The Doha Film Institute (DFI) has launched the new Qumra Film Festival to focus on emerging directors and expand competition to films from around the world. The festival will include international competition sections for feature-length and short films, and provide opportunities for creative collaboration among filmmakers and industry professionals, with focus on first and second-time directors.
DFI announced at Cannes film festival that its annual slate will now include two film festivals: Qumra Film Festival and Ajyal Film Festival. This announcement comes after the DFI and Tribeca ended their four-year long partnership this year which means there will no longer be the Doha Tribeca film festival.
The inaugural Qumra Film Festival will take place in March, 2014. International competitions for first- and second-time filmmakers are at the heart of the eight-day festival. Awards will be decided by international juries in feature-length and short film categories, including Made in Qatar.
Out-of-competition sections include a panorama of films from contemporary auteurs, established directors and new talent, selected for their artistry, formal innovation and compelling subject matter; a carte-blanche section that invites acclaimed directors to share films that played a role in shaping their cinematic sensibility; and a tribute that pays homage to the contributions of significant figures to the history of world cinema. Extending its focus on directors’ early works, the Qumra Film Festival also provides a rare chance to see the first films of celebrated filmmakers.
Industry Days will include master classes, workshops, panels and the Doha Projects initiative, which puts together DFI grant recipients with producers and key players from the film industry.
The Ajyal Film Festival for the Young is a community-based event that brings cinema and film-related activities to Doha to promote film appreciation among families and educators. Its first edition takes place in November, 2013.
Renowned director, actor and writer Elia Suleiman was appointed as the Artistic Advisor of the DFI recently.