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11 November 2014 04:36 am

DFI festival to screen 20 locally produced films

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The second annual Ajyal Youth Film Festival presented by Doha Film Institute (DFI) will shine the spotlight on 20 locally produced films in the ‘Made in Qatar’ section.

The films were made by Qataris and residents, including independent Qatari productions as well as winners of DFI’s filmmaking challenges.

Fatma Al Remaihi, Acting CEO, DFI, and Director of the festival, said “the ‘Made in Qatar’ programme is a highlight of the festival, as it underlines our mandate of supporting a home-grown film culture in Qatar.”

“This year, we were overwhelmed by the number of submissions by professionals and aspiring filmmakers. We are also delighted that we have been able to support their ambitions through our filmmaking challenges and look forward to sharing the results of these initiatives through ‘Made in Qatar’ programmes.”

“The thematic diversity and quality of projects in ‘Made in Qatar’ section is a testament to the growth and vibrancy within our creative community. I look forward to welcoming festival-goers to witness this growth and celebrate local talent with us at Ajyal,” said Al Remaihi.

‘Made in Qatar 1’ will showcase short films made as part of a collaboration between DFI and the National Health Insurance Scheme (Seha) through which the directors have made films about Qatar’s tradition of care.

Those films will be screened alongside independent projects including 10% directed by Yousef Almodhadi, Amreeka Laa by Hind Al Ansari, The Big Dream by Nadia Tabib, He Will Steal It by Abdulaziz Al Saadi, New Day by Ali Ali, Qarar by Ali Al Ansari and T Boy by Maryam Al Sahli.

The ‘Made in Qatar 2’ includes seven independent productions — After My Death directed by Mohamed Al Hamadi, Coucou by Meriem Mesraoua, Hind’s Dream by Suzannah Mirghani, Kings and Queens of Qatar by Shamir Allibhai, Lumiere by Aisha Abduljawad, Public Phone by Ethar Ahmed Hassaan and Leena Al Musalmani, and Temsah by Latifa Al Darwish.

‘Made in Qatar 2’ also includes six winners from the Tarsheed Short Filmmaking Competition organised in collaboration with Kahramaa in celebration of Earth Day 2014 to raise awareness about water and electricity conservation.

They are 7amood Kahraba by Mohammed Abdulla Shaheen, dRain by Papanapattu Ganesh, Monsters by Nesma Sherif and Islam Sherif, Reasons Why You Need to Conserve Water and Electricity by Tala Abu Samaan, Secure the Future by Hadi Al Marzouki, and Takrir by Ghassan Kairouz.

‘Made in Qatar 1’ will screen films on December 4 at 7pm at Katara Drama Theatre while ‘Made in Qatar 2’ will screen on December 5 at 5.45pm at Katara Opera House. Both screenings are free but ticket reservations are required to secure a place.