Doha Tribeca names executive director

Al Jazeera English's Amanda Palmer will oversee festival

Amanda Palmer, head of entertainment for Al Jazeera English, has been named executive director of the Doha Tribeca Film Festival, which will run from Oct. 29-Nov. 1 in Doha, Qatar.

She will lead the festival and work with a team from Tribeca Enterprises headed by chief creative officer Geoffrey Gilmore. Arab documentary and short films expert Mohamed Maklouf will serve as the fest's regional programs advisor, and Palestinian filmmaker Scandar Copti will serve as community outreach programmer.

DTFF is being produced by Qatar Museums Authority in collaboration with the Tribeca Film Festival.

"Our vision is to create a festival that genuinely engages the Qatari people and supports regional filmmakers," Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Chairperson of QMA, said. "This team is going to impact the way this region experiences film."

As part of the collaboration with Tribeca, a team of Qatari nationals has traveled to New York to learn how the organization runs an international film festival. Palmer is leading that group in Doha, modeling DTFF programming on that of Tribeca while also creating a locally-driven, Middle Eastern film festival.

Copti and Maklouf are working to uncover local and regional film talent, while Palmer and Gilmore are focusing on new works from both established filmmakers and emerging artists.

DTFF will include approximately 30 films, as well as special events, with its events centered around the city's Museum of Islamic Art.