Fatma Al Remaihi
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Doha Film Institute, The



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.


  • Doha Film Institute, The


  • Qatar University (Qatar)

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Doha Film Institute Appoints Fatma Al Remaihi as CEO

Doha Film Institute Appoints Fatma Al Remaihi as CEO

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...


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