Doha Film Institute (DFI) has announced that the first edition of Ajyal Film Festival for the Young will be held from November 26 to 30.
The festival will engage families and educators through an annual celebration of the best in international youth cinema and year-round activities that enrich film appreciation.
By bringing generations together through events that inspire creative interaction, Ajyal will open up a fun collaborating environment where young people can express their views on the various issues they face today.
The five-day festival will comprise the Doha Film Experience, which will include a feature narrative (41 minutes and over) competition and a short film (under 40 minutes) contest, and the Made in Qatar/Students section. It will also feature family-friendly special screenings and thematic retrospectives and tributes. Masterclasses for students of all ages, workshops for children, parents, teachers and industry professionals and panels will aim to enhance film education and
Submissions are open for the short film competition and Made in Qatar/Students section. Entry is open to documentary and narrative films from around the world that are for or about the youth. Submissions close on August 25. There is no entry fee and films can be submitted digitally via a secure link or by mail.
The Made in Qatar/Students section showcases student films that have been shot in Qatar or made by individuals of any nationality who currently reside in this country.
The competition winners will receive a film development award through the Ajyal Film Fund. A total of four filmmakers will be awarded the film development prize for short films and feature films.
The Doha Film Experience also gives youngsters the opportunity to sit on the jury that will decide the winners of the Ajyal competition, presented in three age-specific categories:
l Mohaq (New Moon) for jurors 8-12 years of age (short film competition, documentary or narrative)
l Hilal (Crescent) for jurors 13-17 years of age (feature and short film competition, documentary or narrative)
l Bader (Full Moon) for jurors 18-21 years of age (feature and short film competition, documentary or narrative)
“We are pleased that submissions are now open for Ajyal Film Festival for the Young, a first of its kind initiative in the Gulf region,” said Fatma al-Remaihi, festival director and DFI’s head of programmes. “Film education and appreciation are central to engaging young people in cinema. The Doha Film Experience, including our programmes for jurors and prizes for filmmakers, and our Made in Qatar/Students sections will make it fun for younger audiences and their families to be involved in film and filmmaking at the festival.”
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