The Film Industry in the Dominican Republic

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Contact us:
Marjorie Ramos
[email protected]
The Film Industry
in the
Dominican Republic
International Affairs Office
Universidad Iberoamericana
Francia Ave # 129, Gazcue
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
The Film Industry
in the Dominican Republic
Program Description
Program Outline
The Film Industry in the Dominican Republic is a two-week
program that offers international students a unique study
abroad opportunity in which they can learn about the
emerging industry of film making in the country, while they
experience the rich Dominican culture. The program
represents a remarkable opportunity to gain substantial
knowledge on how the industry is growing in the Dominican
Republic, the legal framework to support movie productions,
and the unique landscape that the DR offers for international
directors to consider as a set for their feature films. Legendary
movies have filmed several scenes in the DR, such as The Good
Shepherd, The Godfather: Part II, Apocalypse Now, Miami Vice,
Pirates of the Caribbean, among others. The program includes
visits to large filming studios, key actors in the sector, movie
producers, among others. It also includes “walking lectures”
to some of the most important historical places to visit in a
city of many “firsts” in the Americas. The travel portion will
include stays in Santo Domingo and Cap Cana.
Day 2 - Monday
UNIBE Santo Domingo Campus tour
Lecture 1: Film industry and private investment in
Dominican Republic, by Jorge Hazoury (Palmera
Santo Domingo Sightseeing Tour
Day 9 - Monday
Lecture 6: Acting, by Frank Perozo
Study visit to Quitasueño Studios, Haina.
Day 3 - Tuesday
Lecture 2: Overview of the Film Industry in the
Dominican Republic, by Desirée Reyes
(Panamericana Films) and Che Castellanos (Quiet
Island Films).
Free afternoon - Suggestion: Shopping at Agora
Mall (Typical Dominican food and Souvenirs at
Cosas del País Store).
Day 11 - Wednesday
Free day - Suggestion: Enjoy the city of Santo Domingo at
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Day 4 - Wednesday
Lecture 3: Legal Framework for movie production
in the DR.
Study visit to Dirección General de Cine or meeting
with Film Law promoters.
Expectations and goals
Custom designed and personalized approaches are available
in order to meet different educational goals and academic
profiles. When transferring credits, required equivalent hours
may be adjusted depending on the specific structure of the
Day 5 - Thursday
Lecture 4: Incentives and benefits of Film Law, by
Gilberto Morillo (BKT Accounting).
Famous Filming scenes: Colonial City guided tour.
• Undergraduate and graduate students and professionals in
film making, graphic design, advertising, animation, cinema
studies and other related fields.
Day 6 - Friday
Lecture 5: On Dominican Films, by Archie López
(Panamericana Films).
Study visit to Pinewood DR Studios, Juan Dolio.
• Faculty led university students groups.
Program Outline
Day 1 – Sunday
Arrival at Santo Domingo (AILA International Airport)
Day 7 - Saturday
Fun Trip –One from two options available: Visit to
Dunas de Baní (the only desert in the Caribbean) or
27 falls of Damajagua (extreme sports).
Day 8 - Sunday
Free day
Day 10 - Tuesday
Lecture 7 and exhibition: La Montaña, by Tabaré Blanchard
at Cinemateca Nacional or UNIBE.
Study visit to 4D Cinema, Colonial City of Santo Domingo.
Day 12 - Thursday
Transfer by bus to Punta Cana, two stops en route to visit
Cueva de las Maravillas natural grottos and Archaeological
Regional Museum at Altos de Chavón, La Romana.
Arrival at hotel accommodations.
Day 13 - Friday
Free day - Suggestion: Enjoy Punta Cana at your own time,
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Day 14 - Saturday
Free day
Day 15 - Sunday
Free morning
Transfer to Santo
International Airport.
Estimated cost
Estimated cost per student: USD$3,000*.
It includes registration, lectures and study visits, lodging**,
ground transportation, and all program related tours and
*Budget was prepared based on a minimum of 10
participants. Costs are subject to change according to the
length of the program and excursions/visits seasonal rates.
** Please note that lodging costs are estimated based on a
Single room hotel accommodation in Santo Domingo
(breakfast included), and a Double room all-inclusive hotel
accommodation in Punta Cana (Punta Cana or Bávaro area).