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The Dominican Republic launches first official film commission

20 August 2011

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.

As it related to filmed entertainment production, The Dominican Republic offers:

  • 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