Posted on October 28, 2014

The National Health Insurance Company (NHIC) and the Doha Film Institute have teamed up to challenge young Qatari filmmakers to develop a series of short films that explore themes linked to the “Tradition of Care” in Qatari society. Up to six films will be produced, with the best three selected for screening at the Ajyal Youth Film Festival in December.

“As a social health insurance scheme providing all Qataris with access to healthcare, the concept of ‘caring’, of supporting people, is at the very core of what Seha does. Our objective in partnering with the Doha Film Institute is to explore the tradition of care that has long existed in Qatar and to reflect what this means in our society and to the public. Doing so through the eyes of aspiring young filmmakers is a fantastic opportunity to support local talent and the burgeoning cultural scene in the country,” explained Dr. Faleh Mohamed Hussain Ali, acting CEO of the National Health Insurance Company.

Fatma Al Remaihi, Acting CEO of Doha Film Institute said: “We are delighted to partner with Seha on this project which we believe will draw attention to an important aspect of our community minded society. It is through partnerships such as this, that we can harness young talent in our community and give them the tools they need to share stories from their own perspective. I thank NHIC for the opportunity to collaborate for the benefit of local filmmakers and look forward to sharing the results with the community of Doha at the upcoming Ajyal Youth Film Festival in December.”

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Participants in the filmmaking challenge will write, produce, shoot and edit compelling short films with the support of mentors from the Institute. The challenge kicked off with an intensive five-day workshop led by acclaimed Emirati screenwriter Mohammed Hassan Ahmed known for such films as Sea Shadow. More than fifteen script ideas were pitched by the workshop participants and six were selected to progress to the production phase.The completed films will be viewed by a panel of judges consisting of NHIC and Doha Film Institute representatives, with the best three selected for screening at the “Made in Qatar” section of Ajyal Youth Film Festival which takes place 1 – 6 December 2014.

The “Tradition of Care” theme originates from Seha, the National Health Insurance Scheme for the State of Qatar, which is managed and operated by the NHIC. A key component of Qatar’s National Vision 2030 and the National Health Strategy, Seha provides Qatari nationals with comprehensive health insurance coverage for the full range of basic health services through a quality network of public and private providers. Coverage includes both in-patient and out-patient services including preventative care, emergency treatment, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, long-term care, radiology, ophthalmology, laboratory testing and prescription medicines as well as dental and optical services.

Information and updates on the scheme are available at the Seha website and through social media at and Members can also call the Seha call centre on telephone 4020 8444, or alternatively visit the customer care centre located on the sixth floor of Amwal Tower in West Bay, Doha.