Doha Film Institute (DFI) has announced it will kick off this month a series of online workshops in line with its youth summer camp offerings this year.

Continuing the spirit of DFI and the Ajyal Film Festival, we’re pleased to announce this years’ youth summer camp – a set of creative online workshops with renowned mentors.

The camp, open to participants aged eight to 17 years old, comprises three creative online workshops which cover animated storytelling, photography and visual arts, and documentary film-making. The workshops, DFI said, “are designed to nurture storytelling skills through hands-on personal projects that encourage both creative and critical thinking.”

They are “centred on the values of the Ajyal Film Festival and follow a close curriculum and philosophy of active learning— leading up to our ever-popular Ajyal Jury Programme later this year.” Catered to participants aged eight to 10 years old, “Animated Stories Summer Camp” will delve into the basics of storytelling and modern animation and enable participants to learn how to develop an idea into a compelling narrative and produce their own short animation.

Animated storytelling workshop will run from June 28 June to July 18 and classes will be held from 3pm to 4pm every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. It will be under the mentorship of Fadi Syriani – an animator, writer and director.

“Photography and Visual Arts Summer Camp” will focus on the theoretical basis of image composition and sketching visual stories to help participants gain a deeper insight into different types of cinematography. In this workshop, participants aged 11 to 13 years old will produce their own content for an e-book that members of the class will collectively conceptualize.

Running from July 5 to 30, classes for photography and visual arts workshop will be held from 4.30pm to 6pm on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays.

Mentors include Jordanian-Texan photographer Tanya Habjouqa and multidisciplinary artist Bayan Dahdah. A thought-provoking workshop, “Contribute to Your Own Film Summer Camp” will provide participants hands-on and enjoyable exercises for them to learn all the technical and practical techniques on documentary film, from the basic elements of narrative development and visual storytelling to the actual production of the story.

This documentary filmmaking workshop is open to participants between 14 to 17 years old and will take place from June 28 to July 30 on Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 10am to 12pm. It will be conducted by Marcus Zaiser, who has participated in more than 100 film productions since 1998. Prices are QR700 for the animated storytelling workshop, QR900 for the photography and visual arts workshop, and QR1,500 for the documentary filmmaking workshop.

Qatar Museums Culture Pass members will receive 10 percent discount on lab fee by including a copy of Culture Pass when applying. Those who wish to join the camp may register by sending their names and details via email at

Source : The Peninsula

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