As the countdown to the fifth edition of the Ajyal Youth Film Festival begins, the Doha Film Institute (DFI) is seeking enthusiastic volunteers to get involved and contribute to the smooth running of the annual celebration of film from November 29 to December 4.

Ajyal is expected to welcome thousands of cinema lovers in Doha, along with regional and international film industry guests.

A unique demonstration of the community spirit fostered by DFI, the Ajyal volunteers will be exposed to the inner workings of a major cultural event, interact with Festival guests and jurors of many nationalities, gain valuable industry experience, and receive a participation certificate to honour their involvement.

During the week-long event, volunteers will be on hand to support different Festival events and venues located within Katara – the Cultural Village, and help with all aspects of the Festival’s operations including theatre operations, the Ajyal Jury, transportation, marketing, guest registration, guest relations, hospitality, Geekdom and the Family Weekend among others.

“The Ajyal Youth Film Festival is more than about showcasing new and acclaimed voices in regional and global cinema; it is also about bringing together the community in a cultural celebration that adds to the pride of our nation,” DFI CEO Fatma al-Remaihi, also the Festival director, said in a statement.

In the previous years, she noted that Ajyal volunteers played a leading role in the success of the Festival with their tireless efforts and dedication in helping make every Ajyal memorable.

“This event provides community members with a unique opportunity to make new friends, interact with film industry experts and gain rich insights into the functioning of an international cultural event,” al-Remaihi added.

Open to all Qatar residents aged 18 and above, interested candidates can register on the DFI website today onwards at

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