Tribeca opens in Doha

Film makers praise festival's funding strategy.
Salma Hayek steps out in Doha last night.
Salma Hayek steps out in Doha last night.

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Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF 2010) opened last night at the Opera House in Katara.

A host of celebrities, including Salma Hayek-Pinault, who is sitting on the inaugural jury at this year’s event, attended the opening gala. The event also saw the screening of the Outside the Law by French-Algerian director Rachid Bouchareb.

French-Algerian Bouchareb, director of two Academy Award-nominated films, will offer a master class at the festival discussing his role in exploring 20th century French-Algerian history.
Hayak is joined on the jury by English actor, writer and director Nick Moran; Indian director Bhavna Talwar and Bosnian screenwriter and director of the Academy Award winning No Man's Land, Danis Tanovic.

Hayek said: "The festival is impressive and Doha is a great home for film and art. I'm privileged to participate in this festival as member of the jury."

Mahmoud Kaabour, director of Grandma, which was funded by DFI, added: "Doha Film Institute is doing an excellent initiative in investing in films and at the same time showing films from around the world. Not all festivals are doing this."
 

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