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DREFF Holds Networking Breakfast for Filmmakers, Green Film Network Members and the Press as Part of the DCEFF

March 17, 2017

Washington – The Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival (DREFF) held today a networking breakfast for Green Film Network (GFN) members, filmmakers and friends at the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) office in Washington, D.C. The get-together was part of the official 2017 DC Environmental Film Festival (DCEFF), which is now taking place in Washington, D.C. from March 14 to March 26.

On this occasion guests shared information about their films, promoted their screenings and learned about the DREFF program as well as the upcoming Dominican Night, part of the 2017 DCEFF program.

Among the attendees were environmentalists, film producers and directors, and members of the media including: Aditi Desai and John Tschirky from the American Bird Conservancy; Scott Hamilton Kennedy, director of the film Food Evolution; French filmmakers Martine Couchoud and Sandrine Sacarrere; and Niall Doran and Justin Smith, Australian directors of Sixteen Legs, a documentary about the survival of the Tasmanian Cave Spider. Many of these individuals will have films featured in the DCEFF program this week in Washington, D.C. These filmmakers are using their art as an educational tool to show people about the fragility of the environment and our responsibility to protect it.

Semiramis de Miranda, GFDD Projects and ICT Director, underlined that “The Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival has been closely collaborating with DCEFF for the past six years and continues to work to achieve its aims of offering information and projects that contribute to the appreciation of the Dominican environment and promote its sustainable use, while promoting Dominican filmmaking internationally and providing development opportunities to young filmmakers in the country.”

Miryam Lopez, DREFF Communications Director, and Maria-Victoria Abreu, Programming Director, thanked the meeting’s attendees and underlined the importance of hosting such events as part of the partnership with the DCEFF, festival that “has always been an inspiration for us and that this year marks the milestone of its 25th anniversary”.

GFDD encourages all DCEFF filmmakers and interested moviegoers to attend this year´s Dominican Night, on March 23 at the E Street Cinema in Washington, D.C. As part of the long-term partnership between the DREFF and the DCEFF Dominican Night features screenings of three documentaries produced on the island. This year Dominican Night will include a screening of the winner of the 2016 Globo Verde Dominicano, the short film Ciclos by Hansel Ureña Espósito, as well as Death by a Thousand Cuts, directed by Juan Mejia and Jake Kheel, and Site of Sites, by Natalia Cabral and Oriol Estrada.

When: March 23, 2017
Time: Death by a Thousand Cuts 6 pm / Site of Sites 8 pm
Where: E Street Cinema – 555 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20004

Since its creation 2011, the Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival (DREFF)- an initiative of Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) and Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo (Funglode) -has been providing Dominicans with a platform of knowledge and debate on the environment and sustainable development, along with its challenges and best practices while celebrating the unique beauty and wealth that is the Dominican Republic’s natural heritage.

The Environmental Film Festival at the Nation’s Capital (DCEFF) is the world’s premiere showcase of environmentally themed films. Each March in Washington, DC, the Festival presents more than 150 films to an audience of over 33,000. DCEFF program includes thematic discussions and social events, film screenings at museums, embassies, libraries, universities and local theaters. Founded in 1993, DCEFF is the largest and longest-standing environmental film festival in the United States. It has grown into a major collaborative cultural event both during the festival and all year round.

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