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Dominican Global Film Festival Opens with Premiere of New Film Biodegradable
The Gold Carpet was rolled out in front of the Eduardo Brito Hall of the National Theater on Tuesday evening to greet the national and international starts visiting here to celebrate the 7th edition of the Dominican Global Film Festival (FCGD).
Film projections of this 10-day event got underway with Jean Guerra’s short film, A tiro limpio followed by the premiere of Juan Basanta’s feature film, Biodegradable, who was in attendance to present Ópera prima. Other cast members joined him on stage: Hemky Madera, Rayniel Rufino, Liz Gallardo and Liche Ariza.
This year’s special guest of honor in Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the theater set evoked London Bridge. In the name Queen Elizabeth, British Ambassador to the DR,
Steven M. Fisher was there along with members Band of the Corps of Royal Engineers who became part of the impressive opening performance. The Juan Pablo Duarte Children’s Symphony Orchestra of the National Conservatory of Music provided the sound track. Wandro Quiroz was in charge of general production of the performance.
Former Dominican President and current president of the Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo (FUNGLODE), Leonel Fernández, and Dominican Vice President Margarita Cedeño de Fernández headed the event along with Culture Minister José Antonio Rodríguez and Ellis Pérez, Director of the General Directorate of Film Cine (DGCINE).
Omar de la Cruz and Yvette Marichal, who is the Creative Director and Director of Communications presided over the handing out of the recognitions. Marco Herrera, Executive Director of FUNGLODE was also on stage at this point.
Stars on the Gold Carpet
Among the well-known invited artists that walked on the gold carpet, in addition to the Biodegradable cast included Gabriela Spanic, Carlos Bardem, Lucas Till, Mario Cimarro, Amelia Vega, Sharlene Taulé, José Guillermo Cortines, Esai Morales, Sarodj Bertin, Solly Durán, Juan Fernández, Roza Gough and Marta González.
Directors, producers and individuals connected to the Festival included such international entertainers as Carlos Cuarón, Adriana Barraza, Stacey Stanley, Sandra Condito, Tony Román, Ulysses Terrero, Alberto Navarro, Michelle Materre, Jessy Terrero and Elías Acosta.
Recipients of awards included Ricardo “Tito” Thormann how received the “Francisco Palau” award for the development of Dominican film; Pablo Ramos Rivero received an “In Memoriam”, for his commitment to children and audiovisual art; Nicole Guillemet received the “Hispaniola” award for his contribution to visual arts.
The Festival paid an In Memoriam tribute to the late Zózimo Bulbul for his tireless humanitarian support of African and Disapora film. The award was received by his wife. Esai Morales was given the “Arturo Rodríguez” prize for being a leader in Latin pride and the seventh art. Amelia Vega was given the Global award for her professional career.
Biodegradable opened the festival’s projection of 63 features and 33 shorts for this year’s official selection.
On Wednesday, the 13th at 6:30 PM, the Festival will officially open in the Gran Teatro Regional of Cibao in Santiago, with a movie under the stars viewing of Biodegradable; at the Centro Universitario Regional del Atlántico (CURA), in Puerto Plata, with Blancanieves and in the Centro Universitario Regional de Nagua (CURNA), with Greencard Warriors.
The Festival will last until November 20 in five cities around the country – Santo Domingo, Santiago, Puerto Plata, Cap Cana, Nagua with screenings, panels, workshops and master classses.
The FCGD programming was structured into eight sections: global, the first Opera Prima Iberoamericana competition, Miradas Hispanas, the II Fashion Film Festival, Touching the DR – where we find Dominicans participating in one way or another. This year’s Festival is dedicated to the films of Great Britain and Northern Ireland which is also receiving homage. The Documentary Parade is also a must see section of short films.
The Festival jury includes Juan Carlos Arciniegas, Colombian journalist and talk show host of CNN’s “Showbizz” CNN; Marivell Contreras, Dominican journalist and writer and Carlos Mario Pineda, Colombian art appreciation teacher and cultural promoter and manager. They will be responsible for selecting among eight Latina film contestants of the Opera Prima competition which is a new feature at the festival.