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Apparently this is one reason DFI has chosen Qumra to name its newest film production initiative.The prevalent platform for this business has been the film festival – the best means of satisfying the viewing public while fulfilling the duel mission of cultivating a local culture of filmmaking and film appreciation and supporting the development of Arab cinema production.For four years, 2009-12, Doha's flagship event was the Doha Tribeca Film Festival.The two new festivals were meant to divide DTFF's labor. Screening international programs for young audiences and exhibiting hometown cinema production, the Ajyal Youth Film Festival – whose second edition closed this weekend past – shouldered the burden of cultivating a local film culture. The second event would feature an international-Arab film competition, targeting freshman and sophomore features, and thus many works emerging from DFI's solvent film funding regime. Remaihi and Suleiman confirmed Qumra's first four mentors will be a varied and accomplished group: Malian-Mauritanian auteur Abderrahmane Sissako ("Timbuktu"), Iranian actor Leila Hatami (co-star of Asghar Farhadi's "A Separation"), Romanian writer-director Cristian Mungiu ("4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days") and Bosnian writer-director Danis Tanovic ("No Man's Land").Like the DFI grants program from which the 25 projects are to be drawn, the filmmakers will be international as well.
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