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Dominican Republic Production on the Rise

2 April 2017 4:58 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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

1 April 2017 4:24 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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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