GFDD/Funglode Signed a Historic Agreement for Dominican Cinema with the New York Film Academy

January 9, 2015

Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD), its sister institution in the Dominican Republic, Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo (Funglode), and the prestigious New York Film Academy (NYFA) signed an agreement today under which Dominican film students pursuing academic film programs in the United States will receive a 25% tuition fees discount and will also have the possibility of taking courses in the Dominican Republic. The president of GFDD/Funglode and
former president of the Dominican Republic, Dr. Leonel Fernández, signed the agreement today in New York City, together with the president of NYFA, Michael Young, at the Manhattan offices of the film school. The agreement represents a milestone in the history of the Dominican film industry.

President Fernández commented on the excellent opportunity that this agreement provides, stating that it "opens a space for the young Dominican film industry to be able to
support local talent through better training."

In turn, Young noted that the NYFA is focused on expanding its network and reaching countries such as the Dominican Republic, and that this partnership "serves as a platform for other citizens of Latin American countries."

Also present during the event were GFDD Executive Director Natasha Despotovic, and the Director of the GFDD New York office, Yamile Eusebio, as well as the Director of Development and Inter-Agency Development at NYFA, Jack

Under this agreement, the Dominican students that go through the GFDD/Funglode selection process and are accepted by the North American film school will receive a 25% discount on their academic programs, which include all areas of the seventh art, from directing, acting, photography and production to writing, directing documentaries, television journalism, animation and design of video games. The programs offer a wide range of possibilities, from undergraduate and
graduate degrees to workshops lasting from one up to several months.

The Agreement
The agreement recognizes that "GFDD/Funglode serve as a bridge for Dominican students who wish to pursue their higher education in the United States of America" and emphasizes that, "in support of the efforts made by GFDD/Funglode in regard to student mobility, the NYFA will offer a 25% tuition reduction for students that are
approved by GFDD/Funglode and who are accepted by NYFA for its degree programs".

As the agreement indicates, all applicants will be shortlisted by GFDD/Funglode and must meet the admission requirements specified in GFDD/Funglode will send the applications and supporting materials to NYFA for review, processing and final approval for
admission to NYFA.

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