Ajyal Jury — Ajyal Film Festival | Doha Film Institute

Ajyal Film Festival 2021

Calling all Ajyal Jurors!

Ajyal Film Festival returns this November, and we are now looking for the people who are always the stars of our festival—the Ajyal Jurors!

After the resounding success of the festival’s hybrid edition last year, the ninth edition of Ajyal will be held from 7 – 13 November. Continuing to follow safety protocols, the event will once again be held in hybrid format, with a selection of in-person events and online activations.

We are proud to build on the immense success of the Ajyal Film Festival and its internationally acclaimed jury programme. This year’s hybrid event underlines our responsiveness to the public health situation and respect to the prevailing safety guidelines set by the government, as we reimagine one of DFI’s annual flagship events in these unprecedented times.

The jury programme scheduled from 7 – 13 November, as always, will provide curated workshops, daily film screenings, jury discussions, and opportunities to interact with global film talent to inspire participants through meaningful creative interactions and cinematic dialogue.

The Ajyal Jury Programme – Inspiring the Next Generation

As a member of the Ajyal Jury, you watch films, discuss with fellow jurors and film experts, vote for the winners of the Ajyal Film Festival, and use your energy to bring about positive change far beyond Ajyal.

The experience of being an Ajyal Juror is unparalleled: an inspiring and creative hands-on experience that instills not only an appreciation of film, but also the values of teamwork, critical thinking and leadership.

Over 7 days of the festival, discover global cultures through the powerful medium of film, while making new friends from across the world.

Last year, Ajyal welcomed over 400 jurors of 45 nationalities—you can be one of them this year!

Join the Ajyal Film Festival Jury from 7 – 13 November 2021.

As an Ajyal Juror, you will get to:

1- Watch short and feature-length films from all over the world, both online and in the theatre.
2- Vote for your favourite films and choose the Ajyal Competition winners.
3- Meet internationally renowned and thought-provoking guests.
4- Attend online workshops and masterclasses on filmmaking techniques and film language.

Jury Categories

There are three Ajyal Competition juries in three age groups. They are:

Mohaq means ‘New Moon’ in Arabic, and these are Ajyal’s youngest jurors, aged 8 to 12. The young people of this jury will watch a programme of short films and four feature-length films.

Ajyal’s jurors aged 13 to 17 make up the Hilal jury – the term means ‘Crescent Moon’ in Arabic. Four feature films and a programme of shorts make up the Hilal jury’s festival programme.

The most mature of Ajyal’s juries, Bader (Arabic for ‘Full Moon’) jurors are aged 18 to 25 and will select their favourite films from five features and two programmes of short films.

How to Register

You’re just a few clicks away from joining our unmissable Ajyal Jury experience for 2021. Our registration is open from 22 August to 24 October, and you must be between the ages of 8 and 25 to enroll. The registration process will require a one-time participation fee to secure your place, as outlined below. We hope to see you in November!

Early Bird (if registered before 22 September)
150 QAR

Standard Fee
250 QAR

Discounted Fee (Siblings and Qatar Museums Culture Pass Members)
200 QAR

For any queries, please contact ajyaljury@dohafilminstitute.com.

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