5th Edition Dominican Republic Global Film Festival - 15 to 20 November, 2011 Versión Español
  • about the festival
    About the Festival

    In addition to being organized by non-profit organizations, the Dominican Republic Global Film Festival is distinguished for its role in promoting the DR as an excellent location to make and produce films, thus contributing to the Country's economic growth and competitiveness.


    The Dominican Global Film Festival presents a selection of the best international, dramatic and documentary films to enrich the country’s film culture and to bring the seventh art into all sectors of Dominican society. The Festival contributes to raising awareness and understanding of global issues through stories about events and people that have left a mark on our lives. It uses film as a way to promote and encourage discussion about social issues, politics and economics.


    To enrich the film culture of the Dominican Republic.

    To show a wide variety of films that are generally not available to the Dominican public.

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  • cities

    7 Locations

    14 Venues

    Santo Domingo: Funglode, Teatro Nacional, Auditorio Pedro Mir (UASD), Palacio del Cine Blue Mall, Centro Cultural Mauricio Baéz and the Centro Cultural de las Telecomunicaciones

    Santiago (CURSA and Palácio del Cine)

    Puerto Plata (CURA)

    Nagua (CURNA)

    Higüey (CURE)


    Haití (Puerto Príncipe)

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  • films

    America (2010) Puerto Rico
    Americano (2011) Francia
    Asalto al cine (2011) Mexico
    Balada triste de trompeta (2010) España
    Boleto al paraiso (2010) Cuba
    Bicicleta, cuchara, manzana (2010) España
    Binta y la gran idea (2005) España
    Cápsulas (2011) Guatemala
    Carlos (2010) Francia
    Carro publico (2008) Enfoque Africa
    Catching Hell (2011) Estados Unidos
    Chico y Rita (2010) España
    Como estrellas en la tierra (2007) India
    Cuando el tambor esta latiendo (2011) Haiti
    Detective Dee y el misterio de la llama fantasma (2010) China
    Dev-D (2009) India
    El Sotano (2011) República Dominicana
    El dedo (2011) Argentina
    El viaje silencioso (2007) Estados Unidos
    G.W.B. (2011) Estados Unidos
    Estados Unidos (2011) Estados Unidos
    Jaque Mate (2011) República Dominicana
    Jean Gentil (2010) República Dominicana
    Hombres al dente (20101) Italia
    Las llaves de la independencia (2005) España

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  • Photo Gallery

    November 20
    Closing Night with Fernando Trueba (Chico and Rita) at Teatro Nacional

    November 19
    Tower Heist Film, Screening in Cap Cana
    Panel: Actors Studio (by: Steven Bauer) at MAURICIO BAEZ

    November 18
    11 Finalists of 3rd Short Film Competition Winners

    November 17
    Tribute at National Palace

    November 16
    Opening Night with the Blue Carpet - TEATRO NACIONAL
    Welcome Cocktail - FUNGLODE
    Gathering for Special Guests - Hotel Embajador

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  • program

    Chico and Rita
    IGM Shorts Contest (WINNING)
    6:00 PM Teatro Nacional

    Gun Hill Road
    6:00 PM Centro Cultural Mauricio Baez

    All your dead ones
    5:00 PM UASD, Auditorium Manuel del Cabral

    Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame
    6:00 PM Centro Cultural de las Telecomunicaciones

    Catching Hell
    5:00 PM

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  • tributes

    The Dominican Republic Global Film Festival is proud to honor and dedicate this year´s 5th edition of the Festival to María Montez, the first Dominican actress to achieve fame in Hollywood as she became a reference for filmmaking worldwide. Next year, 2012, is the 100 year anniversary of the birth of María Montez, “the Queen of Technicolor.” For that reason, the Dominican Global Film Festival has honor to of placing her name first on this year´s list of Tributes.

    We are equally proud to welcome other national and international film and entertainment greats to this Festival. Welcome Geraldine Chaplin, Danny Glover, Vin Diesel, Agliberto Meléndez, Moctesuma Esparza and Rafael Solano.

