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Film Grants Guideline PDF

The goals of the Doha Film Institute Grants Programme are to identify new talent, seek out new cinematic voices and discover universally resonant stories.

The Institute’s approach is to champion projects that aim to explore, expand and cultivate authentic storytelling, with a keen interest in propelling forward contemporary work that demonstrates a deep understanding of the specific possibilities of the medium of cinema.

The Programme provides creative and financial assistance for short and feature-length films, subject to eligibility criteria, by Qatari and international first- and second-time directors, as well as established MENA directors. Financial support is also available for TV and web series helmed by scriptwriters, directors and producers from the MENA region, subject to eligibility criteria.

The expansion of the Grants programme to include TV and web series underlines DFI’s continued commitment to support Arab talents to pursue new forms of storytelling and further drive the creation of original and compelling content with relevance to the Arab world. The TV fiction and creative documentary series development grant aims to assist independent screenwriters/producers from the MENA region in developing original serialized content intended for international audiovisual markets, while the web fiction and creative documentary series grant will support independent directors/producers from the MENA region in financing the production of original serialized content for the web.

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Qatari Applicants

The Institute seeks to strengthen and empower Qatari voices in filmmaking that have the potential to make significant contributions to the art of cinema. Its focus on the growth and evolution of Qatar’s film community includes providing creative and logistical support for, and financial contributions to, work by filmmakers from Qatar.

In addition to applying for funding through the grants programme, Qatari filmmakers with short and feature-length projects at any stage of evolution are invited to contact the Institute year-round at to discuss grants, co-financing possibilities, internships with international productions, creative development seminars, mentorship initiatives and exhibition opportunities.

International Applicants
Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

Development, production and post-production funding is available for first- and second-time directors from the MENA region for feature-length projects. Short films are eligible for production funding only. Established MENA directors may apply for post-production funding for feature-length projects.

Development funding is available to independent screenwriters/producers from the MENA region for TV fiction and creative documentary series.

Production funding is available to independent directors/producers from the MENA region for web fiction and creative documentary series.


Post-production funding is available for feature-length projects by first- and second-time non-MENA directors.

Submissions for the SPRING 2018 are now closed. Please check back this page by early June for the FALL 2018 submission dates.

Applications sent by email will not be considered. Please submit via the online form, accessible on this page only while submissions are open.

**If you are unsure which regional criteria apply to your application, please click on the links to country lists below, or contact us at

Click here for the list of MENA countries
Click here for the list of Non-MENA countries

For General Film Grants Guidelines and Submission Materials for International Applicants please click on this link for PDF download.

For General TV and Web Series Grants Guidelines for MENA Applicants, please check back this page in early June.

Grant Agreement
In the event that your original film project is successfully selected to participate in the DFI Grants Programme, you will be required to sign a Grant Agreement that will set out the terms of our relationship. The Grant Agreement will include (where applicable) the contract duration, grant amount, financial requirements, credit requirements and other miscellaneous provisions. By submitting a grant application to the Doha Film Institute, you hereby acknowledge and agree to the following terms of submission and release, and in particular that:

1. You have read, understood and have complied with all documentation relating to the Grants Programme.

2. You understand that the Institute is not obligated to either examine or use your application material or to
invite you to participate in the Grants Programme, nor to provide you with any reason for its decisions.

3. You understand that the application material you submit will be kept confidential by the Institute. You also understand that the Institute and persons and entities affiliated with, related to, or connected with the Institute and/or the Grants Programme operate other programmes and events and may be developing material that may be similar to your application in theme, idea, plot, format or in other material respects.

4. You are the sole author and owner of all application material and have the full right and authority to submit the application material to the Institute for inclusion in the Grants Programme.

Applicants must be 18 years of age or older to apply.

Submissions are closed.

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