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Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Tickets Go On Sale For Doha Tribeca Film Festival

Movie lovers in Qatar will be able to buy their tickets for the Doha Tribeca Film Festival from today, with sale starting at a number of outlets as well as online.

With over 50 films from some 35 different countries set to be screened during the event, from October 25-29, the festival at Katara, should offer something for everyone interested in film whatever their race, language or taste.

“With nine world premieres, four international premieres and 26 Middle Eastern and North African (Mena) premieres, the festivals’ dynamic film slate promises to provide something for all ages and viewing tastes,” said a spokesperson.

As well as film screenings, the festival will also feature a wide selection of activities, including the Doha-Giffoni Experience for young aspirant film jurors; the Doha Talks series; an evolved Brigitte Lacombe multimedia exhibit; the Doha Projects’ mentoring programme for DFI grantees; educational workshops, masterclasses and exhibits; and the festival’s Family Day programme, which proved a major success last year.

The number of screening venues at Katara has been increased by three to nine this year, meaning that audience members should be able to view more films without having to travel throughout Doha.

Films will be subtitled in Arabic and English, with all the community events set  to include translation, aimed at attracting as many members of both the Arabic- and English-speaking communities to the festival.

“Everyone is invited to Katara throughout the festival to watch red-carpet arrivals, to experience the festival atmosphere and to view free public screenings at the spectacular Katara Open Air Theatre,” said the spokesperson.

Tickets for individual sessions are priced at QR30 and QR20 for students, with premium screenings such as red-carpet gala events costing QR50 and QR35 for students.

DFI has also introduced club card passes on two levels, with one pass priced at QR250 (QR180 for students), which covers 12 tickets to regularly-priced events, and another pass for QR100 (QR75 for students), which covers five tickets to regular events.

Pearl Passes have also been introduced for the festival.  Priced at QR1,000 they provide one ticket to the opening night world premiere of Black Gold, one ticket to the closing night regional premiere of The Lady and three tickets a day to regularly priced events and sessions.  Pearl Pass holders will  be provided personalised festival accreditation which includes access to the festival lounge adjacent to the open air theatre.

Tickets are on sale at box offices at DFI lounges in Villagio, City Center and building number 26 at Katara, as well as online at www.dohafilminstitute.com/filmfestival from today.
From October 21, tickets will also be available from the main box office at Katara Screening Hall in building number 12.

“During the festival, box offices will open approximately one hour prior to an event’s start time at all screening venues, excluding the aforementioned locations and Katara Open Air Theatre, where box offices will open approximately two hours prior to an event’s start time,” said the spokesperson.

Throughout the festival, limited parking will be available inside Katara, with a park and ride system set to operate across scheduled pickup locations and festival events.

Doha Talks to feature top experts
The Doha Tribeca Film Festival has expanded its Doha Talks programme for its third edition, with a series of  events featuring filmmakers and experts set to engage with the local community and share their experience. Discussions will be featured with Hollywood actor Antonio Banderas,  film composer James Horner, senior visual effects master and director of WETA Digital Joe Letteri, French auteur Luc Besson, documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, master cinematographer, Christopher Doyle, Lebanese director-actor Nadine Labaki and British-Indian director Asif Kapadia.

(Source: Gulf Times)

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