Local talent in full view as NU-Q delivers packed program at Ajyal Film Festival

December 09, 2014

NU-Q has concluded a jam-packed program of events for the Ajyal Youth Film Festival as part of its on-going contributions to the development of Qatar’s media scene and encouragement of local talent.

Activities at the Qatar-based festival included the premiere of five student and alumni films, a TV studio open to community members who were invited to test their newsroom skills in front of the cameras, a cinematic analysis workshop and an interview with award-winning international film director, Roger Allers.

Qatar-based talent from NU-Q was on show during the festival with both students and alumni premiering films, including “Amreeka Laa!,” directed by Hind Al-Ansari (Class of 2014); “Coucou,” directed by Meriem Mesraoua (Class of 2013); “Public Phone,” directed by Ethar Hassaan (Class of 2013) and Leena Al-Musalmani (Class of 2013); “Temsah,” directed by Latifa Al-Darwish (Class of 2013) and Rouda Al-Meghaiseeb (Class of 2014); and “Lumiere” directed by Aisha Abduljawad (Class of 2015).

As the Ajyal Film Festival came to a close, families, friends and media enthusiasts took to the NU-Q TV studio to experience the rush of presenting the news, and to learn the basics of the challenging task of creating a newscast. NU-Q was honored to have Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa, chairperson of Qatar Museums, Doha Film Institute and Reach Out to Asia, visit the newsroom exhibit with her children. The Ajyal Film Festival Family Weekend activity also offered the chance to understand how NU-Q’s education programs and cutting-edge education facilities are helping to produce the next generation of media talent in Qatar.

“The Ajyal Film Festival is one of the highlights of our year as the local, regional and international film community comes together in Qatar,” said Everette E. Dennis, dean and CEO of NU-Q. “It offers a unique platform to stage a vibrant program of activities showcasing NU-Q’s student talent and world-class faculty, as well as prospective education programs to young media enthusiasts. As a school centered on nurturing the future leaders of the media industry and media scene in Qatar, it was a pleasure to take part in such a significant and engaging local cinematic, academic and community based event.”

As part of the Ajyal Film Festival, Scott Curtis, director of the communication program and associate professor in residence at NU-Q, also led a workshop titled “What Do You See? – An Introduction to Film Analysis,” that offered students the opportunity to recognize patterns of similarity and difference in the interplay between various elements of a film.

In addition, Curtis interviewed one of the world’s greatest animation film directors and screenwriters, Roger Allers, director of the festival’s closing night film Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet, as well as Academy Award winning film The Lion King, and Academy Award nominated short film The Little Match Girl. Topics discussed covered the challenges of directing animation, the casting of voice actors, the role of storyboards, and Allers’ notable career successes


We thank all those at NU-Q who made our participation in the festival this year such a success: Jaser Alagha, Christopher Adamescu, Chito Almacen, Leon Braswell, Donovan Burba, Geoffrey Cannaby, Wielder Catapat, Scott Curtis, Wafaa Elamin, Demetrios Elias, Amira Hariri, Elizabeth Hoffman, Joe Khalil, Jan-Marie Petersen, Brad Rawson, Layan Abdul Shkoor, Patrick Tingson, Robb Wood, Ihsan Yahya.