II Dominican Republic Global Film Festival - 2008

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II Dominican Republic Global Film Festival - 2008

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Master Class on Screen-Writing

Wednesday, November 19, 2008
FUNGLODE Auditorium, Santo Domingo
Speaker: Mark Haskell Smith

Screenwriting is the art and craft of writing scripts for film, television or video games. Writing for film is potentially one of the most high-profile and best-paying careers available to a writer and, as such, is also perhaps the most sought after. While it is increasingly difficult to make a living as a Hollywood screenwriter, that does not stop tens of thousands of people from trying every year, as the capricious nature of the film industry makes it possible for a complete unknown to launch a career simply by writing a commercially-appealing screenplay and getting it into the hands of the right people.

This workshop helps you do just that from expert advice from one of the best in the industry.

Mighty Toons: Animation and Special Effects


Thursday, November 20, 2008
2:00 – 5:00 pm
FUNGLODE Auditorium, Santo Domingo
Panelist: Carlos Argüello, Estudio C and Fundación CA founder.

Films are fantasy and it uses animation and special effects to creat illusions in the minds of the audience. Traditionally these illusions were created with special lenses or diverse tricks. Technological innovations, as the optic printer, allowed the combination of separated parts or the substitution of segments in the image. The use of computer animation and computer generated images has created visual effects increasingly realistic and elaborated.

Animation and special effects graduated from the cartoons field and left behind terror films to become an important part of the film industry beyond the genre and bringing in an important chunk of the revenue. Do you dare to dream?

Film Distribution


Friday, November 21, 2008
FUNGLODE Auditorium, Santo Domingo
Speaker: Elba McAllister

Fifteen years ago, only a handful of arthouse pics lit Colombian screens. But thanks to Cineplex and other indie distribs, smaller films from Europe, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and North America have found their niche in the country. Indies captured 5.9% of the market last year, compared with a relatively paltry 3.6% in 2003. Among the local indies, the leader is Cineplex, which has been the most consistent player, putting out at least one pic a month and an average of 15 to 18 films a year. Eight years ago, Cineplex expanded its distribution efforts to the rest of Central America. Cineplex prexy Elba McAllister and spouse/ VP Juan David McAllister have been indefatigable in their efforts to bring the works of Wong Kar Wai, Claude Chabrol, Agnieszka Holland and Ken Loach to Colombia and its neighbors. In this Master Class, Elba brings her knowledge of processes and shares them with her aspiring Dominican Counterparts.

Master Class in Documentary Film making


Saturday, November 22, 2008
FUNGLODE Auditorium, Santo Domingo
Speaker: Lourdes Portillo: writer / director / producer

Have a great idea for a documentary but not sure how to start working on your doc? Feeling stuck? This workshop focuses on turning your idea into a strong documentary. We will cover the basics of documentary idea development, proposal writing, funding strategies, and budget development. Please bring your sample proposals and trailers or any work related to your documentary that you have created to date.

Intrigued by a story she heard, a filmmaker goes to a remote fishing village in Quintana Roo, Mexico to film it. The adventure that ensues is an amusing reflection on filmmaking itself, as well as the evanescent nature of searching and the real dangers of making documentaries. A provocative mix of improvisational fiction and documentary scenes, Al Mas Alla provides a new take on traditional story telling and is the basis for a documentary Master class by Lourdes Portillo






II Dominican Republic Global Film Festival - 2008