Ajyal Film Festival 2020 offers unique opportunity for local youth to share cinema passion with peers worldwide

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2020 Ajyal festival
The first-ever hybrid edition of the Ajyal Film Festival, presented by the Doha Film Institute (DFI) opened with a glamorous red carpet event at Katara - the Cultural Village on Wednesday night. The festival continues until November 23. 
Keeping in mind all pandemic precautionary measures and health of all Ajyal participants as top priority, the six-day event offers three exciting mix of online, cinema halls and drive-in cinema in Lusail.
Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, DFI founder and chair in an address to the youth remarked, “Ajyal 2020 offers a unique opportunity for you to connect with peers around the world who share your passion for learning and discovery through cinema.”
A DFI statement read: “On the occasion of the festival's opening, HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, Chairperson of the Doha Film Institute, addressed the youth: “Ajyal 2020 offers a unique opportunity for you to connect with peers around the world who share your passion for learning and discovery through cinema. Our culture’s rich history of literature, art, music and performance serves to preserve our past and informs our unique identity and perspective as Arabs and as modern-day storytellers. Now it’s your turn to shine, as creative role models for the generations of the future.”
Fatma Hassan Alremaihi, festival director and chief executive officer of DFI, said: “In previous years, the size of our audiences were limited to the number of seats available; Ajyal 2020’s new hybrid format breaks these limitations and enables audiences from around the globe to join in cinematic celebration of culture and creative expression from wherever they are.
"I want to thank all our local and international participants for their support and trust in the unwavering spirit of Ajyal. This year’s festival theme, ‘The Show Goes On’, aptly reflects the essence of that spirit – one of vibrant creativity, community and resilience. We are very proud to embrace youth from all backgrounds and cultures as they explore individual freedom of thought, imagination and expression in the environment of intercultural understanding and respect of Ajyal.”
The festival opened with 'Sun Children' (Iran/2020) by Iranian director Majid Majidi, which made its debut at the 77th Venice International Film Festival earlier this year and shows how youth when nurtured brings lasting social change and inspires great innovators and future problem-solvers in the society.
The Ajyal Film Festival 2020 showcases a wide range of movies consisting of 22 features and 58 shorts, including 31 from the Arab World and 30 by women directors. 
This year’s film fest brings together award-winning filmmakers from across the globe and continues to amplify powerful voices and rouse all generations through cinema, according the DFI statement.
The much anticipated ‘Made in Qatar’ programme presented by Ooredoo makes a come-back at this years festival to celebrate emerging film talents who call Qatar their home.
The 2020 Ajyal Film Festival’s official partners include Katara - the Cultural Village Foundation – Cultural Partner; Qatar National Tourism Council – Principal Partner; Novo Cinemas and Ooredoo – Strategic Partner; Msheireb Properties, Lusail, Qatari Diar – Signature Sponsors.
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