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IDB launches Central American motion picture cycle as part of AFI Latin American Film Fest

The event, Central Film Fest: Central America + Dominican Republic, will be held in Washington, D.C. to promote and expand the visibility of the regional filmmaking industry’s talent and potential.

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), in partnership with the AFI 2018 Latin American Film Festival, will hold the Central Film Fest: Central America + Dominican Republic event in Washington, D.C., from Sept. 6 through Oct. 11.

The event seeks to promote the talent and potential of the region’s motion picture industry with documentaries and fiction productions from Belize, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Honduras, and Panama.

Central America’s filmmaking is experiencing a boom, earning a place in the world’s top silver screen circles and festivals. Between 2013-2015, the region produced 113 national motion pictures—more than the number of productions of the past century.

In money terms, growth has also been remarkable, with earnings of $12 million in 2015, underscoring the dramatic potential to foster creative and economic development, and to become a driving force behind job generation in the region.    

Just 15 years ago there was virtually no presence of Central American presentations in movie theaters or international film festivals. Today, it's a completely different story, with Guatemala’s Ixcanul winning a Silver Bear from the Berlin Festival, Costa Rica’s Agua Fría de Mar (Cold Seawater) by Paz Fábrega taking a Golden Tiger award from the Rotterdam Festival, and the Dominican Republic’s Jeffrey winning multiple prizes and recognition from international film festivals, including those of Toronto and Cleveland.

The free film cycle will be held at the IDB Washington, D.C. headquarters’ Enrique V. Iglesias auditorium and will feature presentations and questions and answer sessions by some of the directors and producers.

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About the IDB 

The Inter-American Development Bank is devoted to improving lives. Established in 1959, the IDB is a leading source of long-term financing for economic, social and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean. The IDB also conducts cutting-edge research and provides policy advice, technical assistance and training to public and private sector clients throughout the region. 

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