Nine foreign language films from nine European countries will be showcased in the first European Drive-In Film Festival in Qatar, which will be held on 26 – 28 November at the newly-opened car park of Doha Festival City. 

The festival, which aims to promote cultural togetherness and lift community spirits during this difficult period, will showcase nine foreign language films from nine countries in Europe. The films will have English subtitles and were chosen specifically by the embassies of Austria, Belgium, Czechia, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden, and Switzerland.

The unique cultural experience will immerse movie enthusiasts in a straight-out-of-the-1950s drive-in atmosphere. Guests will be invited to drive and park to watch their preferred movie out of the unrivalled selection, unique for Qatar. All guests will be asked to turn their car engines off to ensure an eco-friendly event.

Doha Festival City, a strategic partner for the Drive In Film Festival, will provide its newly-built parking space, specifically chosen for the event, and ensure the quality of the screening inclusive of a super large screen and amazing sound.

According to Doha Festival City General Manager Robert Hall, the European Cinema Festival will open new and exciting cultural horizons to Doha residents.

We are pleased to be part of the festival, and to work with the European Embassies on promoting cultural exchange.

Open to all residents of Qatar, the festival will provide a safe cinematic experience as all precautionary health and safety measures will be adhered to, including social distancing.

Three screenings will be hosted each day of the festival, opening with the Swedish film, ‘The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared’, on 26 November, 5 pm. Special guests and members of the media will be invited to officially open the festival. Registration will start 30 minutes before each screening.

Guests can bring their own snacks and can also order from the food and beverage outlets in Doha Festival City. The orders will be delivered to guests in their cars by the festival’s exclusive partner, E-butler. Nestle, the event’s platinum sponsor, will be providing snacks and surprises to moviegoers.

Tickets will be free-of-charge and will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. They can be ordered online via eurofilmfestival.qa from 15 November.

The European Drive-In Film Festival is an initiative of the nine European Embassies in Doha as a way of adapting to the current conditions. Ambassador of Sweden to the State of Qatar, HE Anders Bengtcén said they are excited to see the idea of a cultural community experience taking place despite the pandemic.

European Drive-In Film Festival