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Ajyal Film Festival 2018


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Ajyal brings the best of cinema from around the world to Doha audiences, and films for families and every age group are on offer throughout the Festival. There’s a special focus on films made right here in Qatar; short films for children as young as 4; brilliant examples of animation, drama, and comedy; and heavy-hitting documentaries for the serious cinephile.


  • Amphitheater

    Ajyal Competition, Made in Qatar

    Sarah, a professional Qatari photographer, happens upon a rebellious young girl and her family.

    Mahdi Ali Ali / Qatar / 2018 / Short Narrative

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  • Antouni

    Ajyal Competition

    A personal look at the effect of displacement, this film centres on Lori, a young girl who is t…

    Alik Tamar / Armenia, United States of America / 2017 / Short Narrative

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  • Aquathlon

    Special Screening

    A young man is not too pleased when he is dragged to swimming lessons by his well-meaning mothe…

    Alexey Shabarov / Russian Federation / 2018 / Short Narrative

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  • Bird Karma

    Ajyal Competition

    The fable-inspired ‘Bird Karma’ is the first hand-drawn animated film to be produced by DreamWo…

    William Salazar / United States of America / 2018 / Short Narrative

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  • Brotherhood

    Ajyal Competition

    Malik, an eighteen-year-old with flaming red hair, returns to his small village in Tunisia afte…

    Meryam Joobeur / Canada, Tunisia, Qatar, Sweden / 2018 / Short Narrative

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  • The Craft

    Ajyal Competition

    Envisaging international diplomacy as an alien conspiracy, ‘The Craft’ is a semi-autobiographic…

    Monira Al Qadiri / Kuwait, Lebanon / 2017 / Short Narrative

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  • The Elephant's Song

    Ajyal Competition

    'The Elephant's Song' tells the true and tragic tale of Old Bet, the first circus elephant in A…

    Lynn Tomlinson / United States of America / 2018 / Short Narrative

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  • The First Thunder

    Special Screening

    A beautifully illustrated musical fantasy that depicts the awakening of Mother Nature after her…

    Anastasia Melikhova / Russian Federation / 2017 / Short Narrative

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  • Flo

    Ajyal Competition

    One day a little flea makes a new friend, but their home is a strange place, and they must work…

    Nora Marie Back / Germany / 2017 / Short Narrative

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  • The Gallant Little Tailor

    Special Screening

    An enchanting retelling of a Brothers Grimm classic about a clever little tailor who outwits tw…

    Lotte Reiniger / United Kingdom / 1954 / Short Narrative

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  • Gubgub

    Ajyal Competition, Made in Qatar

    After getting her first catch of the day while crab-hunting with her father and brother, bright…

    Nouf Al Sulaiti / Qatar / 2018 / Short Narrative

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  • Gummy Gas Crisis

    Ajyal Competition

    Gummy Gas Crisis tells the story of a space gasman, Ed, who must overcome various obstacles in…

    Rodrigo Díaz / Argentina / 2017 / Short Narrative

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  • Hide and Seek

    Special Screening

    A young boy is preparing to bury his beloved cat. On the way to the pet cemetery, an unexpected…

    Anastasia Ostapenko / Russian Federation / 2018 / Short Narrative

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  • The Hunt

    Ajyal Competition

    While on the way to the woods one day, a shortsighted but well-meaning hunter mistakes a rambun…

    Alexey Alekseev / France / 2017 / Short Narrative

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  • I Am Not My Father

    Made in Qatar

    Mansoor grew up believing that dreams can never come true – his aspirations destroyed by an ove…

    Naif Al-Malki / Qatar / 2018 / Short Narrative

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  • I Don't Believe in You But Then There Is Gravity

    Ajyal Competition

    A comedic look at the daily lives of the residents of a high-rise building, as their typical Su…

    Umut Subaşı / Turkey / 2018 / Short Narrative

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  • Inanimate

    Ajyal Competition

    Katrine lives an ordinary life, with a regular job, in a typical city. Or at least that’s what…

