Studio 20Q partners with Qatar Museums’ M7

October 24, 2021
Northwestern University in Qatar is joining with Qatar Museums’ M7 at Msheireb Downtown Doha in hosting the student club, Studio 20Q’s, annual film premiere. Studio 20Q is one of Northwestern Qatar’s many student clubs that are a vital part of the university’s vibrant student life.
Studio 20Q organizes workshops, training sessions, and networking events throughout the year. While the club contributes to the growing film culture in Doha, its main focus is to provide funding and general support to students seeking to produce short narratives, documentaries, music videos, animation, or experimental films. 
Each year, the club hosts an event premiering the films that are funded by the club and produced by the students and recent alumni. According to the current president of the club Neeha Rashid, “the premiere is one of the most anticipated events of the year at NU-Q as it brings to the limelight the effort and passion of our student filmmakers.”
This year, through a unique partnership with the M7 center in Msheireb, Studio 20Q will showcase 10 films produced by Northwestern Qatar students and alumni November 6 – 10 at the Msheireb Sky Theatre. Due to the global pandemic, the club has not been able to host a premiere in the university’s building. The location in Msheireb is in the Sky Theatre and will allow the students, alumni, and guests to enjoy a series of film screenings.
“Studio 20Q has been a significant contributor to the film culture in Doha with many of its past members producing award-winning films and documentaries that have premiered globally,” said Marwan M. Kraidy, dean and CEO. “We are particularly pleased to partner with Msheireb Downtown Doha for the celebration of our students' work.”
Professor João Queiroga, faculty advisor of Studio 20Q, said that he feels “honored to work with such talented students. The films are quite diverse and reflect our international student body. Studio 20Q is one of the crown jewels of our program and is such a delight to celebrate our filmmakers in a five-day event under the stars”
Ten new Studio 20Q films will be featured. Six of the films – produced during the pandemic – will be shown for the first time and the remaining four are a retrospective: Batch 10, Bayt El Omor, El Esh El Barri, How to Get Over a Heartbreak, Ibn El Ballad, Love of Layla, Paper Kite, Samia, Sau Qadam and The Girl with Anklets.
Nur Munawarah the director of Love for Layla is “incredibly excited to finally let people see the film that the crew, cast, and I put a lot of hard work into. The overall theme of the film is love and I hope the audience will feel it too. I can’t wait for the premiere.”