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Ajyal Film Festival 2020

Ajyal Film Festival celebrates its 8th edition this year, and we’re looking for the people who always make our festival a success—you.

In light of the current global situation, DFI is presenting an adapted festival edition this November with most activities running online, and the possibility of in-person gatherings through select film screenings for our jurors.

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 and for this extraordinary time.

The jury programme scheduled from 11 – 23 November, will once again provide curated workshops, daily film screenings, jury discussions, and opportunities to interact with global film talent to inspire creative interaction and stimulate cinematic dialogue.

Registration opens 20 August 2020.

The Ajyal Jury Programme – a journey that never stops

The Ajyal Jury
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 13 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 11 – 23 November 2020.

As an Ajyal Juror, you will:
1. Watch short and feature-length films from all over the world.
2. Vote for your favourite films and choose the Ajyal Competition winners.
3. Meet many film directors and actors through our online platform.
4. Attend online workshops on filmmaking techniques and film language.


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

A registration fee of 50 QAR is required to confirm your interest. Registration is open from 20 August to 31 October 2020. You must be between the ages of 8 and 25 to be an Ajyal Juror.

If you are one of the lucky finalists, the below fees are required to confirm your participation.

Early Bird (if registered before 20 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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