    Festival Dedication to María Montez

    Continental Focus: Africa
    Guest of Honor: India
    Lifetime Achievement Award: Geraldine Chaplin
    "Arturo Rodríguez" Hispanic Pride in the Seventh Art Award": Moctesuma Esparza
    "Camilo Carrau" National Film Pride Award: Agliberto Meléndez
    Humanitarian Award: Danny Glover
    Musical Contributions in the Audiovisual Arts: Rafael Solano
    Support for National Cinema Award: Vin Diesel
    People’s Choice Award for the Best Picture 2010: “Jean Gentil”
    People’s Choice Honorable Mention for Best Picture 2010: “La Hija Natural”

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  • awards

    There will be two types of Prizes during the Festival:

    1. Awards for the 3rd Short Films Competitions to be awarded by a special jury.
    The prizes include the following: An iMac, The opportunity to make a short film under the auspices of the Dominican film production company, Panamericana, Scholarships to study at the Film School at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and the Film and Television School of San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba (EICTV), Free online courses for one year offered by www.video2brain.com

    2. Audience Awards (for best dramatic film and best documentary film), to be selected by ballot after each screening.

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  • panels


    Laws Relative to the Film Industry
    Dominican Film Law and its benefits
    Entertainment Industry
    “I’m in L.A. Now What?”
    Rubirosa: The Last Playboy


    Journey of a Comedian
    Journalists and Reporters in the Film Industry
    Actor Studio
    Acting workshop
    Business of Film


    Real Steel and its special effects

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  • news

    Santo Domingo, November 20, 2011
    Film Nights at the National Theater

    Santo Domingo, November 20, 2011
    “GWB” Plays to a Full House in Santo Domingo

    Santo Domingo, November 19, 2011
    Advice from Hollywood Stars to Aspiring Dominican Actors: Work Hard with Passion

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  • short films
    Short Films

    These are the 11 finalists of our 3rd Short Film Competition.
    Congratulations to everyone!

    1. Bajo la Mesa
    2. Bienvenida a Casa
    3. Cara // Escudo
    4. Casimente
    5. El Dinero
    6. !Hola Mamá! (Third Place)
    7. Iguales (Second Place)
    8. Irresponsabilidad Cívica
    9. La Mujer (First Place)
    10. Promesa de Lechón
    11. Regresión

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  • Global Media Arts Institute

The mission of the Dominican Global Film Festival complements that of the Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo (FUNGLODE).

In addition to being organized by
non-profit organizations, the Dominican Republic
Global Film Festival is distinguished for its role in
promoting the DR as an excellent location to make and
produce films, thus contributing to the Country's economic growth and competitiveness.


The Dominican Global Film Festival presents a selection of the best international, dramatic and documentary films to enrich the country’s film culture and to bring the seventh art into all sectors of Dominican society. The Festival contributes to raising awareness and understanding of global issues through stories about events and people that have left a mark on our lives. It uses film as a way to promote and encourage discussion about social issues, politics and economics.


  • To enrich the film culture of the Dominican Republic.
  • To show a wide variety of films that are generally not available to the Dominican public.
  • To show films that connect with Dominican youth and at the same time expand their appreciation of film.
  • To show films that entertain as well as improve our understanding of global issues.
  • To reach out to people from various sectors and social classes to join together in seeing and discussing the films.
  • To bring modern film culture to the schools of the Dominican Republic; to use film in the schools as a medium to understand global issues, to create proposals and solutions and to promote individual opportunities.
  • To promote the Dominican Republic within the international film industry as a desirable and viable alternative for the industry.
  • To use film to strengthen the economic development of the country.
  • To increase the visibility of the Dominican Republic in the international press.

Message From President

The Dominican Republic Global Film Festival has developed from its inauguration in 2006 having flourished and thrived on the international film circuit. Its mission remains to attract the finest of international narrative and documentary film to a discerning and heterogeneous audience, and thereby advancing cognizance of the global challenges we face.

Interest for films and filmmaking has certainly advanced in the Dominican Republic since the Festival was launched in 2006. New theaters have opened around the country, demand for training in film production, script writing, acting has spiraled among the Dominican youth, awareness is also developing in schools and civil society at large in the use of film as a tool to discuss pressing topics and issues concerning our society and as a vehicle of artistic expression.

