The Doha Film Institute is scoring kudos internationally for its inaugural Qumra event dedicated to fostering first and second works from the Arab world and beyond through an innovative formula blending creative workshop and festival elements.A high-caliber roster of more than 100 industry reps, including Toronto topper Cameron Bailey, Wild Bunch chief Vincent Maraval, New York's Open City Films founder Jason Kliot, and prominent British indie producer Mike Downey, who descended on Doha March 6-12, are unanimously praising Qumra's intense...
Al Remaihi took the reins of the Doha Film Institute in 2014 right after the government-funded entity, established to foster a film industry in Qatar, severed its ties with the Tribeca Film Institute and Hollywood companies and redefined its mission. It now operates a film fund primarily for Arab movies, an international festival for local youths and the unique mentorship nonprofit Qumra,
which blends festival, workshop and international co-production marketing elements.
Al Remaihi has turned the DFI into a key source of funding and an incubator for Middle East filmmakers. More recently, it opened its grants program to TV and web series in an effort to foster more serialized Arabic content from the region. In 2018, 11 DFI-supported films screened at the Cannes Film Festival.