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Official Announcement in Santo Domingo of the Sixth Edition of the Dominican Republic Evironmental Film Festival

August 25, 2016

Santo Domingo – All the details about the Dominican Environmental Film Festival (DREFF) were presented yesterday in the capital of the country, Santo Domingo, before a large group of journalists, environmental experts and friends and collaborators at the Colonial Gate 4D Cinema. The Chief Operations Officer of DREFF, Yamile Eusebio, and Omar Shamir Reynoso, Coordinator of GFDD environmental programs, spoke of all the details of this great celebration of environmental cinema that is held this year from the 13th  to the 18th  of September in 11 of cities across the country.

Alongside Eusebio and Reynoso, members of DREFF’s  National Advisory Committee were present: Fernando Báez, Jake Keel, Guillermo Cesáreo and Oswaldo Vásquez, as well as representatives of some of the sponsoring and collaborating institutions of the festival, including Narciso González Cultural Center, St. Michael School, PUCMM, Colegio New Horizons, Colonial Gate, Funiber and Ecored.

“With 45 films, 140 screenings, over 40 venues and more than 45 international and national guests, DREFF will put on its largest festival to date!”, explained the Chief Operations Officer. The capital will host the opening ceremony September 13 at 5:00 pm at Palacio del Cine de Ágora Mall, with the screening of the documentary The True Cost and a big celebration of sustainable fashion. During the 6 days of the festival, there will be more than 140 screenings, dozens of panels, workshops, exhibitions, special activities and activities with the community. Moreover, this year the Dominican Republic through DREFF will be the first country in the Americas to host the Green Film Network (GFN) Award, the “Oscar” of environmental filmmaking.

Under this year´s motto “Yo Soy Sostenible”, the sixth annual edition will be held throughout 11 cities in the Dominican Republic :Santo Domingo, Santiago, Baní, Puerto Plata/Sosúa, San Juan de la Maguana, La Vega, Samaná, Hermanas Mirabel, Bonao, Punta Cana and La Romana.

Since its creation in 2011, the DREFF –an initiative of the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) and the 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. With a diverse selection of films and numerous panels, workshops, seminars, and community activities, DREFF promotes dialogue and the exchange of knowledge and experience, inspiring Dominicans to adopt actions that contribute to the appreciation, conservation, and sustainable use of their environmental resources.

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