(MENAFN - The Peninsula) The Doha Film Institute (DFI) has opened the call for young film enthusiasts to be on the jury for the third edition of the Ajyal Youth Film Festival (AYFF) scheduled from November 29 to December 5 in Katara.
The invitation is open to film lovers aged 8 to 21 years to be members of the jury who will watch and analyse films as well as choose the winners of this year's Ajyal Competition, made up of short and feature length films from around the world.
The jury will also meet film directors and actors who are attending the festival, take part in workshops to learn more about filmmaking techniques and experience a wide range of fun activities during the seven-day festival.
Last year's VIP guests included Salma Hayek-Pinault who presented her animated feature film 'Khalil Gibran's The Prophet' to the Ajyal jurors. Fatma Al Remaihi, Chief Executive Officer of the DFI and Director of the Festival, said: "Our young jurors are indeed at the heart of the festival and we look forward to welcoming back those who have participated in the past along with those joining us on this cinematic journey for the first time."
"Inviting young people to take part - not as spectators but as active participants in the event reflects our commitment to nurture a deep understanding of film in the younger generation and open their minds, through cinema, to the experiences of young people around the world."
Last year, Ajyal welcomed 450 young jurors of 45 nationalities, who judged the festival films in three sections € Mohaq (meaning new moon), Hilal (crescent moon) and Bader (full moon). This year's festival features an expanded Mohaq section to include feature films in competition for the first time.
Jurors aged 8 to 12 will watch a programme of short films and four feature-length films in the Mohaq section. Hilal jury is open for young people in the 13 to 17 years age-group who will watch and evaluate a programme of short films and five feature-length films. Bader jurors, in the 18 to 21 age group, will select their favourite films from five features and two programmes of short films.
Registration for the Ajyal Jury is open until October 25, at dohafilminstitute.com/ajyaljury. For details, contact: email@example.com
DFI also offers Ajyal Jury members the opportunity to take part in international events including the Giffoni Film Festival, the largest film festival for children in the world.