During this year’s Festival, November 15-20, students from the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo, Santiago, Puerto Plata, Nagua, Higuey along with the general public in Cap Cana and Port-au-Prince (Haiti), will enjoy movies of exceptional quality shown in newly erected venues, with panels comprised of filmmakers who will be discussing various aspects relevant to the industry and the world of today.

It is with a genuine sense of attainment that the Festival presents an ever evolving society who has the oportunity of enjoy the best of contemporary Films and discuss important topics with passionate experts. This is a mutually inclusive aspiration held in common with that of our national education system, and also embodies within it a sense of social unity beneficial to economic growth and employment opportunities in our communities.

We are fortunate in the Dominican Republic to have a vast reservoir of creative and imaginative talent that is recognized by many in the international community of renowned professionals and academicians. Since its inception the DRGFF has accumulated an enviable list of pre-eminent contacts and formal collaborative partners both here in the region and further afield.

The DRGFF is also planning to expand even more opportunities for professionals to learn new skills through lectures and discussions with overseas experts invited here from abroad during the Dominican Republic Global Film Festival. I believe these endeavors will secure enduring long term benefits for the Dominican film and audio visual industry and will increase and attract cinematographic productions from national and international participants. Success lies with the joint effort of numerous organizations and the dedication of many individuals.

I therefore request your participation in this ground swell and that you enjoy our celebration of art and trust that you benefit from any of the opportunities this may produce for you.

Leonel Fernández
Honorary President

Message From Executive Director FUNGLODE
The Fundacion Global Democracia y Desarrollo is proud and satisfied to present the new edition of the Dominican Republic Global Film Festival to the Dominican and Latin American public. We are offering this fifth cultural festival under a new modality: we are inviting all of you who view yourselves as lovers of the seventh art to join us at this event, created by FUNGLODE with hard work and dedication for the past 6 years, and to make this initiative your own.

Each year, more and more film fans anxiously await the Festival. Months prior, this burning question is asked by people from all sectors: “What movies is the FUNGLODE Festival bringing this year?” We are now proposing that this initiative not be attributed exclusively to FUNGLODE. Our intention is that all Dominicans become active participants in the Festival. From this moment on, the Dominican Global Film Festival will not just belong to FUNGLODE; the Festival is now the property of all film buffs and all those who work for and who cast their fate with the successful development of the film industry in the Dominican Republic. This is, my friends, “our Festival.”

As owners of the Dominican Global Film Festival, we will be totally involved in it, support it with the same enthusiasm as the past five years and will yearly make every effort to improve it. We intend to make this now symbolic cultural festival, the distinguished and emblematic film and audiovisual event in the Dominican Republic.

Welcome! We hope you enjoy your Festival.
Marco Herrera
Executive Director FUNGLODE

Message From Director of the Dominican Global Film Festival
Since its first edition, six years ago, the Dominican Republic Global Film Festival has made enormous strides on a national and international level while remaining faithful to its guiding principle of providing inhabitants and visitors of the Dominican Republic with the unique experience of discovering and sharing ¨global issues¨ through ¨personal stories¨ thus learning to live in this world of expanding knowledge and globalization.

The Dominican Global Film Festival (DRGFF) is a unique experience in the world of festivals due to its multi-city character. While the capital Santo Domingo is the nerve center of the country, the Film Festival is celebrated simultaneously in other venues on Hispaniola Island. As a result, inhabitants of Santiago De los Caballeros, Puerto Plata, Nagua, Higüey, Cap Cana and our fraternal neighbors in Port au Prince, Haiti all enjoy the opportunity to grow and share through film.

One of the objectives of the Dominican Global Film Festival is to obtain resources to enable it to continue developing the work plan established by the Global Media Arts Institute (GMAI) whose vision is to be a fundamental component in the development of the Dominican film industry with a first class multi-media educational center dedicated to teaching and encouraging young film talent as well as training experienced professionals.

