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October 5, 2015

Dominican Night at CinemAmbiente 2015 in Turin


Executive Director of GFDD and DREFF, Natasha Despotovic, presents films and serves on festival jury.

Three Dominican-made films were screened at the CinemAmbiente film festival in Turin, Italy this October. The GFDD productions Value of Life and Garbage or Resource? A Dominican Republic Experience, both directed by Natasha Despotovic, and 7 Gramos, directed by Jonatán Vila Gómez, were shown at the festival on October 8th. Despotovic, executive director of GFDD and DREFF, was present at the festival to present the films and serve as a juror within the festival.

Value of Life is the newest short production from GFDD, with plans to expand into a feature length film within the next year. Garbage or Resource? A Dominican Republic Experience is another GFDD production which has been shown at over 15 film festivals around the world, and received multiple awards including Best Documentary at the Miami Short Film Festival, Best Documentary at the Green Lens Environmental Film Festival, and the Second Place Fan Coral Award at the Reef Renaissance Film Festival. 7 Gramos is the winner of the DREFF 2015 Globo Verde Dominicano Award, and was presented at CinemAmbiente as part of the prize.

The Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival (DREFF) works in partnership with CinemAmbiente as a fellow Green Film Network member. The Green Film Network (GFN) brings together some of the major film festivals that happen annually around the globe with focus on environmental issues. Their network objective is to coordinate the events of the associated festivals, promote and distribute films worldwide and encourage initiatives and projects that might help people ponder about the environment.

About CinemAmbiente
CinemAmbiente – Environmental Film Festival has presented outstanding environmental films in a year-round program of initiatives that promote cinema and green awareness.

Founded and directed by Gaetano Capizzi, the Festival has been jointly organized with the National Museum of Cinema – Maria Adriana Prolo Foundation since 2006.

CinemAmbiente is a member of the Green Film Network, which unites major international environmental film festival.

The CinemAmbiente program features over selected 100 films screened in the national and international competition categories, as well as in the special categories Panorama, Focus, Retrospectives, and Ecokids. Besides film presentations, the program includes debates, meetings with the authors, exhibitions, book presentations, theater and concerts, and events in and around Turin.

About the DREFF
Since its creation in 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.

With a diverse selection of films and numerous panels, workshops, seminars, and community activities, the 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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