Dominican cinema is renewed with stories of important production values, which is why, to celebrate it, Caribbean Cinemas and Altice come together to honor them with the second edition of the Fine Arts Film Festival Made in the DR, which will take place from April 28 to May 11.
The opening of the festival will be with the film “Rafaela”, starring Judith Rodríguez, a drama by filmmaker Tito Rodríguez, and produced by Danilo Reynoso. This film was awarded first place at the Panama Festival. The closing will be with “Disappeared”, the first thriller by Roberto Ángel Salcedo.
For 14 days, the rooms of the Fine Arts Cinema Café at Novo Centro will screen 11 local productions and there will also be activities for lovers of the seventh art, students from the country’s universities, including special screenings, a short film competition, educational talks with personalities from the sector, and panels with leaders of the Dominican film industry.
The films in competition are: “Rafaela”, by Tito Rodríguez; “Disappeared”, by Roberto Ángel Salcedo; “The ballad of the crows”, by Tony Bacigaluppe Pérez; “Bantu Mama”, by Ivan Herrera; “The parcel”, by Pablo Giorgelli; “Parsley”, by José María Cabral; “Morena”, by Victoria Apolinario & Iván de Lara; “What is inherited”, by Victoria Linares Villegas; “Vals de Santo Domingo”, by Tatiana Fernández Geara; “Caribbean All Inclusive”, by Miguel García de la Calera, and “Carajita”, by Silvina Schnicer and Ulises Porra.
The jury, chaired by Desiree Reyes, is made up of Feliz Manuel Lora, Ariel Feliciano, Richard Douglas and Pachico Tejada, who will choose the winners in the following categories: Best Leading Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Leading Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best director, best screenplay and best film.
Caribbean Cinemas made its usual call to new filmmakers from different universities to participate in the Dominican Short Film contest during the Festival.
10 unpublished productions of young talents from UNIBE universities (“From the root” and “De Cristal”); UNAPEC (“The value of water” and Una”); INTEC (“Dolls and “One”); CHAVON (“Close distances” and There is a garden in the Lapine”); PUCMM (“Swipe Up” and “Mula mulata”).