The inaugural Ajyal Youth Film Festival, presented by Doha Film Institute, is out with the old and in with the new and child-friendly. Skedded from Nov. 26-30, the festival, which DFI execs hope will rise like a family-friendly phoenix from the ashes of the now-defunct Doha Tribeca Film Festival, pledges to make cinema accessible to all ages.
Central to the festival will be the Doha Film Experience, a cultural exchange of sorts featuring 32 shorts and 10 docus and features presented before a youth jury. The flagship of the film showcase will be the Made in Qatar segment, a beloved holdover from the DTFF that nurtures homegrown talent.
Fest will also boast a tribute to anime, plus special international a screenings with offerings from Brazil, Mexico, and several other nations. Industry-tailored programming will include master classes, workshops for both the young and the old, and special panels devoted to enhancing education about cinema.
A duo of family days will close out the fest with storytelling workshops and the Ajyal Studio, which puts kids in the director’s chair and behind the camera. Titles will be announced shortly.
“Developing platforms that cater to our youth is an important component of [our] overall mission,” said fest director Fatma Al Remaihi. “We want to bring generations together to discover, enjoy and discuss cinema.”