The Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF) organising committee has invited the public to the closing ceremony and a free outdoor screening on the grounds of Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) today. The festival co-founder Robert De Niro would use the occasion to personally thank the entire Qatari community for their enthusiastic support for the inaugural DTFF.
De Niro and his Tribeca Film Festival co-founders Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff, DTFF Executive Director Amanda Palmer, DTFF Managing Director Maggie Kim, and Chief Creative Officer of Tribeca Enterprises Geoff Gilmore will present two awards of $50,000 each to two feature filmmakers as part of DTFF’s closing night ceremony. Aimed at further supporting filmmakers and filmmaking in the region, the two $50,000 cash prize awards – one each for the best Arab and international film – will be selected from the Festival’s line-up by the audience.
“The turnout for DTFF’s opening night was amazing. I hope the community comes out to celebrate the Festival’s closing night with me,” said Robert De Niro.
At 8pm, DTFF will host its final free-to-the-public outdoor screening at the MIA, filmmaker Ruba Nadda’s Cairo Time, starring Patricia Clarkson and Alexander Siddig.
Cairo Time made its Middle Eastern premiere on Friday at the MIA and has built up so much buzz and anticipation at DTFF that organisers were prompted to feature it on the MIA’s outdoor screen as the closing film. The purpose-built screen enables up to 3,000 of the Festival’s supporters to view the cross-cultural love story.
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