Turner Classic Movies encourages filmmakers in the region

Published November 5th, 2009 - 01:49 GMT

Turner Classic Movies (TCM), the film channel that brings classic films to life, is proud to announce its participation as a media partner in the first annual Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF) set to launch on October 29, 2009 through November 1, 2009. TCM reaffirms its commitment to supporting local talent and filmmaking in the region through this partnership.

TCM is dedicated to inspiring the next generation of filmmakers and is devoted to seeking out opportunities, such as the DTFF, which provide a platform for the growth of the filmmaking industry in the Arab region.

 “We are pleased to be one of the media sponsors at the Doha Tribeca Film Festival and continue to reaffirm our encouragement of film making in the region. There is a significant amount of undiscovered talent in the Arab world and it is festivals like this that help identify this aptitude”, said Alan Musa, Vice President and General Manager of Turner Broadcasting Systems.

Doha Tribeca Film Festival was formed through a strategic partnership by Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani and CEO Abdulla Al Najjar of the Qatar Museums Authority and the Tribeca Film Festival Founders, Jane Rosenthal, Craig Hatkoff, and Robert De Niro. The arrangement was spearheaded by DTFF Executive Director Amanda Palmer. Uniquely Qatari in its identity, the Festival is modeled on the success of Tribeca Film Festival’s dedication to engage the local community and promote filmmaking talent. In its inaugural year, Doha’s first international film festival will celebrate the best of Arabic and international cinema. Its ongoing aim will be to inspire, engage and educate a new generation of cinema appreciation locally; discover, mentor and fund regional filmmaking talent; foster a community through art and entertainment; and encourage open discussion and debate.

“Our vision is to create a festival that genuinely engages the Qatari people and supports regional filmmakers,” said Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Chairperson of QMA. In its inaugural year, Doha's first international film festival will celebrate the best of Arabic and international cinema.


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