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

Workshops, panels and an actor’s studios featured a variety of filmmakers, writers, actors, film industry professionals and prestigious national and international movie producers.


  • “Documentary Film: How to make good documentaries”

    Rigoberto López, Inti Corderas, Martha Checo, Juan Basanta and Agustín Cortés.

    Documentary films as cultural memory and historical record, presenting individual and collective stories, revealing reality and articulating social discourses.

  • 9:00 AM - UASD


  • From the Page to the Screen

    Antonio Saura, Ciro Cappellari, Elias Acosta, Jacques Roc, Jessy Terrero, José Antonio Escrivá, Patricio Castilla

    An open discussion on how to get your story from the script stage to the big screen, taking into account all the details involved in the process such as filming, editing, acting, and composition, design and sound. Organized with the participation of visiting filmmakers who are placing the emphasis on the art of cinematography.

  • 9:00 AM - FUNGLODE
  • “How can you maximize production without increasing costs?”

    Panelists: Jaime Piña, Alfonso Rodriguez, Juan Basanta, Archie López, José E Pintor

    Keys to achieving a good production at low cost.

  • 10:00 AM - UASD
  • New Film Law in the Dominican Republic: Benefits

    Monika Melo, Mariana Vargas, Laura Castellanos, Carol Suarez

    The panelists, who have been directly involved in the process of the New Film Law in the Dominican Republic, will talk about the law and its benefits and importance for the local film industry.

  • 10:00 AM - CURE
    3:00 PM - CURSA/CURNA
    5:00 PM - CURA
  • Independent Productions: From the idea to a marketable script

    Alan Siegel, Bill Fay, Cindy Cowan, Eric Mathis, Jeremiah Samuels

    These experienced panelists will talk about taking one´s story from the screen, again taking into account the filming, editing, acting, and composition, design and sound.

  • 2:30 PM - FUNGLODE
  • María Montez: Glamorous Hollywood Rebel

    Margarita Vincens De Morales, Celines Toribio, Sonia Fritz, Marcela Fuentes Beraín

    The first Dominican to Conquer Hollywood, the Film Mecca. She made history with her 26 films, in the USA and in Italy and France. Her glamorous style, curves and physical beauty eventually made her the ¨Queen of Technicolor¨ Come and hear the fascinating story of María Montez, her films and master plan and strategy she used to conquer Hollywood and beyond.

  • 4:00 PM - FUNGLODE


  • Laws Relative to the Film Industry

    Panelists Josefina Fernandez McEvoy, Steve Weizenecker, David Albert Pierce, Monika Melo, Laura Castellanos

    Many who contemplate a law career in reality know very little about the many opportunities connected to the entertainment field and the arts. This interactive panel looks at this profession and answers questions about practicing entertainment law as well as the different areas that concern it. The panelists will share their experience with different cases they have litigated and will offer advice on how to break into this fascinating industry.

  • 9:00 AM - FUNGLODE
  • Dominican Film Law and its benefits

    Ellis Perez, Laura Castellanos

    The panelists, who have been directly involved in the process of the New Film Law in the Dominican Republic, will talk about the law and its benefits and importance for the local film industry.

  • 10:00 AM - UASD
  • Entertainment Industry

    Marty Wall

    The importance of the trailer as a tool for positioning a film.

  • 10:00 AM - FUNGLODE
  • “I’m in L.A. Now What?”

    Celestin Cornielle and Eli Jimenes

    Two young Dominican celebrities who tell the story of their arrival in Los Angeles and early careers.

  • 2:00 PM - FUNGLODE
  • Rubirosa: The Last Playboy

    Isabella Wall, Marty Wall, Kalil Hache

    Porfirio Rubirosa Ariza was a multi-faceted Dominican diplomat and well-known playboy who became famous through his marriage to beautiful society women. His notoriety as a seducer was an inspiration for the character of James Bond.

  • 3:00 PM - UASD


  • Journey of a Comedian

    Kiki Melendez

    From Puerto Plata to Hollywood is the story of a Dominican who is making history in the world of comedy. She as become a success as Latina in the United States.

  • Journalists and Reporters in the Film Industry

    Manny Ruiz, Angela Ruiz, Jean Renaud, Alfonso Quiñonez, Almando Almanzar

    The press and film: Friends or enemies? The real function of journalists and reporters in the world of film.

  • 9:00 AM - FUNGLODE
  • Actors Studio

    Steven Bauer

    A discussion with Steven Bauer, Cuban-American actor whose early acting experience includes roles in such movies as “Scarface” (1983) which earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Bauer also played in “Traffic,” “La fiesta del Chivo” and “The Lost City.” This year, viewers were able to see Bauer in “Pimp Bullies” by Dominican director Alfonso Rodríguez.

  • 10:00 AM - MAURICIO BAEZ
  • Fernando Carrillo

    Venezuelan TV and film actor and model who has appeared in many Latin American series “soap operas”. Debuted in the cinema with "El Caracazo" and also appears in an acclaimed role in “Las Llaves De La Independencia” presented at the Dominican Global Film Festival. (Thursday 17. 6:00 pm, Palacio del Cine, Santiago de los Caballeros).

  • 10:00 AM - CURNA
  • Celestin Cornielle, Eli Jimenes

    Dominican actors who have branched out into film production after careers in the United States.

  • 10:00 AM - CURA
  • Sharlene Taulé

    Dominican actress. Her most recent film was “Jaque Mate” by director José María Cabral. Taule also hosts the program “Grachi”, one of the most watched TV series in Latin America today.

  • 10:00 AM - TEATRO CIBAO
  • Celinés Toribio

    Dominican actress and TV and radio host who once made the “50 Most Beautiful” list of People magazine in Spanish. Her latest film is “América”, showing in the Dominican Global Film Festival, in which she plays an undocumented nanny.

  • 10:00 AM - CURE
  • Acting workshop

    Bokeem Woodbine, Damon Whitaker, Derrex Brady, Jimmy Jean-Louis, Juan Fernandez, Keith Lewis, Roger Guenveur Smith, Tony Tarantino

    A small step in artistic preparation that everyone seeking to become an actor needs.

  • 2:00 PM - FUNGLODE
  • Business of Film

    Jerry Pace, Jeff Hardwick, Isabella Wall

    The entertainment industry: creative and money-making elements.

  • 5:00 PM - FUNGLODE


  • Real Steel and its special effects

    Erick Nash, Candices Alger

    Erick Nash y Candice Alger will talk about the special effects and animation in this most recent box-office hit by Steven Spielberg, “Reel Steel.”