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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.

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