Qumra Film Festival postponed until 2015
Doha Film Institute has postponed its first edition of the Qumra Film Festival until 2015 in order to focus its efforts on local, grassroots cultural cinema.
The festival, which was to take place in March this year under the creative supervision of Palestinian filmmaker Elia Suleiman, has been rescheduled to allow the organizers more time to increase educational and financing opportunities for upcoming filmmakers. The Qumra Film Festival was set to bring new filmmakers and their work from around the world to Qatar, along with competitions and screening of films by established directors.
Doha Film Institute (DFI), the organization that backed the festival, was previously responsible for the Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF) from 2009 to 2012, in a cultural partnership with Tribeca Enterprises. After this partnership came to an end in 2012, the DFI subsequently announced the launch of two new film festivals focused on developing regional talent – Ajyal Youth Film Festival and Qumra Film Festival.
The first of these, Ajyal, was spread out over five days in November 2013 as per schedule and was focused on showcasing works for young audience. However, though it lacked the glamour quotient of its preceding festival, the DTFF, it was a good platform for anime enthusiasts in Qatar.