The fourth edition of the DRGFF in 2010 attracted more than 40,000 viewers. The Festival enjoyed the support of 58 businesses and institutions which helped us host 150 international film industry professionals from 30 countries who shared their knowledge and experience with young Dominican filmmakers. Throughout the Festival, where 52 films were shown, we were honored by the presence of such distinguished guests as Liza Minnelli, Claudia Cardinale, Benicio del Toro, Zoe Saldaña, Jimmy Jean-Louis and Victoria Abril.

Thanks to close collaboration with the Ministries of Culture, Education and Higher Education as well as Dominican universities and numerous cultural centers around the country, we were able to offer 20 thematic panels, 26 professional panels and discussion groups led by local and international experts. These gatherings serve to sensitize the audience and raise awareness and comprehension of the issues highlighted in the selected films.

Without a doubt, the success of the Festival lies in the dedication and support of the entire staff, sponsors, associations and volunteers who together make this event possible. Their support is a clear acknowledgement that the DOMINICAN GLOBAL FILM FESTIVAL is on the road to achieving its goal of fomenting and promoting the continued development of the Dominican Republic in the areas of education, culture and, ultimately, the Dominican society as a whole.

Upon reaching this fifth edition, we have consolidated, expanded and penetrated the tastes of the Dominican people thus reaffirming that this Festival is “the most important film event in the country.”

Welcome and thank you for your support,
Omar de la Cruz
Director of the Dominican Global Film Festival

  • Honorary President
    Leonel Fernández
    Advisory Committee
    Marco Herrera
    Advisory Committee
    Luis Manuel Bonetti
    Adriano Miguel Tejada
    Agliberto Meléndez
    Alfonso Rodríguez
    Antonio Espaillat
    Armando Almanzar
    Domingo Dahuajre
    Ellis Pérez
    Felipe Vicini
    Félix García
    Freddy Ginebra
    Gabriela Bonetti
    George Attal
    Isabel Turull
    Jasbinder Singh Mann
    Joan Giacinti
    José Miguel Bonetti Dubreil
    José Rafael Lantigua
    Juan Basanta
    Juan Fernández
    Juan Ramón Gómez Díaz
    Juan Vicini
    Laura Castellanos
    Leo Corporán
    Manuel Corripio
    María Elena Núñez
    Miguel Cabral
    Mustafa Abu naba'a
    Ricardo Hazoury
    Sammy Sosa
    Omar de La Cruz
    Direction Team
    Marketing, Public Relations and Print Material Director

    Yvette Marichal
    Communications Director
    Elina María Cruz
    Technical Director
    Wandro Quiroz
    Logistics, Volunteers and Events Director
    Taína Rodríguez
    Programming Director
    Nicole Guillemet
    International Relations Director
    Nicole Fernández
    Financial Director
    Ramón Cruz
    Panels Coordinators
    Sarah Romero
    Scarlett Piantini
    Jimena Conde
    Guest Services
    Yasmara Mejía
    Marketing Coordinator
    Michelle Portuondo
    Graphic Designer for Print Material
    José David Regus
    Web Designer and Web Master
    Jonathan Grullón
    Advertising Coordinator
    Elaine Hernández
    Graphic Designers
    Andrew Ramírez
    Marta Tapia
    Universities and Schools Coordinator
    Ivelisse Caraballo
    Print Material Translator
    Maureen Meehan
    Print Material Editor
    Katherine Hernández
    Print Material Writers
    Cynthia Fermín
    Luis Rafael González
    Kelvin Mejía
    Luis Rafael González
    Hospitality Coordinator
    Giselle Mangual
    Logistics Coordinator
    Anna Fonck
    Social Networks Coordinator
    Karina Izquierdo
    Haiti Operations and Local Air Transportation Coordinator
    Manuel Amézquita
    General Coordinator of Volunteers
    Boni Guerrero Canto
    Volunteers Coordinator At Nagua
    Julián Guzmán
    Volunteers Coordinator At Santiago
    Reyna Mendoza
    Volunteers Coordinator At Puerto Plata
    Billy Guzmán
    Volunteers Coordinator At Higüey
    Román Martínez
    Ground Transportation Coordinator
    Ludwig Mangual
    Web Assistants
    Reydi Moreta
    Technical Department Operations Coordinator
    Joselin Reinemann
    Network Technology and Web Casting Coordinator
    Ruddy Severino
    Print Traffic & Subtitles Coordinator
    Juan Carlos Peña
    María Elena Núñez
    Freddy Ginebra
    Laura Castellanos
    TV Host
    Arleni Lantigua
    Victor Fernández
    Manuel Amézquita
    Raymond Jáquez
    Jenny Blanco
    María Angélica Ureña
    Alex Macias
    Annie Mariel Gómez
    Nolberto Batista
    Frank Cabrera
    Nikaury Romero
    José L. Peña Montero
    Liza Blanco
    Press Coordinator
    Katherine Hernández

