2015 Aljazeera International Documentary Film Festival for Film Makers around the World

Application Deadline: July 31st 2015

The Aljazeera International Documentary Film Festival will be held Nov. 26 to 29, 2015 in Doha, Qatar.

Aljazeera International Documentary Film Festival was established in 2005, and it is an international event by all standards. Since its first edition, it has become a meeting point for filmmakers and innovators worldwide.

The festival showcases a wide range of documentary films that discuss humanitarian, social, economic, and political issues. This is on top of the support it dedicates to young talents that work hard to have a space for expression and production.

Eligibility:

The competition is open to all TV channels (Arab and non-Arab), production companies, independent filmmakers and cultural, social and media organizations.

Three Competitions

  • The festival holds three competitions: a major one dedicated for TV channels; production firms; cultural, social, and media institutions; and independent producers.
  • It comprises three categories: short films, medium films, and long films.
  • This is in addition to the New Horizon competition that is dedicated to amateur and beginner directors and school pupils.
  • Awards are given to each category, and directors and winners are awarded too. The first edition included participants from Arab countries only.

Participants
• TV channels
• Production companies
• Independent filmmakers
• Media, social and cultural organizations

Participation
• Productions taking part in the Festival competitions are limited to documentary films.
• Films produced only within two years prior to the current festival will be accepted.

• A participant may participate in each of the following categories:
1. Short (up to 30 min.)
2. Medium (31 to 59 min.)
3. Long (more than 60 min.)
• Participating films should either be in Arabic or English. If in Arabic, the films should be subtitled into English. Yet, if in another language, they should be translated, dubbed, or subtitled into English. Also, it is preferable to send the film script if available.

• Participants should send 2 DVD (PAL) copies of the documentary operating on a DVD player.

Aljazeera Awards:

• Aljazeera Golden Award

It is offered to each winning film from each of the three categories: Long, Medium, and Short. Each winning film will be granted a cash prize, to be equally shared by the film’s director and producer, as follows:

Long      : QR 50,000 (Fifty thousand Qatari Riyals)
Medium : QR 40,000 (Forty thousand Qatari Riyals)
Short     : QR 30,000 (Thirty thousand Qatari Riyals)

• The Jury Award

It is offered to each winning film from each of the three categories: Long, Medium and short.
Each winning film will be granted a cash prize, to be equally shared by the film director and producer, as follows:

Long     : QR 25,000 (Twenty five thousand Qatari riyals)
Medium: QR 20,000 (Twenty thousand Qatari riyals)
Short    : QR 15,000 (Fifteen thousand Qatari riyals)

None of the awards will be shared between two films in any category. In addition, the Award and Certificate of Recognition will not be applicable to films that have already won awards; this also applies to the Certificate of Excellence.

• Best Director Award
It is offered to

the best director in each of the following categories:

Long     : QR 25,000 (Twenty five thousand Qatari riyals)
Medium: QR 20,000 (Twenty thousand Qatari riyals)
Short    : QR 15,000 (Fifteen thousand Qatari riyals)

• Best Camerawork Award
It is offered to the best camerawork in each of the following categories:

Long     : QR 20,000 (Twenty  thousand Qatari riyals)
Medium: QR 15,000 (Fifteenthousand Qatari riyals)
Short    : QR 10,000 (Ten thousand Qatari riyals)

• New Horizon Award

Two awards will be offered to the best two films directed by students or beginners as follows:

First Award     : QR 15,000 (Fifteen thousand Qatari Riyals)
Second Award: QR 10,000 (Ten thousand Qatari Riyals)

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Aljazeera International Documentary Film Festival

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