Opening new avenues to creative development and education, the Ministry of Education and Higher Education has partnered with the Doha Film Institute (DFI) to deliver the recurring ‘School Stars’ short film competition for public and private school students in Qatar.

The competition, which launches this week, will present a new theme in every edition. The subject of the first edition will be ‘The Bright Side’ and students are invited to submit short films that explore and express their views, observations and their experience in relation to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The community-wide initiative invites students – both Arabic and non-Arabic speakers – to participate by creating 30-60 second films that capture the essence of the theme and reflect their opinions and ideas on proposed topics. Submissions across the three categories: 1st to 4th Grade (Category 1), 5th to 8th Grade (Category 2), and 9th to 12th Grade (Category 3) will be evaluated by separate juries appointed by the DFI based on script quality, storyline, cinematography and originality.

Mohamad Ahmad Al Bishry, Advisor to the Minister of Education and Higher Education, said the competition is a continuation of their existing collaborations with DFI as a national organisation  committed to explore new platforms for learning and ensure undisrupted access to quality education.

The short film competition was designed to inspire the youth and draw on the next generation’s immense potential to discover creative solutions and adapt to new challenges.

School Stars

Open to all currently enrolled public and private school students in Qatar, the ‘School Stars’ short film competition will present new themes every few weeks.

فرصة مميزة لجميع طلاب المدارس في قطر: شاركوا في النسخة الأولى من "نجوم المدارس" ، ,id مسابقة للأفلام القصيرة نتعاون فيها مع وزارة التعليم و التعليم العالي.موضوع النسخة الأولى من المسابقة هو: "الجانب المشرق"على الطلاب تقديم أفلام قصيرة30 – 60 ثانية تعكس وتعبر عن آرائهم وملاحظاتهم و خبرتهم فيما يتعلق بفيروس كوفيد-19 المنتشر حالياً. آخر موعد للتقديم 24 إبريل 2020 ،زوروا موقعنا للمزيد من المعلومات عن كيفية التقديم.Great opportunity for all school students in Qatar: don't miss the chance to join the first edition of “School Stars” , a short film competition we're partnering on with the Ministry of education.This edition’s theme is : ‘The Bright Side’ and students are invited to submit 30 to 60 second films that explore and express their views, observations and their experience in relation to the ongoing COVID-19 virus. Submission deadline:24th April 2020. Visit our website for further details #Shortfilmcompetition #Covid19Qatar #Storytelling

Posted by Doha Film Institute on Monday, 13 April 2020


Submitted films will be featured across the social media platforms of the Ministry and DFI, in addition to Qatar TV educational channels 1 and 2. Three winning films from each category will receive cash prizes plus complimentary access to DFI youth workshops and the exclusive opportunity to participate in the Ajyal Jury programme (age appropriate) in the upcoming edition of the Ajyal Film Festival.

According to DFI CEO Fatma Hassan Alremaihi, they are truly honoured to partner with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education on the initiative. She said that empowering the youth of Qatar is central to the DFI mission, and this competition is a remarkable opportunity for students of all ages to exercise and showcase their creative abilities.

Challenging times call for innovative solutions, and our aim through the competition is to add value to the learning experience and provide young minds with an alternate avenue for productive expression.

Film submissions should summarise the students’ creative interpretation of the ongoing theme. Parents can assist in filming, and in current circumstances, all filming should be completed at home with family members only to ensure the health and safety of all.

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