Santo Domingo, January 22, 2019 – The 12th annual Dominican Global Film Festival (FCGD), to be held from January 30 to February 6, this year will honor the film industry of the Republic of Korea. More than 80 films, from all over the world, will be presented during the Festival tol highlight the diversity of the international film industry.
The Festival will open with the film Como si fuera la primera vez (unofficial translation: “As If it Were the First Time”), by Mexican film director Mauricio Valle and which was filmed in the Dominican Republic thanks to the local industry’s tax law incentive. The movie was produced by Sony Pictures International Productions and Lantica Media. Actors Ximena Romo, Paco Ruedas and Alejandro Camacho, as well as director Mauricio Valle, will attend the opening event.
Dominican and international personalities have confirmed their participation during the Festival, including renowned Spanish Magistrate Baltazar Garzón who, at the same time, participated in the documentary film The Code. Other participants, who will participate in the #TamoEnCine celebration are U.S. producer and director Brett Ratner (The Revenant, Black Mass, Truth); U.S. director John Singleton (The Fast and the Furious; 2 Fast 2 Furious: A todo gas 2); and Jesse Terrero, Dominican filmmaker who impressed the U.S. film industry with his recent participation in the 2018 Netflix series “Nicky Jam: The Winner.”
FCGD director Omar de la Cruz expressed confidence in the eight-day program Festival organizers have prepared and which will take place at the Palacio del Cine Blue Mall, one of Santo Domingo’s most important shopping malls. “The Festival curators have selected at least 20 films that have participated in the Cannes Film Festival, four of the five films nominated in the “Best Non-English Film” category in the upcoming Oscars, and five top films that will represent the Republic of Korea,” explained de la Cruz.
He also thanked the Festival sponsors and industry representatives, and explained that “…all the information on the Festival agenda is available in the website tamoencine.org and through the free APP “DRGLOBALFILMFEST,” available in iOS and Android systems.
The Dominican Global Film Festival will once again feature the following three categories: Opera Prima Fiction, Opera Prima Documentary and Global Shorts.
The category Opera Prima Fiction will present the debut of the best five international films. The goal is to feature new talents and bring these films to the general public. Included in this category are A Family Submerged (Argentina); Jaulas (Spain); Colours (Dominican Republic); Eternity (Peru); Viaje al cuarto de una madre (Spain); Marilyn (Argentina); Miriam Miente (Dominican Republic); Mi Mejor Amigo (Argentina), La Camarista (Mexico), and El Piedra (Colombia).
De la Cruz also explained that beginning this year the Opera Prima Documentary will be known as the “Fernando Báez” category, in honor of this recently deceased Dominican filmmaker. In this category, the following documentaries will be exhibited: Eduardo Galeano Vagamundo (Brazil); Faraway Land (Spain), Gilbert, héroe de dos pueblos (Dominican Republic); Pete Wete (Spain) and Searching for Oscar (Spain).
In the “Global Short” category, the following films will participate: A la Deriva (Dominican Republic), ANI (Mexico); Convicta (Dominican Republic); Looped Love (Italy); Madres de Luna (Spain); Notes on the Shore (Cuba); Psicolapse (Spain); Roake (United Kingdom); Salam (United States); Tamba (Dominican Republic) and La Entreviú (United States).
During the Festival organizers have included the “V Co-Production DR-Puerto Rico-Cuba Market,” where the producers of 11 projects – previously selected – will be able to establish alliances, reach agreements with production companies, and share experiences in order to strengthen the Caribbean film industry.
In what has become a tradition during the Festival, organizers have included in the program the V Dominican Film Lab where national and international filmmakers will review and advise the works of up-and-coming filmmakers, such as: Calle sin nombre (Analuz Zayas); Hasta el último papelito (Carla Valdés León, Cuba); Ixchel (Carolina Arias, Costa Rica); Corona de espinas (Dulcita Lieggi); Monte y Culebra (Génesis Valenzuela). Also, La otra lucha (Hans García); El Exilio de los Atlantes (Jeissy Trompiz, Venezuela); As de Oro (Layssa Bencosme); El último chuin (Luis Rodríguez); El viaje de la Ballena (Manuel Paulino); Tradición sin rostro (Marthaloidys Guerrero) and El protocolo (Pablo Lozano).
The Festival is sponsored by Claro Video, DGCINE, Distribuidora Corripio, Palacio del Cine, Banco BHD León, Procomunicaciones, Sigma Petroleum Corporation, Aeromexico, Cap Cana, Telesistema, Plaza Lama, Telemicro, Julietta Beauty Supply, LM Constructora, Tiendas Katia, Tony BOGA, Burger King, The Willbes & Co., Ltd, Digital 15, IGlobal, La 91, Panamericana Films and Telemicro Internacional.
Also, the Jet Set Club, Zol 106, Emax Group Corp., Bocatips, Capuccino, Diario Libre, El Nacional, Eventival, Ibermedia, Jorge Mochón Academy, Krispy Kreme, Listín Diario, the Ministries of Culture, Education and Higher Education and Technology, Movibeta and Papa John’s.
Other sponsors: Morning daily HOY, Revista Global, Sala de Espera, Dominican National Theater, Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo, Escuela Altos de Chavón, Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra, Universidad Iberoamericana, Embassies of Germany, United Kingdom, Spain, United States, Republic of Korea and Mexico.
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