Iranian master Asghar Farhadi, French auteur Bruno Dumont, and Cambodian creative documentarian Rithy Panh were announced as the first masters of Qumra 2017 by DFI (Doha Film Festival).
The masters will be involved in mentoring, nurturing and providing hands-on experience for the emerging film-makers. The edition of Qumra will be held from March 3 to 8 in Doha.
Fatma Al Remaihi, Chief Executive Officer of DFI, said: “We are deeply honoured to welcome three visionaries of contemporary world cinema – Asghar Farhadi, Bruno Dumont and Rithy Panh – who bring their diverse approaches to filmmaking to Qumra 2017. A close-knit industry event that is set on nurturing the skills of emerging filmmakers, Qumra will gain tremendous insight from these three internationally acclaimed writer-directors. We are excited at the prospect of welcoming these Masters and look forward to engaging interactions among them and the participating filmmakers.”
Artistic Advisor to DFI, Elia Suleiman, added: “The third edition of Qumra insists on remaining faithful to its essence and ideal; to being precise, consistent and sincere. Bruno Dumont, Asghar Farhadi, and Rithy Panh are three artists who will greatly enhance this concept and philosophy. These three filmmaker poets will present their work and expand on their diverse ways of seeing: Farhadi’s hyper-real visual interpretation of social settings.”