By Andy Sambidge
Fatma Al Remaihi says keen to expand further on plan to build 'vibrant and sustainable culture of film appreciation in Qatar'
The board of the Doha Film Institute has announced the appointment of Fatma Al Remaihi as its new CEO.
Al Remaihi will also serve as the director of the Ajyal Youth Film Festival and Qumra and further build on the Institute’s goals of promoting a strong film culture in Qatar, a statement said.
Part of the Doha Film Institute team since 2009, Al Remaihi has been in place as acting CEO since August. She previously served as the director of programmes at the Institute.
Al Remaihi said: “I am honoured to be appointed as the CEO of the Doha Film Institute. It is a privilege to work with the filmmakers in our local and regional community, and I look forward to continuing to support them in telling their stories, and to expand further on our objective to build a vibrant and sustainable culture of film appreciation in Qatar.”
As CEO, Al Remaihi is responsible for setting and overseeing the strategic direction of the institute, maintaining its focus on promoting film culture in Qatar and developing its presence on the regional and international stage.
She will direct the artistic and operational aspects of the Ajyal Youth Film Festival and Qumra, as well as the institute’s year-round screening programmes, film funding initiatives and its strategic partnerships with key international film organisations.
Al Remaihi joined the Institute in 2009 as cultural advisor to the first edition of the Doha Tribeca Film Festival.
Born and raised in Doha, Al Remaihi graduated from Qatar University with a degree in English Literature. A mother of four, she resides in her hometown in Doha.
Earlier this year, DFI postponed its first Qumra Doha Film Festival, designed to replace Robert De Niro's world-famous New York-based Tribeca Film Festival with which ties were broken last year.