  • Photographers
    Erika Santelices
    Orlando Barria
    Anne Casalé
    Apolinar Moreno
    Communications Assistants
    Elaine Novas
    Security Coordinators
    M. General Héctor Medina
    C. José Manuel Puig
    C. Aquilino Enrique Jiménez
    F&B Coordinator Technical Department
    Felicita Lorenzo
    Audiovisual Department and TV Production
    Production Coordinator
    Jesús Frías
    Johanne Gómez Terrero
    Production Assitent
    Ana Rita Martínez
    Technician Coordinator
    Rafael Reyes
    Volunteers Technician Coordinators
    Ana Peguero
    Editing & Post-Production
    Jennyver Caraballo
    Carolina Abreu
    Camilo Santana
    Luis Corporán
    Graphics & Animations
    Martha Tapia
    Néstor Sánchez
    Carlos Mateo
    Line Producers
    Amelia Del Mar Hernández
    Rosanna Pérez
    Ariel Mota
    Cesar Hernández
    Lowdin González
    Román Martínez
    Rafael Correa
    Ramón Reyes
    FUNGLODE Auditorium Coordinator
    Carolina Abreu
    Script Writers
    Amelia del Mar Hernández
    Katherine Hernández
    Anthony Reyes
    Wandry Méndez
    Jorge Mendoza
    Víctor Ureña
    Bernardo Pérez
    Luis Valoy
    Watson Balmyr
    Aldo Martínez
    Kelvin Mejía
    José Esquea
    Cultural Advisor Club Mauricio Baéz
    Leo Corporán
    FUNGLODE/DRGFF representative in Haiti
    Martin Telemaque Dieudonne Fardin
    Coordinator in Haiti
    Phénil Gordon Désir
    Logistic support in Haiti
    Ruffy Castor
    Technical Support in Haiti
    Relaciones con Haití

    Manuel Amezquita
    Watson Balmyr
    Tech Film Solutions
    Technical Team
    External Technical Advisory
    National Technical Advisory

    Roberto Ruiz, Abasto & Servicios
    External Print Traffic Support
    Hill Top Productions
    Collaborations in the Provinces:
    Puerto Plata

    René Merete
    Julián Guzmán
    Enegildo Peña
    Henry Castillo
    Universities Represent:
    Santo Domingo

    Mateo Aquino Febrille
    Ramón Amparo Paulino
    Puerto Plata
    Ramón Racero Lantigua
    Jorge Guerrero de los Santos
    Genaro Rodríguez
    Collaborations in the Provinces:
    Santo Domingo

    Niní Cafaro
    Cap Cana
    Jorge Hazoury
    Rafael Fernadez de Castro Puerto Plata
    Rene Merete
    Waldo Musa
    Rafael Alvarez
    Eridania Llibre
    Junior Mateo
    Víctor Veras
    Rafael Correa
    Román Martínez Julián
    Modesto Zorilla
    Adrián Agramonte
    Agustín Navarro
    Ángel Peralta
    Arelis Albino
    Bethania Rodríguez
    Cesar Hernández
    Fausto Ortíz
    Gina Rodríguez
    Ginette Rodríguez
    José D’Laura
    Juan Gelabert
    Lucía Caraballo
    Luis Felipe Rodríguez
    Martina Tolentino
    Máximo Vega
    Rossy Muñoz
    Thelma Leonor Espinal
    Tony Saint-Hilaire
    Yaniris Espinal
    Yolanda Ramírez

