Doha Film Institute’s inaugural ‘Focus on Qatar’ records strong response from community and film industry
The inaugural ‘Focus on Qatar’ showcase, presented by the Doha Film Institute, recorded a strong response from the Qatari community and the film industry.
The three-day event, held from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 at the Museum of Islamic Art, included film screenings that put the spotlight on home-grown talent and celebrated the filmmakers who have made an impact on Qatar’s film scene over the past five years. The event also included industry panels that brought together Qatari filmmakers and local industry professionals who discussed the opportunities and channels to market and distribute their films and take them to a wider audience.
The showcase included a special screening of Qatar’s first feature-length film Clockwise (Qatar, 2010) by Khalifa Al-Muraikhi; short film screenings as part of the ‘Next Generation Short Film Programme’ and ‘Innovation Films Showcase’.
The two-day Industry Programme on October 1 and 2 brought together Qatari filmmakers and local industry professionals for two specially curated events. The first, ‘Meet the Production Houses,’ was attended by expert representatives of Innovation Films, Adabisc, Resolution Productions, Cartoon and Ginger Camel, who discussed their scope of work and the platforms available for Qatari talent to take their works to the next level.
The second industry session on ‘How to Distribute Your Film’ was addressed by Fatima Al Remaihi, CEO of the Doha Film Institute; Sheik Abdul Aziz Bin Thani Al Thani, General Manager of Qatar TV; Khalid Hassan Al Remaihi, General Manager of Entube; and Selim El Azar, CEO of Gulf Film.
Focus on Qatar is now an annual event presented by the Doha Film Institute to serve as a platform to nurture new talent and promote discussion on the various challenges and opportunities in the film industry.