Ajyal Film Festival 2021

The Ajyal Jury is at the heart of Ajyal Film Festival representing the jury of the festival, which is divided into 3 categories Mohaq, Hilal and Bader.

The Ajyal Jury

The heart of the Festival is the Ajyal Jury, which provides young film enthusiasts like you with access to films, filmmakers, stars and celebrities from all over the world in a fun, collaborative environment where you can express your thoughts and ideas.

During the six-day programme, the Ajyal Jury will inspire creative thinking, cooperation and critical thinking and – most importantly – will lead to lasting friendships among jurors.

Last year, Ajyal welcomed 550 young jurors of 45 nationalities. You can be one of them this year!


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. Five 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 21 and will select their favourite films from five features and a programme of short films.

How to Register

Registration for the Ajyal Jury is open from 20 August to 12 November, 2016. You must be between the ages of 8 and 21 to join the Ajyal Jury.


If you have any questions, please contact ajyaljury@dohafilminstitute.com.