Panamanian cinema continues to grow and demonstrates that it is an important asset in the economic reactivation of the country, where year after year the National government through the National Film Directorate of the Ministry of Culture (MiCultura), more than 2 million dollars are allocated for the National Film Competition 2021.
2,145,000.00 million will be distributed in prizes, among those eligible by an international jury that qualified the categories of fiction, animation and documentary feature film production, project development and post-production support for feature films and documentaries.
For this year, the version of this contest stands out for the female presence, because most of the nine projects chosen from 81 applicants for these 2021 funds, are proposals that belong to women who are doing a visible work in audiovisual production. , which were chosen by an international jury where seven were women.
During the announcement of winners, Carlos Aguilar Navarro, Minister of Culture indicated that “the country needs economic reactivation, we have a fund in our hands. The cinema has a responsibility and the opportunity to show this country that culture and art matter. Cinema is the sum of all the arts and when we deliver a collection it affects all artistic expressions ”.
For us it is important that new filmmakers can participate in this industry that everyone who is on this path has the opportunity to express themselves and stand out. We have a capital so that 2022 is the year of Panamanian cinematography, since it will impact and generate jobs that win prizes and reflect Panamanian expressions at an international level ”, added Aguilar Navarro.
Regarding the fiction and animation feature film production category, the jury made up of Mariana Rondon (Venezuela), Ernesto Daranas Serrano (Cuba) and Paula zupnik (Argentina) awarded the awards to “Dear tropic” from Isabela Gálvez, “Espina” by Daniel Poler and “Restauraciones” by Katherine Caballero where each one takes 600 thousand dollars.
For the modality of support for the production of documentaries, the juries Rubén Mendoza and Marta Orozcor from Colombia and Mexico respectively selected the projects titled “Cuscú” from Risset Yanguez, “Rufina” de boyd light and “Nosotras las Niños” from Edgar Soberón Torchía, who are awarded $ 100,000 each.
For his part Iván Jaripio with her project “DJAJIRA (Our House),”, Marta Noemí with “Mandi” and Omar Calvo with “La Cordillera”, were considered by the jurors Diana Bustamante (Colombia) and Sabrina Faji (Argentina) so that their proposals in the section development of projects were credited with a contribution of $ 15 thousand.
While the category of support for post-production of fiction and animation feature films or documentaries in post-production stages, the jury determined that the two projects they applied do not have the merits required to be awarded the award, for which it is declared void, which It leads to the funds earmarked for this section being earmarked for the development of initiatives that promote the local cinematographic sector.
Iván Jaripio, winner in the project development section, explained that his project “DJAJIRA (Our House),” in Spanish becomes “our house”, is dedicated to the reconstruction of traditional Emberá houses, because in his community it ceased to exist, Due to the fact that in 1975 the government transferred the indigenous community to other territories, which resulted in a fragmentation in the community that gradually destroyed the indigenous culture. In this film we are going to show how the universe of the indigenous world in Emberá is the main thing through the traditional house where all our culture is born ”.
While Risset Yanguez, from the Cuscú project, states that her proposal refers to Afro-Panamanian history, a personal story of her and her grandmother, it is a recovery of historical memory, a work of years, the truth is I feel moved, this recognition has changed my mind. life, because it comes at the right time where after trying for the second time I was finally able to improve and qualify as first with my work.
Sheila González, National Director of Cinema He stated that “this contest is an opportunity for the creation of new films and for new talents to develop.
The Cinema Fund are resources destined by the state for the promotion and stimulation of the production of Panamanian cinematographic works. Through this fund, financial support is provided so that the winning projects have an initial capital for the creation of their works and it serves as a guarantee so that they can apply to other international funds and thus develop their productions ”.
The nine projects of 2021 add to the 14 feature films, 13 documentaries and 2 development projects from previous competitions that are in various stages of production. Therefore, 2022 and 2023 will be very promising for Panamanian cinema, González highlighted.