It’s a Transferable Tax Credit for 25% of eligible costs.
Everything is eligible (ATL and BTL), except for per diems, finance charges, completion bond, unit publicity and marketing costs.
Yes, subject to being paid via the local Production Services company and withheld 1.5% income tax from their gross salary.
Feature Films, TV movies, TV Series, TV Mini Series, TV Reality Shows, Documentaries, Telenovelas and Music Videos.
Minimum spend of USD $500,000, a signed production services agreement with a local provider, and the use of Dominican crew (minimum amount of Dominican crew required in 2019 is 25% of number of crew members for the whole project).
It’s a transferable credit, which means the government issues the credit and then it needs to be transfered (sold) to a DR taxpayer.
Any company or individual who pays income tax in the DR.
Yes. In 2021, 100% of credits available in the DR
The incentive only has 2 eligibility caps: 3% for development costs and 6% for producer fees. There are no caps for budget size nor talent fees.
Yes, it’s called ITBIS.
It’s applicable to all local labor and expenses.
No, it should be considered as part of the costs. But it is an eligible cost for the Tax Credit.
The DR Film Law contemplates that eligible registered suppliers can invoice without ITBIS.
Dominican Peso, currently at 50 per US Dollar.
There are around 25 local films made every year (average budget USD1.2M), plus around 10 foreign projects (from reality TV, to features, and TV series). There are hundreds of commercials and music videos also shot in the DR every year.
The key permit is the Shooting Permit (Permiso Único de Rodaje or PUR), which is necessary to make costs eligible for the incentive, and it’s also necessary to get location permits from government agencies, customs’ free temporary importation of goods, and to access any other government support for the production.
Public location permits are normally obtained in a week’s time.
Practically all the necessary film equipment can be sourced locally. There are several vendors that service more than 30 films and over 300 commercials, each year.
Yes. The water tank is ran by Diving Services DR, a team of marine coordination trained at Pinewood UK.
At PWDR: offline editing, DIT and screening room. In Santo Domingo, all audio and picture post available, including VFX.
In the past there have been up to 10 projects shooting simultaneously. Our estimation is that there are 3 to 4 very good crews.
6 day weeks, 11+1 hours per day..
Santo Domingo, the capital city.
All HODs are bilingual.
No fringes, only the 18% ITBIS/VAT.
Via a tax ruling issued to Lantica in 2018, it is 1.5%.
Depending on where you are coming from. If coming from the USA, UK, Europe, Canada, Mexico, all you need is a visitor’s visa which your airline’ fare will include, and you’ll be allowed to stay for 30 days. Any additional time will be acquired by buying the extended visa on exiting the country. For example, an extra 60 days costs USD $50.
It’s a database created by the DR Film Commission. Every cast and crew member needs to be registered, at USD $20 for each cast and crew member, and USD $40 for director and producers. The local production services company will handle the registration.
3 Sound Stages (a 21,000 Sq Feet and two 16,000 Sq Feet).
The 8 acre water facility includes a 60,500 sq ft horizon water tank with 4,300 sq ft inner tank and blue screen capabilities. It’s in front of the ocean so you have an ‘infinity’ effect.
Support facilities include offices, meeting rooms, dressing rooms, makeup & hair, workshops, utility spaces and warehouses, including woodmill. .
Las Américas (Santo Domingo airport, coded SDQ) is 25 mins away. Punta Cana airport (coded PUJ) is 1.5 hours away.
The main ones are American Airlines, Delta Airlines, JetBlue, Spirit, Copa Airlines, Iberia, Alitalia, AeroMexico, British Airways, Air Canada, West Jet, Air France.
Not currently. You have to fly via Miami, NYC, Atlanta, Mexico City or Panama City.
The main cities are Miami, NYC, Atlanta, London, Madrid, Milan, Paris, Frankfurt and Mexico City.
Within a 10 min drive from the studio, there are 4 hotels, 2 golf country clubs, with hundreds of villas and thousands of apartments, many of them seafront.
The Dominican Republic is the most popular tourist destination in the Caribbean, receiving over 6M visitors each year. Therefore the hotel industry is very developed, with more than 75,000 hotel rooms around the island. There are over 30 five star hotels, highways between the main cities, 7 international airports, shopping malls, and food from all over the world.
Driving in the DR is fast and it is recommended not to use self-drives. Public transport is limited.
No vaccinations required.
June is the hottest month with an average temperature of 28◦C (82◦F). January is the coldest month with an average temperature of 25◦C (77◦F).
Officially from June to November.
The last one was 20 years ago.
Films are made all year around. The most beautiful weather is from November to March.
As everywhere in the world, there are areas where it’s not recommended to visit. But in general, it’s a safe country with one of the lowest crime rates in the Caribbean. For example there are more gun deaths per capita in Baltimore, Detroit and New Orleans that in the DR.
● Confirm that the bread is allowed into the Dominican Republic.
● Certified Vet bill of health issued within 1 week of travel
● Zoosanitary certificate (usually arranged by Vet’s office)
● Certification of all vaccinations are up to date and will not need to be reinforced during travel
● Above information only pertains to animal sanitation controls at DR customs.
Yes, the Dirección General de Cine (DGCINE): dgcine.gob.do