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  • DREFF will be Present at the 1st International Forum of Environmental Film Festivals in Seia, Portugal

    October 9, 2018

    Alongside 35 other festival directors from across the globe, Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) Executive Director and Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival (DREFF) Director Natasha Despotovic will be present at the 1st International Forum of Environmental Film Festivals in Seia, Portugal next week, from October 13th to 15th. Despotovic will join the other festival directors in discussion and promotion of the environment through film. Areas for collaboration and the sustainability of film festivals to promote social change will be debated in panel-style conversations.

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  • DREFF: Special Guest at the First International Forum of Environmental Film Festivals in Seia, Portugal

    September 17, 2018

    CineEco, in collaboration with the Green Film Network (GFN), will organize the 1st International Forum of Environmental Film Festivals in Seia, Portugal, next October. The event, supported by the Portuguese Tourism Center, will take place during the 24th edition of the CineEco festival, October 13th to 15th. Natasha Despotovic, Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival (DREFF)’s Director, has been invited to attend as a special guest, together with representatives of the most relevant environmental festivals around the world. 

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  • New Habits to Control Plastic Consumption

    August 13, 2018

    Last Saturday, August 11th, the Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival (DREFF) – an initiative of Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD), and the National Museum of Natural History “Prof. Eugenio de Jesús Marcano” (MNHN for its Spanish initials), joint efforts to screen the documentary “Bag It!”. The screening’s main purpose was a call to action to stop or at least significantly reduce the use of plastics in the country and promote new habits in the population.

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  • DREFF Joins BIJRD at FICI 2018 with Screenings of “The Boy and the World”

    July 31, 2018

    As part of the collaboration with the XIII Festival Internacional de Cine Infantil (FICI – Children’s International Film Festival), held annually in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, GFDD and its DR Environmental Film Festival (DREFF) screened the animated film “The Boy and the World” twice. The first screening was held on Sunday, July 29 at 4:00 p.m at Sambil, and the second one was on Monday, July 30 at 4:00 p.m. at Agora Mall. Hundreds of children and adults enjoyed the Oscar nominee film that was part of the 2016 DREFF’s official selection.

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  • GFDD/Funglode and DREFF Mourn the Death of Dominican Filmmaker Fernando Báez Mella

    July 4, 2018

    The Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) and Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival (DREFF) deeply lament the death of Dominican producer, director and photographer Fernando Báez Mella, who tragically passed away on July 3, 2018. In addition to having been a great friend and collaborator, Mr. Báez Mella was a member of the DREFF National Advisory Committee.

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  • “The Lack of Sustainability is Going to Affect Us All; it’s Already Affecting Us”

    June 21, 2018

    Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) and its Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival (DREFF) hosted a panel discussion at its Washington, DC office, titled “Best Practices on Sustainable and Responsible Tourism”. The conversation included international speakers such as Natasha Despotovic, GFDD/DREFF’s Executive Director and President, Villa Serena Hotel in Samaná, Dominican Republic; Jake Kheel, Vice President, Grupo Puntacana Foundation (and co-director of the documentary ‘Death by a Thousand Cuts’); Martha Honey, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Center for Responsible Travel (CREST) and Maryanne Culpepper, Executive Director, Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital (DCEFF).

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  • The DREFF, Along with Ministries of the Environment and Tourism, Celebrate World Ocean Day

    June 11, 2018

    To commemorate World Ocean Day, held on June 8th of each year, the Dominican Environment Film Festival (DREFF), along with the Ministries of the Environment and Tourism of the Dominican Republic, featured a special presentation of the short documentaries El mar y yo (non-official translation: The Sea and I) and Un viaje a través de los ojos del arrecife (non-official translation: A Journey Through the Eyes of the Coral Reef).  The activity was organized by personnel from both Ministries, who also enjoyed and learned important information provided by the documentaries.

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  • DREFF and UNAPEC Will Celebrate World Environment Day and World Oceans Day

    May 23, 2018

    To commemorate World Environment Day, held each year on June 5th and World Oceans Day, held worldwide on June 8th, the Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival (DREFF), an initiative of the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) and APEC University (UNAPEC), will feature films on both these subjects for professors and students from June 5-8, 2018.

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