    Lucia Bulgheroni / United Kingdom / 2018 / Short Narrative

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  • Killing Hope

    Ajyal Competition

    At the heart of a war-torn Aleppo, in the midst of the civil war, twenty-four-year-old Al-Basha…

    Natacha Grangeon, Julia Retali / France / 2017 / Short Narrative

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  • Last Stop Is the Moon

    Ajyal Competition

    A hauntingly beautiful story of a young girl as she is forced to come to terms with a tragic il…

    Birutė Sodeikaitė / Poland, Lithuania / 2017 / Short Narrative

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  • Nasser Goes to Space

    Ajyal Competition, Made in Qatar

    Nasser is a highly-creative young boy who uses an imaginary world as a coping mechanism to deal…

    Mohamed Al Mahmeed / Qatar / 2018 / Short Narrative

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  • Negative Space

    Ajyal Competition

    Even though Sam’s father is often away on business trips, he is able to connect with his son by…

    Max Porter, Ru Kuwahata / France / 2017 / Short Narrative

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  • Odd Is an Egg

    Ajyal Competition

    A young boy named Odd is so concerned about crushing his fragile head that he is afraid to join…

    Kristin Ulseth / Norway, Portugal / 2016 / Short Narrative

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  • An Old Lady Stepped Outside for Some Bread and Pastry

    Ajyal Competition

    Based on a poem by Anna Ignatova, this charming little animation is about how you never know wh…

    Anastasiya Jakulina / Russian Federation / 2017 / Short Narrative

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  • Please Frog, Just One Sip

    Ajyal Competition

    It is a hot day in Africa, and Frog cannot stand the heat any longer. He takes a sip, but his t…

    Diek Grobler / South Africa / 2017 / Short Narrative

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  • Post No Bills

    Ajyal Competition

    The life of a street flyer can get pretty lonely from time to time, and on an urban city wall p…

    Robin Hays / Canada / 2017 / Short Narrative

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  • Radiance

    Ajyal Competition

    'Radiance' is a short, semi-autobiographical animation that uses an exquisite, almost otherworl…

    Chialing Yang / United States of America / 2017 / Short Narrative

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  • The Return of Erkin

    Special Screening

    Erkin is released from prison after serving a lengthy sentence. Clearly changed from the experi…

    Maria Guskova / Russian Federation / 2015 / Short Narrative

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  • Sabaku

    Ajyal Competition

    A short but endearing story about making new friends and finding acceptance, as a little bird n…

    Marlies van der Wel / Netherlands / 2016 / Short Narrative

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  • Sh'hab

    Made in Qatar

    In the old village of Al Wakrah, a mischievous 8-year-old girl would do anything to spend time…

    Amal Al-Muftah / Qatar / 2018 / Short Narrative

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  • Sirocco

    Ajyal Competition

    Exquisitely animated in black and white, 'Sirocco' is set on the picturesque shoreline of Sicil…

    Romain Garcia, Kevin Tarpinian, Thomas Lopez-Massy, Avril Hug, Lauren Madec / France / 2016 / Short Narrative

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  • Transformation

    Ajyal Competition

    A young disabled man who lives with his mother struggles to come to terms with his limitations.…

    Yousef Al Bagshi / Kuwait / 2017 / Short Narrative

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  • Two Balloons

    Ajyal Competition

    We join two very adventurous lemurs as they fly their majestic airships across the beautiful sk…

    Mark C. Smith / United States of America / 2017 / Short Narrative

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  • Two Trams

    Ajyal Competition

    Every morning, two city trams roam the streets of a bustling city serving local citizens and dr…

    Svetlana Andrianova / Russian Federation / 2016 / Short Narrative

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  • Where Are You Right Meow?

    Ajyal Competition

    A young artist, Ayako, struggles with creative block. Suddenly, her beloved cat Beru goes missi…

    Maysam Al-Ani / Qatar / 2018 / Short Narrative

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  • Where Are You Right Meow?

    Made in Qatar

    A young artist, Ayako, struggles with creative block. Suddenly, her beloved cat Beru goes missi…

    Maysam Al-Ani / Qatar / 2018 / Short Narrative

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