Abu-Assad to preside over Doha Tribeca Fest
2nd edition of Qatar-based event runs Oct. 26 - 30LONDON -- Palestinian filmmaker Hany Abu-Assad will be president of the jury during this year's Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF), organizers said Monday.
Abu-Assad will be the event's first ever jury president for what will be the festival's second edition after debuting last year. He will preside over a jury deciding who goes home with prizes for best Arab film and best Arab filmmaker during the event, which runs in the Qatar capital Oct. 26 through 30.
Abu-Assad's 2006 film "Paradise Now," about two Palestinian men preparing for a suicide attack in Tel Aviv, won the best foreign language Golden Globe in 2006 and was Oscar nominated for best foreign language film the same year.
Abu-Assad said: "It's an exciting time for filmmakers in the Middle East and this festival provides a unique opportunity to meet and showcase their work. I look forward, with my fellow jurors, to discovering some great films and filmmakers from our region and around the world."
DTFF executive director Amanda Palmer said Abu-Assad "epitomizes the profound talent that exists in this region that our festival aims to not only promote on an international platform, but will inspire other Arab filmmakers to tell their stories."
DTFF is a cultural partnership between the Doha Film Institute and Tribeca Enterprises.