Qumra

Qumra is designed to provide creative and professional support to Directors and Producers attached to thirty features, six series and twelve shorts in development or post-production in fiction and documentary. They include a number of emerging filmmakers from Qatar, as well as regional and international recipients from the Institute’s funding programmes.

Download Qumra 2021 Catalogue.


The event is organised in six main sections:

The Qumra Master Classes are daily sessions, led by one of the Qumra Masters.

The Qumra Screenings of feature projects funded by the Institute through its training, grants and co-financing initiatives, accompanied by Q&A sessions.

The Qumra Talks bring together leaders from film and the arts to weigh in on diverse topics impacting the creative industries. Taking the form of panel-style talks, these are geared towards expanding different forms of storytelling across all arts and platforms.

The Qumra Meetings are a series of one-on-one meetings, roundtables, panels, workshops, and tailored mentoring sessions between representatives from the selected projects and seasoned industry experts.

Qumra Series, where six teams will present their series projects currently in development, to a group of international industry professionals and experts in the serialized format, through individual and group advisory sessions.

Qumra Shorts, an intensive workshop during which twelve Qatar-based filmmakers will present their short film projects, currently in development and post-production, to a group of international shorts experts.

Thirty feature-length, six series and twelve short film projects with an emphasis on first- and second-time filmmakers, including independent filmmakers from Qatar and recipients of funding from the Institute, are selected to participate in Qumra. The industry programme will connect the filmmakers with industry mentors for tailored consultations and workshops, as well as master classes with acclaimed Qumra Masters.

Selected participants will have the opportunity to participate in the following events:

MASTER CLASSES
The Qumra Master Classes are daily online sessions, led by one of the Qumra Masters 2021: Claire Denis, James Gray, Jessica Hausner, Mark Mangini and Phedon Papamichael.

QUMRA TALKS
The Qumra Talks bring together leaders from film and the arts to weigh in on diverse topics impacting the creative industries. Taking the form of panel-style talks, these are geared towards expanding different forms of storytelling across all arts and platforms.

QUMRA INDUSTRY ROUNDTABLES
A series of online roundtable discussions where representatives of labs and festivals, sales agents, distributors, VOD platforms and financiers present their companies to the projects, share their expertise with them and discuss current industry trends. These 'Zoom' sessions last 90 minutes and feature three speakers alongside a moderator. Approximately 30 minutes of each session will be dedicated to questions from registered participants.

SCREENINGS

Work-in-Progress and Picture Lock Industry Screenings
Closed online preview screenings of 20-minute excerpts from 16 feature-length Qumra projects in the final stages of post-production. Twenty-minute excerpts of projects are presented for select festival programmers, sales agents, distributors, broadcasters, post-production funds and VoD platforms via Festivalscope Pro.

Qumra Shorts and Rithy Panh Documentary Lab 2021 Industry Screenings
Exclusive online preview screenings of 8 short film projects by Qatar-based filmmakers currently in the final stages of post-production. The presented Documentary Shorts were made as part of the DFI Doc Lab with renowned award-winning filmmaker Rithy Panh. Projects are screened for select festival programmers via Festivalscope Pro.

New Voices in Cinema Screenings
The Qumra Screenings also feature New Voices in Cinema, a selection of critically acclaimed feature-length and short films funded by the Doha Film Institute, accessible to the general public in the MENA region via the DFI website and on Festivalscope Pro for all Qumra Industry Delegates.

MEETINGS
The Qumra Meetings are a series of online one-on-one meetings, group sessions, roundtables and tailored mentoring sessions between representatives from the selected projects and seasoned industry experts.

Preparatory Meetings
Briefing meetings for project delegates with moderators and mentors to prepare for their screening and feedback sessions, and consultations with Qumra experts.

Script Consultations
Intensive individual consultations with expert script advisors for grantees with projects in the early stages of development.

Rough Cut Consultations / Editing Consultations
Intensive sessions with industry experts offering individual consultation to grantees with projects in post-production, providing bespoke advice regarding structure and editing.

Meet the Masters
Participants with projects engage in individual consultation sessions with one of the Qumra Masters.

One-on-One and Group Tutorials
Individual and group advisory sessions tailored to the needs of the project at hand. Industry experts cover a broad range of subjects, from creative feedbacks related to storytelling, filmmaking and directing or business advices related to financing strategies and legal considerations for co-productions, marketing & packaging, projects positioning, to festival strategies and sales.

Feedback Panel
A panel of industry experts provides immediate, individual feedback to the Qumra projects in post-production stages, based on the excerpt presented on Festival Scope Pro. The total time for these feedbacks is 30 minutes for each presented projected, divided among the speakers.

Group Work Session with Elia Suleiman
In this group work session, participants will engage with acclaimed filmmaker Elia Suleiman in an informal atmosphere. Selected filmmakers will have the opportunity to share their projects and concerns, ask specific questions, and discuss their visions and the challenges they are facing to receive insights and feedback from the master filmmaker. The session will be moderated by Kamal Aljafari.

Match Made Meetings
Pre-arranged one-on-one meetings in which participants present their projects to industry experts and discuss opportunities for collaboration, including sales and distribution.

Film Case Studies
Filmmakers share in a group their experiences working on a film they directed or produced, covering subjects like development, financing, festival and distribution strategies, sales, and the successes and challenges faced during production.

QUMRA SERIES
Seven teams will present their DFI supported series projects to a group of international industry professionals through individual and group advisory and pitching sessions. They will have the opportunity to meet with writers, producers, creators, showrunners, labs and markets representatives, funders, broadcasters and VoD platforms with the aim of enhancing their projects and getting them a step closer to completion.

QUMRA SHORTS
An intensive workshop where twelve filmmakers present their short film projects, currently in development or in post-production, to a group of international industry professionals—including script consultants, filmmaker mentors, editor mentors, producers, lab representatives, and programmers—experts in the short form. The programme seeks to continue the Doha Film Institute’s support for filmmaking talent in Qatar.