DOHA: The second annual Ajyal Youth Film Festival will be held from December 1 to 6 at Katara Cultural Village, Doha Film Institute (DFI) announced yesterday.
‘Ajyal,’ Arabic for ‘generations,’ brings people of all ages together to experience cinema through events that inspire creative interaction, opening up a fun, collaborative environment where young people can express themselves.
Following the inaugural edition, which showcased over 40 films, including shorts, documentaries and features, the second festival promises to bring an outstanding selection of international and local films to Doha audiences.
Ajyal’s youth jury programme, the Doha Film Experience, is the central initiative of the festival, which provides young jurors from Qatar and the region an opportunity to watch, analyse and discuss films from all over the world.
Fatma Al Remaihi, Festival Director, said: “The festival was launched to encourage a love of cinema among the young people of our community and provide space where they can express themselves through culture and creativity.
“The first edition proved that film can bring people together and we were overwhelmed by the positive response from our jurors and festival-goers. Through the second edition, we will continue to contribute to the growth of Qatar’s film culture with a programme to spark young imagination and inspire the next generation.”
After hosting more than 400 young jurors of 45 nationalities through the inaugural Doha Film Experience, the festival will once again invite young people aged eight to 21 to participate as jury.
A highlight of the festival is the ‘Made in Qatar’ segment, which supports homegrown filmmakers from Qatar, by providing them with an opportunity to showcase their work. An audience and community favourite, The Sandbox, an interactive digital space offering access to the latest in film and media technologies, will also be held. Audiences can interact, learn, and create their stories using apps, creative tools, and knowledge of hands-on sessions.