DFI launches new fund for Qatar-based filmmakers

DetailsRebecca Hawkes | 08 December 2014

A dedicated fund to support short and feature filmmaking by Qataris has been launched by the Doha Film Institute (DFI).

Starting in 2015, the Qatari Film Fund will develop up to four feature films and develop and produce up to eight short films every year through two application sessions for Qatari directors and writers.

At least one of the four features in development will be selected the following year for production support by the Qatari Film Fund. Feature film treatments and screenplays at varying levels of progress will be eligible for development funds up to QAR182,500 (just over US$50,000), which include bespoke mentoring opportunities provided by DFI.

Short films are eligible for a combined development and production budget of up to QR182,500 and will include mentorship, equipment and production support from the institute.

"The Qatari Film Fund marks a new phase of support for Qatari filmmakers. In recent years, we have witnessed a welcome growth in the local industry in both the volume and quality of films we are seeing, evidenced by the high level of participation by Qatari talent in our Made in Qatar showcase at the Ajyal Youth Film Festival," said Fatma al-Remaihi, acting CEO of DFI and director of the Ajyal Youth Film Festival.

The second Ajyal Youth Film Festival, which ran in Doha's Katara Cultural Village from 1-6 December 2014, featured more than 20 films made by nationals and residents of Qatar.

More information about the application process for the fund will be announced early in 2015