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 Dominican Global Film Festival proudly paid homage to the first Dominican actress to achieve Hollywood fame: María Montez, the Queen of Technicolor.

The Dominican Republic Global Film Festival,
now in its fifth year, is proud to honor the first
Dominican actress to have achieved
Hollywood fame and who went on to become a major force in world film. Next year, 2012, marks the centennial anniversary of her birth. For that reason, the Dominican Global Film Festival has chosen to honor María Montez, the Queen of Technicolor, and place her at the top of our list of Tributes.

We are equally proud to have with us this year an impressive list of national and international film icons. We welcome Geraldine Chaplin, Danny Glover, Agliberto Meléndez, Moctesuma Esparza and Rafael Solano.


María África Gracia Vidal (1912 - 1951), born in Barahona province, was as famous in the 1940s for her exotic beauty as for her talent as an actress who played in a series of adventure movies filmed in Technicolor. Her seductive image on the screen was accentuated by her fanciful costumes and sparkling jewelry.

Throughout her career, Maria Montez acted in 26 films, 21 of which were made in the United States and five in Europe.
Having travelled to New York at the end of the 1930’s, Maria’s first job was to pose for the cover of a magazine which paid her $50. After a series of events and ingenious moves on her part, she managed to attract the attention of producers and directors that landed her major roles at Universal Pictures in such films as “Arabian Nights,” “White Savage,” “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves,” “Cobra Woman,” “Gypsy Wildcat” and “Sudan.”

Ms. Montez also wrote three books: Forever Is a Long Time, Hollywood Wolves I Have Tamed and Reunion In Lilith, of which only the first two were published.

While working in Hollywood, she met French actor Jean-Pierre Aumont and they married on July 13, 1943. They had a daughter in 1946, María Cristina (known as Tina Aumont) then moved to Paris where Maria Montez passed away at the age of thirty nine.


Born in Santa Monica, California on July 31, 1944, Geraldine Chaplin is the first daughter of Charlie Chaplin and Oona O’Neill. After living the early part of her childhood in the United States, the Chaplin family moved to Switzerland where Geraldine finished high school. Later she studied dance with the Royal Ballet of London.

Her un-credited film debut came the 1952 film, “Candilejas,” directed by and starring her father. Geraldine gained relevance as an actress on the big screen in the 1960s when she played Tonya in “Doctor Zhivago” (1965), the epic film directed by David Lean based on Boris Pasternak’s novel.

Also in the 1960s, she had a relationship with Spanish film director, Carlos Saura, which whom he bore a son, Shane. She and Mr. Saura collaborated professionally in a good number of films throughout the 1960s and 1970s.

One of their first films together was “Peppermint Frappé” (1967). She also playedin “Stress-Es Tres-Tres” (1968), “La Madriguera” (1969), “El Jardín De Las Delicias” (1970), “Ana y Los Lobos” (1973), “Cría Cuervos” (1976), “Elisa, Vida Mía” (1977), “Los Ojos Vendados” (1978) and “Mamá Cumple Cien Años” (1979).

Throughout her prolific career, Geraldine Chaplin also starred in Richard Lester’s, “The Three Musketeers” (1973), an adaptation of Alejandro Dumas’s novel in which she plays Queen Ann. She also played in Robert Altman’s “Buffalo Bill” (1976) and “A Wedding” (1978); Alain Resnais, in the “Life is a Bed of Roses” (1983); and with Martin Scorsese, who directed her in “The Age of Innocence” (1993).

In the biographical film about her father, “Chaplin” (1992), under the direction Richard Attenborough, she played his grandmother, Hannah. Geraldine won a Goya for best actress for her role in “En La Ciudad Sin Límites” (2002). She was nominated again for a Goya for her work in the thriller “El Orfanato” (2007).


Actor, producer and humanitarian Danny Glover has been a commanding presence on screen, stage and television for more than 25 years.  As an actor, his film credits range from the blockbuster “Lethal Weapon” franchise to smaller independent features, some of which Glover also produced.  In recent years he has starred in an array of motion pictures including the critically-acclaimed “Dreamgirls” directed by Bill Condon and in the futuristic 2012 for director Roland Emmerich.  He also had roles in the comedy “Death at a Funeral” for director Neil LaBute and in the moving drama “Dear Alice” for Swedish director Othman Karim.

