Doha Film Institute (DFI) partners with Katara Cultural Village, Ooreedoo, Novo Cinema, and St. Regis Doha to present the 6th annual Ayjal Film Festival. ‘Ayjal’ means generations in Arabic. Nonetheless, the festival is inviting people of all ages to experience the power of cinema.

Ajyal 2018 will be presenting 81 inspirational films from 36 different countries, consisting of 24 features and 58 shorts, 24 of them are from the Arab World, 44 by woman filmmakers and 14 films supported by the Doha Film Institute. With a diverse set of programs, the AYFF 2018 continues to showcases of all backgrounds and stages of their careers.

This year, Qatar lost one of its most talented actor, renowned Qatari actor and national icon Abdul Aziz Jassem, an actor who broke down barriers to pave the way for Qatari talents to be involved with the performing arts. Ajyal 2018 is paying tribute to him with the Abdul Aziz Jassem Award for acting following the Made in Qatar awards. The 2018 Made in Qatar programme spotlights Qatari talents and presenting their stories to the world. The programme is presented by Ooreedoo and comprises of 16 films world premieres of projects from the Qatari Film Fund recipients Mahdi Ali Ali’s Amphitheatre, Amal Al Muftah’s Sh’hab, Mohammed Al Mahmeed’ Nasser Goes to Space, and I Am Not My Father by Naif Al Malki.

Applying itself as a benchmark for exploring cinema, Ajyal 2018 welcomes several vital personalities in film, arts and humanity from across the world, names include award-winning acts Tom Felton, who’s is known for his as Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter series, as well as Canadian actress Evangeline Lilly who is known for her work in several films and tv shows such as Lost, The Hurt Locker, The Hobbit and her recent role as the Wasp in Ant-man.

Abduca Ali Musallam (Chief Admin Officer), Rawda Al-Thani (Festival Programming) and Fatma Hassan Al-Remithi (CEO of Ayjal)

Along with the film festival, Ajyal is bringing back their Creativity Hub, a programme of cultural and creative activities which includes the country’s largest pop-culture event Geekdom a hub for the community to come together through music, games, competitions and so on; as well as Ayjal Talks, a gathering of leaders from film, art television and technology for in-depth discussion on topics the socially impact society.

Ayjal is a festival for all generations, and it emphasizes the development of a thriving creative community in Qatar as well as the region. The celebration will be held between the 28 of November till the 3rd of December. Get your tickets now at FNAC store across Doha and online at www.domahilminstitute.com/festival. Don’t miss out on the fun!

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