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Saint George School, New Venue for DREFF, Hosts Ecofilm Children’s Short Films Program

September 15, 2016

On Thursday morning, fourth-graders at Saint George School in Santo Domingo enjoyed a children’s short film program, part of this year’s programing, held for the first time at this screening venue. The Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival (DREFF), now in its 6th year, is working in collaboration with the International Short Film Festival of Mexico, ECOFILM, which prepared an excellent children’s short film program for Dominican students.

The event took place in the school  auditorium with support from teachers like Donald Gotz, who spoke with the students after the screening and went over the lessons learned in each one.

The short films were about such issues as water, solid waste, energy, animal biodiversity, and climate change – all presented in a simple to comprehend manner to enable the small children to get the message.

After talking about the lessons learned in the short films, examples of good practices in everyday life was also discussed. Professor Gotz reiterated the importance of environmental education and how encouraging good habits among children is necessary to achieve positive changes in society.

Under this year’s slogan, “Yo soy sostenible,” the sixth edition of the Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival ( was inaugurated on Tuesday September 13 in Santo Domingo with a screening of the documentary The True Cost and a magnificent celebration of sustainable fashion in the Agora Mall, complete with a green carpet. The Film Festival, to last until September 18, will take place in 11 cities around the Dominican Republic, including Santo Domingo, Santiago, Baní, Puerto Plata/Sosúa, San Juan de la Maguana, La Vega, Samaná, Hermanas Mirabel, Bonao, Punta Cana and La Romana in over 40 cinemas and screening rooms.

About the DREFF
Since its creation in 2011, the Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival has been providing Dominicans with a platform of knowledge and debate on the environment and sustainable development, as well as examples of best practices to achieve them, while celebrating the unique beauty and natural heritage of the Dominican Republic. With a wide selection of documentaries and numerous panel discussions, workshops, seminars and community activities, the DREFF seeks to promote dialogue and the exchange of knowledge and experience with the goal of encouraging Dominicans to take measures that will contribute to the appreciation, conservation and sustainable use of the country’s unique natural resources. /
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