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Qumra brings bold new Arab voices in cinema to the fore: Alremaihi

Qumra brings bold new Arab voices in cinema to the fore: Alremaihi

Tribune News Network
Doha
THE Chief Executive Officer of the Doha Film Institute (DFI), Fatma Hassan Alremaihi, welcomed delegates to the fifth edition of Qumra, a one-of-a-kind film initiative that seeks to provide mentorship, nurturing and hands-on development for the next generation of filmmakers from Qatar and around the world, taking place in Doha until March 20.
Qumra 2019 brings together more than 150 delegates, including filmmakers and industry professionals from over 32 countries, to support 36 projects in various stages of development by first- and second-time filmmakers from 19 countries.
Speaking to delegates and the filmmakers behind the Qumra Projects at this year’s meet and greet event at the Museum of Islamic Art, DFI’s CEO Fatma Hassan Alremaihi highlighted the importance of initiatives like Qumra in helping to bring bold new voices to cinema, especially in the Arab world.
She said: “I am proud that Qumra continues to be a unique platform for learning, inspiration and progress for filmmakers and industry professionals. I urge emerging filmmakers to continue to participate in events such as Qumra, which is an important space for the development of authentic perspectives and independent thought.”
Elia Suleiman, artistic advisor at DFI, said: “Qumra is a fantastic initiative and each year it gets bigger and better. I am looking forward to spending the next few days as a visitor finding out about these exciting projects.”
Day one of Qumra also saw the first Qumra Masters screening– a showcase of films presented by this year’s Qumra Masters. A packed audience enjoyed screening of 2019 Qumra Master Agnès Varda’s The Gleaners and I – a documentary about French subcultures by the French New Wave cinema legend.
The second day of Qumra 2019 will host the first Qumra Talk with Franklin Leonard, the renowned film development executive and founder and CEO of The Black List – an innovative network that has connected more than 400 scripts with buyers and distributors – at 5pm. The second Qumra Masters screening – Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth – takes place at 7pm.
Over six days, Qumra’s new filmmaker delegates will take part in sessions designed to progress their projects and prepare them for international markets, in addition to the masterclasses and mentoring sessions by the Qumra Masters. There are 15 Qumra projects by Qatar-based talent, including eight films by Qatari nationals, driving Qumra’s mission to expand support for the development of home-grown emerging filmmakers.

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