  • Special Collaborators
    Alejandro Castelli
    Alexander Santana
    Ángela Gómez
    Belinda Beauchamps
    Carlos Tello
    Carolina De León
    Celeste Jiménez Peña
    Danilo Pérez
    Dilandy Ramos
    Gabriella Bonetti
    Isabella Wall
    Isandra González
    Jacobo Mateo Moquete
    Jaime Piña
    Josefina Fernández
    Kiki Meléndez
    Leo Corporán
    Lorelay Castillo
    Luz García
    Nelson Guillén
    Sombrero Tours
    Festival Friends At Higüey
    Carlos Cedeño
    Deivi Monción
    Elias Rochell
    Esteban Garrido
    Félix Pión
    Hamlet Melo
    Leonel Taveras
    Livio Mariano Cedeño
    Luis Rafael Cedeño
    Manolo Ramírez
    Máximo Aristy Caraballo
    Modesto Amado Mercedes
    Obispo Nicanor Pena
    Pedro Rojas Morillo
    Rafael Barón Duluc
    Rene Castillo Cedeño
    Román Martínez Julián
    Rubén Castillo
    Santo Amado De La Rosa
    Sumaya Duluc
    Tomas Villavicencio
    Virgilio Cedano
    Yahoska Gil De Jesús
    Festival Friends At Nagua
    Abraham Victoria
    Ángel De Jesús López
    Ángel Manuel López
    Antonia Fabián
    Antonio Peña Bello
    Ariel Santana
    Arístides Victoria
    Aurelio Guzmán
    Ayendi Polanco
    Bolívar Rodríguez
    Caonabo Reinoso
    Cristian Cambris
    Desire Rodríguez
    Diógenes Duarte
    Divina Aponte
    Edito De Los Santos
    Frank Hernández
    Greinmi Baldera
    Guarocuya Almanzar
    Inginio Monción
    Inocencio Mercedes
    Jesús Vásquez
    Johanny Guzmán
    José Gomes
    José Luís Cosme
    Juan José Paredes
    Julián Guzmán
    Leonel Tangui
    Luís Ruiz
    Moisés Suárez
    Osiris Calvo
    Pastor Tomas De Jesús
    Rafael Correa
    Ramón Enrique Amparo
    Rene Raposo Cabrera
    Ricardo Pichardo
    Taira Batista
    Uribe Aponte
    Víctor Vera
    Wagner José
    Festival Friends At Puerto Plata
    Ailciades Delancer
    Altagracia Serrata
    Arnaldo Gómez Vásquez
    Carlos Finke
    Eridania Llibre
    Félix Castillo
    General Hernández y Hernández
    Jessica Martínez
    José Luis González
    Juan Carlos Morales Capella
    Juan Pablo Placido Santana
    Monseñor Julio Cesar Cornielle Amaro
    Rebeca Ureña
    René Merete
    Román Racero Lantigua
    Waldo Musa
    Walter Musa Meyreles
    William Redondo Galán
    Yacaira Cid
    Festival Friends At Santiago
    Abel Martínez
    Adalberto De León
    Adrián Agramonte
    Apolinar Ramos
    Arelis Albino
    Benilda Herrera
    Carlos Fernández Rocha
    Carlos Manuel Estrella
    Carmen Brugal
    Cesar Hernández
    Danilo De Los Santos
    Edilecta Ho
    Elsa Brito de Domínguez
    Enegildo Peña
    Emmanuel Castillo
    Francisco Domínguez Brito
    Humberto Peralta
    José D´Laura
    Juan Lamur
    Julia Lora
    Julio Cesar Valentín
    Lina García
    Lincoln López
    Manuel Estrella
    Manuel Llibre
    Marcela Mirabal
    María Ligia Grullón
    Mícalo Bermúdez
    Milagros De Feliz
    Monseñor Ramón Benito De La Rosa Y Carpio
    Petruska Smester
    Rafael Emilio Yunén
    Ramón Paulino
    Ramón Pichardo
    Robert Espinal
    Teresa Pastoriza
    Teresita Rojas de Cantizano
    Tony Rodríguez
    Tony Saint-Hilaire
    Víctor Brens