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Dominican Republic was well represented at the Cannes Film Festival

As a demonstration of the advances in the film industry in the Dominican Republic, the country was well represented at the Cannes Film Festival, regarded as the Olympics of the film industry. Filmmakers from all around the world come to Cannes every year to participate in the Palm d’Or and the Marche du Cinema competitions.

In 2017, the Dominican Republic was the only Caribbean nation with a booth and full staff at the world famous Cannes Pavilion, the Village International. With its participation the country sought to attract other filmmakers and producers from around the world to learn about incentives to film producers, come to the Dominican Republic and spend money filming.

The country also took advantage of the opportunity to showcase the various cinema productions of the recent year passed. Participating this year were four feature length films that were screened in the March du Cinema – Carpinteros (directed by Jose Maria Cabral), Luis (directed by Archie Lopez), Cocole (directed by Nelson Carlos de los Santos) and El Hombre que cuida (directed by Alejandro Andujar).

The film “Candy Town” by Yanillys Perez, a young Dominican filmmaker was selected by Cannes to take part in the L’Atelier Cinefondation, which is a program at the festival designed to attract interest, investment and attention to a film. Candy Town is a story that sees the Dominican Republic through the eyes of four young girls seeking freedom and identity.

A database with all films from the DR, past and present was available to showcase the Dominican film industry. Also shown at the booth is a travelogue of the country and videos on what can be gained from filming on location in the Dominican Republic. DGCine, the filmmakers government division, has staff explaining about the country’s incentive programs for filmmakers and facilities like Pinewood Studios and Quitasueño Studios that have hosted Hollywood films.

Also participating in the Cannes Pavilion is the Festival de Cine Global Dominicano, the country’s leading film festival, organized by Funglode.

Travolta Cooper, a Bahamian filmmaker, reports in The Bahamas Weekly on the openness of the Dominican Republic Cannes Pavilion staff to host colleagues from the Caribbean at no cost. “There is something to learn from its government who supports its filmmakers. Both are needed, in unison, to make this Caribbean Film Industry work,” he writes in a review on the Dominican participation in Cannes and opportunities yet to be taken advantage of for the Caribbean.

Source: DR1, Thebahamasweekly.com

May 23, 2017

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