Ajyal Jury — Ajyal Film Festival | Doha Film Institute

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Ajyal Film Festival 2018

It’s the landmark sixth year for Ajyal, and it needs you: energetic jurors eager to open your world to the magic of cinema and its power to shape minds. Register today and discover what it means to leave your mark for generations of filmmakers and moviegoers alike.

Registration is now CLOSED.

Be an Ajyal Juror, be the voice for change.

The Ajyal Jury
Red carpet, international stars, local film premieres- never has a festival been so close and more exclusive to you.

As a member of the Ajyal Jury, you watch films, discuss with fellow-jurors and film experts, vote for the winners of the Ajyal Film Festival, and use your energy to bring about positive change far beyond Ajyal.

The experience of being an Ajyal Juror is unparalleled: an inspiring and creative hands-on experience that not only instills an appreciation of good cinema, but also the values of team work, critical thinking and leadership.

Over six days of the Festival, discover cinema from a fresh perspective, and most importantly, make lasting friendships with young people from around the world.

Last year, Ajyal welcomed over 500 young jurors of 54 nationalities. You can be one of them this year!

As an Ajyal Juror, you will:
1. Watch short and feature-length films from all over the world
2. Vote for your favourite films to choose the Ajyal Competition awards
3. Meet film directors and actors attending the Festival
4. Attend workshops on filmmaking techniques and film language
5. Be part of the film and fun festival activities being held in Katara


There are three Ajyal Competition juries in three age groups. They are:

Mohaq means ‘New Moon’ in Arabic, and these are Ajyal’s youngest jurors, aged 8 to 12. The young people of this jury will watch a programme of short films and four feature-length films.

Ajyal’s jurors aged 13 to 17 make up the Hilal jury – the term means ‘Crescent Moon’ in Arabic. Five feature films and a programme of shorts make up the Hilal jury’s festival programme.

The most mature of Ajyal’s juries, Bader (Arabic for ‘Full Moon’) jurors are aged 18 to 21 and will select their favourite films from five features and a programme of short films.

How to Register

Registration is open from 16 September to 1 November, 2018. You must be between the ages of 8 and 21 to be an Ajyal Juror.

During the festival, our Ajyal Juror's programme will take place from 2.30 pm to 7:30 pm every day.

Registration is now closed.

For any queries, please contact ajyaljury@dohafilminstitute.com.