2016 Ajyal Youth Film Festival is Set from 30th November – 5th December

The Ajyal Youth Film Festival builds on the Doha Film Institute’s history of community-based programming. Ajyal, meaning ‘generations’ in Arabic, invites people of all ages to come together to discuss cinema through events that inspire creative interaction, opening up a fun, collaborative environment where young people can express themselves. Driven with the goal to inspire and create, Ajyal has been designed to empower the region’s youth and to inspire film enthusiasts of all ages in Qatar and the region.


All Ajyal Youth Film Festival screenings and events are held at the Cultural Village Katara.

Underground and surface parking is available at Katara. Please see the Festival map for entrances and locations. Parking is limited; please allow extra travel time.

Once at Katara, all Ajyal screening and event venues will be clearly marked. If you need assistance when you arrive, please ask any Ajyal volunteer to guide you.



Learn. Play. Interact. Create.

Explore an out-of cinema experience at the Ajyal Creativity Hub. Discover the latest in technology, the media arts and world culture. Enjoy countless performances, interactive workshops and fun activities designed to spark your imagination and inspire your future creations.


Family Weekend

Ajyal’s Family Weekend offers all sorts of delightful activities for the whole family – it’s a full programme sure to engage young minds!

From 1 to 3 December, Ajyal and its official festival partners invite you to a weekend of fun at Katara. All kinds of excitement awaits, and don’t forget to check out the SONY Cinema Under the Stars for free outdoor screenings of family-friendly films. Kids will also love getting the red carpet treatment at the special screening of ‘Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory’, and enthusiasts of cinema and music will enjoy Big and Tiny, a cine-concert featuring short animated films with live musical accompaniment.

See you on the Katara Esplanade!

1 Dec / 6:00 PM–10:00 PM
2 Dec / 3:00 PM–10:00 PM
3 Dec / 3:00 PM–8:00 PM

Entrance is free


Geekdom: Time Machine Exhibition

A hub for the community to come together and relive their childhood through games, music, cartoons and films. The exhibition will take you back in time to a time of Snakes and Ladders, handheld gaming, hangman and other childhood favourites. It also provides the opportunity for local collectors to exhibit their extensive collections, and provides a rent-free space for local nostalgia collectors to sell items to the public. There’s a Gaming Area, a Screening and Chill-Out Area, the Break Corner, and the annual Ajyal Wall, where attendees can express themselves through art. Participants include The 1-Up Gaming Centre, The Gaming Lounge and Kanpeki Team.

Join us at Katara Building 18.

1, 3 and 4 Dec / 10:00 AM–10:00 PM
2 Dec / 2:00 PM–10:00 PM
5 Dec / 10:00 AM–4:00 PM

Entrance is free