The second annual Doha Tribeca Film Festival made a slew of announcements today, including the lineup for new films, the festival’s jury, and Doha Talks, a series of Panels, Masterclass, Sideview and Industry events.
The Doha Talks series is aimed at “fostering greater collaboration and dialogue between local, regional and international delegates.”
“Doha Talks offers a rare opportunity for aspiring filmmakers to interact with industry veterans, exchange ideas and form prospective partnerships,” DFI Executive Director Amanda Palmer said in a statement. “Every event from Rachid Bouchareb’s Masterclass to the screening of DFI’s One-Minute Films will be an opportunity to engage the local community and share more concepts around storytelling.”
Some of the panelists participating in Doha Talks include director Peter Webber, casting director Billy Hopkins, Origin Pictures’ David Thompson, producer Paula Wagner, CAA’s Micah Green, Egyptian-American comedian Ahmed Ahmed, director Sameh Zoabi, director Ian Power, director Taika Waititi, filmmaker Mira Nair, cinematographer Sandi Sissel, screenwrtier Sabrina Dhawan, director Ziad Doueri, producer Lydia Dean Pilcher, producer Jane Rosenthal, actor/producer Robert De Niro, director Scandar Copti, composer Nitin Sawhney, visual effects supervisor Matt Aitken, photographer Brigitte Lacombe and director Rachid Bouchareb.
The talks get underway from October 27 to 30 at Doha’s Katara Festival Centre.
The festival additionally announced that Egyptian actress Yosra has been appointed President of the Jury, replacing previously announced Jury President Hany Abu-Assad who has had to step back from his role due to a delay in production with his latest film. Yosra will be joined by actress, producer and director Salma Hayek Pinault, English actor, writer, and director Nick Moran,Indian director Bhavna Talwar and Bosnian screenwriter and film director of the Academy Award winning “No Man’s Land,” Danis Tanovic. Together they will choose the winners of the Festival’s Arab Film Competition: Best Arab Film and Best Arab Filmmaker who will each receive monetary awards of US$100,000.
The festival has also added seven more feature films to its programme – including Andrew Lau’s “Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen,” John Curran’s “Stone,” Robert Rodriquez’s “Machete,” “Casino Jack,” starring Kevin Spacey, and a special IMAX presentation of “Paranormal Activity 2.”
For complete details of the talks and the films, please visit the Festival website.