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Dominican Republic Production on the Rise

Releasing an unprecedented average of 20 homegrown films a year since 2014, the Dominican Republic held its first cinema confab, the Congreso Nacional de Cine, over March 24 – 25, where authorities and the audiovisual sector convened to hammer out ways to build on some of the most impressive gains in the Caribbean or Central America.

Per findings from public-sector film entity DGCine, the Dominican Republic made a profit of nearly $50 million from combined earnings stemming from foreign location shoots, box office sales of local pics, and taxes collected between June 2011 and June 2016.

“Our film fund has been sourced from DGCine’s operating budget and we’re exploring ways to grow it,” said DGCine film commissioner Yvette Marichal of the 20 million peso ($422,967) per annum FonProCine fund that currently backs only two full-length features, two documentaries and four shorts per year as well as some projects in development.

Thanks to the 2010 film law’s tax incentives for local and foreign productions,
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Iff Panama: Spotlighting Central American, Caribbean Films

Iff Panama: Spotlighting Central American, Caribbean Films
Central American and Caribbean filmmakers are coming into their own, despite the myriad obstacles they face.

Scant resources, infrastructure, and training are just some of the challenges in the region. However, film production has risen in some territories, especially in Panama, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico where state-backed film funds are available.

Due to recession-related budget cuts, Trinidad & Tobago’s already limited film fund has been dormant of late although state org Film Tt has been offering micro-grants towards marketing costs. In 2015, Costa Rica launched film and TV production fund El Fauno, valued at 250 million colons ($446,735), and has backed 17 projects so far.

“The region’s burgeoning cinema needs all the support it can get,” said Iff Panama founder-director Pituka Ortega-Heilbron who has made it her life mission to support the arts and hopes that the festival will not only give the films a much-need platform but nurture new audiences.
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'La La Land' Wins TIFF Audience Award

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'La La Land' Wins TIFF Audience Award
Damien Chazelle’s musical romance starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling was the people’s favourite as the Toronto International Film Festival wrapped on Sunday.

The Grolsch People’s Choice Award is a timely boost heading into awards season: Last year, Room took the prize and went on to garner the best lead actress Oscar for Brie Larson.

La La Land is shaping up to be a strong awards prospect. Stone won the Coppa Volpi for best actress in Venice, where the film received its world premiere, and observers have noted its strong all-round profile.

The festival has set a free screening of La La Land on Sunday evening at 6pm at Roy Thomson Hall. Lionsgate will release the film in the Us on December 16.

Lion was named runner-up and Queen Of Katwe second runner-up.

Grolsch People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award went to Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire, while Raoul Peck’s I Am Not Your Negro won the
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Yanillys Perez’s ‘Jeffrey’ Wins Dropbox Discovery Filmmakers Award at Tiff — Exclusive

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Yanillys Perez’s ‘Jeffrey’ Wins Dropbox Discovery Filmmakers Award at Tiff — Exclusive
Yanillys Perez has won the 2016 Dropbox Discovery Filmmakers Award for “Jeffrey,” her debut feature. The jury for the prize, which comes as part of the Toronto International Film Festival, consisted of Caroline Benjo, Partner and Producer at Haut et Court; Lane Kneedler, Director of Programming at AFI Fest; and Alice Tynan, Dropboxer and film critic. “Jeffrey” focuses on a 12-year-old boy who washes the windshields of passing cars in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and dreams of becoming a reguetón singer.

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“A true collaboration between subject and storyteller, ‘Jeffrey’ weaves verite and socially conscious observation together with poetic moments of magical realism,” the jury said in a statement. “With this beautiful combination director Yanillys Perez not only captures the boundless spirit and imagination of her protagonist, but also offers new possibilities for narrative filmmaking.
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‘La La Land,’ ‘Jackie,’ and ‘Free Fire’ Lead Tiff 2016 Award Winners

With the Toronto International Film Festival wrapping up today, they’ve handed out their award winners. While our top picks will be arriving shortly, the big winner of the festival was Damien Chazelle‘s La La Land, which won the People’s Choice Awards, while Raoul Peck‘s I Am Not Your Negro won on the documentary side. Other winners include Free Fire in the Midnight Madness category and Jackie in the Platform section, which is in its second year.

Check out the full press release below.

The short film awards below were selected by a jury comprised of American filmmaker Abteen Bagheri (That B.E.A.T.), French filmmaker Eva Husson (Bang Gang), and Canadian filmmaker Jeff Barnaby (Rhymes for Young Ghouls).

Short Cuts Award For Best Canadian Short Film

The Short Cuts Award for Best Canadian Short Film goes to Alexandre Dostie’s Mutants. The jury remarked, “Mutants
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Toronto: ‘La La Land’ Wins Tiff’s People’s Choice Award; Plus All Other Award Winners Announced

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Toronto: ‘La La Land’ Wins Tiff’s People’s Choice Award; Plus All Other Award Winners Announced
The Toronto International Film Festival has closed out its annual ten-day run with a star-studded awards brunch, which featured the announcement of the festival’s various awards and prizes. Chief among them is the People’s Choice Award, Tiff’s most prestigious award and one chosen by audience members themselves (fans of the various films could log their vote either by depositing their ticket stubs in voting boxes available post-screening, or by voting online on the official Tiff app).

This year’s winner is Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land,” starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. You can read our full review of the film here. Runner-ups included “Lion” and “Queen of Katwe.”

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Often viewed as a harbinger of awards season glory, the Tiff People’s Choice Award winner has typically continued on to major Oscar attention.
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‘Jeffrey’ Exclusive Trailer: Documentary Examines 12-Year-Old Dominican Street Washer Who Dreams of Becoming a Singer

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‘Jeffrey’ Exclusive Trailer: Documentary Examines 12-Year-Old Dominican Street Washer Who Dreams of Becoming a Singer
The Toronto International Film Festival’s Discovery section showcases films from up-and-coming directors who promise to be the future of world cinema. One of the films in this section is the documentary “Jeffrey,” which follows a 12-year-old street washer working in Santo Domingo in order to help his mom make ends meets. But Jeffrey has bigger plans of becoming a reggaetón singer, and with the help of his older brother Jeyson, he composes and records songs about his neighborhood and his way of life. The real-life story captures the layered beauty of the Dominican Republic and the stylized story of a child trying to achieve a dream. Watch an exclusive trailer for the film below.

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The film is the feature-length documentary by Yanillys Perez. She has previously directed the
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Tiff 2016 Announces Discovery Lineup, ‘In Conversation With…’ Guests, Vr Offerings and Much More

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Next month’s Toronto International Film Festival has nearly completed its lineup announcements, and each one is more impressive than the last. Today’s Tiff picks feature a number of slate additions for sections as varied as the forward-focused Discovery, their burgeoning Pop Vr section and even a handful of last minute additions to the Tiff Docs list. New titles of note that have just been announced include the Cannes hit “The Red Turtle,” Wayne Roberts’ “Katie Says Goodbye” and the well-regarded “Sand Storm,” all of which will screen as part of Discovery.

Read More: Tiff Lineup: 5 Reasons to Get Excited About the 2016 Program

Both the Next Wave and Tiff Kids section pull titles from other, previously announced sections to create an appealing lineup for the next generation of cinephiles. Standout titles include “Moonlight,” “My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea” and “The Eagle Huntress.”

Additionally, the festival has
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