For the ninth Ajyal Film Festival, juror applications are now available!

In preparation for the ninth edition of the Ajyal Film Festival, the Doha Film Institute (DFI) is accepting applications from youngsters from Qatar and abroad. The festival runs from November 7-19.

Following up on last year’s success, DFI will once again deliver Ajyal in a hybrid format. This time, the event will feature a mix of in-person and online activities that will inspire even more people and provide a safe event experience.

The prestigious Ajyal Jury programme, which yearly welcomes over 500 jurors from over 50 countries, is open to young people aged 8 to 25. Youth are inspired to go across differences to develop their own creative voice and experience the fascinating world of cinema via curated film screenings, workshops and conversations at Ajyal, which has been operating for eight years. Online seminars will also be available to Ajyal jurors.

Every year, DFI’s hallmark event is a celebration of community and the penetrating power of cinema for audiences of all ages. There are three age groups of jurors for Ajyal and they judge the films in a lively, collaborative setting.

Doha Film Institute is now accepting applications for the Ajyal Jury until October 24, 2021. Applicants must be aged between eight to twenty-five years old. Those who register before September 22 can take advantage of a QR 150 early bird discount. Siblings and Qatar Museums Culture Pass Members pay QR 200 instead than the usual QR 250. Contact [email protected] with any questions.

“Ajyal offers a unique opportunity to plant the seeds of the importance of diversity, engagement, and inclusion for our future. As the world continues to go through uncertain times, it is essential to continue to foster these essential connections and trust our youth to transcend current challenges to continue to build a brighter future. The success of the first hybrid event last year showed us that no physical separation could dampen our collective passion for creative and cultural understanding.” said Fatma Hassan Alremaihi, Festival Director and Chief Executive Officer of DFI.

“An invaluable exchange of culture and learning through film, Ajyal’s acclaimed jury programme, since its inception, has worked to nurture the creativity in our children and young adults and to tap into the strength of their collective voice to impact our communities positively.”

As part of the competition, the Ajyal Jurors will examine a curated film programme that includes feature films and short films suited to their age groups, Mohaq (8-12), Hilal (13-17), and Bader (18-25). Being an Ajyal Juror is a highly creative learning experience that instils a love of film as well as collaboration, critical thinking, and leadership characteristics in its participants.

Last year, the Ajyal Jury consisted of more than 450 jurors from 45 countries, who had access to carefully curated seminars, daily film screenings, jury debates and opportunity to engage with worldwide filmmakers.

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