Laura Emerick hails from Panama. She was the former Director of the Panama Film Commission where she lobbied on behalf of the country’s film industry professionals for international and local co-production and funding opportunities.
Laura was a founder and President of the Academy Awards’ Best Foreign Language Film Committee of Panama and she is still a member, collaborating toward its recent development as the official organisation that oversees the nomination of Panamanian films for various international film awards. She has varied experience working at international film distribution companies, film productions and film festivals and is currently working at Palace Cinemas as a National Festivals Coordinator. Her passion for Iberoamerican films attracted her to Melbourne Filmoteca and she is particularly keen to share Panamanian stories with Australia.