ROME — Tribeca Enterprises and the Doha Film Institute have ended their partnership, four years after launching the Doha Tribeca Film Festival, in what appears to be a recurring pattern with Gulf fests.
Doha will continue to have a fest managed by the DFI, but with a new format, details of which will be announced at Cannes.
The Doha-Tribeca split comes after Australian-born Al Jazeera TV journo and film exec Amanda Palmer, who set up the Doha Tribeca fest in 2009, exited as its topper last July. Palmer was replaced by young Qatari banking exec Abdulaziz Al-Khater.
It also follows former Tribeca artistic chief Peter Scarlet’s exit as artistic director of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival last August, indicating a desire by Emirates fests to go solo once they have laid the foundations and acquired know-how from outside experts.
“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,” Al-Khater said in a statement.
“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 relations to promote Qatar as a cultural hub.”
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Tribeca Enterprises in its statement said that it “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” and wished the DFI “the very best.”