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The environment has been at the forefront of GFDD/FUNGLODE's mission since its very beginnings. The Foundation's work in the development of national and international networks, the discussion of pressing issues, training programs that have brought national experts together with the most prominent international leaders in the field, comes to fruition now with the creation of an Environmental Film Festival as a natural addition to its environmental program.

GFDD/FUNGLODE embraces the creation of this new initiative with high expectations particularly to reach out to the youth of the Dominican Republic, opening a world of beauty, information, inspiration and pride to them.

Mission

DREFF aims to raise awareness and deepen the understanding of environmental issues among Dominican audiences. At the same time, the Festival celebrates the beauty and diversity of the Dominican Republic's natural heritage and offers insights into attitudes and actions that will contribute to its appreciation, conservation and sustainable use.

By screening a diverse selection of high quality films that deal with pressing issues, and by organizing discussion panels with environmental experts, filmmakers and other stakeholders, the Festival seeks to promote dialogue and inspire Dominican audiences to adopt practices that will ensure the country's environmental sustainability and health.

By bringing together youth, scholars, experts, activists, filmmakers, representatives of the public and private sector, non-governmental enthusiasts, as well as wide audiences from all walks of life, the Festival promotes programs and projects that contribute to environmental protection, conservation and sustainability.

II Muestra de Cine Medioambiental Dominicana, 5-9 de Septiembre 2012

The Festival will provide youth and general audiences the opportunity to watch the best and most beautiful, informative and educational environmental international films of the year, to learn about the pressing issues, to appreciate and value the diversity and beauty the country has to offer and, hopefully, inspire greater environmental stewardship. The biodiversity crisis, sustainable production and consumption, water, climate change, urbanism, poverty and the state of fisheries are some of the themes the selected films will address and bring to Dominican audiences, along with the opportunity to meet the producers, directors, researchers, adventurers, and explorers. The Festival will offer ample opportunities for audiences to interact with leading figures in the environmental community and possibly collaborate on national and international
programs that make a difference.

Staff

President
Dr. Leonel Fernández

International Advisory Committee
Charlotte Vick
Debbie Kinder
Fabien Cousteau
Peter O'Brien

National Advisory Committee
Adolfo López
Cesareo Guillermo
Ernesto Reyna
Fernando Báez
Ginny Heinsen
Idelissa Bonnelly
Jake Kheel
Karen Pannocchia
Marialicia Urbaneja
Omar Ramírez
Omar Shamir Reynoso
Oswaldo Vásquez
Patricia Cardona
Roberto Llerena
Ydalia Aceveda Monegro
Yolanda León
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Director
Natasha Despotovic

Director of Institutional Relations
Asunción Sanz

Chief Operations Officer
Yamile Eusebio

Director of Digital Media & Print Material
Semiramis de Miranda

Director of Programming
Emy Rodriguez

Communication Director
Elina Cruz

Financial Director
Ramón Cruz
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Panel Coordinators
Margaret Hayward
Ana de la Cruz
Diana Murcia
Cristiana Cruz Minier

Workshop Manager & Multimedia Coordinator
Alexandra Tabar

Filmmaker Liaison
Mandy Sciachitano

Special Events Coordinator
Janny Sánchez

Film Traffic
Alexandra Tabar
Emy Rodriguez

Multimedia Assistants
Braudin Eusebio
Sergio Díaz

Administrative Assistants
Kenia Hernández
Ana Marie Polack

Communication Assistants
Jenny Almonte
Karina Arias
Pamley Hernández

Graphic Designer
María Montas
Marta Massano

Web Designer
Jonathan Grullón

Web Assistant
Regina Sánchez

Globo Verde Dominicano Award
Alexandra Tabar
Braudin Eusebio

Photographers
Anne Casalé
Apolinar Moreno

Translators of Print Material
Silvia Gutíerrez
Maureen Meehan
Maria Mejía

Operation Assistant
Catharine Florentino
Marielly Gallardo
Arsenia Miranda
María Victoria Acosta

School Outreach
Paúl Goris

Ground Transportation
Marielly Gallardo

General Support
Leonesa Méndez
Reyna Mendoza (Santiago)
Reydi Moreta
Pamely Hernandez

Volunteers
Esperanza Verde

With support and collaboration from
Instituto Global de Multimedia (IGM) and the FUNGLODE Audiovisual Department
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Cultural Representatives in:
Santiago:
Centro Cultural Eduardo León Jimenes, Luis Felipe Rodríguez

PUNTACANA:
Candy Gomez & Carla Patricia Valbuena Matheus

Santo Domingo:
UNPHU: Jose Rafael Espaillat
Centro Cultural Narciso González: Basilio Nova

Puerto Plata:
Cluster Turístico de Puerto Plata: Jakaira Cid
Asoc. Cultural Suenos de Colores: Alisleyda Beard

Bani: Julia Castillo

  • Community in Action!
    Supporting grassroots organizations and communities
    Among the goals of the DR Environmental Film Festival (DREFF), is to include and support grassroots organizations and communities, schools and young people in general.

  • Marcos Diaz
    A real Universal Community leader and spokesman for the core values of the UN Millennium Development Goals as it is the Dominican swimmer Marcos Diaz. He will meet a group of youth, who will have a swimming competition, at La Caleta. The expected goals of this activity is to offer an opportunity to youth of disadvantaged areas to interact with Marcos, and to get a better understanding for the role model that Marcos represents for Dominicans and the rest of the world, as well as a better understanding of the sea and this protected area of La Caleta.

    For more details about Marcos Diaz visit Dominican Get-Together in the Big Apple

Trivias - Dominican Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Environment