Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF), the annual cultural celebration of Doha Film Institute (DFI), has announced the juries to select the winners of the Arab Film Competition.
The members of the four juries, drawn from across the world, include internationally acclaimed film professionals, authors and cultural thought leaders. They will evaluate the Arab Film Competition’s three segments – Feature Narrative, Feature Documentary and Short Film – as well as the ‘Made in Qatar’ segment of the festival, devoted to films made by Qatar-based talent. The awards have total prize money of over US$440,000. There's an Indian filmmaker too, in the Feature Narrative jury at the festival. Ashutosh Gowariker, director of acclaimed films such as Lagaan (nominated for the Oscars) and Jodhaa Akbar, will be a part of the Feature Narrative Jury at the festival. The jury will be headed by Tunisian actress Hend Sabry and other members include Dr. Emad Amralla Sultan, Turkish filmmaker Yesim Ustaoglu and critically acclaimed Algerian author Mohammed Moulessehoul, who writes under the pen-name Yasmina Khadra.
Mr Abdulaziz Bin Khalid Al-Khater, Chief Executive Officer, Doha Film Institute, said, “We are thankful to the jury members, coming from around the world, to evaluate our Arab Film Competition entries. The jury members will evaluate the films to international standards thus ensuring that our films are benchmarked against the best. We are setting the bar high to ensure that the finest Arab filmmaking talent get the due recognition and international recognition through the Doha Tribeca Film Festival.”
This year, Doha Tribeca Film Festival is featuring over 87 movies from 34 countries, with numerous nations making their debut at the Festival through the Arab Film Competition.