The fourth Ajyal Youth Film Festival, presented by the Doha Film Institute from 30 November to 5 December, promises a never-before experience for the community with its Geekdom: Time Machine Exhibition.

A hub for the community to come together and relive their childhood through games, music, cartoons and films, Geekdom is one of the fascinating attractions of Ajyal, which will appeal to all ages alike.

Ajyal CEO Fatma Al Remaihi
DFI CEO Fatma Al Remaihi

Fatma Al Remaihi, Festival Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Doha Film Institute, said:

Geekdom is our interactive hub where all members of the community can freely explore, learn and experience the joy of creative exploration. In addition to films, games and music, Geekdom opens doors for visitors to strengthen community bonding by sharing with the like-minded their hobbies and creative pursuits. Ajyal is an event for the entire community and what better way than to relive old memories and make new ones at Geekdom.’

The Time Machine Exhibition will assure a trip down nostalgia lane as visitors will be transported to the time of Snakes & Ladders, handheld gaming, hangman and other childhood favourites of yore.

Adding to the spirit of community engagement, hobby collectors in Qatar can exhibit their extensive collections. They will also have a rent-free space for local nostalgia collectors to sell their items, if they so wish, to the public.

Other aspects of the Geekdom include a Gaming Area that showcases an array of games for all ages, a Screening & Chill-out Zone and the Break Corner. The Ajyal Wall makes its return this year too where visitors can express themselves through art. Among the participants at Geekdom are The 1-Up Gaming Centre, The Gaming Lounge and Kanpeki Team.

Open for free to the public, Geekdom will be held at Katara Building 18 on 1, 3, and 4 December from 10 am to 10 pm, on 2 December from 2 pm to 10 pm and on 5 December from 10 am to 4 pm.

Katara is the Cultural Partner and Oxy Qatar is the Principal Partner for the 2016 edition. Qatar Tourism Authority is the Signature Partner of the festival this year. For more details on the Ajyal Youth Film Festival, please visit

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