Qatar puts film on the map in Middle East

Qatar has quickly emerged as a potential Middle Eastern film hub. The tiny Gulf state, which is hosting the FT Business of Film Summit this month, inaugurated the Doha Tribeca Film Fest last October.

Event, which came out a deal with Tribeca co-founders Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff, is the brainchild of Sheikha Mayassa Bint Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, chair of the Qatar Museums Authority Board of Trustees and daughter of the emir of Qatar.

The Doha Tribeca Film Festival is expanding in size and scope in its second year.

Fest, which unspools Oct. 26-30 in Qatar this year, will be a day longer than the inaugural edition and will also launch two competitions for best Arab film and best Arab filmmaker. Both those prizes will be worth $100,000 each.

The Qatar Foundation, which is headed up by the emir of Qatar’s wife, Sheikha Mouza, is also financing a planned $30 million-$40 million biopic of Sufi Muslim poet Rumi.

More Film

  • NANTUCKET, MA - JUNE 23: (L-R)

    How Long Will TV and Film's Boom Market for Female Stories Last?

    Qatar has quickly emerged as a potential Middle Eastern film hub. The tiny Gulf state, which is hosting the FT Business of Film Summit this month, inaugurated the Doha Tribeca Film Fest last October. Event, which came out a deal with Tribeca co-founders Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff, is the brainchild of […]

  • 'Ideal Home' Review: Steve Coogan, Paul

    Film Review: 'Ideal Home'

    Qatar has quickly emerged as a potential Middle Eastern film hub. The tiny Gulf state, which is hosting the FT Business of Film Summit this month, inaugurated the Doha Tribeca Film Fest last October. Event, which came out a deal with Tribeca co-founders Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff, is the brainchild of […]

  • 'Calibre' Review: A Terrific, Intensely Terrifying

    Edinburgh Film Review: 'Calibre'

    Qatar has quickly emerged as a potential Middle Eastern film hub. The tiny Gulf state, which is hosting the FT Business of Film Summit this month, inaugurated the Doha Tribeca Film Fest last October. Event, which came out a deal with Tribeca co-founders Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff, is the brainchild of […]

  • CHRIS PRATT stars as Owen in

    Box Office: 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' Gnaws on $144 Million Debut Weekend

    Qatar has quickly emerged as a potential Middle Eastern film hub. The tiny Gulf state, which is hosting the FT Business of Film Summit this month, inaugurated the Doha Tribeca Film Fest last October. Event, which came out a deal with Tribeca co-founders Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff, is the brainchild of […]

  • Leung Chiu-wai

    Tony Leung Breaks With Wong Kar-wai’s Jettone (Reports)

    Qatar has quickly emerged as a potential Middle Eastern film hub. The tiny Gulf state, which is hosting the FT Business of Film Summit this month, inaugurated the Doha Tribeca Film Fest last October. Event, which came out a deal with Tribeca co-founders Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff, is the brainchild of […]

  • No Merchandising. Editorial Use Only. No

    ‘Jurassic World’ Holds off ‘Incredibles 2’ in China

    Qatar has quickly emerged as a potential Middle Eastern film hub. The tiny Gulf state, which is hosting the FT Business of Film Summit this month, inaugurated the Doha Tribeca Film Fest last October. Event, which came out a deal with Tribeca co-founders Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff, is the brainchild of […]

  • shanghai skyline China Placeholder

    Regulators Keep Chinese Film Industry in Suspense

    Qatar has quickly emerged as a potential Middle Eastern film hub. The tiny Gulf state, which is hosting the FT Business of Film Summit this month, inaugurated the Doha Tribeca Film Fest last October. Event, which came out a deal with Tribeca co-founders Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff, is the brainchild of […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content