Training & Development

Beyond the Frame: Youth Animation Workshop

Beyond the Frame: Youth Animation Workshop

Start date:
30 June 2024
Ability Level:

Doha Film Institute, in collaboration with Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, proudly presents an inspiring workshop that explores the transformative power of animation as a medium for storytelling and self-expression. Participants will immerse themselves in the rich tapestry of the museum's collection, drawing on the beauty and depth of its artefacts to create their own animated narratives.

This hands-on, interactive programme combines theory and practice to introduce participants to the art of storytelling using classic animation techniques. It offers young people a unique opportunity to develop their creativity, teamwork, and communication skills while engaging in the rewarding artistic process of filmmaking. They will explore the static nature of paintings in the museum's collection, imagining the moments before or after the scenes depicted, or adding animated elements to dormant landscapes. Animation serves as a metaphysical tool to bring these artworks to life, fostering an immediate and active interaction with the pieces and inviting participants to delve deeper into the imagined worlds created by the artists.

Throughout ten dynamic sessions, the workshop covers the intricacies of stop-motion animation, including story development and the three-act structure. Participants will engage in brainstorming sessions, character creation, and narrative development. Working together, they will apply their newfound knowledge to produce a short film, showcasing their collaborative efforts and animation skills. This workshop is more than an educational experience; it is a journey into the art of bringing imaginative stories to life, nurturing a sense of accomplishment and creative achievement.

Ability Level: Intermediate
Age group: 13 − 17 years old
Language: English and Arabic
Dates: 30 June − 13 July 2024
Location: Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art (classroom)

Daily Sessions from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM (Except on Tuesdays and Fridays)

How to apply:
Applicants should submit an email to

Applications Close: 27 June 2024

Meet the Mentor

Fadi Syriani

Born in Beirut, Lebanon, Fadi Syriani is an animator, writer, director, and holder of a master’s degree in architecture. In 2018, Fadi founded the Youth Animation Platform (YAP), offering young talents the opportunity to tell their stories through animation. As a YAP Lead Mentor, Fadi offers young filmmakers hands-on training in all the elements required to produce animated films and different kinds of animated art. Since its inception, YAP has held several on-site as well as online workshops in Lebanon and the MENA Region, with cultural institutions such as Metropolis Art Cinema, Dar El Nimer for Arts & Culture, Jameel Arts Center, Al Serkal Avenue, Warehouse 421, FUNN Sharjah, Al Ittihad Schools, and the Doha Film Institute among others.

In 2020, YAP received a grant as part of the AFAC Training and Regional Events Grants Program 2019. The project was completed in April 2022 and consisted of 11 animation workshops supporting young, unprivileged talents to produce short, animated films in Beirut as well as in remote areas across Lebanon. The workshops were held in collaboration with different institutions and centres in refugee camps in several regions in Lebanon. Fadi is currently working on his animated short film ‘The Day Vladimir Died’. The film was awarded a Doha Film Institute Cinema Grant for Production and four awards at the Animarkt Stop Motion Forum—Lodz, Poland (October 2020).