For the third year in a row, the Doha Film Institute hosts Qumra to empower aspiring filmmakers with the help of international filmmakers, directors and producers.
The Doha Film Institute are preparing to host the 3rd edition of Qumra from March 3 until 11, helping regional talents grow with the help of internationally acclaimed filmmakers. The aim of the festival is to provide mentorship, guidance and training to aspiring filmmakers in Qatar and around the world.
The festival will take place over three different stages, the masterclasses for filmmakers, industry meetings and also public film screenings.
Through this initiative, the DFI hopes to bring professionals and amateurs together, with the latter gaining from the former’s experience and history in the industry.
The Master Classes will be given by Qumra Masters, a collection of internationally renowned cinematographers, like Festival de Cannes Grand Prix winner Bruno Dumont, Academy Award winner Asghar Farhadi, Critically acclaimed documentarian and Un Certain Regard Grand Prix Winner Rithy Panh, Argentina’s eminent filmmaker Lucrecia Martel and internationally acclaimed Award-Winning producer Paulo Branco.
Emphasizing work by first- and second-time filmmakers, to program has selected around 35 projects, between feature-length and short films, to benefit from the Qumra Masters through script consultations, post-production consultations and hands-on workshops.
Furthermore, the program’s “New Voices in Cinema” will be screening five films by Qatari directors, all of which were created in support of the DFI.
The films include Kashta by A J Al Thani, I Have Been Watching You All Along by Rawda Al-Thani, Turtles Are Always Home by Rawane Nassif, RED by Kholood Mohammed Al-Ali, and Our Time Is Running Out by Meriem Mesraoua.
All films will be screened at the Museum of Islamic Art auditorium. Tickets can be bought through the DFI’s website.