Fatma Hassan Alremaihi
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Doha Film Institute



Instead of surrendering to COVID-19, Alremaihi turned DFI’s annual flagship six-day film incubator, Qumra — which was scheduled for March 2020 in Qatar just after the global shutdown went into effect — into a virtual event. Launching on the same day the physical event would have taken place, it featured more than 100 global experts participating in 220 online mentoring sessions, supporting 46 projects from first- and second-time filmmakers. She kept the momentum going with various digital initiatives to generate opportunities for the region’s creatives, including youth development workshops, technical skills programs, online film screenings, live discussions and industry roundtables. She also recast the institute’s annual Ajyal Film Festival in November as a hybrid virtual/in-person event, with most activities offered online.


  • Doha Film Institute
  • Doha Tribeca Film Festival
  • Ajyal Youth Film Festival


  • Qatar University (Qatar)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • Women's Impact
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