Doha Tribeca Film Festival's Arab Competition Section Grows

Organizers split section into documentary and narrative film with seven titles apiece.

LONDON – This year’s Doha Tribeca Film Festival’s Arab Film Festival will be enlarged and split into two sections, organizers said.

Syrian director Mohammed Malas will head up the jury of the newly expanded competition section which will be split into narrative and documentary sections for the first time this year.

Seven narrative features and seven documentaries will compete for a cash prize of $100,000 apiece for Best Arab Narrative Feature/Director and Best Arab Documentary/Director.

There will also be two audience awards for best narrative feature and documentary with the same purse.

Malas, heading up the competition jury, said: “The Arab Film Competition is an important tool for supporting and promoting Arab films in this part of the world and providing an important recognition to emerging and established filmmakers.”

In its third year the Doha Tribeca Film Festival runs Oct. 25 through 29 and opens with the world premiere of Jean-Jacques Annaud’s Black Gold.

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