Although some of the areas most affected by covid in Ibero-America have been the arts and entertainment, cinema was still able to present a series of extraordinary numbers in the Dominican Republic, as indicated by the figures offered by the General Directorate of Cinema. Injecting both national and international productions with more than 15 billion pesos into the Dominican economy.
“This has given us great opportunities for the generation of jobs and the dynamization of sectors, such as hotels, food and beverages, transportation, construction, among others,” highlighted the head of the DGCine, Marianna Vargas Gurilieva.
Despite the fact that attendance was reduced due to the protocols of the Ministry of Public Health Dominican cinema premiered 20 films in 2021 conforming in quality the best annual offer that has offered the artistic and technical national cinematographic talent.
It was highlighted that the billboard of the XI Fine Arts Film Festival in Novo Centro consisted exclusively of eleven Dominican titles, in a risky bet of its organizers (Caribbean Cinemas), resulting in a success of attendance and quality as cinema, according to those responsible for the audiovisual.
The films that reached the billboards were: “Hotel Coppelia”, “No es lo Que Parece”, “Sol en el Agua”, “La Fiera y la Fiesta”, “Liborio”, “Candela”, “Mosh”, “El Blanco, Motel”, “La Rasante”, “La Boya”, “Más que el Agua”, “Sin aliento (Flow)”, “Guayabo”, “Carta Blanca”, “La Bruja”, “15 Horas (En Legítima Defensa)”, “El Naturalista Isleño”, “La Vida de los Reyes” and “Presidentes Dominicanos en la Historia 1844 -1966”.
Regarding the good figures Vargas Gurilieva, expressed that the single filming permits issued in 2021 totaled 95 projects being 60% of them feature films and 38% documentaries.
She commented that despite the fact that covid meant a brake for many entrepreneurs, it did not become an impediment for other people to see the film industry as a “round business”.
“Last year 74 new companies providing services to the film industry were registered and the direct human capital was expanded with 1918 people who entered the Film Information and Registration System (SIRECINE),” he said.