CLIENT: Doha Film Institute
DATE: October 2010
LOCATION: Doha, Qatar
PROJECT TYPE: Architectural, Engineering, Scenic
JEREMY THOM DESIGNS ROLE: Overall Project Designer
The 2010 Doha Film Festival was the first event held at Katara Village, a newly constructed facsimile of an Arab village, albeit a rather opulent one, with the Royal Opera House and a white marble amphitheatre in the Greek style for an audience of a couple of thousand. This latter had never been inaugurated and we were unable to use it other than a centrepiece with fabulous architectural lighting.
I designed another amphitheatre, built from the ground up, for 2000 people as both an outdoor cinema and fully functioning stage space. The stage in front of the screen was adaptable to accommodate a full orchestra which accompanied the premier of a silent movie on opening night. Additionally there were multiple tented and built structures created as screening rooms for upwards of 200 people arrayed throughout the site. There was also a red carpet area at the main entrance to Katara which led to the Opera House.