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Doha Film Institute chief leaves to set up agency

Amanda Palmer quits to launch talent agency and small production company

Doha Film Institute chief leaves to set up agency
Amanda Palmer, left, with CCO of Tribeca Enterprises, Geoffrey Gilmore. (Getty Images)

Doha Film Institute's executive director Amanda Palmer has stepped down to launch a talent agency and small production company.

During her tenure, DFI held three editions of the Doha Tribeca Film Festival and launched various educational and cultural initiatives, including film financing for Middle Eastern and international projects.

"Amanda played an instrumental role in growing DTFF and positioning DFI as a recognized film entity over the past three years," said DFI chair Sheikha Al Mayassa Bint Hamad Al-Thani in a statement.

"Under her leadership, DFI has established many successful relationships with key industry professionals and other international organisations, which we will continue to build on."

The Doha Film Institute is an umbrella organisation bringing all of Qatar s various film initiatives under a single banner.

Last year, DFI also announced its first international co-production Black Gold, with Quinta Communications – a $55m Arabian family epic helmed by acclaimed director Jean-Jacques Annaud, and starring Antonio Banderas, Freida Pinto, Tahar Rahim and Mark Strong.