The Doha Film Institute has announced the appointment of Fatma Al Remaihi as its Chief Executive Officer in an indication that Qatar's government-backed film industry hub is now running on all cylinders after previous CEO Abdulaziz Al-Khater stepped down in August. Besides being in charge of the DFI's year-round film funding initiatives and its international strategic partnerships Al Remaihi - who had been DFI's acting CEO since August - will continue to serve as Director of the Ajyal Youth Film...
Doha Film Institute is a crucial provider of creative guidance and industry expertise to young directors and producers in the region. A member of the DFI’s team since 2009, Al Remaihi took the reins in 2014 after the government-funded entity, established to foster a film industry in Qatar, severed its glitzy ties with the Tribeca Film Institute and Hollywood companies and redefined its mission by devising a three-pronged strategy consisting of a film fund primarily for Arab movies; an international festival for local youths; and its unique Qumra event which blends festival, workshop, and international co-production market elements.
Now in its third edition, Qumra is becoming a formidable facilitator for new voices in Arab cinema, while the Doha Film Fund has supported a slew of prizewinning films from the region at large including Iran’s 2017 foreign Oscar-winner “The Salesman.”
A mother of four, Al Remaihi is also the founder of Doha’s Ajal Youth Film Festival, based on Italy’s Giffoni Experience model, where hundreds of kids are the jurors, and established a dedicated fund for supporting Qatari talent. She is a graduate of Qatar University with a degree in English literature.