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Guide to Ajyal Youth Film Festival 2013

Guide to Ajyal Youth Film Festival 2013

The inaugural Ajyal Youth Film Festival will be held from November 26-30, 2013. This will be the first major festival that Doha Film Institute (DFI) would be organising after ending its partnership with New York’s Tribeca Enterprises who together held four successful editions of the Doha Tribeca Film Festival until last year.

The Ajyal Youth Film Festival has been designed specially for the youth, with an aim to inspire and educate them about cinema and filmmaking.

Here’s what to look out for during the five days of the festival:

  • Made In Qatar:

Watch what a bunch of talented residents have to offer. A special programme of 11 short films and animated films by nationals and other residents who participated in the DFI’s Filmaking Challenge lab series will be screened.
Date: 29 November
Time: 7.45pm
Price: Free
Venue: Katara Drama Theatre, Building 16

  • Special Screenings:

This segment will showcase seven films from Brazil, Canada, France, Mexico, Palestine, Qatar, Spain, UK and the US, as a tribute to classic and contemporary cinema. One such special screening will be that of Pascal Plisson’s ‘On the Way to School (2013)’, in collaboration with the Education Above All Foundation (EAA). The film follows the journey of four students from Morocco, Kenya, India and Argentina and the dangerous circumstances that each have to face as they leave their childhood behind.
Date: The schedule of screenings is not yet available online.
Tickets: Available at the Box Office outlets in Katara and City Centre.

  • Anime film screenings:

The festival’s inaugural edition will begin with the MENA premiere of the critically acclaimed anime film ‘The Wind Rises (Japan, 2013)’ by renowned filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki. In addition, five other anime classics would also be screened.
Date: The schedule of screenings is not yet available online.
Tickets: Available at the Box Office outlets in Katara and City Centre.

  • Otaku Exhibition:

Anime enthusiasts can head over to the Otaku Anime Exhibition featuring anime artwork by regional artists. And while you are in there, DJs will be playing popular hits from anime classics from Japan and around the world. Plus, there will be a range of anime-related workshops for all ages – The Making of a Comic Book; Qatari Japanese Traditional Games; Cosplay Costume Making; Orihami Making; Anime Stop Motion, etc.
Venue: Katara Building 5
Date: 27-30 November
Price: Free

  • Otaku Cosplay Competition:

Dress up as your favourite anime character and stand a chance to win exciting prizes. Categories include Best Female, Best Male, Best Choreography and Fan Favourite.
Date: 29 November
Deadline: To participate, register by 17 November by clicking here.

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Keep in mind
  • The movies screened are uncensored, and hence been assigned rating (G, PG, PG-13, PG-15 and PG-18) based on their content by the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage. Proof of age may be required.
  • Tickets: Regular tickets are priced at QR25 while Premium tickets are QR40. Tickets can be bought online or at the Ajyal ticket Outlets in City Center, Katara Building 16 and 12. The timings of ticket sales can be viewed here.
  • Ajyal Film circle Card: Priced at QR15, this card entitles cardholders to a QR5 discount on all screenings. Available for purchase in person only at ticket outlet locations mentioned above.
  • Free shuttle service: Buses will be available every day from 8am-12 midnight. The four stops from where you can avail a free ride are: Katara Opera House/Katara Drama Theatre, Building 33, Esplanade and the Sony Open-Air Cinema. View map here. [/boxify]
  • Family Weekend:

Events include workshops, video games, music, dance, shows and performances by local and international youth. The highlight of the weekend is definitely the Ajyal Studio where you can experience what happens behind-the-scenes in filmmaking.
Date: 29 & 30 November
Venue: Esplanade
Price: Free

  • Sandbox:

Get hands-on access to the coolest digital gadgets used by filmmakers. There will be interactive installations, educational games, apps, digital creative tools and production activities from Doha and around the world. You can also watch how 3D animation and printing is done.
Date: 27-30 November
Venue: Katara Building 3
Price: Free

  • Young Jurors:

Is your child passionate about films? DFI is inviting young film enthusiasts aged 8-21 years to become film jurors for the festival. As a juror, they will be given the chance to watch 21 short films and eight feature films, and then vote for the films that are award-worthy. They will also participate in discussions, workshops and Q&A sessions with filmmaking professionals.
You can register your child by clicking here.

For more information on the festival, visit the DFI website.

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