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Film industry moved more than 15 billion pesos in the DR

The Dominican Republic continues to be the ideal film destination for countless film and audiovisual projects.

During 2022, the country received 125 projects that moved more than RD$15,000 million in the economy, providing development opportunities to micro and small businesses, promoting a greater number of jobs in the filming locations.

Of the projects filmed in the country, 65 (52%) are foreign, representing a 33% increase in productions compared to 2021, and 60 (48%) are national, representing a 15% increase compared to 2021.

Several of these foreign projects have included big names from the world film industry, such as Jake Gyllenhaal, Jodie Foster and Johnny Depp.

Likewise, a total of 121 incentives for national and foreign projects were approved through the Intersectoral Council for Film Promotion in the Dominican Republic (CIPAC). This council is the highest body of the Directorate General of Cinema (DGCINE), which approves tax incentives.

“2022 was a year full of achievements for Dominican cinema. At the level of internationalization we managed to support, with their projects, producers and filmmakers on their way to reach larger audiences beyond our borders.

This 2023 begins with very good signs, since two films and a Dominican short film entered as an official selection in class A festivals, such as the Rotterdam Film Festival and Berlinale,” said Marianna Vargas Gurilieva, general director of DGCINE.

For this year, DGCINE will focus on strengthening the internationalization strategy of cinema.

Achieve the necessary alliances to continue strengthening FONPROCINE and the training programs designed from the Human Capital Survey. Join efforts to boost film destinations, making a special focus on the northern area.

Similarly, the Virtual Single Window will be launched in the first quarter of 2023.

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In 2022, 125 movies were filmed, 65 foreign and 60 national, positively impacting the food and beverage, hospitality, transportation and construction sectors, as well as other companies.

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