The 8th Ajyal Film Festival of the Doha Film Institute (DFI) will present the first-ever Drive-In Cinema experience in Qatar, in partnership with the National Tourism Council (QNTC). The cinema will be set up at Lusail, as part of a multisensory experience for all ages.

Featuring an unmissable selection of films from classic family-favourites to edge-of-your-seat horror, the open-air cinema experience is set to bring the community together at safe social distances in line with government guidelines and with the health of all Ajyal participants as top priority. Tickets for the Drive-In screenings are at QAR100 per car and available for purchase at ajyalfilm.com.

According to Fatma Hassan Alremaihi, Festival Director and Doha Film Institute CEO, drive-in cinemas, a staple of the film-going experience of the 50s and 60s, are gaining a resurgence across the world as a creative way to preserve community spirit and celebrate culture in this new time.

The current global situation has shown us the value of purpose-driven initiatives that keep our minds and creative spirits active in times of isolation. I would like to thank our partners at QNTC for their generous support in helping us bring this wonderful concept to Ajyal this year and provide for a safe communal film-going experience.

Drive-In Cinema Film Programme Features:

  • 12 November / 6:30 pm – Bambi (USA/1942): David Hand’s moving Disney classic is the story of a fawn named Bambi that joins his new friends – a young rabbit named Thumper and Flower the skunk in exploring the woods to uncover fear, tragedy and the renewing energy of spring.
  • 13 November / 7:30 pm –  The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (USA/2005): A film by Andrew Adamson about four children who discover a wardrobe that transports them to an enchanted world called Narnia.
  • 14 November / 7 pm – Chicken Run (USA/2000): The award-winning DreamWorks Claymation by Peter Lord and Nick Park tells the story of a band of chickens doomed to a life of egg laying on a Yorkshire chicken farm.

Chicken Run

  • 19 November / 11:59 pm – The Blair Witch Project (USA/1999): Eduardo Sánchez and Daniel Myrick follows three film students who vanish after travelling into a Maryland forest to film a documentary on the local Blair Witch legend, leaving only their footage behind. Screening restricted to audience 18 years and older.
  • 20 November / 6:30 pm – Cinderella (USA/1950): Ajyal 2020 Kids’ Special Screening will celebrate the 70th year of Disney’s beloved animated classic by Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson and Hamilton Luske. The nostalgically enduring family-favourite follows Cinderella’s life as it is forever changed when her fairy godmother appears and magically transforms her reality into a dream come true.
  • 20 November / 11:59 pm – Frankenstein (USA/1931): The second midnight screening features James Whale’s film about an obsessed scientist as he struggles with the artificial man he has created. Screening restricted to audience 18 years and older.
  • 22 November / 7 pm – Lupin III. The First (Japan/2020): Making its MENA premiere, this film by Takashi Yamazaki follows the ‘gentleman thief’ and his colourful underworld companions that race to uncover the secrets of the mysterious Bresson Diary, before it falls into the hands of a dark cabal.

Ajyal Drive-in Cinema is also inviting audiences to the Ajyal Tunes concerts series on 20, 21 and 23 November featuring Feel the Beat (Concert 1), Music of the Heart (Concert 2) and Geekdom (Concert 3). All concerts are priced at 50 QAR per car at Lusail.

For updates and more information about the 2020 Ajyal Film Festival, visit dohafilminstitute.com or check out the link below. 

8th Ajyal Film Festival