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 Festival, the second edition of which wrapped earlier this month. She will also head its new Qumra event dedicated to fostering first and second works from around the world which will have its first edition March 6-11 2015.
Born and raised in Doha, Al Remaihi graduated from Qatar University with a degree in English Literature. She has been part of the Doha Film Institute team since joining in 2009 as an advisor to the first edition of the now scrapped Doha Tribeca Film Festival. A mother of four, she was subsequently instrumental in forging a partnership with Italy’s Giffoni Experience fest for children and adopting Giffoni’s jury model, involving hundreds of kids as jurors, for Ajyal. Ajyal this year also featured the Doha Giffoni Youth Media Summit attended by children’s film fest directors from around the world.
Under her leadership, the DFI has established a new film fund dedicated to supporting Qatari talent and is clearly refocussing its resources on fostering a local industry.
“I am honoured to be appointed as the CEO of the Doha Film Institute. It is a privilege to work with the filmmakers in our local and regional community, and I look forward to continuing to support them in telling their stories,” Al Remaihi said in a statement.