Glover has gained respect for his wide-reaching community activism and philanthropic efforts, with a particular emphasis on advocacy for economic justice and access to health care and education programs in the United States and Africa.  For these efforts Glover received a 2006 DGA Honor and was honored with a 2011 “Pioneer Award” from the National Civic Rights Museum. Internationally Glover has served as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Program from 1998-2004, focusing on issues of poverty, disease and economic development in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. Glover was presented in 2011 with the prestigious Medaille des Arts et des Letters from the French Ministry of Culture and was honored with a Tribute at the Deauville International Film Festival.  Currently Glover serves as UNICEF Ambassador.

In 2005 Glover co-founded Louverture Films dedicated to the development and production of films of historical relevance, social purpose, commercial value and artistic integrity. The New York based company has a slate of progressive features and documentaries including “Trouble the Water” which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, “Africa Unite,” award-winning feature “Bamak”o and most recent projects “Dum Maaro Dum” and “The Black Power Mixtape.”

A native of San Francisco, Glover trained at the Black Actors’ Workshop of the American Conservatory Theatre. It was his Broadway debut in Fugard’s “Master Harold…and the Boys” which brought him to national recognition and led director Robert Benton to cast him in his first leading role in 1984’s Academy Award-nominated Best Picture, “Places in the Heart.”

The following year Glover starred in two more Best Picture nominated films: Peter Weir’s “Witness” and Steven Spielberg’s “The Color Purple.”  In 1987 Glover partnered with Mel Gibson in the first “Lethal Weapon” film and went on the star in three hugely successful “Lethal Weapon”sequels.  Glover has also invested his talents in more personal projects 
including the award-winning “To Sleep With Anger” which he executive produced and for which he won and Independent Spirit Award for Best Actor; “Bopha!” “Manderlay,”“Missing in America” and the film version of Athol Fugard’s play “Boseman and Lena.”  He also starred in “Saw,” “Five Minarets in New York,”Donovan’s Echo” and “The Children’s Republic.”

On the small screen, Glover won an Image Award, a Cable ACE Award and earned an Emmy nomination for his performance in the title role of the HBO Movie “Mandela.”  He has also received Emmy nominations for his work in the acclaimed miniseries “Lonesome Dove,” the telefilm “Freedom Song” and as a director he earned a Daytime Emmy nomination for Showtime’s “Just a Dream”. Most recently, Glover made guest appearances on the popular television series Leverage and Psych


American actor known for his roles in actions films such as “The Fast and the Furious,” “Pitch Black,” “xXx,” “The Chronicles of Riddick” and “The Pacifier.”

Vin began his film career as director and screenwriter. His first major work was the short film “Multi-facial,” (1994), which was selected by the prestigious Cannes Film Festival.

Since 1998 he has participated in such films as “Saving Private Ryan,” “The Fast and the Furious,” “xXx,” “A Man Apart,” “The Chronicles of Riddick,” and “The Pacifier.”

In 2006 he appeared at the end of the film “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift” in the new role of Dominic Toretto. This same year, he was in “Find Me Guilty,” where he played gangster Giacomo "Jackie" DiNorscio.

The Fast and the Furious” was so successful that in 2009, the fourth movie in the saga was shown. This year, a fifth film is being made with Vin Diesel as the main character.

Vin Diesel is one of the promoters of the Global Filmmaking for Peace and Development program, developed and promoted by FUNGLODE, One Race Film Foundation and supported by UNESCO. This program promotes teaching film to students with limited economic resources from around the world.

Vin Diesel and his father Irving Vincent, who was honored at last year’s IV Dominican Global Film Festival, together direct the One Race Film Foundation. This non-profit organization trains young people in Haiti, Trinidad and Tobago and India.
His contribution to the development of the Dominican film industry and his influence on an entire generation of Dominican professionals is more than enough to deserve our recognition and gratitude. With this, we would like to welcome Vin Diesel and express our appreciation for his commitment and dedication.


