<The first four Masters confirmed for Qumra’s inaugural program are Cristian Mungiu (“4 Months, 3 Weeks And 2 Days”), Danis Tanovic (“No Man’s Land,” Abderrahmane Sissako (“Timbuktu”) and Iranian actress Leila Hatami, star of “A Separation.” At least one, and possibly two or three more Masters will be announced prior to the March 2015 launch.

With the second edition of the Ajyal Youth Film Festival now wrapped, the Doha Film Institute belatedly announced plans for the launch of Qumra, its second successor to the Doha Tribeca Film Festival.

When Doha Tribeca was dissolved in 2012, the initial conception for Qumra was as a festival focused on the works of first and second-time directors, but that has been abandoned in favour of a hybrid festival/filmmaker lab made up of 25 hand-picked candidates and ‘Masters’ who will impart their wisdom in daily mentoring sessions.

Qumra will run from 6-11 March, 2015.>

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