Quinta Communications’ Arabian epic Black Gold will make its world premiere at the 2011 Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF), which is scheduled to run October 25-29 at Katara Cultural Village.

Co-produced by Quinta and the Doha Film Institute, the epic adventure is directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud and stars Antonio Banderas, Freida Pinto and Tahar Rahim. The film’s prominent battle scenes were shot in the spectacular desert dunes of Mesaieed and Shamal, in Qatar, over a four-week period.

“DTFF 2011 is the perfect launching platform for Black Gold,” commented H.E. Sheikh Jabor Bin Yousuf Al Thani, Festival Board Member.

“Not only did the film’s production mobilise various national industry sectors and engage the Qatari public, but it strengthened DFI and Qatar’s experience and know-how to build the beginnings of a dynamic local film industry. Seeing these developments embodied in a major motion picture will give local audiences a rich insight into the progress being made in establishing Qatar as a global film hub.”

Quinta CEO Tarak Ben Ammar said: “Black Gold has been my dream project for more than 30 years. I am delighted that the film will now receive its world premiere in Qatar given that it was my meeting with Sheikha Mayassa six years ago which helped turn this dream into a reality.”