Shooting in the Dominican Republic can be a nice and unforgettable experience, but if you donít have the right knowledge and expertise it can become an unfortunate, frustrating and costly experience.
This is greatly due to a market that doesnít yet adjusts to the proper rules of the game in the business related to audiovisual production. And since a new Film Law (Law 108-10) has been created, along with regulations in the Dominican Republic for audiovisual activities; shooting in the country implies having the corresponding permits and paperwork to avoid situations that may put your production at risk.
For the Film-Photo and Customs permit, no matter if you shoot in a private place, these are the documents you need to get:
A) THIRD PARTY LIABILITY INSURANCE / COVERING ALL CREW AND GEAR.
B) COPIES OF ALL PASSPORTS
C) ALL FLIGHT DETAILS / ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURES / AIRLINE / AIRLINE NUMBER
D) LETTER TO DGCINE-FILM COMMISION / PLACING US AS YOUR LOCAL PRODUCER
E) LIST OF ALL EQUIPMENT / INCLUDING SERIAL NUMBERS AND PRICES
F) PROJECT BRIEF
G) ***NEW*** / D.U.A. IMPORT-EXPORT CUSTOMS DECLARATIONS
Upon arrival in the country, you should have on hand copies of all documents issued both by CUSTOMS and the Film Commision. Make sure also, that the producer you hire in the country waits for you at the airport with ALL ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS. At customs (airport), all gear and equipment is gonna be checked by customs officials in front of you and the local producer.
If you donít have the proper documents, all your gear and equipment is gonna be detained and taken away from you at customs. After that, you will have to pay a huge fine and of course, expending more than 5 days to take the equipment out.
Only registered producers at the Film Commision can get all film and photo permits, customs clearance documents and all related paperwork. A registered producer has an unique ID at the Film Commision. It has the name of the producer and ID registry number. Itís also signed by the Film Commisioner and has a security stamp.
You should ask for this document at the time you request any kind of service. Also, make sure your producer sends itís ďCEDULAĒ (PERSONAL ID). Full name of the producer must match the Film Commisionís document.
This Film Commision document, issued for local producers is NOT TRANSFERABLE.
Without the corresponding advice, you may be exposed to bloated budgets, excessive pricing, lack of legal and tax advice, poorly qualified crew-staff, inadequate transportation, lack of logistical coordination, deficient production support, equipments in poor conditions and a feeling of people wanting to take advantage of you.
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Angel P. Puello