DOHA (Bernama) – The Doha Film Institute on Monday announced the 31 projects selected to take part in the inaugural edition of ‘Qumra,’ taking place on March 6-11, reports Qatar News Agency (QNA).
A total of 23 narrative feature films, four feature documentaries and four short films will participate in a focused programme of industry sessions designed to propel their work to the next stage of development.
Meanwhile, 22 projects were selected from the Institutes funding programmes and nine are by independent filmmakers from Qatar. The emphasis is on supporting first and second time filmmakers with projects in development and post-production stages.
The projects represent 29 countries of production with a total of 11 projects from Qatar-based filmmakers, 15 from the Middle East North Africa region and five from the rest of the world.
Directors and producers attached to each project will attend the sessions in Doha where they will be linked with seasoned industry experts through a series of bespoke meetings tailored to their projects needs.
The sessions will comprise one-on-one meetings, script consultations, pitching sessions, working breakfasts, rough-cut screenings and feedback sessions as well as an exclusive presentation of final cut screenings where 20 minute excerpts of recently finalised projects will be presented to leading festival programmers, sales agents and distributors.
Doha Film Institute Chief Executive Officer Fatma Al Remaihi said Qumra was created as a direct response to the needs of emerging filmmakers.
“It is closely bound to the year-round initiatives of the Doha Film Institute – uniting many of the programmes we have developed over the past five years and expanding on them further by connecting filmmakers with industry mentors who will provide creative and practical support to move their projects to the next stage.”