first Caribbean festival among the FIAPF community
With this seal of excellence, the FCG joins the exclusive community of 47 film festivals in the world, including Berlin, Cannes and Venice, committing to respect the quality standards defined by the film producer community.
The Global Film Festival (FCG) received in 2017 the accreditation of the International Federation of Associations of Cinematographic Producers (FIAPF), as “COMPETITIVE FEATURE FILM FESTIVAL” specialized in First Movies, from the hand of its director General Benoit Ginisty and Adrien Majourel, festival manager of the international organization.
The decision, which was taken unanimously, during the FIAPF General Assembly that took place on May 20, 2017 in Cannes, including the FCG among the 47 member festivals of the organization. The accreditation process concluded by informing that the festival meets all the standards and criteria defined by the community of film producer associations around the world and recognizes the work that the Festival team has done to create a quality film event.
Omar de la Cruz, director of the Global Film Festival, was excited at the endorsement given by the FIAPF, “it is a goal that years ago was set and consolidated during the tenth edition. It is a recognition to the ten years of the festival, to the Dominican Republic, to the volunteers who work tirelessly to carry out each edition, to the national film industry and to the Global Democracy and Development Foundation (FUNGLODE)”.
De la Cruz stressed that with this decision the FCG becomes the first Caribbean festival with FIAPF accreditation and the third in Latin America together with the Mar de Plata International Film Festival and the Cartagena de Indias International Film Festival. “It is an honor and a privilege that demonstrates the quality of work and how the festival has established itself in the Dominican Republic and worldwide. The decision was unanimous and extraordinary to know that the on-site evaluation made by Adrien Majourel, during the last edition, has motivated this news”.
According to the president of the FIAPF, Luis Alberto Scalella, “Since the creation of the Law for the Promotion of the Dominican Cinematic Activity implemented by President Fernández in 2010, the Dominican Republic has carried out fantastic work to promote the film industry and attract foreign producers. The Global Film Festival is a key part of this strategy and, with this decision, the FIAPF recognizes the work done by the management team and supports the ambition of the Festival to become a key piece in the Caribbean region”. Luis Alberto Scalella added: “This accreditation, which acts as a seal of quality, will give the Festival new responsibilities while providing them with new international opportunities”.
For his part, Dr. Leonel Fernández, former President of the Dominican Republic and President of FUNGLODE, expressed his satisfaction with this new accreditation, and conveyed the enthusiasm of the Foundation to the incorporation of the festival to this organization, reiterating the desire to be a accredited member and work closely with FIAPF through the Global Film Festival.
While Yvette Marichal, general director of the Dominican Republic Film Commission (DGCINE), commented that, as a country, the Dominican Republic is proud to receive this exclusive accreditation from the FIAPF. “Being the first Caribbean festival to receive this seal of excellence is extremely important to continue the work that has been done over the years since the FCG and the film industry of our nation”.
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 worldwide. In addition, it has an active function towards film festivals around the world, as a regulator of international film festivals.