The theme is anime but there will be films of all genres and from all over the world at this month’s Ajyal Youth Film Festival. Here’s a taster of what you can expect…
Art by regional artists from this genre will surround you as your favourite old anime and manga shows play. DJs will be spinning classic anime tunes from Japan, the Arab world and just about everywhere else, and don’t forget to check out the workshop that caters to all ages.
Ajyal will host its very own ‘Okatu Cosplay Event’! Dress as your favourite character from a movie or cartoon and compete to win a variety of prizes. There are all sorts of award categories from best female and male to best choreography and fan favourite.
Films paying homage to the anime theme during the festival are (apart from the opening night premiere): Hayao Miyazaki’s The Castle of Cagliostro which tells the tale of a thief and his gang as they struggle to free a princess and learn her secret of hidden treasure; Horus: Prince of the Sun or The Little Norse Prince which is director Isao Takahata’s 1968 debut film and set in Iron Age Scandinavia; and the enchanting 1958 fantasy of Panda and the Magic Serpent by Taji Yabushita and Kazuhiko Okabe.
November 29 and 30
Take the whole family over to Katara Cultural Village to enjoy family-friendly activities and fun during these two full days. This includes free storytelling, video games, music, dance, shows and performances by local and international youths, as well as other exciting surprises.
Be a juror
If you or your kids are between the ages of eight and 21 then you/they are eligible to be a juror!
Previously known as the Doha-Giffoni Experience, the newly revamped Doha Film Experience will see young jurors watch and discuss films, participate in a range of activities such as workshops and Q&As with stars, and then be a part of deciding which deserving films get the awards.
The juror will also get chance to be part of the world’s largest film festival for young people in Giffoni, Italy next year.
Visit www.dohafilminstitute.com/filmfestival/dfe or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on this.