Born in Altamira, Dominican Republic in 1942, Agliberto Meléndez studied film for two years at New York University during in the mid-seventies. Upon returning to his country, he quickly made a short film, “The Son” (El hijo) in 1979. Several years later he made a documentary about the ill-fated painter, Gilberto Hernández, “The Magical World of Gilberto Hernández” (1983).

By 1986, his determination to make films was so strong that he invested his very last dime into his projects. It got to the point that he used his house as collateral and begged for loans from friends and family to produce his project at the time, “Un pasaje de ida” (A One Way Ticket).

Based on the tragedy of the cargo ship, the Regina Express, in which twenty two male and female police offers lost their lives. They were aboard the ship with the goal of clandestinely entering New York. The documentary looks at the motivation behind this massive emigration to the United States, the fractures it caused in families and the problems immigrants face. Filmed totally in the Dominican Republic with Dominican actors and technicians, the film was viewed by nearly 100,000 people when it opened in Santo Domingo.

Meléndez’s film was selected to take part in nearly twelve film festivals, including in London, Washington, New York and Biarritz. It received outstanding recognition with such awards the People’s Prize in Huelva, honorable mention at the OCIC in Cartagena and an award for the Best First Film in Havana, Cuba.

This modest film was not only the forerunner of the emerging Dominican film industry but it also involved the participation of the well-known protagonists of the slow but sure take-off experienced by Dominican film industry starting from the mid-nineties until today. These include filmmaker Pericles Mejía, actor-director Ángel Muñiz and photographer Pedro Guzmán Cordero.

Today, Agliberto Melendez is working on a new project, “Del color de la noche” (Color of the Night), based on the life of political leader José Francisco Peña Gómez.


Moctesuma Esparza, born in California, United States on March 12, 1949, is an award-winning producer, entertainment executive, entrepreneur and community activist. Mr. Esparza is known for his contributions to the film industry and the commitment he assumed as director of the Maya Cinemas to the creation of opportunities for Latinos everywhere.
Esparza works with Robert Katz in Esparza / Katz Productions and directs Maya Entertainment, a vertically integrated media content company that provides full motion picture distribution and production.

Moctesuma Esparza is “an outspoken promoter of Latino Films” and has produced more than twenty films, several for television. He has won more than 200 prizes throughout his life. These prizes and honors include an Oscar nomination, a nomination for a Golden Globe, an Emmy, a Clio and an ALMA Prize.

Esparza, whose father was a refugee from the Mexican revolution, participated in the 1960’s-era struggles for the civil rights and equality of Mexican-Americans. He remains committed to public service, donating his time to educational, cultural, and professional organizations, especially those that aim to educate Latinos in the business of media production.


Born in Puerto Plata on April 10, 1931, he studied musical theory, violin and cello with the Maestro Manuel Pla Cocco. He played harmony in the parish church in Puerto Plata, where he directed his own choir at the age of thirteen.

He began his formal music studies on the piano with Maestro Vicente Grisolla then later with Rafael Arzeno. In 1950, he moved to the capital, Santo Domingo, to continue his education at the National Conservatory of Music.

In 1959, Solano began to appear on the television show, La Hora del Moro.
In 1963, Solano went to New York having been hired by director, Charlie Fisk to perform at the Hotel Americana. During this period, he also took private classes in  contemporary composition with the famous composer, jazz pianist, and music teacher, Hall Franklin Overton while also studying at the New School for Social Research in a class with Overton as his teacher.

Solano participated in making and producing the first record made totally in the Dominican Republic, along with the engineer, Pedro Bonilla.

Solano was the creator of the first Voice Festival (Festival de la Voz) in the country, an event that was held over a period of nine years, since 1971. He was the founder and creator of the Show del Mediodía (Noontime Show), along with Nobel Alfonso and Mar Cordero. His signature song, Por amor is considered an international hymn for the past 30 years.

He made widely popular his original songs such as Dominicanita, Pensándolo bien and Como Juan. These songs, written by Solano, have been sung by such outstanding singers as Sonia Silvestre Lope Balaguer, Fernando Casado, Marco Antonio Muñiz, Vicky Carr, Danny Rivera, Placido Domingo, among others.

In honor of his lifetime of labor, Maestro Solano has been awarded the Order of  Duarte, Sánchez y Mella, by the Dominican Government.