Welcome to the first edition of the Dominican Republic Global Film Festival. The mission of the Festival is to bring the best dramatic and documentary world cinema to the Dominican Republic, play a leading role in nurturing and enriching its film culture, and bring cinema to a broad variety of audiences.
In that sense, its mission complements that of Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo (FUNGLODE) and its sister institution in the United States, Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD), organizers of the initiative.
Through its focus, Global Issues, Personal Stories, the Festival seeks to raise awareness and deepen understanding of global issues by presenting stories about events and people that have shaped our lives. It uses film as a modern platform for the discussion of ideas about politics, social and economic issues.It provides an opportunity for people from different backgrounds and walks of life to come together, experiencean excellent film and reflect upon it.
The Dominican Republic Global Film Festival reaches out to youth and brings modern film culture to universities. In its first edition, the films are being screened in the cities of Santo Domingo, Santiago and Puerto Plata. In its future editions, it aspires to open new screening venues around the country while also reaching out to isolated areas and marginalized communities through its “cinemobile” program, currently in the process of development.
The Festival’s goals are numerous and manifold. Through its panels, roundtables, master classes and workshops, it offers networking and professional development opportunities for the Dominican filmmaking community, setting out to develop year-round training programs, within the FUNGLODE/GFDD already established Media Arts Institute.
In accordance to President Fernandez’ vision, the Festival seeks to raise awareness among filmmakers and film industry professionals of the desirability of the Dominican Republic as a location for shooting a film, and enhance the country’s visibility within the global filmmaking community.
The Festival brings you a program of films from around the world – North America, Europe, Latin America, and Africa. You, your friends, and the filmmakers who have traveled to Santo Domingo will celebrate – as a community – the centrality of film as the artistic medium of our era. Film is what draws us together and gives us a common language – visual, verbal, and emotional – with which to understand each other and the world. Film is the way we give artistic expression to emotions tender and violent, to beauty and horror, to flights of fantastical imagination, to realities familiar and exotic, to social and political issues.
The mix of emotion and experience is yours to choose. But whatever your choice, discover and enjoy!
Nicole GuillemetNatasha Despotovic
Programming and Production Consultant Director
DR Global Film Festival DR Global Film Festival