The Directorate General of Cinema (DGCINE) announced its partnership with Eurodoc (International Laboratory for Creative Documentary Production) to carry out, for the first time in the Dominican Republic, the Caribbbean Worshop, designed for producers from the Caribbean region who are actively involved in the development of documentary projects destined for film, television or digital platforms.
The program, carried out with the support of the French Embassy in the country, aims to enrich producers’ experience in artistic development, production and fundraising at the international level, with a special emphasis on navigating the complexities of South-South and South-North co-production collaborations.
Eurodoc, established in 1999 in France, is an international, selective, in-depth and intensive training program in the development and production of creative documentaries, with a 23-year history and community.
Marianna Vargas Gurilieva, general director of the DGCINE expressed that “it is a pleasure to welcome you for the first time in the Dominican Republic to the Eurodoc Caribbean workshop, with the presence of 8 countries. This initiative is of great value to the Caribbean film scene, representing a significant collaboration and connection between our film industries. I greatly appreciate the trust placed in us by allowing us to host this important event, which for us represents a recognition of the work we are carrying out to internationalize our cinema. The selection of five Dominican filmmakers demonstrates the exceptional quality of local film productions in development.
In turn, Nora Philippe, director of Eurodoc, said that ”we thank the DGCINE and its team, our entire gratitude, main co-organizing partner of this session, who have provided the space of its Cinemateca Dominicana for this training and, in addition, whom we congratulate for promoting with such care the national film industry and its openness to the world. We would also like to thank Eurodoc’s structural partners, the French National Film and Animated Image Center (CNC), Procirep (Society of Film and Television Producers), LaSCAM, and of course MEDIA Creative Europe, grant funders and partners (Institut français, French Embassy in Cuba, French Embassy in the Dominican Republic, IEFTA)”.
The training will be given by leading producer Ina Fichman, who has a career spanning more than 30 years. Fichman has been nominated for Oscar, BAFTA, Peabody and Emmy awards. She currently presides Intuitive Pictures and has won awards for documentaries presented at major festivals such as Sundance, Locarno, Berlin, Hot Docs, Venice, Karlovy Vary, Tribeca, Visions du Reel, CPH: DOX, among others.
The countries participating in the training come from St. Kitts and Nevis; Martinique, Trinidad and Tobago; Guadeloupe; Cuba; Haiti; Guyana and the Dominican Republic.
The Dominican producers participating in the program are: Wendy Espinal, with her project “Venimos todos del mismo bote”, directed by Wendy Espinal and Gilbert Mirambreau; Sterlyn Ramírez, with the project “Tripa, Capa y Capote”, directed by Mariel Aponte. Also, Gregorio Rodríguez, with the project “La lengua del agua”, directed by Jeissy Trompiz; Víctor Solimán, with the project “DécimoQuinta Estación”, by José Luis Jiménez and, Belle Guzmán, with the project “NEGRO”, by director Iván De Lara, are those selected to participate in the important training.