Ajyal Film Festival 2023

All Films


Special Screening, Ajyal at Katara

Mitch McGlocklin / Short Narrative / United States of America / 2020 / 7 min / Colour / DCP
In English / Arabic subtitles
Interests: Animation
MENA Premiere


A life insurance company uses an AI algorithm to determine the risk of a new applicant, but the subsequent denial sparks a period of introspection. The film was created using LiDAR to capture real-life moments and environments. The LiDAR unit used was originally designed for self-driving cars. This junction of technology and filmmaking intersects with the subject of the film. AI uses LiDAR to “see” humanity in accurate detail but has resolution limitations. ‘Forever’ explores the boundary of advanced technology and the human experience.

About the Directors

Mitch McGlocklin is a filmmaker from San Diego who works across a variety of mediums. He received his BA in art from the University of California San Diego and an MFA in animation and digital arts from the University of Southern California. McGlocklin creates exploratory work in both form and content, intersecting human life with our digital facsimiles. McGlocklin freelances as a CG artist/animator while continuing to make personal work.


Mitch McGlocklin
Nakul Tiruviluamala
Mitch McGlocklin, Jeanette Bonds

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