There will be a special emphasis on young talent development through its youth jury programme for ages eight to 25.
Ajyal Film Festival has announced the dates of its ninth edition, scheduled to take place from November 7-19, 2021. The event by Doha Film Institute will be organised under a hybrid format with a curated programme featuring online and in-person activities.
DFI’s annual signature event is a celebration of community and the permeating power of film for audiences across generations. There will be a special emphasis on young talent development through its youth jury programme for ages eight to 25.
Speaking about the festival, Fatma Hassan Alremaihi, Festival Director and Chief Executive Officer of Doha Film Institute, said: “The ninth edition of the festival reinforces its founding philosophy: to celebrate the finest of cinema from around the world while nurturing the appreciation and engagement of youth in creative and critical thinking. Ajyal continued to set a new standard in promoting cinema, despite the challenges following the pandemic, and we will build on our positive momentum by delivering a community-oriented festival that will inspire all. Ajyal’s focus on nurturing young talent and cinematic voices from around the world fuels our belief that in these unprecedented times, the impact of film and art moves beyond boundaries and limitations, and its innate power to connect and inspire is now more important than ever. Taking into consideration that travel restrictions are still in place in many countries, we will continue to maximise the reach of the hybrid model and ensure that all safety protocols are met.”
Submissions of feature-length and short films are currently open. Films from around the globe will be screened including DFI supported films in addition to the acclaimed ‘Made in Qatar’ programme by Qatari and Qatar-based filmmakers.