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DGYM Summit 2-3 December 2014 - Doha,Qatar

1st edition

Hosted by the Doha Film Institute in partnership with Italy’s Giffoni Experience, the first edition of the Doha Giffoni Youth Media Summit took place during the second edition of the Ajyal Youth Film Festival in December 2014.

During the first edition of the DGYM, participants examined key points and explored a number of issues and challenges; the resulting action plan was to implement a global platform tentatively called “THE PLANET” to be made official in Giffoni in July 2015. The aim of this platform is to create a network where all the participants will have the opportunity to promote their organizations and events and create cultural partnerships.

Over the course of the two-day session in Doha, Led by Giffoni Experience Festival Director Claudio Gubitosi, a delegation of about three dozen film industry professionals from around the world, as well as from Qatar and the MENA region exchanged views about the state of cinema for youth, with a focus on how new media and social networks are affecting it. Delegates included programmers and directors of film festivals for children and youth, and representatives from national screen agencies with a vested interest in entertainment content for young people.


Festivals in the age of new media

What makes a festival appealing to young people in the age of new media? How can we implement new media, like social networks, apps and the web, to capture the interest of young people?

Moderator: Claudio Gubitosi
Rasha Awada
– Head of Marketing, Doha Film Institute (Qatar)
Nana Janelidze
– Director, Gerogian National Film Centre
Firdoze Bulbulia
– Chairperson, Children and Boradcasting Foundation for Africa (South Africa)
Habes Mohammed Howail
– Qatar Youth Ambassador, Arab Thought Foundation (Qatar)
Iris Verhoven
– Director, European Youth Film Festival of Flanders (Belgium)
Choo Jung-Hoo
– Festival Planning Manager, Seoul Youth Film Festival (South Korea)
Sulafa Hijazi
– Founder Director, Blue.dar Digital Art Production House (Syria)


Which activities should we carry out after the main event is over? How can we keep young people’s attention alive after the curtain comes down on a festival?

Moderator: Wassime Achkar
Rania Elias
- Director, Yabous Productions (Palestine)
Raed Al Emadi – Deputy CEO, Silatech (Qatar)
Reem Saleh – Youth Programmes Manager & Deputy Director of Ajyal Youth Film Festival, Doha Film Institute (Qatar)
Amer Becirbegovic
– Head of Programming , Sarajevo Film Festival (Bosnia & Herzegovina)
Elisabeth Muskala
– Director, TIFF Kids (Canada)
Cendrella Abi Gerges
– Educational Programmes and Young Audience Activities, Metropolis Art Cinema (Lebanon)
Hassen Alileche
– Director, International Film Festival for Children and Youth (Tunisia)
Meenakshi Rai and Vinay Rai
– Directors, Chinh India Kids Film Festival (India)
Miomir Rajcevic
– Director, Belgrade Media Education Centre (Serbia)

Budget & Sponsorship

Private and public funding. Why should a sponsor invest in your festival? What makes a festival necessary to investors?

Moderator: Claudio Gubitosi
Darko Bashesky
– Director, Macedonian Film Agency (Macedonia)
Hicham Falah
, General Delegate, International Documentary Film Festival in Agadir (FIDADOC) (Morocco)
Elsa Weill
– Partnerships Development Manager, Doha Film Institute (Qatar)
Mitsuo Tahira
– Director, Kinder Film Festival (Japan)
Noel Goodwin
– Director, BFI Future Film (UK)
Maria Jose Alvarez Sierra – Coordinator, Gijon Film Festival (Spain)
Samr Al Marzooqi – Dubai Film Market Manager, Dubai International Film Festival (UAE)
Caterina Miraglia
– Councillor to Cultural Activities at the Region Campania Government (Italy)
Fusun Eriksen
– Director, Buster Film Festival (Denmark)

Innovation Hub


The importance of creating new opportunities for young people through cinema and new media. Branching out in new areas of creativity

Moderator: Wassime Achkar
Nikolaos Bempis Kolyfas
– Director of PMO & Event Management / Festival Managing Director, Doha Film Institute (Qatar)
Dijlali Beskri
– Author, Designer and Producer, Algerian International Film Animation (Algeria)
Abedalsalam Alhajj
– Training and Community Manager, The Royal Film Commission – Jordan
Joe Kahlil
– Associate Professor in Residence, Northwestern University in Qatar
Roberto Liberti – Coordinator, Fa.Re. Lab Seconda Universita di Napoli (Italy)
Fatima Musharbek – Programs & Relationships Coordinator, Sharjah International Children’s Film Festival (UAE)
Mohammed Alhamadi
– CEO, Innovation Films (Qatar)
Deepak Jain
– Festival Director, Children’s International Film Festival, Dubai (UAE)
Mohamed Rashed Buali
– Director, Bahrain Festival Days, Artistic Director, Naqsh Short Film Festival (Bahrain)


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