Amanda Palmer, head of entertainment for Al Jazeera English, has been appointed as executive director of the inaugural Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF).
Palmer will work with a team of representatives from Tribeca and a locally-based group of Arab film experts.
Documentary and short film expert Mohamed Maklouf fill the role of regional programmes advisor, and award-winning Palestinian filmmaker Scandar Copti will serve as community outreach programmer.
Geoffrey Gilmore, chief creative officer of Tribeca Enterprises will lead the international team from Tribeca in organising the festival.
“We are thrilled to have Amanda on board. Her relationships and her understanding of the region will be an enormous asset," said Jane Rosenthal, co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival.
“Together, Amanda and Geoff’s experience will help us engage the film world and the Qatari community in an exchange of ideas through the universal language of film,” she added.
The festival will run from October 20 to November 1 this year and is being produced in collaboration with the Qatar Museums Authority.
In addition to Rosenthal, the Doha installment of the festival was founded by Craig Hatkoff and Robert Deniro.