"As the Doha Film Institute's annual celebration of all things film, the Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF) is a community-minded event that showcases the best of Arab and international cinema.
DTFF 2012 will run from the 17th until the 24th of November
. The Arab Film Competition for DTFF 2012 will consist of a Narrative Feature category, a Documentary Feature category and a Short Film category. Both the Documentary and Narrative Feature categories will have Best Director and Best Film Awards. The Shorts Competition will award a prize for Best Film. In addition, Official Selection films in the Arab Film Competition and the Contemporary World Cinema section are also eligible for Audience Awards in the Best Narrative and Documentary categories.
< Opening Film
Director Mira Nair’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist will be headlining the festival. An adaptation of Mohsin Hamid’s Booker-nominated novel, the film tells the story of a Muslim Pakistani man who falls in and out of love with America.
The Doha Film Institute financed the film, which stars Riz Ahmed, Kate Hudson, Kiefer Sutherland, Liev Schreiber and Om Puri.
< Other Films
The full list of the 87 films that will be shown hasn’t been released just yet. Details and the schedule are due to be announced on Oct. 31.
This year the main categories of films will be: Made in Qatar, Arab Film Competition, Tribute to Algerian Cinema: Caught Between Past and Present, Contemporary World Cinema and Special Screenings.
< Special Screenings
The animated feature Rise of the Guardians 3D is the closing film of the festival.
Other prominent films to be featured include Seven Psychopaths (Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson, Christopher Walken, Sam Rockwell, Olga Kurylenk) and Silver Linings Playbook (Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Julia Stiles and Chris Tucker).
Late Bollywood director Yash Chopra’s final film Jab Tak Hai Jaan (Until I Breathe This Life) will also be on offer.
< World Cinema
This year’s festival will host movies from France, Germany, India, Iran, United Kingdom, China and the USA, which have established film industries, but will also offer features from Kazakhstan, Senegal, Ethiopia and Iceland.
Six of the category’s titles are official country selections for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film 2013:
Children of Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Just the Wind (Hungary)
The Deep (Iceland)
Myn Bala - Warriors of the Steppe (Kazakhstan)
White Tiger (Russia)
< Made in Qatar
The festival this year is also putting a greater focus on locally-produced films and documentaries.
Included in that line up are Angel in June, based on the life story of a 13-year-old charitable girl and set in the Filipino community of Doha; and Lyrics Revolt, a documentary on hip hop music’s role in the Arab Spring.
Tickets for the festival officially go on sale on Wednesday, October 31 at 2pm
Doha local time, both online and at outlets around town. There’s already a booth set up at City Center Mall.
Please visit http://www.dohafilminstitute.com/filmfestival for more information.