Filmmakers who want to showcase their work at one of the region's most exciting celebrations of cinema are being urged to submit their films by 6 August.
The organisers of this year's Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF) have already received hundreds of submissions from around the world, and are keen to ensure that as many filmmakers as possible have the chance to submit their work before the August 6 deadline.
The second edition of the festival is currently accepting submissions in three categories including the Arab Film Competition, World Panorama and the Arab Short Film Competition. 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.
To date, hundreds of entries have been received from Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East and the Americas, including many from first-time directors and exciting new talent. Launched in 2009, DTFF is a cultural partnership between the Doha Film Institute (DFI) and Tribeca Enterprises with a shared focus on education and community engagement. Celebrating the best in Arabic and international cinema, the festival's mission is to inspire, engage and educate a new generation of film enthusiasts. The 2010 edition of the Festival will run from 26-30 October.
Amanda Palmer, executive director of DFI and DTFF, explains: "We're really excited by the wealth of talent we've seen in the films submitted so far for this year's festival. 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."
Scandar Copti, DTFF Programmer, added: "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 6 August."
Filmmakers looking for more information on the submission process can find it at: www.dohafilminstitute.com/submissions.htm .
In addition to the open submission process, the organisers have a full team of international programmers attending festivals and screenings around the world to identify and bring the best in world cinema to Doha in October.
DTFF's first year saw a slate of 31 feature films from 23 countries and territories, including acclaimed Arab films, documentaries, as well as features from Hollywood and Bollywood. Now spanning five days, this year's festival will take place at its new hub, Katara, the Cultural Village in Doha. Internationally acclaimed Palestinian filmmaker Hany Abu-Assad will serve as President of the Jury and will preside over DTFF's Arab Film Competition awarding prizes for Best Arab Film and Best Arab Filmmaker. In addition to the Arab 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.