The filming of Lost City Of D, the American-made film that features the famous Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, Daniel Radcliffe and Brad Pitt, was recently completed in this Caribbean country.
Also, at the end of July the feature film Viejos, starring Gael García Bernal, Vicky Krieps and Aaron Pierre, was premiered in Santo Domingo theaters. This film by director M. Night Shyamalan was shot in Samaná, at María Trinidad Sánchez and Pinewood Dominican Republic Studios.
More and more international productions are filmed in various Dominican locations. Several factors have influenced this increase, among them: the variety of landscapes, the climate, the appearance of state-of-the-art film studios such as Pinewood and, above all, the tax incentives provided by the Law for the Promotion of Cinematographic Activity ( No. 108-10).
According to data from the General Directorate of Cinema (DGCine) on the origin of foreign filming in the Dominican Republic, from 2017 to date, the United States remains the main issuer of these projects, with 38 percent, and Turkey follows with 13 percent of all foreign recordings. Other productions that have been filmed here come from Mexico (7%), Hungary (7%), Romania (4%), Greece (4%), and two percent include those of Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Spanish, Brazilian, British, Canadian and Colombian. In 2020, the local industry received RD $ 7,483,109,745.53, just for the issuance of the Single Filming Permit (PUR). So far this year, only three international shootings (Survivor project, Survivor -Nordic Countries- and Lost City of D) have injected an enviable figure of RD $ 5,474,035,593.11 to this Caribbean nation, not bad for a government that has suffered the attacks of a pandemic that reduced their collections.
A film hub in the Caribbean
It is not for less that the Dominican authorities boast of being one of the most desired destinations in the region for filming, both movies and reality shows. “Despite the negative effects on other sectors of the economy, 2020 and so far in 2021 have placed the Dominican industry in a great position. The Dominican Republic is becoming a film hub in the region: so far this year we have received more than 10 international shootings, to which we hope to add another four before the end of the year ”, said Marianna Vargas Gurilieva, head of the DGCine, by participating last July in the Marché du Film, at the Cannes Film Festival.
“Only with foreign projects that come to shoot in our country, this year we hope to obtain a record income of more than 176 million dollars,” he predicted before heading the local film commission that participated in two online activities at the Marché to promote the nation as a film destination.
The benefits of article 39
Article 39 of Law 108-10, establishes that “Natural or legal persons that produce cinematographic and audiovisual works may choose to benefit from a tax credit equivalent to twenty-five (25%) of all expenses incurred in the Dominican Republic. Dominican women or foreigners in the Dominican territory. Said credit may be used to offset any Income Tax obligation or may be transferred in favor of any natural or legal person for the same purposes ”.
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USA and Turkey, the largest broadcasters of foreign films filmed in the DR