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The Doha Film Institute (DFI) will shine the spotlight once again on Qatar’s homegrown talent and emerging Arab voices at the 2019 Sarajevo Film Festival to be held from August 16 to 23.

A total of 11 films supported by the Institute including the ‘Shortcuts to Qatar’ titles have been selected to participate at one of Europe’s largest film events.

DFI grant recipients “Abou Leila” by Amin Sidi-Boumédiène and “The Unknown Saint” by Alaa Eddine Aljem will screen to a global audience at prestigious key sections of the festival. A further three DFI grant recipients and previous Qumra projects, “Dawiha” by Mahdi Ali Ali, “Mediterranean Fever” by Maha Haj and “Nouss Nouss” by Leila Albayaty, have been selected to the Festival’s project development programme, CineLink Industry Days, which aims to connect filmmakers with international experts to discuss various aspects of film production.

Additionally, six short films made by Qatari or Qatar-based talents will screen at the“Shortcuts to Qatar” showcase, in the presence of filmmakers from the programme, Majid Al Remaihi, Mohammed Al Mahmeed and Eiman Mirghani, who will introduce the films and participate in a post-screening Q&A.

Fatma Hassan Alremaihi, Chief Executive Officer of DFI, said: “We are truly proud of the significant selection of Qatar-supported films at the festival. Sarajevo is one of the largest film festivals in Europe, and similar to the Doha Film Institute, plays an increasingly important role in improving understanding between the East and the West through film appreciation.

“The Festival offers educational and networking opportunities for emerging filmmakers and has become an important destination for the discovery of new voices from the Arab world. As our cultural partners, we will continue to work with them on initiatives that focus on supporting bold voices in cinema from Qatar and the region, and bring fresh perspectives and narrative styles to global audiences.”  

The six short films that will screen at the ‘Shortcuts to Qatar’ event includes “Domestic Acoustics” by Majid Al-Remaihi; “Where Are You Right Meow?” by Maysam Al-Ani; “Voyager” by Khalifa Al-Marri; “I Am Not My Father” by Naif Al-Malki; and “Nasser Goes to Space” by Mohammed Al-Mahmeed; “The Bleaching Syndrome” by Eiman Mirghani. The screening will take place on August 20.

The festival is marking its 25th edition this year and builds on its reputation for high-quality programming, strong industry segment, and educational and networking platforms for young talents. The festival welcomes film professionals from across the world for its unique selection of Southeast European and international films.


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