One of the region ’ s most anticipated film festivals , Doha Film Institute ’ s annual ‘ Ajyal Film Festival ’ is a celebration of the global film community . All those aged between 8-25 are eligible to apply to be a member of the festival ’ s internationally acclaimed ‘ youth jury ’, reflecting the emphasis on developing young talent .
The role of the Ajyal Jury is to watch the films on display at the festival , discussing the work between their fellow jurors , and voting for the winners of the Ajyal Film Festival . In addition , jurors take part in workshops and discussions with directors , actors , and technicians . Every jury is made up of hundreds of young people , from countries around the world .
The 8 th edition of the Ajyal Film Festival , held in Doha in 2020 , was the event ’ s first hybrid edition . Under the slogan ‘ the show goes on ’, its programme featured both online and in-person screenings , with thought-provoking documentaries , captivating drama , light-hearted comedy , and live performances .
Participants at the 8 th Ajyal Film Festival
The 2020 Ajyal Film Festival included 80 films from 46 countries , including with 22 feature films and 58 shorts , 31 films from the Arab world , 30 films from female filmmakers , and 24 films that received support from the Doha Film Institute . In addition , the festival put on a drive-in cinema for the first time , which proved to be hugely popular .
The Ajyal Film Festival will be returning in November 2021 , and following its great success last year , it will once again be held in a hybrid format .
According to Fatma Hassan Alremaihi , Festival Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Doha Film Institute , “ the ninth edition of the festival reinforces its founding philosophy : to celebrate the finest cinema from around the world while nurturing the appreciation and engagement of youth in creative and critical thinking ”.