Legal framework

The Dominican Republic Film Commission (DGCINE) is a decentralized institution of the Dominican State, with legal personality, with administrative, financial and technical autonomy, attached to the Ministry of Culture. The DGCINE was created as a result of the enactment of Law 108-10, but it was not until June 13, 2011, when it came into operation, with the appointment of Mr. Ellis Pérez as General Director, until the end of 2013 when in the first week of January 2014, with decree 388-13, President Danilo Medina appointed Yvette Marichal as director of the institution. Then in 2021, President Luis Abinader, designates Marianna Vargas Gurilieva as general director, through decree 21-21. The DGCINE was instituted with the purpose of administering the tax incentives created by Law 108-10, to promote and encourage the development of the Dominican film industry, and at the same time position the country as a destination for locations for foreign productions.

As a competent body, the DGCINE is the Technical and Logistics Secretariat of the Intersectoral Council for the Promotion of Cinematographic Activity (CIPAC), which has, by law, the obligation to administer the FONPROCINE and ensure the stipulations of the Law for the Promotion of Film industry.


Promote the development of the Film Industry as well as establish and order policies for Cinematographic and Audiovisual activities, attending to the modernization and internationalization of the national film industry in accordance with what is established by Law No. 108-10.

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