The film industry in the Dominican Republic is rapidly growing and so is the new film career here at Chavón School of Design. This new 2-year career, opened last year in February and already has two groups, the first one to graduate next year. As preparation for it, the school had been offering various workshops before officially opening and it has continued in order to give the new generation of Dominican filmmakers all the tools they need to excel in this industry.

This month the school opened 2 workshops; the first one is Narrative Structures by Francisco López Sacha and Documentary Cinema by Maroos Pimentel. Tanya Valette, the school’s film director, says: “The main requirement for studying film in Chavón is to love the cinema in a passionate way.” It’s no secret that the school has been excelling this year, proof of that is in their recent feature in Variety’s “Stellar Film Schools of 2017.”  

THERE’S STILL TIME TO ENROLL. We encourage you to give the school a call or visit to sign-up before the spots are all filled! The Altos de Chavón offices are located right above the Mercadito, where you’ll find more details about the workshops including who the professors will be. We guarantee it’s one of the best activities you can do to begin this new year! Find below more information on these two workshops and their instructors. 

Narrative Structures by Francisco López Sacha

January 8th – 19th. Students will be able to establish the artistic connections between cinema and narrative, dramatic and scenic thinking. They will be able to recognize the techniques, procedures and discursive strategies of narrative art as a future basis for the writing of stories for the cinema and will dominate the critical artistic criteria in the construction of the character.

Narrator, essayist and art teacher, Francisco López Saoha is a graduate in Literature. He has published novels, stories, and essays in several countries with a favorable reception from the public and critics. He is currently president of the Association of Writers of Cuba as well as professor of the regular and postgraduate program of the International Film and TV School of Cuba (EICTV).

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Documentary Cinema by Maroos Pimentel

January 8th – 26th. It is a more practical workshop that trains students to develop their projects, so they are able to transfer their ideas from the paper to the screen, approaching ways of looking and developing ideas, taking them from writing to the film. The narrative techniques and the various devices of nonfiction cinema will be studied. Analysis of films, schools, and authors fundamental to the understanding of the documentary genre will be carried out.

Studied at EICTV with specialization in Documentary Cinema by the FilmakademieBaden-Wurttemberg, in Germany. He also graduated in Social Communication and Psychology in Brazil. His documentaries have received 90 awards and have been exhibited in important festivals around the world.

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Pictures from Altos de Chavon/La Escuela de Diseño by Esteven Garcia


Founded in 1983, The Altos de Chavón School of Design offers careers in applied arts in the areas of Fine Arts, Visual Communication and Fashion. This type of intensive two-year program provides the graduates with an associate degree at a technical level, which provides them with a solid education that enables participants to compete as professionals in the field of design and arts both locally and internationally.

Graduates of the School of Design are eligible to transfer directly to Parsons School of Design in New York. More than 2,000 Dominicans and students from around the world have graduated from the School of Design, demonstrating that a solid background in design, parallel to an emphasis on the development of the industry is the best formula for a successful career.

The highly practical and market-oriented curriculum, provides students with a unique set of skills that allows them to be easily inserted into the work environment.