The Dominican Republic is a perfect scenery for any film or television project. It’s attracted important international productions, from Hollywood, Europe, Latin America and Asia (The Truth, The Good Shepherd, The Godfather II, Havana, The Lost City, Miami Vice, The Feast of the Goat, Soko Leipzig-Flucht Aus Santo Domingo, Auf Wiedersen Pet, Miracle Banana, Vers Le Sud, etc.) It’s located in the heart of the Antilles, at the center of the Caribbean Sea. The country has also been used as an alternate location for stories set in Haiti, Cuba and some African Countries, mainly due to our political stability in comparison to theirs, as well as striking geographic, ethnic, and cultural similarities.
We have beautiful virgin beaches with turquoise waters. Coral reefs. Rock, gray and white sand. Colonial towns, the first city established in America. A replica of a european medieval town, Forests, mountains, river valleys and waterfalls. Pico Duarte - the Caribbean's highest peak. Arid desert looks. Plantations. Pro Golf courses, designed by Jack Nichlaus, Pete Dye, etc. Marinas. Whale migration. The capital is Santo Domingo, a fast growing city, populated by 3 million. Santo Domingo is the production service centre and it’s just a 2 hours flight away from Miami. It's most interesting for colonial looks.
Film friendly government agencies. Permitting is a straight forward process. Most locations are possible given time, money and the right approach. There is a consolidated and healthy advertising industry, and a constantly growing film industry, that have created an infrastructure capable of responding to almost any production need, and to carry on with several projects simultaneously, but most importantly our government and institutions are highly collaborative of the film industry.
Dominican Republic is a very cost efficient place to shoot, crew and equipment do not usually need to be brought in.
Mainly warm, but in the highest areas, during winter, the temperature can go under 0 degrees Celsius, with high fog presence. Rain season is usually between May and August. The official language is Spanish, but there is a vast bilingual population.
Studios and backlots.
Pinewodd Studios is building a state of the art water tank and sound studios in the Dominican Republic.
is non-union and buyouts are negotiable. Cultural and Racial diversity: A majority of Mulattos, Afro Caribbean, Hispanic, Caucasians, Arabs, Jews and finally some presence of Asians (Chinese and Japanese).
The Dominican Republic offers tax incentives for film & tv productions, as well as music videos and documentaries. A fully transferable tax credit of 25% on all qualifying spending based on a minimum investment of $500,000 on qualified productions shooting in the Dominican Republic. Qualifying spend includes: equipment, services and labour as well as the above the line costs.
Main roads are up to international standards. The Dominican Republic has 10 International airports with over 200 scheduled flights each week from America and Europe. Several international airlines service flights to Dominican Republic.
are non-union. Key crew is available locally.
The Dominican Republic has a good depth of standard lighting, grip and camera equipment including Cranes, Jimmy Jibs, Fisher and Panther Dolly, 35mm Alexa and RED cameras. Contact us with your needs.