AJYALCombining education, indoor and outdoor film screenings, panels and workshops, the inaugural Ajyal Youth Film Festival, presented by the Doha Film Institute, has unveiled a rich roster of programming that is guaranteed to bring film enthusiasts of all ages, to one vibrant destination.

The Chief Executive Officer of Doha Film Institute (DFI), Abdulaziz Al Khater, said:

We are very excited to unveil the format of our first Ajyal Youth Film Festival. Driven with the goal to inspire and create, Ajyal has been designed to empower the region’s youth and foster their creativity. We aim to encourage young talent and provide them with an opportunity to actively engage and participate in a fun and educational environment, and hope to inspire film enthusiasts of all ages in Qatar and the region.’

Scheduled to be held from 26 to 30 November 2013, at Katara Cultural Village, the Ajyal Youth Film Festival will host an array of indoor and outdoor screenings, workshops, and industry events, creating an engaging atmosphere for learning and appreciating global cinema and supporting the region’s cinematic landscape.

The Festival Director, Fatma Al Remaihi, said:

Since its inception, the Doha Film Institute has worked to support the growth of the film industry in the region. Developing platforms that cater to our youth is an important component of this overall mission. We want to bring generations together to discover, enjoy and discuss cinema. Young people at Ajyal will have a platform to express their views, learn from each other and unite in a celebration of film and creativity.’

The central initiative of the Ajyal Youth Film Festival will be the Doha Film Experience, a programme that brings together hundreds of young jurors from around the world in an exchange of cultures and to forge international friendships; underlining the potential of film as a medium for positive change. Featuring three jury components, the Doha Film Experience will feature 32 short films and 10 documentaries and narratives, following which the young jurors will engage in workshops, and Q&A sessions with film talent. On the closing nights, the jurors will award films that they consider most outstanding.

A highlight in the screenings for the Ajyal Youth Film Festival is a tribute to anime with a showcase of six films dedicated to the timeless Japanese art. The screenings will be complemented by an array of community-wide activities including the ‘Otaku Exhibition,’ that celebrates the works of local and regional artists paying tribute to the anime culture.

Headlining the film showcase is the ‘Made in Qatar’ segment, a special programme of works by filmmakers who are Qatari nationals, or who call Qatar home, bringing aspiring and emerging film-making talent to the forefront.

Ajyal Youth Film Festival will also host a series of nine ‘Special Screenings,’ with films from Brazil, Canada, China, France, Korea, Mexico, Qatar, Spain, UK and the USA.

Film aficionados can attend the extensive industry programming that includes masterclasses for students of all ages; workshops for children, parents, teachers, and industry professionals; and panels aimed at enhancing film education and appreciation.

Boasting two days of back-to-back activities, Ajyal’s ‘Family Days’ on the 29and 30 November 2013, have been designed to bring the entire family together. The free of charge events include the Ajyal Studio, where audiences can be part of the filmmaking experience; storytelling workshops, and performances from local youth and international talents amongst others.

Ajyal Youth Film Festival builds on the Doha Film Institute’s history of community-based programming. Ajyal invites generations to come together to discuss cinema through events that inspire creative interaction, opening up a fun, collaborative environment where young people can express themselves.

For more information, visit DFI’s website.