Screening soon in Qatar . . .

Associated Press

Qatar has teamed up with Robert De Niro and other founders of New York’s Tribeca Film Festival to host a similar annual event starting next year in the small, oil-rich Persian Gulf nation.

The announcement is part of a broader trend of rival, wealthy Gulf countries launching high-profile cultural and sporting events to attract international attention and outside investment.

The festival in Qatar next November will be modeled after the original in New York City, which is going into its eighth year. The event will feature about 40 movies by both established filmmakers and newly discovered talent.