Saturday, 22 August 2009 Goes Live

From Personal User Profiles to the Latest Community Activities, Dynamic Online Resource Now Available

August 22, 2009 (Doha, Qatar)— Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF) announced today its new website, As it becomes available, this will be the destination for information about the Festival—opening night, screening times, even where and how to buy tickets—though it offers visitors much more. DTFF, which will take place October 29 to November 1, 2009, aims to create a sustainable film community in Qatar, and that effort is represented in every aspect of this unique new site.

“This site is an incredible resource for the film community,” said Amanda Palmer, DTFF’s executive director. “We’re not only reaching out, we’re telling the rest of the world about life here.”

One area of the site, “Doha365,” offers mini-episodes about the history, traditions and life in Qatar. “Video” offers a showcase for our workshop participants. “Doha/NY Blog” will feature contributions from staff working on the project on both continents. Visitors will be able to create a personalized profile to connect with other film enthusiasts, watch behind-the-scenes footage as the Festival programme is put together, and engage with the regional and international film community.

“You’ve never seen Qatar like this before,” said Ahmed Shihab-Eldin, web content producer. “The traction we’ve already gotten though Facebook, Ikbis and our other social networking tools shows a real hunger out there for our content.”

Other special features on include a Flickr photo gallery of film enthusiasts’ photos documenting the build-up to the Festival; a Doha/NY blog linking DTFF to the Tribeca community; and hours of film-centric programming from Doha-based “Fabulous Picture Show.”

In addition, is the first port of call to learn about the 30+ films being screened at DTFF, as well as the filmmakers behind these regional and global stories. One-on-one interviews, dynamic video content, and opportunities for the community to get involved in competitions, workshops, and other special events are among the highlights of the official website.

The site was designed by in London.

DTFF will run from October 29 to November 1 2009 and is being produced by Qatar Museums Authority (QMA) in collaboration with the Tribeca Film Festival.

About DTFF
Doha Tribeca Film Festival was formed through a strategic partnership by Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani and CEO Abdulla Al Najjar of the Qatar Museums Authority and the Tribeca Film Festival Founders, Jane Rosenthal, Craig Hatkoff, and Robert De Niro. The arrangement was spearheaded by DTFF Executive Director Amanda Palmer. Uniquely Qatari in its identity, the festival is modeled on the success of Tribeca Film Festival’s dedication to engage the local community and promote filmmaking talent. In its inaugural year, Doha’s first international film festival will celebrate the best of Arabic and international cinema. Its ongoing aim will be to inspire, engage and educate a new generation of cinema appreciation locally; discover, mentor and fund regional filmmaking talent; foster a community through art and entertainment; and encourage open discussion and debate.

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