Doha Film Institute hosts upcoming local talents at Cannes to support them in advancing their filmmaking careers
The Doha Film Institute is hosting emerging Qatari filmmakers at the 69th edition of the Cannes Film Festival, where they are participating in a series of targeted workshops, networking events and industry meetings, to support them in advancing their filmmaking careers.
The young Qatari directors Amna Al-Binali and Jassim Al Rumaihi, have had an opportunity to connect with their peers from the global entertainment industry and learn from some of the world’s most prominent film experts at this international gathering. During the week-long educational programme, the talented duo took part in workshops, script development advisory sessions and one-on-one meetings, in addition to attending the screenings of the most-awaited films from across the world.
Amna Al-Binali’s The Notebook had won the Special Mention in the documentary category at Ajyal Youth Film Festival 2015. It is a diarist film that explores the limits of personal boundaries and the complicated dynamics of inner lives through the life of Nora who is trying to make a film for the first time.
Jassim Al-Rumaihi’s The Palm Tree won the Best Documentary Film at Ajyal Youth Film Festival 2015 and was also the opening film for the Emerging Voices segment of Qumra 2016. It is an observational documentary that shows how unnatural nature can be and unearths the science fiction in reality.
As part of Qatar’s presence at Cannes 2016, the Doha Film Institute presented a special Made in Qatar showcase of short films from Qatar at the Shorts Film Corner. The film line-up included The Palm Tree by Jasim Al Rumaihi; Asfoora by Mayar Hamdan; Good as New by Jaser Alagha; Yellow Nights by Abdullah Al Mulla; The Notebook by Amna Al-Binali; Light Sounds by Karem Kamal; Veganize It by Khalid Salim; To My Mother by Amina Ahmed Al Bloshi; and Inside Out by Fahad Al Obaidly.