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June 17, 2016

Do You Want to Be an Environmental Filmmaker and Travel Around the World with Your Movies? Premio Globo Verde Dominicano Gets You One Step Closer to Your Goal!


The Globo Verde Dominicano Award, a GFDD/Funglode and DREFF initiative, is a unique opportunity for filmmakers, students and young professionals who want to venture into a fairly uncharted area in the Dominican Republic -the creation of environmental audiovisual material- as well as to show their work to a national and international audience. For example, the short film 7 Grams, winner of Premio Globo Verde Dominicano 2015, has been presented this year in 4 different international festivals: DCEFF in Washington, D.C.; Princeton Environmental Film Festival, in New Jersey; Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival, in New York; and Festival del Cine Pobre de Gibara, in Holguin (Cuba); in addition to the Dominican Environmental Film Festival (DREFF) during the award ceremony last September. This year there´s still time, submit your work before July 31!

In addition to a gift certificate for $2,000 in technical equipment, the winner in the Short Films category will receive a unique prize: the director will travel with his/her film to an international environmental film festival and there will be screenings of the winning movie at film festivals around the world. Additionally, the film will enjoy promotion in all DREFF related pages.

Hadzael Gómez, co-director of 7 Grams with Jonatán Vila, participated in March at the Washington DC Environmental Film Festival (DCEFF) and spoke about his experience: “Being here and being able to share with directors, producers, and other figures related to film is incredible… encountering the great quality of the works presented is a great experience… in my case just attending is a huge prize!”

To watch the interview click here.

The executive director of GFDD and DREFF, Natasha Despotovic explains that “the competition aims to motivate Dominican youth to produce audiovisual material that will generate awareness about the importance of the environment and sustainable development. The Globe Verde Dominicano Award is a unique opportunity for filmmakers, students or professionals alike.”

For the 2016 edition, submissions are open until July 31st. This year the contest has four categories: Short Films; Globo Verde Junior, for high school students; Public Service Announcements; and Photography. As in past editions, the Photography category follows a theme selected by the organizers of the contest. This year, the theme is “I am sustainable” and seeks to promote the program of the United Nations, including Agenda 2030 for sustainable development and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, with the objective of stimulating reflection on environment and sustainable development and its implications for the future, and to find proposals to improve the challenges faced by the Dominican Republic in such areas.

Don’t miss out on the chance of making your dreams come true! Premio Globo Verde Dominicano gets you one step closer to your dreams!

About Globo Verde Dominicano
Globo Verde Dominicano Award, launched in 2012 by GFDD/Funglode during the 2nd Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival (DREFF), is the first short films and public service announcement contest with an environmental content to raise awareness about the importance of the environment and sustainable development. In 2014, the Festival’s Advisory Committee added a new category: Photography; and in 2015 the Globo Verde Junior category, exclusively for high school students, was introduced to give youths the opportunity to present their work.

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