DOHA/BERLIN – Doha Film Institute has chosen 34 projects from 25 countries, including 12 Qatar-based projects, for mentoring through Masterclasses and networking opportunities for the talents associated at Qumra 2017, the industry event that aims to nurture the next generation of filmmakers. This was announced at the 2017 Berlin International Film Festival, where a strong showcase of captivating films supported by the Institute are being screened.
Directors and producers attached to 18 narrative feature films, 7 feature documentaries and 9 short films will participate in the 6-day program of bespoke industry sessions designed to progress their projects and prepare them for international markets. The emphasis remains on supporting first-and-second-time filmmakers with projects in development and post-production.
Qumra Masters including contemporary Iranian master Asghar Farhadi; French auteur Bruno Dumont; and Cambodian creative documentarian, Argentina’s eminent filmmaker Rithy Panh Lucrecia Martel and internationally acclaimed producer Paulo Branco will mentor first and second-time filmmakers during Qumra, to support the development of emerging filmmakers from Qatar, the Arab region and around the world.
The projects represent 25 countries of production with a total of 12 projects from Qatar-based directors, alongside 16 from the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region and five from the rest of the world. Of the 34 projects, 13 are features films in development, 12 are in post-production and nine are short films in development. Further, 23 of the projects are alumni of the Institute’s grants program, three were supported through the Qatari Film Fund and six through other training initiatives. Of the nine short projects, six are by Qatari filmmakers, and all the projects have been selected through the Institute’s ongoing local engagement and training initiatives.