Hollywood heavyweight Robert De Niro joined Director Mira Nair, VIP guests, and more on the red carpet for the opening of the fourth Doha Tribeca Film Festival tonight at Souq Waqif.

Despite a dozen photographers, a row of TV cameras, and scores of onlookers, the festival’s opening on Saturday night was more muted than previous years, with few internationally recognizable faces traipsing down the walkway. Instead, regional talent, diplomats, local filmmakers, and prominent Qatari names were at the center of this show.

Over the past three years, the festival has gotten some flak for not doing enough to attract a local audience. DFI appears to have taken some of that criticism to heart, organizing a less glitzy, more Qatar-focused line-up this time around.

Family day activities have been expanded across four days this year, instead of one. There are now also no-less than four separate “Made in Qatar” events, which have been heavily marketed across Doha in recent weeks.

It remains to be seen, though, if the changes to the festival’s format will have the impact organizers are looking for.

Are you attending the festival this year? What do you think of this year’s program?

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Credit: Photos by Omar Chatriwala

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