10 Reasons to Visit the Doha Tribeca Film Festival

Expect A-list movie premieres, international blockbusters and big-screen buffs at the Doha Tribeca Film Festival this year
Monday , 24 October 2011
10 Reasons to Visit the Doha Tribeca Film Festival
Freida Pinto on the red carpet in Doha

Get ready for five action-packed days of cinema and celebrities at the Doha Tribeca Film Festival. Here’s our pick of what to see and do. Ready, film buffs?

1. How To Buy Tickets
The Doha Tribeca Film Festival runs from 25 to 29 October and is taking place across five theatres around the city: the Katara Opera House, the DFI Cinemas, Katara Open Air Theatre, City Centre Cinemas and the Katara Screening Hall. For more information or to book tickets visit dohafilminstitute.com/filmfestival. Tickets to most movie screenings cost Dhs30 for regular screenings, Dhs50 for premium screenings and Dhs30 for the special talks and masterclasses hosted by Doha Tribeca Film Festival. Good news for students: if you present your ID card you’ll get discounts on movie tickets.

2. Getting to Doha
Qatar Airways have been named the official airline of the 3rd annual Doha Tribeca Film Festival. Return flights from Dubai to Doha start at Dhs780. To book flights with Qatar Airways visit qatarairways.com.

3. Check out Robert De Niro’s Film Festival
In 2002 Robert De Niro together with Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff launched the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. In 2009 the Doha Tribeca Film Festival was established and during the past two years it has managed to successfully bring together the best of Arab and international cinema. During the 2011 festival there will be at 50 films on show highlighting the best in Arab, Hollywood, Bollywood and international films and the talent behind them. Last year the festival attracted a whopping 13,000 attendees and this year they’re looking to break the record.

4. A-list Faces at the Doha Tribeca Film Festival
Last year, the hottest faces at the film festival were Kevin Spacey, Robert De Niro, Freida Pinto and Salma Hayek. In 2011, stars said to be hitting Doha’s red carpet include Antonio Banderas, Leona Lewis and Freida Pinto. Keep your eyes peeled!

5. World Premeire
The opening night film at the Doha Tribeca Film Festival is Black Gold, an adaption of Hans Ruesch’s novel The Great Thirst, directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud. The feature film is the story follows two desert tribes in Arabia and their rivalry, sparked over oil in the 1930s. The film, which stars Antonio Banderas and Freida Pinto, was shot in Tunisia and Qatar and has been labelled one of the “largest cinematic projects ever undertaken in the Arab world”. The premium screening is taking place at 8pm, 25 October at Katara Open Air Theatre 9, northeast corner of the esplanade, Doha. Tickets cost Dhs50. The regular screening is at 8.30pm, 25 October at Katara Opera House, Al Istiqlal Street, West Bay, Doha. Tickets cost Dhs30.

6. Bollywood and Hollywood Comes to Doha
From India to LA there are a handful of hot new international movies on the Doha line-up. From Hollywood there will be a special screening for Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson’s The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn in 3D at 2.30pm, 28 October, Katara Opera House 2. Cat in Boots in 3D starring Antonio Banderas will be screening at 7pm, 28 October, 2011, Katara Opera House 1 and 5pm, 29 October, 2011, Katara Opera House 2. The Help starring Emma Stone is at 8pm, 27 October, Katara Opera House 2 and 5pm, 29 October, City Centre Cinemas 1. From India, Bollywood – The Greatest Love Story Ever Told is also on the schedule for 8pm, 26 October, Katara Open Air Theatre 9.

7. Homegrown Movie Writers
Think you’ve got what it takes to write the next blockbuste? Next month, the Maisha Lab is coming to Doha to teach budding writers how to make a movie. The week-long screenwriters workshop will teach students to innovate, create and adapt their ideas for the big screen. What’s more, participants in the class will get one-on-one mentoring sessions, group training and private time to write. To apply for the class you need to submit a seven to 10 page script. Check out the DTFF films for inspiration and then get writing your masterpiece. 

INFO: Entry is by accepted manuscript only. 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 6.30pm, 18 to 25 November, 2011. Katara, Doha. For more information visit www.dohafilminstitute.com/education/maisha-film-labs/maisha-scriptwritin....

8. Don’t Miss
The Harrer Harrer exhibition is a special addition to the 2011 Doha Tribeca Film Festival. In a series of video installations 50 stories from nine Arab cities will be unveiled during the festival in a bid to showcase the life of those around the region. Overall 140 participants took part in the documentary process to bring together a collection of one-minute films. Check out the Harrer Harrer exhibition at 3pm, 26 October, 2011, Katara Building 5.

9. Doha Talks
Ever wanted to know how directors make it big in Hollywood? Well, Luc Besson and Morgan S are set to spill all during their Doha Talks session. Spurlock, the Academy Award-nominated director of Super-Size Me and Freakonomics, and world-famous Besson, director of Leon and The Lady, will be at the Doha Tribeca Film Festival to share their secrets with movie lovers.

INFO: Masterclass: Luc Besson is at 2.30pm, 29 October, 2011. Katara Opera House 2. Times and dates for In Conversation: Morgan Spurlock are still to be confirmed.

10. Katara Open Air Theatre Timelapse
As you enjoy all the sights on offer at the Doha Tribeca Film Festival, take some time to look at the city’s iconic Katara Open Air Theatre being built, shown on timelapse film – a fascinating way to watch the home of the film festival being unveiled.

INFO: See www.dohafilminstitute.com/videos/katara-open-air-theatre-timelapse for details.

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