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

García-Montero will not likely forget the good news she received while here in the DR where she is participating in the DRGFF 2011.

Santo Domingo, November 18, 2011

“Las malas intenciones” - Interview with the director, Rosario García-Montero

“Las malas intenciones” (Bad Intentions) by Peruvian director, Rosario García-Montero, showed on Friday at the Telecommunications Cultural Center as part of the Dominican Global Film Festival (DRGFF).

Director García-Montero will not likely forget the good news she received while here in the DR where she is participating in the DRGFF 2011.

To begin with, last Sunday she received the news that her film, Las malas intenciones” won the "Ventana Sur" prize for a Latin American feature film at the 26th edition of the International Film Festival of Mar de Plata, in Argentina. In addition, just several days ago, “Las malas intenciones” was pre-selected for the prestigious Academia de las artes y Ciencias cinematográficas of Spain.

García-Montero told the audience after her film screening on Friday that her film was 5 years in the making and that she was relieved and pleased with the outcome.

“Working with an 8-year-old (Fátima Buntinx in the role of Cayetana) was a challenge but also a pleasure at the same time. She worked hard on the set all day then in the afternoon she went home and had her teachers and homework waiting for her,” said García-Montero at the screening in Santo Domingo.

When the film opened in Lima, Fátima, with her parents and friends, was not admitted into the theater by box office employees who said the film was too violent and that she and her friends had to be 14 to enter.

Meanwhile, Fátima Buntinx, in her first role, said on her Facebook page “I am not invisible. I will have to go back to Berlin to see my film.

” In her feature debut, García-Montero takes viewers into the world of a little girl, Cayetana, in Peru of 1982. Fantasy, sadness and joy mix and blend in the film.

Nine year old Cayetana leads a privileged life under the care of uniformed servants in a private manor about two hours from Lima. The chaos of the times, 1980’s Peru, penetrates her perception through bomb threats at school, spray-painted slogans and symbols on the dusty village walls, and ominous newscasts about terrorists.

Alone and lonely Cayetana has created an imaginary world which helps her manage her time, she dreams about all of Peru’s national heroes while her distant, pill popping, pregnant mother, is away on a trip.

The little girl believes that she herself will die when her brother is born. She is is desperate for attention, and when her grandmother takes her and her cousin to the beach, things start to look brighter. Still, Cayetana is determined to get rid of her new baby brother, and if she doesn’t get her way, she will be ready to go out as one the national heroes of her dreams.

Ms. García-Montero explained her decision to make a movie based in this time period in her country’s history. “What I wanted to show was that the level of terrorism was the beginning of the conflict. When Cayetana and her grandmother’s driver dies, his replacement comes with bodyguards and darkened window to take Cayetana to school. This was to show the turning point when Peruvian society changes and the country becomes more violent. Terrorism grew and grew and what people did to their cars and their homes was to darken their windows and build bigger walls around themselves, but higher walls are not going to make the problem disappear.”