Through the art of storytelling, films can convey and simplify complex socio-political issues and cultural perspectives to diverse audiences across various evolving societies. The Arab Film House (AFH) program is a joint initiative by QAIC and the Doha Film Institute (DFI) that aims to highlight the crucial role that cinema and film play in defining various cultures while serving as a bridge between them.  The Arab Film House will focus on three main core values: Accessibility, Engagement, and Research. 


The Arab Film House Awards

Every year, we will announce a theme or genre for the award. Submissions and/or recommendations will be welcomed during the selection period. Selected films will be announced online, and their creators will be invited to join QAIC’s annual IMPART SUMMIT in Washington, DC, and DFI’s annual Qumra and/or AJYAL Film Festival in Doha, Qatar.  

This year, we will be selecting 2-3 films by Arab or Arab American filmmakers that focus on the theme of Sport and Society Whether an experimental short film on the triumphs of your neighborhood’s girls’ soccer team or a documented vlog on your best friend reaching the summit of Kilimanjaro, we welcome your films that tell your story through the lens of sports and society.  

For more information about this program, award deadlines, and others, please contact us through the form here.





The Art of Athletics Festival

A unique virtual celebration of the cross-section and culture of creativity and athleticism. QAIC is joined in this celebration by partners and friends from Qatar, such as the Doha Film Institute (DFI) and international composer Dana Al-Fardan, alongside American partners including ConocoPhillips, America SCORES, and the Washington Spirit soccer team.

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Expressions with Filmmaker Khalifa Al-Thani  

Expressions Art & Culture Talks presents a captivating conversation with Qatari Filmmaker and artist, Khalifa Al-Thani. In this webinar, Khalifa provides a unique look into working at the Doha Film Institute, behind the scenes of the Ajyal Film Festival, his experience as a filmmaker in both Qatar and the U.S., and his insight into the future of Arab cinema in the region and internationally.


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A2Q (America to Qatar) is QAIC’s digital magazine and is now available. Read our first issue here!