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Posted On: 10 November 2013 11:45 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:13 pm

Stage set for first Ajyal Youth Film Festival

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Films by Qataris and expatriates will take centre stage at the inaugural Ajyal Youth Film Festival, presented by Doha Film Institute (DFI), in its ‘Made in Qatar’ programme. With festivities from November 26 to 30 at The Cultural Village Katara, the festival will showcase works of filmmakers across three segments. The first will feature works of winners of DFI’s 48-hour online Family Film Challenge, the second from the seven-day Filmmaking Challenge, both of which were open to filmmakers from Qatar and the third will include the screening of Batal Wa Resalah (The Hero and the Message), an Al Rayyan Productions. Commissioned by Al Rayyan Productions to celebrate Qatar National Day 2012, The Hero and the Message tells the tale of a Qatari brother and sister who travel back in time to witness the founding events of Qatar in the 19th century. The screening on November 29 will be followed by a question-answer session with Qatari talents. The 48-hour Family Film Challenge will put emerging filmmakers to test, by launching an online challenge. Participants in teams of three or four will be tasked to produce a five- minute film using mystery prop and catchphrase. Two winners will be selected,, voted by the audience via dedicated social media outlets. The ‘Made in Qatar’ programme will announce the winners, followed by screenings of their films. Tahaddi, the seven-day Filmmaking Challenge, part of the Gulf Development Unit at DFI, aims at teaching the process of creating short films — from conceptualisation through execution — in seven days. Seven of the best films from this year’s Tahaddi programme will be screened.