Doha, Qatar: Director Martin Scorsese Takes Part in DTFF that Includes Open Air Screenings

. After nearly a year of intense planning, the Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF) kicks off tomorrow with the likes of legendary director Martin Scorsese, Academy Award?-winning actors Robert De Niro and Sir Ben Kingsley, and Egyptian screen sensation Youssra. DTFF, a partnership between the Qatar Museums Authority and Tribeca Enterprises, will run 29 October through 1 November. As part of Opening Night, DTFF also will feature a free, open-air screening of "Amelia" on the enormous 24-meter wide screen constructed on the grounds of the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA). More than 3,000 members of the Qatari community are expected to attend, and DTFF will live-stream all of the glamour from the red carpet, including celebrity interviews, to the giant screen, so that festivalgoers don't miss a moment of the excitement. Additional entertainment will be provided by the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, which will perform live prior to the Amelia screening. Then on Friday, 30 October, screenings will start at City Center Cinemas, the beach at the Four Seasons and the MIA Gallery. On Saturday, 31 October, there will be a special screening at Souq Waqif as well as Villaggio's IMAX cinema. Check for the latest schedule. In addition to films Starting Friday, the MIA grounds will be transformed for Family Day from 1:00 9:00 p.m. Guests can take a Bollywood or Hip Hop lesson from an international dance troupe, which also will perform jaw-dropping stunts and martial arts demonstrations. Or participants may take part in an animation workshop to learn the basics of making an animated film. With the addition of arts and crafts, face painting and Titan The Robot an 8-foot tall robot who brings out the child in everyonethere's something for everyone. Friday evening, Family Day activities center around the MIA's enormous screen and open-air theater, which will show two family-friendly films. The first is the world premiere of inspirational animated film Assila, which focuses on the themes of family, loyalty, love and courage. The second is Turtle: The Incredible Journey, the fascinating story of a Loggerhead turtle's lifelong journey. The Loggerhead turtle has one of the longest, most amazing migrations of the animal kingdom. For those looking for something more grown-up on Friday night, the Four Seasons beach will provide a striking setting for another DTFF free, outdoor screening. This time of Captain Abu Raed, a story about friendship, inspiration and heroism set in contemporary Jordan. Source: Press ReleaseAbout DTFF Doha Tribeca Film Festival was formed through a strategic partnership by Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani and CEO Abdulla Al Najjar of the Qatar Museums Authority and the Tribeca Film Festival Founders, Jane Rosenthal, Craig Hatkoff, and Robert De Niro. The arrangement was spearheaded by DTFF Executive Director Amanda Palmer. Uniquely Qatari in its identity, the Festival is modeled on the success of Tribeca Film Festival's dedication to engage the local community and promote filmmaking talent. In its inaugural year, Doha's first international film festival will celebrate the best of Arabic and international cinema. Its ongoing aim will be to inspire, engage and educate a new generation of cinema appreciation locally; discover, mentor and fund regional filmmaking talent; foster a community through art and entertainment; and encourage open discussion and debate. source-

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