After much anticipation, the Government of the Dominican Republic is pleased to announce the inauguration of its first official Film Commission. Dominican Republic President, Dr. Leonel Fernández Reyna has appointed Ellis Perez to the post of Director General of Cinematography in the Dominican Republic and established an advisory board and the General Department for Cinematography (DGCINE), which effectively functions as the Film Commission and is designed to encourage the growth of film development on the island — a potential $375 million dollar industry with the possibility to employ over 24,000 people.
The announcement was made in Hollywood today, at an event celebrating the inauguration of the new Dominican Republic consular offices with the Honorable Mrs. Celeste Jimenez and his Excellency, Rafael Alburqueque, Vice President of the Dominican Republic in attendance.
The new Film Commission is in place to help investors, studios, production companies and independent producers find all the services needed to film their projects in the DR and provide support with location scouting, permits and clearances, and provide consultations on all needs relating to filming in the DR.
The Dominican Republic has been the setting of many feature films, such as ““The God Father II,” “The Good Shepherd,” “Miami Vice,” “Jurassic Park” and “Lost City,” among many others, but just recently it created a film incentives law designed to provide great benefits and perks to producers seeking to film in exotic locations.
In a significant show of support for the film industry, the National Congress of the Dominican Republic recently passed into law a new bill that provides a tax credit of up to 25% for feature films and TV series shot in the Dominican Republic. With the approval of Law #108-2010 by the Dominican Congress and the corresponding Regulation (Presidential Decree No. 370-2011), a competitive, modern and strong framework for the Cinema and Audiovisual industry has finally been introduced in the Country.
The “Cinema Law” introduces several tax incentives with the aim of promoting the Dominican Republic Cinema and audiovisual industry by attracting more local and foreign investments in industry related activities and infrastructure. A summary of details from this new law can be found at the end of this press release.
• A diverse territory with outstanding options from the location shooting standpoint,
• State-of-the-art infrastructures and telecommunication networks,
• An unsurpassed transport connection network to the US and Europe,
(7 International Airports)
• A consolidated tourism and lifestyle offering,
• Talented film technicians and Crew
• An objective cost effectiveness vs. competing jurisdictions,
• Partnership opportunities with local investors and entrepreneurs,
• A solid administrative framework,
• The strength of the leading regional economy in terms of political and economic stability.
The strength of the Dominican offering, now reinforced with the introduction of such a competitive film – TV incentives framework, will determine a great positioning of the Dominican Republic in the global marketplace a one of the preferred locations for film and TV productions and businesses.
In February 2011, The Indomina Group, the fast-growing U.S. and Dominican Republic based producer and distributor of film, TV and transmedia content, announced a key partnership agreement with the world-renowned Pinewood Studios Group, to operate, manage and market a new state-of-the-art film and television facility in the Dominican Republic.
Located in the beach town of Juan Dolio on the Dominican Republic’s southern coast, about 40 miles east of Santo Domingo, “Pinewood Indomina Studios” will be a full-service, world-class production facility for film, TV, and other related media content, servicing the growing Caribbean, Southern and Central American markets as well as Hollywood and the rest of the world.
The state-of-the-art film and television production facilities will initially comprise 5,000 sq m of sound stage space along with 15,000 sq m of associated production support facilities. The 35 acre site will include an acre water effects facility including a 75m x 75m exterior water tank with natural ocean horizons, blue screen capabilities and a fully equipped diving and marine department. When completed it will be the only tank of its type and size in the region. Commencement of initial operations is expected by early 2012.