DFI offers budding film jurors a chance at Ajyal

 05 Oct 2017 - 1:12

DFI offers budding film jurors a chance at Ajyal
Members of the ‘Hilal’ jury pose for photograph ahead of the Ajyal Youth Film Festival on November 29, 2016 in Doha. Pic: Tim P Whitby

The Peninsula

Here comes the news to cheer up for all who are trying to become a juror, as the Doha Film Institute (DFI) is inviting young jurors, of age eight to 21, in Qatar and around the region, to be a juror for the upcoming fifth edition of Ajyal Youth Film Festival.
Taking place from November 29 to December 4, Ajyal will see the selected jurors at the very heart of the festival, and responsible for picking its eventual winners. Being an Ajyal Juror is a highly-creative learning experience that instils an appreciation of cinema as well as the values of teamwork, critical thinking and leadership.
Fatma Al Remaihi, Chief Executive Officer of the DFI, said,  “We are exceptionally proud of our Ajyal Jury programme, an initiative that puts the spotlight on our young people and gives them the opportunity to learn more about cinema and the creative arts. Few other film events have such a young and diverse team that is mandated to choose the winning films.”  
He also said that, over the past five years, they have seen many young people return regularly to be an Ajyal Juror, while some of them have gone on to pursue film studies or take up careers in the creative industry.
“By presenting compelling stories of hope and empowerment to today’s youth, Ajyal aims to bring awareness of global issues, cultures and values that will make them responsible citizens of the future and allow them to use their energy to bring about positive change far beyond Ajyal.”
To register to be an Ajyal Juror visit: http://www.dohafilminstitute.com/ajyaljury The last date for application is October 26. For more information or queries, email: [email protected]
Last year, more than 500 young people from 45 countries served as Ajyal Jurors, who had an opportunity to view film not just from the perspective of entertainment but as a medium that can bring about positive social change. Categorised into three competition segments – Mohaq, Hilal and Bader, Ajyal jurors not only judge films but also attend workshops, panels and discussions, centred around the power of film.
Mohaq, ‘New Moon’ in Arabic, are Ajyal’s youngest jurors, aged 8 to 12. At Ajyal Youth Film Festival, they will watch a programme of short films and four feature-length films, and choose the winners. Ajyal’s jurors aged 13 to 17 make up Hilal, which means ‘Crescent Moon’ in Arabic. Four feature films and a programme of shorts make up the Hilal jury’s festival programme. The most mature Ajyal’s juries, Bader (Arabic for ‘Full Moon’) jurors are aged 18 to 21 and will select their favourite films from four features and two programme of short films.
The Ajyal Jurors get to meet the film directors and actors attending the event, take part in workshops on filmmaking techniques and language, and be part of the diverse activities that will be held as part of Ajyal.