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Mon 22 Mar 2010 07:29 AM

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Weinstein to give keynote speech at Doha film festival

Hollywood movie mogul will join 200 film industry professionals at the two-day summit.

Hollywood movie mogul Harvey Weinstein is due to make the concluding keynote speech at the Financial Times Business of Film Summit, which starts today in Doha.

The organisers say around 200 movie professionals are due to attend the two-day film summit in the Qatari capital and the theme will be "Rethinking Strategies in an Evolving Landscape".

Weinstein, who is the co-founder of Miramax Films and co-chairman of The Weinstein Company, has been confirmed as the concluding keynote speaker at the event, which takes place at the Four Seasons Hotel Doha.

Weinstein’s company has been responsible for the recent release of films such as Nine, Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, Michael Moore’s Capitalism: A Love Story and the Oscar winning The Reader.

The opening keynote speaker will be Bill Mechanic, the former chairman and CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment and the president of Walt Disney Studios' International Distribution and Worldwide Video. While at Fox, Mechanic oversaw the release of hit films such as Titanic, X-Men, the Star Wars trilogy and There's Something About Mary.

Raja Sharif, director of International Affairs of Alnoor Holdings, a partner of FT for the event, said the summit will explore the funding and commercial opportunities in the film industry. The Qatari government has also set up the Doha Tribeca Film Festival in an aim to establish a filmmaking industry in the Gulf state.

Weinstein will make his keynote speech on Tuesday March 23 at 17:00

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