Participant, Doha Film Institute Form $100M Film Fund

Fund will be used to produce 12 to 16 feature films

Last Updated: March 5, 2013 @ 12:46 PM

Participant Media has formed a $100 million film fund with Doha Film Institute with the goal of financing 12 to 16 feature films, the companies said Wednesday. 

The revolving fund extends for a five-year period and the partners will collaborate on developing, producing and arranging distribution for various projects.

In addition to the film fund, Participant and DFI are exploring a joint venture to create content for Participant’s new television channel, which will launch in August.

Participant will create a Middle East branch based at Doha Film Institute's Qatar headquarters as part of the pact.

Participant has had a strong year at the box office, producing the breakout snowbirds in India film "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" ($134.4 million worldwide) and the Best Picture nominated "Lincoln" ($221.2 million worldwide).

Doha Film Institute has backed less high-profile films, such as "The Reluctant Fundamentalist" and "Just Like a Woman."