Academy Award winning Mexican production designer Eugenio Caballero and Italian writer and director Alice Rohrwacher, have been confirmed as additional Masters in the fifth edition of the Doha FilmI nstitute’s Qumra, to be held from March 15 to 20.
Caballero is celebrated for his work on diverse projects including Guillermo del Toro's Pan’s Labyrinth for which he earned an Academy Award and winner of the Grand Jury prize at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.
They join French New Wave cinema legend Agnès Varda, prolific Japanese director and writer Kiyoshi Kurosawa and Polish auteur Pawel Pawlikowski for the 2019 edition of the Doha Film Institute’s (DFI) dedicated industry incubation and talent development event that focuses on first- and second-time filmmakers.
The Qumra Masters will share their insights with emerging filmmakers, provide feedback on projects in consultation sessions, and discuss their own inspiring creative journeys in daily Masterclasses.
Qumra 2019 will provide 36 projects from 19 countries access to Masterclasses and networking opportunities for first and second-time filmmakers, driving Qumra’s mission to expand support for the development of emerging filmmakers from Qatar, the Arab region and around the world.
Fatma Hassan Alremaihi, chief executive officer, DFI, said, “Eugenio Caballero and Alice Rohrwacher have distinctive bodies of work that distinguish them for their unique creative voice and cinematic expertise. All visionaries in film, the Qumra Masters will make incredible contributions to benefit emerging filmmakers.”
Hanaa Issa, deputy director, Qumra said, “Their personal perspectives on filmmaking will provide meaningful and lasting benefit to all participants and open up a new depth of understanding and possibilities in their discussions.”
Over six days, the Qumra delegates will take part in bespoke industry sessions designed to progress their projects and prepare them for international markets, in addition to the Masterclasses and mentoring sessions by the Qumra Masters.
There are 15 Qumra projects by Qatar-based talent, including eight films by Qatari nationals. While six Qatar-based projects are works-in-progress, the others are in development stage. In all, 18 projects are in development and 18 projects in post-production. There are 15 fictions, 11 documentary features and 10 shorts. Of the 36 projects, 26 are recipients of the DFI’s Grants programme.
Directors and producers of these projects will attend the sessions in Doha where they will meet over 100 industry experts. The activities are specifically tailored to each project’s needs, according to their stage of development. Projects in development will take part in group and individual sessions in script consulting, legal, sales, marketing and co-production advice, along with individual matchmaking and tutorials. Projects in post-production are presented in a series of closed rough-cut and picture lock screenings for leading festival programmers, broadcasters, market representatives, sales agents and distributors.