The General Directorate of Cinema (DGCINE) is a decentralized institution of the Dominican State, with legal personality, administrative, financial and technical autonomy under the Ministry of Culture. The DGCINE was created following the enactment of Law 108-10, but it was not until June 13, 2011, when in operation, with the appointment of Mr. Ellis Perez as Director General. The DGCINE was instituted for the purpose of administering tax incentives created by Law 108-10, to promote and encourage the development of the Dominican film industry, while positioning the country as a destination for foreign production locations.
Promote the development of the Film Industry as well as establishing and managing policies for Cinema and Audiovisual activities, based on the modernization and internationalization of the national film industry pursuant to the provisions of Law No. 108-10.
Yvette Marichal to head DGCine (01.01.2014)
President Danilo Medina has appointed Yvette Altagracia Marichal Carvajal to be the new director of DGCine, the local film office. Resigning former director Ellis Perez will stay on as honorary advisor to the President on film matters, according to Decree 390-13. DGCINE is promoting film production in the DR.
19 films already have release dates for 2014 with RD*$1.5 billion in tax credits
The Dominican Republic incentives law grants up to 25% income tax credits serves to stimulate the movie-making industry in the country. On Tuesday, 31 December 2013, the news paper
The Dominican newspaper “El Dia” reported that 19 films already have release dates for 2014 and have RD*$1.5 billion in tax credits approved by the government. Another nine are on the drawing board for release in 2015.
Before the film promotion law was passed movies cost RD*$5 to RD$15 million to produce, films now cost more than RD$30 million and as much as RD$89 million that is budgeted for the production of a biopic of businessman Victor Mendez Capellan (Girasoles).
*RD$: 1€= ca. 54 RD$