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Jury lineup for Doha Tribeca film fest

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MUMBAI: The Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF) has announced the juries to select the winners of the Arab Film Competition, the only competition at any regional film festival dedicated wholly to honour talent of Arab cinema.

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 viz: Feature Narrative, Feature Documentary and Short Film besides the ‘Made in Qatar’ segment that is devoted to films made by Qatar-based talent.

The Feature Narrative jury that will be headed by renowned Tunisian actress Hend Sabry will also include Ashutoush Gowarikar , Dr. Emad Amralla Sultan, Deputy General Manager of Cultural Affairs of Katara Cultural Village, renowned Turkish filmmaker Yesim Ustaoglu and critically acclaimed Algerian author Mohammed Moulessehoul.

The jury for Documentary Narrative comprises Syrian documentary filmmaker, producer, and scriptwriter Hala Al Abdalla, Qatari director Hafiz Ali Ali and renowned Iranian artiste and filmmaker Shirin Neshat. The short films at the competition will be evaluated by Joana Hadjithomas, Tahani Rached, and Nadir Mokneche.

Those appraising the ‘Made in Qatar’ showcase features the largest line-up yet this year with 19 films including 15 world premieres.

Said Doha Film Institute CEO Abdulaziz Bin Khalid Al-Khater, “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 will feature over 87 movies from 34 countries, with numerous nations making their debut at the Festival through the Arab Film Competition.

The fourth edition will open with Mira Nair’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist. The awards have a total prize money of over $440,000.

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