Training & Development

The Doha Film Institute Training and Development Initiatives nurture filmmakers in an atmosphere of curiosity and inclusivity through two parallel streams that provide opportunities for skills-sharing, feedback and direction from mentors.

In our Workshops and Labs, creative skills are shared in a series of discussions and practical exercises that delve into personal introspection, explore approaches to visual writing, consider various methods of film analysis and provide tangible knowledge in all areas of the filmmaking process.

Creative Consultations with our Development team engage filmmakers with projects in various stages of evolution. After discussing current material with the creators, we provide feedback and bespoke advice on how to make projects ready to take the next step toward completion. If you are interested in these consultations, please email

For general programme enquiries, please email

Our aspiration is to expose filmmakers to the full range of cinematic styles, ideas and approaches in order to situate their work within the broader context of the art of cinema.

We believe that filmmaking is a journey of self-discovery, and our workshops and consultations offer a safe haven for the creative development of an authentic personal voice.

Download Training and Development: Workshops and Labs 2017. Schedule

  Download Training and Development: Workshops and Labs 2017. Programme


Short Documentary Lab
• 14 April to 24 May, 2017

Animation: Toon Boom
• Session 1 Beginner: 4 to 16 February, 2017
• Session 2 Intermediate: 3 to 16 May, 2017
• Session 3 Advanced: end of September – beginning of October, 2017

Hezayah Screenwriting Lab
• Session 1: 6 to 9 May, 2017
• Session 2: 21 to 24 September, 2017
• Session 3: 2 to 6 November, 2017
• Session 4: 11 to 14 January, 2018

Practical Lab: Colour Grading
• 24 to 25 July, 2017

Practical Lab: Fundamentals of Sound Recording and Mixing
• 19 to 29 September, 2017

Practical Lab: Cinematography and Lighting
• 19 to 29 September, 2017

Animation Seminar 1: Copyright and intellectual property
Animation Seminar 2: The Future of 2D animation
• October, 2017

Producers Lab
• November, 2017

Short Scriptwriting Lab
• January and February, 2018