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Thirty-six projects at various stages of production have been selected to benefit from the experience of the Qumra Masters, as well as bespoke mentorship and business meetings with international experts. The primary motive of this international gathering of creative film professionals is to contribute to the development of emerging voices in cinema, with a special focus on first- and second-time filmmakers.

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Feature Narrative: Development

  • Behind Closed Doors

    Hend Fakhroo

    Leila wakes up one day and finds her mother gone with just her father to take care of her. After weeks of struggling, the small family settles into an emotional equilibrium, only to have Leila’s mother suddenly return.

  • Daughters of Abdul-Rahman

    Zaid Abu Hamdan

    Four estranged and offbeat sisters are forced to come together to find their suddenly-missing father.

  • Lavandula

    Mahdi Ali Ali

    A boy goes through a psychological change process to discover the reasons behind the divorce of his parents.

  • In Vitro

    Larissa Sansour

    After an eco-apocalypse, the dying founder of a vast underground orchard passes on instructions to her younger successor who was born underground, making her a stranger to the place she is destined to rebuild.

  • Khuzama

    A.J. Al-Thani

    Set against the harsh desert backdrop, a Bedouin girl is thrown into a world of turmoil and violence which she can only survive with the help of a group of nomadic women.

  • Mediterranean Fever

    Maha Haj

    An aspiring but depressed writer from Haifa befriends his new neighbour in an attempt to convince the man to help him commit suicide.

  • My Little One

    Kadija Leclere

    Sarah, a Belgian woman of Moroccan descent, adopts a little girl in Morocco. But when the Belgian authorities deny her child’s visa, it is the beginning of an arduous ordeal for both of them.

  • Severed Head

    Lotfi Achour

    Two teenage shepherds are captured on a Tunisian mountainside by jihadists. Decapitating the eldest, the 14-year-old sheepherder must return his cousin’s head to the victim’s mother.

Feature Documentary: Development

  • Femmetasia

    Mouhssine El Badaoui

    Hanane, a young woman from a modest village in Marrakech decides to enter the traditionally male-only festival of battle bravery, Fantasia. Assembling her own troupe of horsewomen, she must face the prejudices of a patriarchal society.

  • Qatar Stars

    Danielle Beverly

    Qatar is one of the wealthiest, most aspirational, and most scrutinised countries in the world. What is it like to grow up as a girl in this rapidly changing, majority-Muslim nation; that is a clash of tradition and modernity? For the Olympic Stars, a rhythmic gymnastics team for girls aged 9-15, it offers empowerment opportunities their mothers never had.

  • The Earth Doesn't Move

    Yosr Gasmi

    This is a contemporary story about migration, borders and an eternal wanderer. It’s about exile and space, movement and the human race.

  • We Are Inside

    Farah Kassem

    Returning to her father’s house in the radicalised city of Tripoli, Farah realises that the only way to connect with him is by joining his male-dominated poetry club.

  • You Don't Die Two Times

    Ager Oueslati

    Prisca, Gift, and Jenny fled their home countries in Africa in the hope of a better life in Europe. A migratory odyssey fraught with violence, smugglers, and closed borders, where the three women attempt to reach their ‘El Dorado’ at any price.

Feature Narrative: Work-in-Progress

  • Abou Leila

    Amin Sidi-Boumédiène

    Algeria, March 1994. Childhood friends S. and Lotfi travel through the Algerian desert looking for Abou Leila, a dangerous terrorist on the run.

Feature Documentary: Work-in-Progress

  • Children of the Famine

    Reine Mitri

    Between 1915 and 1918, an estimated 200,000 people died from hunger in Mount Lebanon. For them, there is no memorial. Few photos remain, and ruins emerge from oblivion.

  • Places Of The Soul

    Hamida Issa

    A Qatari woman travels on an environmental expedition to Antarctica in search of hope for a sustainable future before returning to Qatar in search of inspiration to make positive change.

