Submissions pour in for Doha film festival
Doha, August 3, 2010
The Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF) has received hundreds of submissions from around the world as the deadline for entries approaches, said the organisers.
The Doha Film Institute (DFI), organisers of the second edition of DTFF, has urged filmmakers who want to showcase their work at the festival to submit their films by August 6.
The 2010 edition of DTFF will run from October 26 to 30 at its new hub, Katara, the cultural village in Doha.
DTFF is currently accepting submissions in three categories including the Arab Film Competition, World Panorama and the Arab Short Film Competition. The festival will also feature two audience awards, one for best narrative film and the other for best documentary film.
Each award features prize monies of $100,000 (USD) each. Also new this year is the Best Arab Short Film Award, which will award $10,000 (USD) to the winner.
In particular, the festival is looking to discover talent from across the region for a chance to premiere their film to a large international audience, a statement said.
“We’re really excited by the wealth of talent we’ve seen in the films submitted so far for this year’s festival,” said Amanda Palmer, executive director of DFI and DTFF.
“Last year we our local audiences showed a huge enthusiasm and support for this festival so 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,” she added.
Scandar Copti, DTFF programmer, said: “We really want to keep the window of opportunity open for as long as possible, so that filmmakers – and particularly filmmakers from the Arab world – have the chance to take part in this truly exciting experience.”
“That’s why we’re calling for all filmmakers who are interested in participating to submit their films before August 6.”
Launched in 2009, DTFF is a cultural partnership between the DFI and Tribeca Enterprises with a shared focus on education and community engagement. – TradeArabia News Service