The Doha Film Institute (DFI) has partnered with internationally renowned portrait and reportage photographer Brigitte Lacombe to launch a new photographic competition.
The winner is to be announced at this year’s Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF), being held from October 25 to 29 at Katara, the Cultural Village.
The winner will be invited to join Lacombe on the set of the DFI-funded production, The Reluctant Fundamentalist by acclaimed director Mira Nair, on location in India, as she captures images from the film as part of DFI’s ‘In Production’ photography series.
DFI and Lacombe first connected in 2009 when she attended the inaugural DTFF. They then collaborated a year later on the “I AM FILM – Work In Progress’ project, a multimedia exhibit that spawned from a mutual admiration for the stories coming out of the MENA region and a desire to profile the people behind them and take their faces to the world.
This year the DFI-Lacombe collaboration underwent further evolution with ‘In Production’ - a new series of work which sees Lacombe join DFI behind the scenes to capture the Institute’s first year of co-productions.
Having launched earlier this year on the sets of DFI’s first feature co-production, Black Gold, ‘In Production’ will now move onto India this November, where Lacombe will document Nair and her crew on-location as they transform Mohsin Hamid’s bestselling novel The Reluctant Fundamentalist into a feature film.
DFI’s executive director, Amanda Palmer, explained that competition is a case-study for the type of initiatives that the Institute will be looking to undertake in the future, leveraging and integrating its industry relationships to continue fostering local talent and providing training and development opportunities.
“With Lacombe, who started her career as a unit photographer on-set with film greats like Martin Scorsese and Sam Mendes, we really have someone who understands not only the craft but also the value of mentoring, and it’s great that she is now in a position where she can give someone a life-changing opportunity.”
Lacombe’s work has appeared in numerous international magazines, including Vanity Fair, The New York Times, Newsweek and Time.
For 30 years Lacombe has photographed actors and films from behind the scenes, with her unique talent and intimate style making her the choice photographer on many films, including Shutter Island, Gangs of New York and The Talented Mr Ripley, among others.
Competition entrants should submit up to 10 of their own photos (in digital format), accompanied by a written statement about why they are the ideal candidate for the DFI-Brigitte Lacombe mentorship opportunity.
Applicants must be aged 18 and over and residents of Qatar. The winner will be selected by a panel of experts and entries will be judged on creativity and overall image quality. More information could be had from www.dohafilminstitute.com
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