The Doha Film Institute and Tribeca Enterprises have announced that they have ended their partnership, which started in late 2008.
Tribeca had pacted with the Qatar Museums Authority to launch the inaugural Doha Tribeca Film Festival in November 2009. The Doha Film Institute was formed in 2010.
DFI will announce the new format for its festival during Cannes.
Tribeca Enterprises said in a statement: “We partnered with Doha Film Institute to help launch an event that would create a sustainable
foundation for the growth of a film community and industry in Qatar and the Middle East. As exemplified by DTFF, we share a common goal with DFI: to engage, entertain and inspire in equal measure in a region with a profound and growing interest in film. After four years of successful cultural partnership, the festival has grown immensely and reflects our mutual vision for an event to promote cultural understanding and community through film and education. We are proud of everything DFI and Tribeca have achieved together, and we wish DFI the very best as they move forward with their festival and year-round initiatives.”
Doha Film Institute CEO Abdulaziz Al-Khater added: “Through the past four editions of the Doha Tribeca Film Festival, which were organised in cultural partnership with Tribeca Enterprises, we achieved our fundamental goals of creating a vibrant grassroots film industry in Qatar. We are thankful to them for their invaluable insights that helped elevate the film festival initiative of DFI to a truly global level. It was a rewarding
experience to work with Tribeca Enterprises, and we will draw on this rich learning to create a new format for DFI’s film festival initiatives starting this year”.
He added: “With DFI having successfully formed strong community and industry bonds, the new festival format will build on the passion for filmmaking from talent in the region and around the world. We are defining a new niche for the film festival, which will serve as a platform for strengthening a home-grown film industry as well as continuing to build our international relationships to promote Qatar as a cultural