After three years at the helms of the Doha Film Institute, executive director Amanda Palmer is stepping down to launch her own Arab talent agency, media reports state.
Palmer, who has presided over the last three Doha Tribeca film festivals, said she hopes to bridge the gap between Middle East talent and U.S. agencies.
The Hollywood Reporter outlines her accomplishments:
Her work for the DFI has already birthed a number of movies and creative projects from the region including Ziad Doueiri’s The Attack and renowned Lebanese-American author Khalil Gibran’s The Prophet with Salma Hayek on-board as a co-producer alongside Participant Media.
Palmer was also instrumental in bringing Mira Nair’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist to DFI to produce and finance.
DFI has pushed back its fourth annual film festival by about a month this year; it will be held from Nov. 17-24.
A new executive director is expected to be hired before then.