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Danny Glover, Geraldine Chaplin Honored at Dominican Republic Global Film Festival

Danny Glover at Santo Domino Film Festival - H
(L-R) President Dr. Leonel Fernandez, Margarita Cedeno de Fernandez, Elaine Cavalleiro and Danny Glover

The 5th annual event closes Sunday with animated Oscar hopeful "Chico & Rita."

Danny Glover and Geraldine Chaplin were honored at this week's 5th annual Dominican Republic Global Film Festival (DRGFF) in Santo Domingo. Glover was given the event's humanitarian award and Chaplin received its lifetime achievement honor.

Maya Entertainment's Moctesuma Esparza and Vin Diesel were also feted during the event, which was dedicated to María Montez, aka "the Queen of Technicolor," the first Dominican actress to achieve fame in Hollywood in '40s films like Arabian Nights and Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves.

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The festival opened Wednesday with director Jose Maria Cabral's Jaque Mate (Check Mate), the first Dominican feature to ever kick off the event. Animated Oscar hopeful Chico & Rita winds up the festivities Sunday as the closing-night film.

The documentaries Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey and Catching Hell, Mexico's Miss Bala and Pedro Almodovar's The Skin I Live In were among the notable pictures screened during the event.

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DRGFF's mission is to enrich the cinematographic culture of the Dominican Republic and encourage filmmaking there.

Last year, Dominican Republic President Leonel Fernandez, with the support from the country's National Congress, put into effect a tax incentive law that provides a tax credit of up to 25% for feature films and TV series shot on the island.