The Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF) has announced that thesecond edition of the Festival will take place October 26 - October 30, 2010 inDoha, Qatar.
The second annual DTFF will build on the success of the inaugural Doha TribecaFilm Festival which showcased an internationally diverse and tightly curatedfilm program with a focus on Arab cinema, public participation through largecommunity events, and educational filmmaking programs. A priority of the 2010Festival will be to increase the Arab programming of the Festival slate andenhanceeducational initiatives year round and during the festival to uncover local andregional film talent.
DTFF also announced that the second edition of the Festival will introduce anArab Film Competition for Best Arab Film and Best Arab Filmmaker in the Festivalwhich will be chosen by a jury. The Festival will also feature two audienceawards, one for Best Narrative Film and the other for Best Documentary Film. Thetwo Arab film competition prizes are each $100,000 (USD) and the audience awardseach featureprize monies of $100,000 (USD).
The Festival has announced a call for entries for the 2010 Festival withsubmissions being accepted beginning on June 7, 2010.
Amanda Palmer, Executive Director for the Festival, along with Tribeca's ChiefCreative Officer Geoffrey Gilmore, will lead the 2010 programming team of Oscar®nominated Palestinian filmmaker Scandar Copti and Tribeca's David Kwok and GennaTerranova.
"We look forward to building on the successes of the first Doha Tribeca FilmFestival and providing a strong showcase of cinema for Qatari and internationalfilm audiences," said Amanda Palmer, Executive Director of the Festival. "Theinaugural Festival showed us that film can do more than just entertain; it caneducate, inspire and unite communities. To that end we are already busy with ouryear round educational programs which provide Qataris a platform to tell theirstories to the world through the universal language of film."
"Last year we were able to see firsthand and be a part of the enthusiasticvibrant film community in and around Qatar," said Geoffrey Gilmore, Tribeca'sChief Creative Officer. "All throughout the Festival people commented on thestrength and quality of the Arab films; this lead us to add an Arab Filmmakingcompetition for the 2010 Festival to provide further support, awareness andaudience development for Arab filmmakers and firmly place these films on thecenter stage."
Uniquely Qatari in its identity, the Festival stems from a strategic partnershipbetween Qatar and Tribeca Enterprises. Similar to the Tribeca Film Festival,DTFF is dedicated to engaging the local community and promoting filmmakingtalent. DTFF's focus is to inspire, engage and educate a new generation ofcinema appreciation locally; discover, mentor and fund regional filmmakingtalent; foster a community through art and entertainment; and encourage opendiscussion and debate. The inaugural Doha Tribeca Film Festival was held October29-November 1, 2009, and featured 31 feature films and numerous free publiccommunity screenings and events with an attendance of over 35,000 highlighted byfrequent sold out screenings and outstanding attendance at public eventsexemplified by a turnout of over 5,000 people on opening night.