dfi-ajyal-film-festivalDoha Film Institute (DFI) has announced that the first edition of Ajyal Film Festival for the Young, which will be held in from 26 November to 30 November 2013.

The five-day festival aims to engage families and educators through an annual celebration of the best in international youth cinema and year-round activities that enrich film appreciation. By bringing generations together through events that inspire creative interaction, Ajyal – which is the Arabic word for generations – will open up a fun collaborating environment where young people can express their views on the various issues they face today.

The film festival will consist of the Doha Film Experience, which will include a feature narrative (41 minutes and over) competition and a short film (under 40 minutes) contest, and the Made in Qatar/Students section. It will also feature family-friendly special screenings and thematic retrospectives and tributes. Masterclasses for students for children, parents, teachers and industry professionals and panels will aim to enhance film education and appreciation.

Submissions are open for the short film competition and Made in Qatar/Students section. Entry is open to documentary and narrative films from around the world that are for or about the youth. Submissions close on 25 August 2013. There is no entry for four filmmakers will be awarded the film development prize for short films and feature films.

The Doha Film Experience also gives young men and women the opportunity to sit on the jury that will decide the winners of the Ajyal competition, presented in three age-specific categories:

  • Mohaq or New moon for jurors: 8 – 12 years of age (short film competition, documentary or narrative)
  • Hilal or Crescent for jurors: 13 – 17 years of age (feature and short film competition, documentary or narrative)
  • Bader or Full Moon for jurors: 18 – 21 years of age (feature and short film competition, documentary or narrative)

For more information, visit DFI’s website.