DFI and Tribeca’s partnership comes to a close
It’s time for something new. Doha Film Institute has announced in a press statement about introducing a new format to its annual festival, details which would be revealed at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival in May. The announcement also marked the conclusion of DFI’s successful cultural partnership with New York’s Tribeca Enterprises who together organised four successful editions of the Doha Tribeca Film Festival.
DFI, CEO Abdulaziz Al-Khater said: “Through the past four editions of the DTFF, which were organised in cultural partnership with Tribeca Enterprises, we achieved our fundamental goals of creating a vibrant grassroots film industry in Qatar. We are thankful to them for their invaluable insights that helped elevate the film festival initiative of DFI to a truly global level. It was a rewarding experience to work with Tribeca Enterprises, and we will draw on this rich learning to create a new format for DFI’s film festival initiatives starting this year.
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An official from DFI told JustHere that there was no real reason as to why the partnership ended. “We are just moving forward with a new phase.”
DTFF was launched in 2009 as part of DFI’s year round initiatives to create a film culture and industry in Qatar. The film festival showcased the best of Arab and international cinema and also had many international stars walk the red carpet here in Doha.
DFI had announced yet another major move in October 2012, when it appointed Qatari businessman Abdulaziz Bin Khalid Al-Khater as the new chief executive officer in place of Amanda Palmer who was DFI’s executive director for three years.