Through a series of one-on-one meetings, consultations and tutorials, delegates at Qumra discussed the topic of how Arab filmmakers can find their footing in the international market.
The producers and directors associated with the 33 projects from 19 countries selected for the industry programme were provided deep insights on how their films can find their voice in the global film market. Welcoming the industry experts and delegates, Fatma Al Remaihi, CEO of the Doha Film Institute, said: "Qumra marks the beginning of new collaborations, new creative partnerships and new friendships. At its heart, the mission of this event is to support emerging filmmakers." Hanaa Issa, Deputy Director of Qumra, added: "DFI builds on the existing support we give to filmmakers through our education and development programmes, our funding programmes, and our screenings and film appreciation initiatives." Sharing insights, Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival, said the key is to know the audience for the films and to push oneself out there and tell their story. In addition to the networking sessions, Qumra also featured master classes by the five Qumra Masters – James Schamus, Joshua Oppenheimer, Naomi Kawase, Nuri Bilge Ceylan and Aleksandr Sokurov.