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Ajyal Youth Film Festival 2017



It has been another incredible Ajyal Youth Film Festival, and we would like to thank all those involved and everyone who attended our screenings and events. After much deliberation, our Ajyal Jurors have awarded their Best Feature and Short Film accolades, drumroll please...

The Mohaq jury of young people aged between 8 and 12 chose the German film ‘At Eye Level’, directed by Joachim Dollhopf as their favourite feature film, and selected ‘Sing’ directed by Kristóf Deák as the best short.

Hilal jurors, aged between 13 and 17, chose ‘The Breadwinner’ by Nora Twomey – also the festival’s opening night film – as their best feature-length film, and awarded their top short film prize to ‘Mare Nostrum’ directed by Rana Kazkaz and Anas Khalaf.

The Bader prizes, decided by young adults aged 18 through 21, were awarded to the feature ‘Loving Vincent’ directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman, and as their favourite short, they chose ‘All of Us’ by Katja Benrath.

The festival also awarded the winners in the Made in Qatar programme, presented by Occidental Petroleum Qatar, that included 16 films by Qatari directors and those who call Qatar home. The award for Best Narrative went to Amal Al-Muftah for ‘Smicha’, while Best Documentary/Experimental was awarded to Rawan Al-Nassiri and Nada Bedair’s for their film ‘Treasures of the Past’. There were two Special Jury Awards this year, with one going to Aisha Al-Jaidah for ‘1001 Days’, and the other to Nibu Vasudevan for ‘Walls’, while the Special Jury Documentary/Experimental Award went to Rawda Al-Thani for ‘I Have Been Watching You All Along’.

All of the winners were honoured at the closing night ceremony that was followed by the screening of ‘Loving Vincent’, a co-production by the Doha Film Institute, and directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman, which also won this year’s Audience Award. It was an amazing week of cinema, and we are already looking forward to welcoming you back for Ajyal 2018!