×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Tilda Swinton Joins Doha’s Qumra Masters Lineup

Actress to serve with Andrey Zvyagintsev, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Bennett Miller, Gianfranco Rosi and Sandy Powell as mentors

Oscar-winning British actress Tilda Swinton (“Michael Clayton,” “We Need to Talk about Kevin”) has joined the lineup of star talent who will act as mentors for the Doha Film Institute’s Qumra Masters program. The fourth edition of Qumra Masters, an industry forum that focuses on first- and second-time filmmakers, will be held March 9-14.

Swinton joins British costume designer Sandy Powell, Oscar winner for “Shakespeare in Love,” “The Aviator” and “The Young Victoria,” American director Bennett Miller, Oscar nominated for “Capote” and “Foxcatcher,” Russian director-writer Andrey Zvyagintsev, Oscar nominated for “Leviathan” and “Loveless,” Cannes Palme d’Or winning Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul (“Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives”), and the only documentary director to win the Berlinale Golden Bear, Italian director Gianfranco Rosi (“Fire at Sea”) as mentors with Qumra Masters.

The mentors, through mentoring sessions, one-on-one meetings and masterclasses, nurture the talent attached to 34 projects from 25 countries that are in development or postproduction.

Fatma Al Remaihi, chief executive officer of the Doha Film Institute, described Swinton as “a true master in her craft,” adding “the diversity and range of her work is inspirational to both audiences and filmmakers alike. She has constantly redefined the limits of her talent and her wealth of experience brings a rich layer of expertise to our program.”

Filmmaker Elia Suleiman, Doha Film Institute’s artistic advisor, said: “Tilda Swinton’s transformational ability and fierce talent takes every role to unprecedented levels of inspiring perfection and originality. Constantly challenging conventional visual and emotional preconceptions, the depth and breadth of her performances can only be described as profoundly boundary-breaking.”

More Film

  • Korean Distributors Fight for Box Office

    Korean Distributors Fight for Box Office Market Share

    Korean distributors are having to fight ever harder for their share of Korea’s theatrical market share. Threats on the horizon include a slide in the performance of local movies, consolidation, the arrival of new players and the challenge from streaming services. South Korea’s theatrical box office is now bigger than that of France or Germany despite [...]

  • Korean Distributors Learn to Downsize in

    Korean Distributors Learn to Downsize in Saturated Market

    In 2018, the Korean film business stumbled, as local films made with blockbuster budgets and targeting the usual high seasons of Chuseok and Christmas last year failed to deliver blockbuster earnings.  So Korean distributors have embraced some tactics to enhance their bottom lines.  Genre films “Monstrum,” “Fengshui,” “The Negotiation,” “Take Point,” “Swing Kids” and “Drug King” [...]

  • 'Boonie Bears' Creator Fantawild Producing 'Realm

    FilMart: 'Boonie Bears' Creator Fantawild Skews Older With 'Realm of Terracotta'

    Fantawild, the Chinese entertainment group behind the widely popular “Boonie Bears” animated franchise, is for the first time planning to target slightly older viewers with a new IP, “Realm of Terracotta.” Intended for teenagers, the adventure story is expected to hit theaters this summer. Fantawild has produced six “Boonie Bears” films in just seven years, [...]

  • Hong Kong Industry Executives Seek Clarity

    FilMart: Hong Kong Industry Executives Plead for Clarity on Mainland Chinese Tax Policies

    At a time of heightened scrutiny of tax affairs in China’s entertainment sector, even industry veterans in Hong Kong are struggling to figure out how to operate in the new financial environment and pleading for more clarity from the Chinese government. Hong Kong produces about 60 films a year, three-quarters of which are typically co-productions [...]

  • IQIYI Plans Summer Release for Animated

    IQIYI Plans Summer Release for Animated 'Spycies'

    IQIYI Motion Pictures, the film production and investment arm of Chinese streaming leader iQIYI, will release animated feature “Spycies” in China this summer, and overseas shortly afterwards. “Spycies” is a Sino-French co-production – a rarity as far as animated films are concerned – and the first animated film that iQIYI has co-produced with foreign filmmakers. [...]

  • Local Production Drive Sees CJ Entertainment

    Local Production Drive Sees CJ Entertainment Unveil Dozen International Titles

    Korean entertainment powerhouse CJ Entertainment has amped up its overseas filmmaking efforts to the point that it is now producing more movies outside Korea than at home. At FilMart in Hong Kong, CJ unveiled a slate of 13 new titles hailing from the U.S., Turkey, Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam. “Our aim is to find hidden [...]

  • Johnny Depp Reveals Photographer's Late Life

    FilMart: Johnny Depp to Reveal U.S. Photographer's Japanese Redemption in 'Minamata'

    The sleepy Japanese town of Minamata was the scene of one of the world’s greatest environmental disasters when it was poisoned by mercury in the 1970s. It was also the setting for a groundbreaking international treaty designed to control use of the deadly metal. U.K. sales agent HanWay Films will use its platform at FilMart [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content