher. All filmed and produced in Panama.


Workshop - Production: From idea to Product

1:00 pm – Cinepolis 5

Speaker: Veronica Cura

Country: Argentina

Duration : 2 hours + Q & A

Seats : 35 - RSVP [email protected]

Overview: Film production through an artistic and organizational perspective. From idea to project development to shooting and up to the theathers . A brief overview of the various stages of the creative process , focusing on the perspective of a producer.

About Veronica: Starts working in 1992 as director and head of production. In 2001 began to produce films. She was president of the Association of Independent Producers from 2007 to 2009 and vice president of the Chamber of Film Producers between 2009 and 2011. She has been in films such as " The Headless Woman " by Lucrecia Martel (Cannes Competition) , "The Other" by Ariel Rotter ( Berlinale , 2 Silver Bears, Jury's Grand Prix ), " Las Acacias " by Pablo Giorgelli (Golden Camera, Cannes 2011 ), ' Bed in ' by Jorge Gaggero (Sundance Special Jury Prize ), "“There be Dragons " by Roland Joffe , " Torrente 3” by Santiago Segura, " Dead and be happy " by Javier Rebollo, "A Love lifetime "of Paula Hernández and " the Game inventor " of John Paul Buscarini , among others.



Workshop - The Old Town according to  Brooke Alfaro*

10:30 am - Centro Cultural Español – Casa del Soldado

Speaker: Brooke Alfaro

Country: Panamá

Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes

Seats: 35 – RSVP [email protected]

Overview: Brooke will guide us alongside the streets of the Old Town to meet his sight, as memories from the past help develop a deeper understanding of this territory that is constantly growing and changing. The third edition of IFF has as one of its main themes "the past" of both, film itself and our local stories, with the Old Town as a big part of the scenary for this intervention.

About Brooke : Architect, painter and video artist born in Panama City in 1949. Architect graduated from the University of Panama (1976) studied painting at the Arts Student League, New York (1980-83). In 1979 he held his first solo exhibition at the Art Institute of Panama. He has won several awards nationally and internationally for his paintings, participating in solo and group exhibitions in Panama, Miami, Washington, Boston, Montreal, Caracas, Lima, Bogota, Rome and Madrid. Recently in Multi Panama and in the fifties version of the Venice Biennale (2003)

*The videos will be screened at the CCE through the day on sunday the 8th.


Talk – Toronto International Film Festival

2:00 pm – Teatro Amador

Speaker: Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director

Moderator: Alexandra Schelderup

Country: Canadá

Duration: 30 minutes + 30 minutes of Q&A

Overview: TIFF is considered one of the most important festivals in the world and one of the largest in North America. In 1998 , Variety magazine wrote that " the Toronto Film Festival is second only to Cannes in terms of star presence and on economic activity." Questioned by the National Post in 1999 , Roger Ebert declares " ... Although Cannes is still the largest , Toronto is the most useful and the most active ... " Cameron Bailey will explain how this positioning has been achieved and the importance for Latin American industry to participate in this event.

About Cameron : He is currently the Artistic Director of the International Film Festival . Part of the School Advisory Council at the University of Western Arts and Humanities and the School of Cinema Institute of Haiti. Teaches lecture on programming and preservation at the University of Toronto. He is also a member of the Board of Tourism Toronto, and former co -chair of Working Group Arts and Culture CivicAction Toronto . Former board member of the Ontario Film Development Corporation and was a member of the Advisory Board of the Institute of the Royal Ontario Museum for Contemporary Culture . In 2007 , Bailey was part of the delegation that accompanied the General Governor of Canada , Michaëlle Jean on her state visit to Brazil.



Panel – Producing in Central America

10:30 am – Cinepolis 5

Speakers:  Pablo Schverdfinger and Ileana Novas, Neto Villalobos (Costa Rica), Luis Rafael González (Santo Domingo), María Lourdes Cortés (Cinergia – Costa Rica), Rafael González (La Camioneta – Guatemala)

Moderator: Pituka Ortega (IFF -Panamá)

Duración: 1 hour and 30 minutes + Q&A

Overview: At this meeting, active figures of the current Central American production, share their experiences on film production in the region. A look at different views and ways of managing an audiovisual project to make it happen.


