Magazine article Screen International

Doha Launches First Ajyal Youth FF

Magazine article Screen International

Doha Launches First Ajyal Youth FF

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Event will include education, screenings, panels and workshops.

The inaugural Ajyal Youth Film Festival, presented by the Doha Film Institute (DFI), has unveiled a roster of programming that will run from Nov 26-30 at the Cultural Village Katara.

The festival will host indoor and outdoor screenings, workshops, and industry events in a bid to showcase global cinema and support the region's cinema.

The central initiative of the Ajyal Youth Film Festival will be the Doha Film Experience, a programme that aims to bring together hundreds of young jurors from around the world.

Featuring three jury components, the Doha Film Experience will comprise 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.

The festival will include a tribute to anime with a showcase of six films dedicated to the Japanese art. The screenings will be complemented by community-wide activities including the Otaku Exhibition celebrating the works of local and regional artists paying tribute to the anime culture. …

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