Thousands of moviemakers, industry executives, stars and film fans—legendary character actor Joe Pantoliano (pictured) among them—are mingling on the beach for a long weekend at the third annual Dominican International Film Festival (DIFF), held at Sun Village Resort & Spa in Cofresi Beach. DIFF kicked off Thursday with a day full of screenings and an outdoor opening night bash. Screenings and panel discussions featuring notable industry professionals–including MM‘s very own Timothy Rhys–will continue through Saturday, November 10. Sunday the 11th marks the festival’s wrap-up day with final screenings at three venues. Fortunately for DIFF attendees, the Dominican Republic’s wet season is holding off at Cofresi Beach, leaving the festival’s climate enjoyably tropical. Visit www.dominicaninternationalfilmfestival.com for the latest happenings, or check back here for more tropical happenings!