International Human Rights Film Festival



The International Film Festival of Human Rights of Panama, surnamed BannabaFest, will be held in Panama City from October 23 to 27, 2017, in order to publicize and reward audiovisual works that address and promote issues related to Human Rights. It is an event organized by the Center for Image and Sound (CIMAS) and the Specialized University of the Americas (UDELAS), as part of the Culture in Motion program.

BannabaFest follows the inspiration of Ricardo J. Alfaro, the country's sixteenth president, jurist, writer and diplomat, who participated in the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the United Nations in 1948.

In its first edition, the Festival calls for competition in the categories Fiction, Documentary and Short Student and invites filmmakers and students of the world to register their own works that defend or show violations of Human Rights. The competition of the festival will be open to all genres, formats and durations, made from 2015 to this date. However, it will admit works from previous years for out-of-competition exhibition. In addition there will be lectures related to Human Rights and how they are addressed in the cinema.

A jury of specialists will award prizes to the best films that deal with issues such as migration, indigenous peoples, Afro-descendants, environment, childhood, old age, quality of life, health, women, memory, water, gender, education, sexual identity.

The BannabaFest will have as official headquarters the Specialized University of the Americas and the auditorium of the Electoral Court of Panama.




 Winning films will receive the following awards in four categories.


1. Bannaba Award for Best Fiction, diploma and cash.

2. Bannaba Awards for Best Documentary, diploma and cash.

3. Ricardo J. Alfaro Prize for Best Short Student of fiction or documentary, diploma and cash.

4. Special Prize of the Jury, diploma and cash.


Call for entries


Download the PDF call here






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