A still from House in the Fields

From a heartwarming, animated portrait of an Afghan girl to the world’s first fully painted feature film, an eclectic selection of 12 thought-provoking feature films are vying for top honours at the 5th Ajyal Youth Film Festival, presented by the Doha Film Institute.

Set to inspire young audiences in the three jury categories of Mohaq, Hilal and Bader, this year’s rousing feature films curated from across the globe brilliantly embody Ajyal’s values of curiosity, empowerment, film, friendship and joy using creatively powerful narratives. All Ajyal jurors watch and analyse feature and short films in their respective categories, awarding Best Film prizes in all categories.

A still from At Eye Level

Among the films in competition in the Mohaq category for jurors aged 8 to 12 are At Eye Level directed by Joachim Dollhopf and Evi Goldbrunner (Germany); Everyday Heroes by Anne-Dauphine Julliand (France); Liyana by Aaron Kopp and Amanda Kopp (Swaziland/ Qatar/ USA); and The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales by Benjamin Renner and Patrick Imbert (France).

In the Hilal category, to be evaluated by jurors aged 13 to 17, are Step directed by Amanda Lipitz (USA); the opening film of Ajyal, The Breadwinner by Nora Twomey (Canada/ Ireland/ Luxembourg); Walking Out by Alex Smith and Andrew J. Smith (USA); and Wallay by Berni Goldblat (France/ Burkina Faso/ Qatar).

Ajyal jurors aged 18 to 21 will evaluate four feature films in the Bader category. These are: Birds Like Us by Faruk Sabanovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina/ Turkey/ UK/ USA/ Qatar); Disappearance by Ali Asgari (Iran/ Qatar); House in the Fields by Tala Hadid (Morocco/ Qatar); and Loving Vincent by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman (UK/ Poland), all co-financed by the Doha Film Institute.


Tickets are on sale and are priced QAR25 for general screening. Tickets are available for purchase 24 hours a day here or from the Ajyal Katara Main Box Office in Katara Building 12 or Ajyal FNAC Ticket Outlet, FNAC Qatar at Doha Festival City.

The Ajyal Youth Film Festival is made possible through its partners: Cultural Partner, Katara Cultural Village, Principal Partners Occidental Petroleum Corporation and Ooredoo and Strategic Partner Qatar Tourism Authority. For more details on the Ajyal Youth Film Festival, please visit Doha Film Institute.