Doha Film Institute presents Qumra, an initiative that seeks to provide mentorship, nurturing, and hands-on development for filmmakers from Qatar and around the world.
Qumra begins 3 March and continues through 8 March, with additional public screenings taking place 1 and 2 March.
The primary motive of this international gathering of creative film professionals is to contribute to the development of emerging voices in cinema, with a special focus on first- and second-time filmmakers, alongside a series of screenings for Doha audiences featuring films by international masters and recipients of support from the Institute.
The Qumra gathering is categorised in three sections:
Master Classes with Qumra Masters, Festival de Cannes Grand Prix winner Bruno Dumont, Academy Award winner Asghar Farhadi, Critically acclaimed documentarian and Un Certain Regard Grand Prix Winner Rithy Panh, Argentina’s eminent filmmaker Lucrecia Martel and internationally acclaimed Award-Winning producer Paulo Branco.
Emphasising work by first- and second-time filmmakers, approximately 25 feature-length and 9 short film projects have been selected to benefit from the experience of international film industry experts in bespoke mentorship labs and business meetings.
The Modern Masters and New Voices in Cinema include a showcase of films presented by Qumra Masters and critically acclaimed films funded by the Institute.