The Doha Film Institute (DFI) has announced two industry leaders who will lead this year’s Qumra Talks in partnership with Northwestern University in Qatar, that delve into varying perspectives on the fast-evolving industry.

Open to ticket holders and Qumra Pass delegates, guests can also enjoy an exploration of Virtual Reality through the Qumra VR Lounge powered by Diversion Cinema at the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) on 16 and 18 March, 2 to 4 pm, and on 17 and 19 March, 2 to 6 pm.

According to DFI CEO Fatma Hassan Al Remaihi, Qumra 2019 not only provides audiences with access to award-winning films but also offers a unique opportunity to discover emerging technologies and disruptive new trends shaping the global industry. She said that Qumra Talks brings important topical industry conversations to Doha that connects Qatar’s creative community to current issues and developments, and brings great value to the overall Qumra experience.

Qumra Talks 2019

Qumra Talks 2019 will present two unique sessions with prominent voices and trend setters from the global industry. The Talks will open with The Black List: Revolutionising How Films Get Chosen with Franklin Leonard on 16 March. The renowned development executive and founder and CEO of The Black List will focus on ways that technology and culture has impacted the Hollywood film industry. Films produced by The Black List have grossed over $26 billion dollars in box office worldwide and won an impressive 53 Academy Awards® from 262 nominations.

The second talk, Welcome to the new reality: How VR is changing our world, is on 18 March, with award-winning curator, producer and internationally renowned VR leader Michel Reilhac. The talk will focus on the increasing popularity of Virtual Reality and how the medium will become more utilised as a platform for communication, training, education, commerce and entertainment. Michel will also address the practical challenges that lie ahead for the growth of the immersive industry and the shift in our connection with reality. Attendees to this talk will be able to access the VR lounge on the same admission ticket.

Qumra 2019 will also present the Qumra VR Lounge powered by Diversion Cinema through two internationally acclaimed works, Grand Prix winners at Venice VR Arden’s Wake/ Tide’s Fall by Eugene Chung and Spheres produced by Darren Aronofsky.

Arden’s Wake/Tide’s Fall follows a young girl’s search for her missing father in the middle of an endless sea. Spheres, narrated by Jessica Chastain, Patti Smith and Milly Bobby Brown, is the breakthrough interactive visualisation exploring how the planets in our solar system generate their own magnetic fields into music.

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Cover Image: Franklin Leonard