WHO IS PANAMA?

Panama Film stands for films that give expression and space to challenging questions, lingering observations and lost longings. We work with filmmakers who approach their projects with an individual style while casting an undisguised glance at the world with all its fractures and subtleties. Our productions are sometimes created in collaboration with international production companies that share our enthusiasm for cinema.

Our first (co-)production, Sebastian Brameshuber’s most recent documentary Movements of a Nearby Mountain, was awarded the Grand Prix at its world premiere at the 2019 Cinéma du Réel in Paris and was nominated for the Austrian Film Award 2020. Sandra Wollner’s feature film The Trouble with Being Born, a co-production with The Barricades and ZDF/Das kleine Fernsehspiel, will celebrate its world premiere in the Encounters competition at the 2020 Berlinale.

Panama Film was founded in 2018 by the two producers Lixi Frank and David Bohun. The creative co-founders are the directors Stefan Bohun and Sebastian Brameshuber, with whom there is a constant artistic exchange. All four are wondering how beautiful Panama is. But none of them has ever been there.

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LIXI FRANK

Lixi Frank, born in 1987, studied production at the Vienna Film Academy and completed studies in journalism and communication science as well as theater, film and media at the University of Vienna. She was junior producer at Nikolaus Geyrhalter Filmproduktion and acted as producer of Kurdwin Ayub’s documentary Paradise! Paradise! (recipient of the New Waves Non Fiction Award at the 2016 Seville Film Festival and the Young Talent Award at the 2016 Duisburg Film Week, among other prizes). In 2018, with David Bohun, Stefan Bohun and Sebastian Brameshuber, she founded Panama Film, where she hasalso co-authored some projects, such as Bernhard Braunstein’s documentary STAMS.

Lixi's Filmography before PANAMA
LIBYA FROM THE ASHES
(aka Aus der Asche – Libyens schwieriger Neuanfang)

Director: Juri Mazumdar       
TV documentary, 45 & 55 min, 2018
Co-produced with Tangram Film International, ARTE & BR
Funded by FFF Bayern
Development together with Filmakademie Wien, HFF München and ZHDK

NO HALF LIFE

Director: Sybille Bauer
Documentary, 70 min, 2018
Funded by BKA, Stadt Wien Kultur MA7, VAM

FESTIVALS/AWARDS

Participation Diagonale Graz 2018
Participation Crossing Europe Local Artist 2018
Participation This Human World 2018

PARADISE! PARADISE!

Director: Kurdwin Ayub
Documentary, 78 min, 2016
Funded by
Österreichisches Filminstitut, ORF Film/Fernsehabkommen, Stadt Wien Kultur MA7

FESTIVALS/AWARDS

Carte Blanche – Young Directors Award NRW, Duisburger Filmwoche 2016
NEW WAVES NON FICTION AWARD, Sevilla Festival de Cine Europeo 2016
Award for Best Cinematography in a Documentary, Diagonale 2016
Participation Dokumentarfilmwoche Hamburg, 2017
Participation International Programme, Dok Leipzig 2016

THE BURDEN OF MEMORY

Director: Albert Meisl
Short film, 20 min, 2015 
Filmakademie Wien

FESTIVALS/AWARDS

Nomination for Best Austrian Short Film 2017, Österreichischer Filmpreis
Young directors award, Filmfestival Kitzbühel 2016
Luggi-Waldmeister-Award for the Best Script, Filmschoolfest Munich 2016
Participation Palm Springs International Film Festival 2016
Participation Max Ophüls Preis 2016

FORGIVE AND FORGET

Director: Michael Ramsauer
Short film, 30 min, 2015
Filmakademie Wien

CLINCH

Director: Leni Lauritsch
Short film, 30 min, 2014
Filmakademie Wien
Participation Max Ophüls Preis 2015

THE ISLAND THAT WE ARE

Director: Clara Stern 
Short film, 12 min, 2012 
Filmakademie Wien

DAVID BOHUN

David Bohun, born in 1982, studied production at the Vienna Film Academy. The short films he produced received numerous awards, including the First Steps Award and the Austrian Film Award, as well as a nomination for the European Film Award. In 2009 he co-produced Sebastian Brameshuber’s first feature-length documentary Muezzin (world premiere at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival). He then worked as production manager and subsequently as producer at Mischief Films. David completed various producer workshops such as EURODOC (2011), Emerging Producers (2016) and EAVE (2019). In 2018 he founded Panama Film with Lixi Frank, Stefan Bohun and Sebastian Brameshuber.

David's Filmography before PANAMA
ARE YOU SLEEPING, BROTHER JAKOB?

Director: Stefan Bohun
Documentary, 81 min, AT, 2018
In Co-Production with Mischief Films

FESTIVALS/AWARDS (Selection)

Mumbai IFF 2018 – Best International Documentary
Kitzbühel IFF 2018 – Award for Best Directing
Nomination Österreichischer Filmpreis – Best Documentary 2019
Audience Award - Doker Filmfestival, Moscow
Citta di Bolzano Award - Trento Film Festival
Visions du Reel, Nyon 2018
DokFest München 2018

MUSIK

Director: Stefan Bohun
Fiction, 38 mins, AT, 2018

FESTIVALS/AWARDS (Selection)

Diagonale Graz 2014 – Best Short
Max Ophüls Preis Saarbrücken 2015

OUR SONG

Director: Catalina Molina
Fiction, 30 min, AT, 2012

FESTIVALS/AWARDS

Österreichischer Filmpreis – Best Short
Diagonale Graz 2012 – Best Short
Sarajevo IFF 2012 – In Competition
Over 30 intl. Festivals, 5 intl. Awards
Sales to ARTE, ORF, ServusTV

TALLERES CLANDESTINOS

Director: Catalina Molina
Fiction, 40min, AT/AR, 2010

FESTIVALS/AWARDS

Nomination for European Film Award – Best Short
Diagonale Graz 2010 – Honorable Mention
Best Short – Curtas Vila Do Conde
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival
Koohnê - Ânûû-rû âboro Festival

MUEZZIN

Director: Sebastian Brameshuber
Documentary, 80 min, AT, 2009

FESTIVALS/AWARDS

MedFilm Festival Rome 2010 - Open Eyes Award
Karlovy Vary 2009 – In Competition
Buenos Aires Int. Filmfestival 2009

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