The Festival in History

On November 9, 2006, the then Dominican President, Dr. Leonel Fernández, inaugurated the first edition of what would become, years later, the most important film event in the Caribbean. At that moment, he announced that it was his will to make the Dominican Republic the new mecca of Latin American cinema and that, for that, he would have the platform of the festival; with its creation and development the conscience would be promoted, the vision of the world would be expanded and the creative spirit would be encouraged.
The Global Film Festival (FCG) began in the most important theater in the country, the National Theater Eduardo Brito, with an elegant opening attended by important figures of film and entertainment, including Andy Garcia, Zoe Saldaña and Emilio Estefan. This first edition featured an exhibition of twenty-four films, and, among them, only a feature film of Dominican origin.
Also during the most recent edition of the Global Film Festival, eight Dominican productions were officially selected as part of the exhibition of the event and perhaps for that reason, along with 25 workshops or professional panels that were carried out, the participation of the public was increased exponentially: more than 14 thousand people attended the activities of the FCG.

FCGD: First Caribbean festival accredited by FIAPF

In May 2017 the FCG received accreditation from the International Federation of Film Producers’ Associations (FIAPF, its acronym in French), as a “Competitive Feature Film Festival” specializing in First Movies, in the hands of its director general Benoit Ginisty and by Adrien Majourel, festival manager of the international organization.

The decision was taken unanimously, during the General Assembly of the FIAPF in Cannes, included the FCG among the 47 festivals members of the organization.

The decision was taken unanimously, during the General Assembly of the FIAPF in Cannes, included the FCG among the 47 festivals members of the organization. The accreditation process concluded by informing that the festival meets all the standards and criteria defined by the community of film producers associations around the world and recognizes the work that the Festival team has done to create a quality film event.

The FIAPF, based in BERN, Switzerland and founded in 1933, brings together 38 associations of film producers from 31 countries and aims to defend the creative, legal and regulatory interests of the Cinematographic Production sector throughout the world. In addition, it has an active role towards film festivals around the world, as a regulator of international film festivals.

In his speech, President Fernandez assured that the festival would give an impetus to the “irreversible” march that, according to him, the Dominican Republic had undertaken towards “international recognition” and that one of the objectives of his administration is to create the conditions that allowed the development of cinema in the country. Six years later, the seventh Global Film Festival hosted 95 film productions; it had its inauguration with the premiere of a Dominican short film and a Dominican feature film: “A Tiro Limpio”, by the young Jean Guerra and “Biodegradable”, by the experienced director Juan Basanta.

The film law, promoted by a group of Dominican filmmakers was approved in November 2010 and with it an important group of productions have found the financial possibility of reaching a successful conclusion. A mission that today, thank thousands of Dominicans who, according to the Dominican film director Alfonso Rodríguez, support, as in a few countries, the cinema of local invoice, crowding the rooms as soon as a Creole film is presented.

The festival has been a sum of wills and efforts to achieve greater visibility of the Dominican Republic in the international film industry. At the same time, it is at the festival where Dominican producers, directors and actors come together with filmmakers from other latitudes and make synergies to develop projects in the country, supported by the Film Law.

Among the personalities that have visited the FCG are Andy Garcia, Lola Dueñas, Guillermo Navarro, Israel Cardenas, Laura Amelia Guzman, Zoe Saldana, Ishtar Yasin, Tom Lutz, Mark Haskell, Dania Ramirez, John Singleton, Brett Ratner, Juan Fernandez, Omar Sharif, Manny Perez, Barbara Boyle, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Shalim Ortiz, Denise Quiñones, William Fay, Elliot Rosenblat, Frank Perozo, Michael Madsen, Victoria Abril, Liza Minnelli, Claudia Cardinale, Benicio Del Toro, Jimmy Jean-Louis, Loles Leon , José Antonio Escrivá, Patricio Castilla, Cindy Cowan, Luis José López, Jessy Terrero, Ciro Cappellari, Antonio Saura, Steven Bauer, Sharlene Taule, Fernando Carrillo, Manolo Cardona, Danny Glover, Geraldine Chaplin, Sophie Rois, Roko Belic, Enrique González Macho, Jacques Roc, Solly Duran, Ivan Sanchez, Emiliano Otegui, Ivana Chubbuck, Manuel Perez Estremera, James Belzer, Cooky Ziesche, Sarodj Bertin, Ruben Cortada, Tony Isbert, Juan Pablo Llano, Sonya Smith, Manolo Travieso, Ramsés Jiménez, Marta González, Mauricio Henao, Arap Bethke, Mario Cimarro, Sandra Condito, Edward James Olmos, Philip Bloom, Gina Rodriguez, Adriana Barraza, Amelia Vega, Aurora Papile, Bruno Chatelin, Carlos Bardem, Catherine Murphy, Esai Morales, Felix Sanchez, Gabriela Spanic, Guillermo De La Corte, Gustavo Pazmin, Hemky Wood, Hernan Goldfrid, Irving Vincent, Ivan De Paz, John Tintori, Juan Carlos Arciniegas, Juan Marichal, Liche Ariza, Liz Gallardo, Lucas Till, Mario Cimarro , Rafa Lara, Sandra Teres, Thomas Crowell, Tony Dandrades and Ulysses Terrero.

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