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Hanaa Issa

Hanaa Issa


Training, Film Fund


Decision Maker 2018
Decision Maker 2017
Jury 2016


Hanaa Issa joined the Doha Film Institute at its inception in 2009. She led several senior management responsibilities through the founding and establishment of DFI, including its strategic planning, revenue generation, and strategic partnerships development.
Currently, as Director of Strategy and Development, she oversees the Institute’s Film Programmes and Funding initiatives, including the Grants Programme, Co-Financing, Training and Development, and Programming. In this role, Hanaa provides leadership for the core businesses to deliver on their mission of fostering an ecosystem to nurture and strengthen a viable film industry in Qatar and the region.
Hanaa is also the Deputy Director of Qumra, DFI’s annual industry event that seeks to provide leadership, nurturing and hands-on development for emerging filmmakers worldwide.

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Doha Film Institute is an independent, not-for-profit cultural organisation. It supports the growth of the local film community through cultivating film appreciation, enhancing industry knowledge and contributing to the development of sustainable creative industries in Qatar. The Institute’s platforms include funding and production of local, regional and international films; skills-sharing and mentorship programmes; film screenings; the Ajyal Youth Film Festival; and Qumra.