The Doha Film Institute was given its official launch at Cannes with veteran director Martin Scorsese among the guests.
The organisation – which aims to develop a sustainable film industry in Qatar – also announced a formal three-year relationship with Scorsese’s World Cinema Foundation (WCF). The WCF restores and preserves international films of cultural significance.
Late last year the DFI enjoyed its first international activity with the inaugural Doha Tribeca Film Festival, organised in partnership with Robert De Niro’s Tribeca Enterprises.
The evening started with a special message from DFI Founder H.E Sheikha Al Mayassa Bint Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani launching the new umbrella organisation established to bring all of Qatar’s film initiatives together under one banner.
Among the other high-profile guests at the event were H.E. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Fahad Al-Thani, H.E. Sheikh Jabor Bin Yousef Al-Thani, Terry Gilliam, Palestinian director Annemarie Jacir, Amin Matalqa, Jean-Jacques Annaud and Stephen Baldwin.
Last year also saw the launch of the US $200m Alnoor Film Fund by Qatari firm Alnoor Holdings, which plans to invest in 15 productions for the international market during the next five years. This is the second largest of its kind in the region after Imagenation Abu Dhabi’s $1 billion fund.