Santo Domingo is the capital of the Dominican Republic. It is a vibrant, constantly developing city of approximately 1,400 square kilometers and home to more than 4 million people who keep up with the city’s dynamic pace.
Santo Domingo was the first settlement established in the New World and is considered the cradle of evangelization in the Americas. This historic situation has made the city one of the main locations for the filming of movies inspired by events of the 15th century. In recent years, however, Santo Domingo has become a modern city with a developing infrastructure of tall buildings, highways, a subway system and other transportation options.
Having served as the set for films such as Godfather II, Havana and La Fiesta del Chivo (The Goat’s Party), has consolidated Santo Domingo’s relationship with the Seventh Art.
The seventh edition of the Dominican Global Film Festival will screen movies at several venues in the capital, including the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo (UASD), the main office of the Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo (FUNGLODE), the Eduardo Brito National Theater, Palacio del Cine, and the Cultural Center of the Telecommunications.
National Theater Eduardo Brito
Designed by the Architect, Teófilo Carbonell, the theater was created in 1973, as part of the collective project of the Cultural Plaza. Its large stage, the Carlos Piantini Hall, can hold 1,589 spectators. To assure acoustic quality, the walls are covered with special wood strips. Movable wooden panels facilitate quick change of stage scenery. In addition, the National Theater also has two smaller halls for 200 and 165 spectators, offices, a cafeteria, and a service area. The low and rhythmically modulated arches of the facade offer an elegant, classical image. Currently, one of the city’s metro stations is onsite.
FUNGLODE headquarters, inaugurated in November 2003, is located in a modern building, set up with the necessary equipment to offer educational, training and scientific activities; to support specialized research projects, and promote the use of information technology.
With a capacity of 180, the auditorium is equipped for simultaneous interpretation in four languages. It is also equipped with high fidelity sound and television studios capable of live transmission feeds.
Palacio del Cine
The Palacio del Cine movie theater chain was established in Santo Domingo in 1970 as an initiative of Gustavo Turull and Margarita Mayol de Turull who, in the early years of their marriage decided to start their own business. This is how the “third turn” cinemas got started in the popular areas of Santo Domingo as well as the open-air movie theaters. Some of these forms of theaters were the Coloso, Marlboro, Montecarlo and Cinzano.
In 1976, the business began to expand with the opening of the “first turn” theater: the Palace Cinema on Ave. 27 de Febrero with the new concept of two big screens, each with seating capacity for 500 viewers, thus contributing to the growth and expansion of the business. In 1986, Palacio del Cine acquired Wometco Dominicana, a company that, at the time, was the owner of the Naco, Triple, Doble and Plaza Movie Theaters.
As time passed and many changes occurred, most of the existing locales became different types of businesses and new multiplex cinemas replaced them. The theaters are more comfortable with their new stadium seating, friendly service, much larger screens and better quality sound thanks to the latest technology that provides viewers with an unforgettable experience.
In Santo Domingo, the Palace Cinema will host the Dominican Global Film Festival in the luxurious viewing halls of Blue Mall.
Mauricio Baez Cultural Center
The Mauricio Báez Cultural Center, which dates back to 1963 when a group of young people began to build it, is a sports and cultural complex with an infrastructure unique to the country. Located in the Villa Juana neighborhood, the building houses a club, a health clinic, an elementary and high school, a theater that holds 425 people and a library, among other things, all of which make this complex a social and cultural center of extreme importance in the city.
Technological Institute of the Americas (ITLA)
This higher education technical institution, specializing in technical-professional training, is providing its new installations to the Dominican Global Film Festival. Film projections, panels and workshops will be held at their main headquarters on Avenida de las Americas highway.
The Technological Institute of the Americas (ITLA) is a technical level institution dedicated to information, communication, production and the optimization of resources and processes that use an advanced educational training system to impart productive values to critical citizens and those wishing to contribute their knowledge to advance technology with the goal of improving individuals as well as society as a whole.
Centro Cultural de las Telecomunicaciones
This is the most modern cultural center in the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean. Throughout its four floors, visitors can learn the detailed history of the arrival of the first telephone to the Dominican Republic. The fascinating story of the pioneers of radio and television of our country, the first phones, the first installations and the first users are all on display in these halls.
The evolution of computers, information technology, the Internet and the latest technology are all here, on Isabel La Católica Street in Santo Domingo. This center also has a media library with more than 75,000 audio and visual documents that can be consulted for the making of an audiovisual documentary of the Dominican Republic.
The Centro Cultural de las Telecomunicaciones has a modern auditorium, with a capacity to seat 144 people. The modern equipment here includes a Dolby Digital 7.2 sound system, a film and HD projector, a 9 x 16 foot screen, two robotic cameras, a simultaneous interpreting system and a video conference system.
Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo (UASD)
The Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo (UASD) was created through the Papal Bull In Apostolatus Culmine, on October 28, 1538, decreed by Pope Paul III, making in the oldest University in the New World.
Manuel del Cabral Hall, with seating capacity for 360 spectators, will be one of the venues for the Film Festival. This hall is part of the Pedro Mir Library, which was conceived with the objective of functioning as a resource center to provide support for teaching, learning and research in service of the UASD and the country.
The Dominican Cinematheque is one of the most prestigious film venues in the Dominican Republic. This seventh art institution functions as part of the General Directorate of Film. Its main goals, in accordance with the Dominican Film Law, are to safeguard the Nation’s cinematographic heritage as well as disseminate national and international cinematic values.
The Cinematheque, according to its regulations, must promote a critical interest in the seventh art thought the country and foment research in cinematic material.
This important institution will once again be a venue for the 7th edition of the Dominican Global Film Festival.
APEC University is the oldest institution of the Pro-Education and Culture Action (APEC), founded in 1964 when entrepreneurs, businessmen, professionals and men of the Church decided to create a non-profit entity that would stimulate higher education in the Dominican Republic.
It was initially called the Institute for Superior Studies (IES) and in September 1965 it created its first Department of Business Administration and Bilingual Executive Secretarial Training.
In 1968, through Decree No. 2985, the Executive Branch gave it the legal right to award academic titles through which the Institution gained the status of University.
On August 11, 1983, the Board of Directors of APEC, through Resolution No. 3, adopts a new symbol for the Institution and the name changes to Universidad APEC (UNAPEC). Later, the Executive branch authorizes this name change in Decree No. 2710, on January 29, 1985.
Spaces at APEC University will be used for discussions, lectures and workshops being given by the Dominican Global Film Festival.