About the Panelists:
Schverdfinger Pablo ( Argentina )
He studied film in Argentina , in Avellaneda Film School and then at the Universidad del Cine . He began working in the film medium during the filming of Highlander II and from that time he developed his career as Director of Photography . In 2010 built Dragon Films and began directing commercials and documentaries for the local market . The 2012 started with a name change. Mangrove Films is a more ambitious bid to expand its services to the local Panamanian market with prestigious directors representation and opens the door to various international markets by adding the alliance with Argentina Concrete Films .

Ileana Nova ( Argentina )
She studied Social Communication at the Universidad del Salvador in Argentina . She worked many years in production at Flehner Films and Sorin Cine, for many local productions and especially in the international department providing production services abroad. Post Production Coordinator : OTHER ( Ariel Rotter - Silver Bear at Berlin Intl Film Festival 2007 ) , HIDE ( Canadian Production of KCBascombe - 2007) , THE HEADLESS WOMAN ( Lucrecia Martel, co-produced by France, Italy, Spain by producer Desire and nominated in the Cannes Film Festival 2008 ) . Then , while working at the Acacias ( Pablo Giorgelli - winning three awards at Cannes Film Festival 2011 ) , the idea arose to establish in Panama . A previous work experience in this country in 1999, encouraged the decision to definitely move there in 2010 and finally founding Mangrove Films.

Rafael Gonzalez ( Guatemala )
His formation was developed alongside the projects The wagon TV and The Comal House in Guatemala as a producer and screenwriter. His gaze has been on the history of his country for the last 15 years, highlighting the documentary "Back to Home" in which he addresses the issue of Guatemalan refugees in Mexico. He was sound technician and producer in the documentary “The Pickup " selected at the Festival of Guadalajara 2013. Currently directs and produces the documentary " Flight of Azacuán " , in co-production with background DOCTV Latin America.

Neto Villalobos ( Costa Rica )
He graduated with a BA in Sociology from the University of Costa Rica and later graduated in film direction at the Centre d ' Estudis Cinema de Catalunya in Barcelona. His first feature film "Of Feathers " was selected at the International Film Festival in Toronto and then in the International Film Festival of San Sebastian. "Of Feathers " was also at other international festivals such as Rotterdam , Miami , Buenos Aires , Toulouse, , Vancouver , Stockholm , Havana , Prague , Geneva , Kerala , Cleveland and won Best American Film and Best Director at the Icarus Film Festival of Guatemala . Net is working on his second feature film called " Majijo "

Luis Rafael Gonzalez ( Santo Domingo )
With extensive experience in various branches of the film industry . Founding member of the International Film Festival of Santo Domingo, Deputy Director of Programming and Broadcasting (2004-2006) and CEO (2007-2011) of the Dominican Cinematheque . Representative of the Dominican Republic in the Congress of the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF ) , the International Federation of Film Clubs ( FICC ) and the First Latin American Congress of Culture dedicated to Cinema and Audiovisual. He participated in developing the law on the Promotion of Film Activity in the Dominican Republic . He won the top prize for a script at " Les Films de L' Astre " , 2011 with his " Gods without twilight ." Part of the Dominican Film Selection Committee ( CDSF ) to select the Dominican film for Oscars and other international awards . He serves as Vice President of Acquisitions and Distribution for Palmera International, which operates in the territories of the United States, Central America and the Caribbean.

María Lourdes Cortés ( Costa Rica )
Costa Rican and Central American historian , professor at the University of Costa Rica , a researcher at the Foundation of New Latin American Cinema and director at CINERGIA . She was director of the first School of Cinema and Television founded in Costa Rica (Universidad Veritas) and the Costa Rican Film Production Center . She has won the Joaquín García Monge Prize in cultural diffusion and twice the Essay Prize Achilles J. Echeverría for the books “Love and Treachery” , “Film and Literature in Latin America”( 1999 ), and “The Broken Screen. One hundred years of cinema in Central America”( 2005). For this last book, she received the honorary award " Ezequiel Martínez Estrada " by the Casa de las Americas ( Cuba ) for the best essay published in that year ( 2005). Currently preparing a research on García Márquez and film and on the textual work of Silvio Rodriguez. She has been jury in film festivals in France, Holland, Cuba and Mexico , where she has also given talks and workshops. The Government of the Republic of France awarded her with the rank of Knight of the Order with the Merit of Honor (2005) .