Doha Film Institute Opens Submissions for 2017 Ajyal Jury Programme

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The Doha Film Institute has opened invitations from 8 to 21-year-olds based in Qatar and around the region, to be an Ajyal Juror and gain fascinating insights into the world of cinema and its power to shape minds. Now in its fifth year, the Ajyal Youth Film Festival is an annual cultural event by the institute that brings the entire community together, and is designed to empower the regions youth and foster their creativity, through the medium of film.

Taking place from November 29 to December 4, the selected jurors will be at the very heart of the festival, and responsible for picking its eventual winners. Being an Ajyal Juror is a highly-creative learning experience that instils an appreciation of cinema as well as the values of teamwork, critical thinking and leadership. As jurors, they will not only watch and discuss the films on show but also discover cinema from a fresh perspective and get the opportunity to make lasting friendships with young people from across the world.

Fatma Al Remaihi, Chief Executive Officer of the Doha Film Institute, said: “We are exceptionally proud of our Ajyal Jury programme, an initiative that puts the spotlight on our young people and gives them the opportunity to learn more about cinema and the creative arts. Few other film events have such a young and diverse team that is mandated to choose the winning films.

“Over the past five years, we have seen many young people return regularly to be an Ajyal Juror, while some of them have gone on to pursue film studies or take up careers in the creative industry. By presenting compelling stories of hope and empowerment to today’s youth, Ajyal aims to bring awareness of global issues, cultures and values that will make them responsible citizens of the future and allow them to use their energy to bring about positive change far beyond Ajyal.”

To register to be an Ajyal Juror visit:

The last date for application is October 26, 2017. For more information or queries, email: