Approximately 25 feature-length and 9 short film projects with an emphasis on first- and second-time filmmakers, including independent filmmakers from Qatar and recipients of funding from the Institute, have been selected to participate in Qumra. The industry programme will connect the filmmakers with industry mentors for tailored consultations and workshops, as well as master classes with five acclaimed Qumra Masters.
Selected participants will have the opportunity to participate in the following events:
Intensive individual consultations with expert script advisors for grantees with projects in the early stages of development. Sessions include online follow-up.
Rough Cut Consultations
Intensive sessions with industry experts offering individual consultation to grantees with projects in post-production, providing bespoke advice for post-production, editing and seeking finishing funds.
Moderated working sessions for participants and industry executives in an informal atmosphere. Producers, representatives of labs and festivals, sales agents, distributors and financiers share their expertise and discuss current industry trends.
Qumra Master Classes
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.
Meet the Masters
Participants with projects in development engage in individual consultation sessions with one of the Qumra Masters.
One-on-One and Group Tutorials
Individual and group advisory sessions tailored to the needs of the project at hand. Industry experts will cover a broad range of subjects, from financing strategies and legal considerations for co-productions, to festival strategies and sales.
Match Made Meetings
Pre-arranged one-on-one meetings in which participants present their projects to industry experts and discuss opportunities for collaboration.
Work-in-Progress Screenings and Feedback
Closed screenings of 20-minute excerpts from the four narrative and four documentary Qumra projects in post-production. A panel of selected industry experts provides immediate, individual feedback tailored to each project.
Picture Lock Screenings
Exclusive preview presentations of approximately four feature-length Qumra projects in the final stages of post-production. Twenty-minute excerpts of projects are screened for select festival programmers, sales agents and distributors.
Exclusive preview screenings of 20-minute excerpts from the approximately 12 narrative and documentary Qumra projects that are completed or in post-production, for select festival programmers, sales agents and distributors.
For its third edition, Qumra introduces an intensive workshop during which approximately 9 short filmmaker will present their short film projects, currently in development, to a group of international industry professionals, including script consultants, producers, lab representatives, programmers and buyers, all of whom are experts in the short form. The programme seeks to continue the Doha Film Institute’s support for filmmaking talent in Qatar.
Modern Masters Screenings
The Qumra Screenings include the Modern Masters series – a showcase of films presented by Qumra Masters.
New Voices in Cinema Screenings
The Qumra Screenings also features New Voices in Cinema, a selection of critically acclaimed feature-length and short films funded by the Doha Film Institute.