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Doha Film Institute invites young jurors for Ajyal Youth Film Festival in December

Sep 26, 2014

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Doha, Qatar; September 20, 2014: Doha Film Institute has opened registration for young jurors who will evaluate the films screened at the second Ajyal Youth Film Festival, to be held from 1 to 6 December, 2014 at the Cultural Village Katara.

Youth aged 8 to 21 years can register to become part of the Doha Film Experience at the Ajyal Youth Film Festival. In addition to judging the films, they will take part in special workshops and discussions with film directors, actors and technicians.

Fatma Al Remaihi, Acting CEO of the Doha Film Institute and Director of the Ajyal Youth Film Festival, said: “The Doha Film Experience is at the heart of our Ajyal Youth Film Festival. It offers young people the opportunity to become part of a truly global festival, discuss ideas and issues relevant to their lives and above all, develop an appreciation for quality cinema. Our youth jury reflects the essence of the Festival as one that showcases the best in creativity by talented filmmakers around the world and sparks dialogue between generations.”

She added: “The opportunity to become part of Ajyal Youth Film Festival as a jury member also contributes to building participants’ extracurricular credentials. Given the diverse mix of nationalities on our juries, the young jurors have the opportunity to engage in insightful discussions with their peers, further strengthening the spirit of cultural solidarity. We look forward to welcoming a large jury of young film enthusiasts, who are indeed the ambassadors of the Ajyal Youth Film Festival.”

The inaugural Ajyal Youth Film Festival juries were made up of more than 400 young jurors of 45 nationalities. They took part in evaluating the films screened in the competition and gained tremendous insight into the newest trends in filmmaking.

The youth become part of one of three Doha Film Experience juries based on their age, with films in the sections selected according to age-appropriateness.

Mohaq (Arabic for ‘new moon’), Ajyal’s youngest jurors aged 8 to 12 years, view a series of short films and two feature-length movies. Hilal (‘crescent moon’ in Arabic) comprises 13- to 17-year-olds; this jury considers four feature films and 2 programmes of shorts. Bader, meaning ‘full moon’, is the senior jury, aged 18 to 21. They select their favorite films from among four features and 2 programmes of shorts.

To become a young juror of the Ajyal Youth Film Festival, register online at With further queries, email Registration is open until 4 November, 2014.

Doha Film Institute also offers the youth jurors to take part in international film events. Most recently, six jurors from the inaugural Ajyal Youth Film Festival were chosen to join the international youth jury of the 44th Giffoni Film Festival, the largest film festival for children in the world, as a result of the knowledge they gained at last year’s Ajyal Youth Film Festival.

For more details on the Ajyal Youth Film Festival, please visit