Opening new avenues to creative development and education, the Ministry of Education and Higher Education has partnered with the Doha Film Institute (DFI) to deliver the recurring ‘School Stars’ short film competition for public and private school students in Qatar.
The subject of the first edition will be ‘The Bright Side.’ Students are invited to submit short films that explore and express their views, observations and their experience in relation to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
Submissions across the three categories: 1st 4th Grade (category 1), 5th 8th Grade (category 2), and 9th 12th Grade (category 3) will be evaluated by separate juries appointed by the DFI based on script quality, storyline, cinematography and originality.
‘The competition is a continuation of the existing collaborations with the DFI as a national organisation that shares in our commitment to explore new platforms for learning and ensure undisrupted access to quality education. The short film competition has been designed to inspire the youth and draw on the next generation’s immense potential to discover creative solutions and adapt to new challenges. We look forward to extending our partnership through this community-wide initiative which underlines our joint dedication to youth development in Qatar and is a fun challenge for the young people to explore the limitless possibilities of storytelling, Mohamad Ahmad al-Bishry, adviser to the Minister of Education and Higher Education, said in a statement.
Open to all currently enrolled public and private school students in Qatar, the ‘School Stars’ short film competition will present new themes every few weeks with online film submissions through the competition website on https://www.dohafilminstitute.com/pages/young-voices-short-film-competition in Arabic and other languages, provided there is a translation.
Submitted films will be featured across the ministry’s and DFI’s social media platforms, in addition to Qatar TV educational channels 1 and 2.
Three winning films from each category will receive cash prizes in addition to complimentary access to DFI youth workshops and the exclusive opportunity to participate in the Ajyal Jury programme (age appropriate) in the upcoming edition of the Institute’s annual celebration of culture and art the Ajyal Film Festival.
‘We are truly honoured to partner with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education on this rewarding initiative. Empowering the youth of Qatar is central to DFI’s mission, and this competition is a remarkable opportunity for students of all ages to exercise and showcase their creative abilities. Challenging times call for innovative solutions, and our aim through the recurring short film competition is to add value to the learning experience and provide young minds with an alternate avenue for productive expression. We hope that through projects like this, we can inspire the next generation to think creatively and bring about a positive impact not just on Qatar but the wider world for many years to come, DFI CEO Fatma Hassan al-Remaihi said in a statement.
Film submissions should summarise the students’ creative interpretation of an item related to the ongoing theme. Parents can assist in filming, and in current circumstances all filming should be completed at home with family members only to ensure the health and safety of all.
As a regional hub for education and community, DFI aims to partner with national organisations and governmental entities to empower the next generation, promote an environment of creativity and dialogue, and make learning accessible through the power of film.
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