Doha film festival targets Arab films

Increases number of films showcased.
Arab film-makers are encouraged to enter their work in the Doha Tribeca Film Festival.
Arab film-makers are encouraged to enter their work in the Doha Tribeca Film Festival.

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Organisers of this year’s Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF) announced on Tuesday an additional 10 films will be shown this year.

Hundreds of submissions have been received so far, ahead of the closing date of August 6, festival officials said in a statement.

The festival, in its second year, was created by the Doha Film Institute (DFI) and Tribeca Enterprises, and will run from October 26-30.

“We’re looking to screen around 10 more films this year, and it’s been very difficult to narrow our choices down to 40 films because of the quality of films that have been submitted,” said Amanda Palmer, executive director of DFI and DTFF.

Scandar Copti, DTFF programmer, said the festival was looking for Arab filmmakers in particular to submit their work for consideration.

The festival is currently accepting submissions in three categories – the Arab Film Competition, World Panorama and the Arab Short Film Competition.

In its first year, the film festival saw 31 feature films from 23 countries included in the screening programme.

The Palestinian filmmaker Hany Abu-Assad will preside over the judging panel.

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