Posted on July 31, 2015

Marking the fifth year of partnership and cultural exchange between Doha Film Institute (DFI) and Giffoni, six young representatives from Qatar joined the Giffoni Film Festival Jury and returned home recently, said The Peninsula.

The jury of 3,600 young people from 45 countries participated in screenings and activities and deliberated on winners of the 45th edition of Europe’s largest children’s film festival in Italy. Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage H E Dr Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al Kuwari and Fatma Al Remaihi, CEO, DFI,  were present. Dr Al Kuwari praised opportunities for cultural exchange presented by the partnership which included a special screening of ‘Made in Qatar’ films as part of Giffoni’s official programme, furthering DFI’s efforts to promote creative achievements of filmmakers from Qatar worldwide.

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DFI’s presence also included co-hosting Giffoni Doha Youth Summit of representatives from the world’s leading film festivals and cinematic organisations for young people to share experiences and spearhead an action plan for collaboration. The summit takes place twice a year alternating between meetings at Doha’s Ajyal Youth Film Festival and Italy’s Giffoni Experience. In her opening address to summit delegates, Al Remaihi said: “Through cinema and programmes we share through our organisations, we enable young people to discuss ideas, experience films that inspire them, make them laugh or cry, and sometimes change the way they see the world. 

“We come together at the summit to discuss this shared responsibility with our youth and how we can best work together to continue to enrich the lives of young people through film.” The third edition of Ajyal Youth Film Festival will be held in Doha from November 29 to December 5. Youth participation is at the heart of the festival. Its  jury programme provides the 8-21 age group with opportunity to watch, analyse and discuss films from all over the world, developing critical thinking, self-expression and an appreciation of cinema. Registration for 2015 Ajyal Jury begins in September.