Magazine article Screen International

TIFF Co-Founder Henk Van der Kolk Sets Up New Festival in Panama

Magazine article Screen International

TIFF Co-Founder Henk Van der Kolk Sets Up New Festival in Panama

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TIFF co-founder Henk Van der Kolk has started work on the new International Film Festival Panama (set to kick off April 11-17, 2012).

"At least half of our movies will be Latin American with the balance from everywhere else in the world," says the Dutch-born, Panama-based Canadian. "We're going with 50 films in the first year but they all have to be gems."

But he's not shooting for world premieres: "I don't need the premiers in year one. We'll bring in the stars!" he says.

Van der Kolk says he hopes to attract "culture travelers", a new breed of international festival-goers who have the capital to travel the world enjoying the seventh art, amongst others.

"We want to get to these culture travelers - people with money who trundle around the world and go to film festivals and things," he explains.

"By doing it in April, people in the Northern Hemisphere are still in that head space of winter they've just experienced; they want to lie on the beach and you can do that in Panama," he says. …

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