Syrian director Mohammed Malas will head up the jury of the newly expanded Arab Film Competition, which runs during the Doha Tribeca Film Festival.

Seven narrative features and seven documentaries will compete in the Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF)’s Arab Film Competition.

The competition has been split into two sections – narrative and documentary – for the first time this year, with awards on offer 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 cash prizes of $100,000 each.

Syrian director Mohammed 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.”

The DTFF, now in its third year, will run Oct 25-29, opening with the world premiere of Jean-Jacques Annaud’s Black Gold.

The competition list:

A Man of Honor, dir Jean-Claude Codsi
Red Heart, dir Halkawt Mustafa
How Big Is Your Love, dir Fatma Zohra Zamoum
El Shooq / Lust, dir Khaled El Hagar
Smuggler’s Song, dir Rabah Ameur-Zaimeche
Normal, dir Merzak Allouache [pictured]
Omar Killed Me, dir Roschdy Zem

Rouge Parole, dir Elyes Baccar
The Three Disappearances of Soad Hosni, dir Rania Stephan
Yearning, dir Lina Alabed
Crayons of Askalan, dir Laila Hotait Salas
The Virgin, The Copts and Me, dir Namir Abdel Messeeh
Boxing With Her, dir Latifa Robbana Doghri and Salem Trabelsi
On the Road to Downtown, dir Sherif El Bendary