Posted on November 23, 2015

Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) is set to participate in this year’s Ajyal Youth Film Festival, part of the Doha Film Institute (DFI), and will host two booths throughout the seven-day event scheduled to take place from 29th November to 5th December 2015 at Katara Cultural Village. ‘Ajyal’, which means generations in Arabic, is a platform for people of all ages to come together to discuss cinema through a range of interactive events, creating a fun, collaborative environment where young people can express themselves.

As a ‘Friend of the Festival’, Qatar Foundation will take part in the annual celebration of cinema, along with ‘Gold Media Sponsor’ QF Radio, by hosting an array of family-friendly activities at its tent entitled ‘Explore the World of Media’. Designed to bring the community together and inspire creative interaction, QF’s participation is in-line with its mission of nurturing an enriched, engaged, and vibrant society while fostering local talent and enhancing cultural appreciation.

QF Radio will host three-days of live coverage during the Festival, airing interviews with participants and representatives. The QF Radio booth will also act as a training studio for children who wish to learn how to be presenters and sound operators, and participants will be given the chance to record greetings, which QF Radio will broadcast after the event. Additionally, Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q) and Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar (VCUQatar) will host a programme of events aimed at engaging the youth of the region, presenting unique opportunities for young people to learn more about the media industry.

The Festival, which drew up to 60,000 people last year, will hold daily public screenings of more than 80 local and international films for all age groups, including comedy and documentaries; family days; special events and exhibitions; and the ‘Ajyal Competition’. The competition will see a specially selected jury consisting of young people from around the world determine the winners of long and short films in six categories and three age groups.