The fourth annual Al Jazeera International Film Festival began yesterday with the screening of a Chinese movie, The Flowers of Cole.
Around 90 short, medium and full-length films will be showcased at the event hosted by the TV channel at Doha’s Sheraton hotel – and all will be competing for Al Jazeera Gold Awards in their respective categories.
The prizes will be presented at the closing ceremony on Thursday.
An international jury comprising leading filmmakers will decide which movies receive recognition and cash awards. Other films in each category will be nominated for a Jury Award.
“The festival will showcase films that tell profound human stories capable of increasing understanding between communities and cultures,” said a spokesman.
Full-length movies to be screened at the festival include From Aleppo to Hollywood, Global Haywire, The Thirst of a Stone Sea and The Way of a Warrior.
The line-up of medium-length movies include Lessons on Life, Slum Survivors, Hand in Hand, Modou the Hang Player and Gangs of Baghdad.
Shorts to be shown include Borderland, The Betew Tribe on the Kofiau Sea, Shadow in Darkness and Bullet-Proof Women.
Al Jazeera has launched the New Horizon Award for university students to promote young filmmakers and provide them with a global platform. Eleven films from around the world will compete in this category and two awards will be presented.
For the first time Al Jazeera will host a Film Souq, which will provide an outlet for filmmakers to exchange ideas and sell their products to the international delegates attending the event.
There will be also a book fair and a series of panel discussions including talks following the screening of Forbidden Lies, which outlines the popular portrayal of Arab society in the Western media, and I Was There, which features detailed and emotional accounts of the September 11 attacks on the US.
Al Jazeera Intl film festival to show 90 films