IFF Panama: Festival Reveals 2018 Primera Mirada Lineup : Weekly News Roundup, April 3rd, 2018




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IFF Panama: Festival Reveals 2018 Primera Mirada Lineup

Five films compete in festival’s work-in-progress sidebar, its major industry draw.

The 4th IFF Panama’s Primera Mirada pix-in-post sidebar has selected five features – from Cuba, Costa Rica, Guatemala and Panama – and an omnibus film, “Dias de Luz” (Days of Light), produced by six Central American countries.

The number of films submitted to the Central America and Caribbean sidebar has risen by almost 50% this year – 32 films were submitted in 2015, 46 in 2016, 48 in 2017 and 67 this year.

Source: Variety

Beach and Mountains: Panama Offers the Best of Both Worlds.

Panama is a small country, about the size of South Carolina, but it packs a lot of punch—a surprising variety of climates, landscapes, and lifestyles.

Vibrant and cosmopolitan Panama City gets a lot of attention. But I prefer a more small-town vibe. And you can have that too in Panama, whether you want to be on the beach or in the more temperate mountains.

Two great examples can be found to the west of the capital: Pedasí and Boquete.

Source: International Living

Panama puts Venezuela’s president on money laundering watch.

Panama has placed Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and other top officials on a watch list for money laundering.

The National Commission Against Money Laundering published a resolution naming 55 people and 16 Venezuelan companies “considered high risk for money laundering” and financing terrorism.

Panama’s Economy and Finance Ministry explained in a statement that the resolution heightens due diligence over the people and entities on the list.

Source: Fox News

 

Think “rainy season” isn’t a great time to visit Panama? Think again!

You may have heard of the “rainy season”, “wet season”, or “green season” in the tropics, and if you’re looking at Panama as a tourism or relocation destination, we’re sure it’s on that list.

Rain is a just a part of life in the tropics, and something that keeps the air moist, the landscapes green, and the fruits ripe and plentiful. Panama’s green season (a more apt name) is a time of natural flourishing. It’s when Panama gets its color, and its soul. For many, however, this season may seem like a deterrent from visiting, or something that inhibits you from outdoor activities while on the isthmus. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Here’s why.

Source: POLS Blog

 

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