  • Republic of Silence

    Diana El Jeiroudi

    She grew up in a land of dictators and surveillance. Today, from her exile, she is reclaiming the images and sounds of Syrians, half of whom are scattered around the world.

  • The Forbidden Strings

    Hasan Noori

    Born and raised in Iran, four Afghan musicians risk a dangerous journey from Iran to Afghanistan to make a dream come true— their first rock concert in their war-torn motherland.

Feature Narrative: Picture Lock

  • Bombay Rose

    Gitanjali Rao

    Painted frame by frame, ‘Bombay Rose’ is an animated love story set on the streets of Bombay.

  • Noura Dreams

    Hinde Boujemaa

    Noura struggles to raise her three children alone while her husband is in jail—until she meets Lassaad. Their plans to be together, however, are jeopardised by the impending release of her husband, and the two decide to flee.

  • Papicha

    Mounia Meddour

    Nedjma refuses to submit to fear during the Algerian Civil War by fulfilling her dream of putting on a fashion show.

  • Sanctorum

    Joshua Gill

    A child’s spiritual and magical quest for his disappeared mother in a small town racked between the army and drug traffickers.

  • Sister

    Svetla Tsotsorkova

    The lie of a teenage girl destroys the world of her elder sister. Struggling to regain her sister’s trust, she finds out the truth about their mother.

  • The Unknown Saint

    Alaa Eddine Aljem

    After years in captivity, a thief returns to retrieve the money he stole and discovers a mausoleum unexpectedly built on the site where he stashed the money.

Feature Documentary: Picture Lock

  • Froth

    Ilya Povolotskiy

    The story of three people living on the coast of the Barents Sea who are united by an incredible blend of humility, inherent rebelliousness, a very specific moral code, and their attitude towards life.

  • The Cave

    Feras Fayyad

    A group of female doctors establish a subterranean hospital in order to save the lives of victims of chemical and conventional weapons during the Syrian civil war.

Short Narrative: Development

  • 6 Months and 1 Day

    Yassine Ouahrani

    After his pension gets withheld, Aziz, an old retired immigrant, must confront his landlord at the risk of losing his home.

  • Al-Azza

    Eiman Mirghani

    Following the death of her estranged mother, Arwa returns to her childhood home, where she must comply with religious traditions and wash her mother’s body before burial—setting a turn of events which will make her question her identity and why she ran away from home.

  • Border

    Khalifa Al-Thani

    Border is a short film about a Middle Eastern man who wants to cross the border. But bypassing the security becomes a near impossible journey.

  • J'ai le Cafard

    Maysaa Almumin

    In a demanding corporate office, forty-two-year-old Maryam develops a relationship with a cockroach that becomes both her saving grace and cause for angst.

  • Msa7ar

    Hassan Al-Malki

    Fatima seeks to capture the local Msa7ar (em-sa-har) to wake up her dying grandmother, but can she overcome her fear of the dark in order to save her grandma?

Short Narrative: Work-in-Progress

  • Beit Byoot

    Mayar Hamdan

    Jameela, a friendly little girl, wants nothing more than to fit in with two-carbon copy mean girls. But when she meets odd Yasmine, she must choose between conformity and being herself.

  • Black Veil

    A.J. Al-Thani

    Many women around the world suffer under oppression and dream of escaping it. ‘The Black Veil’ is the story of one woman who puts her life at risk in order to find her freedom.

  • End of the Road

    Ahmad Al-Sharif

    When a mysterious old man appears on the side of the road, Munir, an honest and God-fearing taxi driver, must make a choice on the night of his daughter’s birthday. His decision will shape his faith in humanity forever.

  • In the Middle

    Mariam Al-Dhubhani

    Forced to pick up arms, Ali is stranded between his crushed dreams and the harsh reality of Aden— a city torn apart by the ongoing war in Yemen.

  • Paper Plane

    Nada Bedair

    In a strict school, a new girl, Zayn, prompts her classmate Noor to make her dream kite. As both twelve-year-old girls embark on a kite-making mission, they soon find themselves in trouble with the school nuns.