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Film Funding

Further strengthening its commitment to national film talent, the Doha Film Institute launched a film fund dedicated to supporting short and feature filmmaking by Qataris.



The Fall 2017 Qatari Film Fund call for shorts submission opens November 25 and closes on December 10, 2017

The Qatari Film Fund offers support for the furtherance of the skills and accomplishments of Qatari filmmakers. The fund is committed to the development of up to four feature films, and the development, production and post-production of up to eight short films annually. Feature films developed through the fund are eligible for financial support for production, and one film will be selected for production funding in the following year. Projects are selected through two funding cycles per year.

Short films are eligible for funding valued at up to QAR182,500 that includes development, production and post-production funds, mentorship, equipment and production support from the Institute. The Institute will work closely with successful applicants throughout the development, production and post-production stages, working with each filmmaker to develop and finalise scripts, establish budgets and schedules, secure creative and technical teams and provide mentorship opportunities with industry specialists as required.

Feature film treatments and screenplays at any level of progress are eligible for development funding valued at up to QAR182,500 that includes development services, mentorship, equipment and other support from the Institute. The Institute will work with each filmmaker to provide bespoke development services, including research, script notes and feedback, script editors, writers’ fees, legal services, location scouting, budgeting and scheduling, casting, etc.

Further, the Institute will continue to provide creative and technical training and mentoring through its Learning Initiatives. Qatari screenwriters, writer-directors and producers are encouraged to approach the Institute with film ideas currently in the early stages of development. The Institute will assist with the development, production and post-production of projects through filmmaking workshops and in-house development, and help prepare applications for funding from the Qatari Fund as appropriate.


Qatari Film Fund - Short Film Funding
General Guidelines

1. Funding is available to Qatari directors and writers
2. The director attached to the film must be a Qatari national. The screenwriter and producer can be of any nationality.
3. There are no restrictions on the subject of proposed films
4. Short films duration are defined as follows:
a. Narrative (up to 12 minutes)
b. Animation (up to 7 minutes)
c. Documentary (up to 30 minutes)
5. A director may be attached to only one project per funding cycle
6. Projects submitted previously that did not receive funding are eligible to reapply, as per the current eligibility criteria.
7. No third party funding is considered
8. Projects already in production or post production stages are not eligible


Funding Consideration Stages

Eligible projects are considered for funding in three stages:

Stage 1: Please submit your project with the submission requirements as per the chart below by email to qff@dohafilminstitute.com. Projects will be evaluated by a selection committee of Institute staff and external deliberators.

Stage 2: If your project is shortlisted, you will be contacted for an interview to discuss your project. You will meet with Institute development, production and post-production executives who will discuss development, production and post-production requirements.

Stage 3: You will be notified whether or not your application is successful. If your application is unsuccessful, the Institute will offer, upon request, notes and feedback on your project and suggest development opportunities through one of the Institute’s Learning Initiatives. You may reapply for support for the same project in a later funding cycle should you wish.

If your application is successful, the Institute will collaborate with you on the development, production and post-production of your project to its fullest potential.

Submission Requirements



For submissions and inquiries, please email us at qff@dohafilminstitute.com.