Why Is the Dominican Republic Your Best Option For Filming?


he Dominican Republic is known as an idyllic place for producing and filming movies within any budget and crew size. It has a rich history as a filming destination, dating back to Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather Part II in the 1970s. 

From beautiful and diverse locations to state-of-the-art facilities and phenomenal tax incentives, here are some of the reasons you should consider the D.R. for your next film or TV project:

1) The Dominican Republic has a long tradition of international and local film production.

The DR has also some of the most experienced film professionals in the Caribbean region. Unlike unionized crews from other countries, crews in the D.R. are non-union. This is more cost-effective for productions regardless of budget size, taking into account favorable exchange rates and other factors. Simply put, you get way more bang for your buck.

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2) You can cover almost all of your location needs in the DR.

Be it a craggy mountain range, a golden beach, an arid desert plain or a tropical rainforest — you can find a wide range of sites within a short amount of travel time. This biodiversity, the largest in the region, with an average annual temperature of 25°C (77°FF), has helped turn the DR into a popular destination for film and TV projects.

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3) Take advantage of world-class studio facilities in the heart of the Caribbean.

Pinewood Dominican Republic Studios is the leading studio facility for international film and TV producers filming in the Dominican Republic. Get total control over your vision by making use of their renowned 8-acre horizon water tank facility, three state-of-the-art sound stages, backlots, and workshops. Their production buildings also feature office space, editing suites, hair & makeup rooms, and dressing rooms to accommodate productions of any size. Learn more about Pinewood Dominican Republic Studios here.

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4) The D.R. is the fastest growing economy in the Caribbean and has made the film industry a priority.

That’s why in 2010, a transferable tax credit of 25% was put in place for above-the-line and below-the-line costs. Local production services companies are well-versed in the necessary steps to make sure you can take advantage of every tax opportunity and save money in the process.

5) Safety is a priority.

In the DR you can rest assured there is enough staff to ensure the safety of your cast & crew at all times and at every location you visit during your shoot.

6) Crew up!

You’ll find production services firms that can help you in every aspect of pre-pro and production, such as budgeting & scheduling, film location scouting, registration at the local film commission, film production coordination & management, customs brokerage, accommodation and travel arrangements, equipment sourcing, transportation, casting, accounting, payroll, and catering.

You could not ask for more, but if you do, you will find it in the DR. Learn more about the many productions that have taken place in the Dominican Republic.