Submissions for this year's Ajyal Film Festival are available until August 24, providing prospective filmmakers the chance to display their work at the esteemed event. The festival, which runs from November 8 to November 16, is a celebration of innovation and cultural debate.The Doha Film Institute's mission to empowering Qatar's young is central to the festival, allowing them to express themselves through the medium of cinema.
The word 'Ajyal' means 'generations' in Arabic, and the festival crosses cultural divides and brings generations together via a shared love of movies. There are two primary competitive categories in the festival: Feature Film and Short Film. There are three main portions within these categories: Mohaq (New Moon), Hilal (Crescent), and Bader. In addition, the Made in Qatar section features films shot in Qatar.
According to the DFI website, filmmakers who want to compete in the Ajyal Competition must submit their entries by August 24. The application deadline for those primarily interested in the Made in Qatar segment expires on September 2. On October 1, the festival organisers will reveal the selected entries and notify applicants of the status of their applications.
The Ajyal Competition is a centrepiece of the festival, attracting hundreds of young people from all around the world to serve as jurors. These budding filmmakers have a one-of-a-kind opportunity to contribute to the festival by selecting competition winners. Aside from the official film programming, the Ajyal Film Festival hosts a variety of intriguing events. Special screenings, thematic tributes, Cinema Under the Stars, and the Creativity Hub all promise an engaging and inclusive experience for both families and educators. The festival is intended not simply to entertain, but also to stimulate debate on a wide variety of complicated topics confronting today's young.