6th Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival – DREFF

La Casa Ausente had a spectacular reception during the 6th Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival (DREFF). Hundreds of enthusiastic people attended our screenings and participated in engaging Q&A sessions. Two special screenings were hosted by the editors of Arquitexto, the Dominican architecture magazine. Fernando Abruña and I answered questions from architecture, engineering, broadcasting, and medical students who attended the screenings in droves. Architects and hundreds of people who care for the environment also attended the screenings.The quality of the Festival films was truly impressive. Feature length, medium-length, shorts, and animated films made with good production values, love and passion, spread the urgent message of sustainability from multiple perspectives. La Casa Ausente and I felt honored to be in the company of highly accomplished filmmakers and artists from South Africa, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Chile, Ecuador, USA, Canada, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Australia, Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Haiti. The organization, the film selections, the venues, the social activities, the audiences, and a sense of camaraderie and intimacy among the filmmakers made for an unforgettable film festival. Congratulations to the entire DREFF team for a job superbly done, and to its amazing festival director Natasha Despotovic.