The seventh edition of the Ajyal Film Festival, presented by the Doha Film Institute (DFI), celebrated its official Jury Opening event at the Katara Cultural Village on 17 November. Over 450 jurors from 45 countries are part of the internationally acclaimed jury program to view, discuss and evaluate the films showcased at the festival and discover cinema as a medium of global positive change.
Addressing the assembled jurors, H.E. Sheikha Al Mayassa bint
Hamad Al-Thani, Chairperson of the Doha Film Institute, said: "Ajyal is
more than just films. It is a journey that will stay with you forever -
the people you meet and the things you see will not end with the
festival, but in fact, encourage you to continue to carry forward the
spirit of what you learn over the next six days. Qatar's film industry
will rise with our youth, so I encourage you to rise to this occasion
and take this opportunity to learn together and become part of a global
movement of youth that are making a difference."
Fatma Hassan Al Remaihi, Chief Executive Officer of DFI and Festival Director, said: "We are proud to welcome new young faces to this year's Ajyal Jury program. Over the next few days, our jurors will be part of an inspiring journey of learning and building community, while they explore new horizons of creative and cultural understanding through the powerful medium of film. I look forward to hearing the stories of new inspiration and awareness that you will discover on the big screen and in each other."
The Ajyal 2019 jury competition line-up consists of 15 feature films and a series of short programs, which will be reviewed by over 400 jurors from 45 nationalities including 48 international jurors who have traveled to Doha for the event from Armenia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Italy, Iraq, India, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Mozambique, Oman, Palestine, Turkey, Tunisia and the United Kingdom.
Each jury category - Mohaq (ages 8-12), Hilal (ages 13-17) and Bader (ages 18-21) - will watch a carefully curated selection of films, discuss them collectively and with industry experts, evaluate the individual creative and emotional impact of these films, and participate in events including panels, workshops and Q&A sessions with filmmakers.
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