DFI is releasing a preview of an animated World Cup web series


Doha: The Doha Film Institute (DFI) has released a preview of the upcoming Qatari animated web series ‘Kawkabani’.

The web series, supported by the DFI grant program and directed by Hossein Heydar and Amal Alshammari, tells the story of an alien who never missed a World Cup.

The anime series comes at just the right time as the country is set to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup from November 21st to December 18th.

Kawkabani is an entertaining animated series that tells stories from Qatar’s local culture to a global audience. The first season will consist of 15 episodes of 10 minutes each. The sneak peak was even praised by Geneva-based Italian animation filmmaker Mauro Carraro, who said: “Super well done” with emoji heart eyes and clapping hands.

The main character is an alien whose spaceship crashes in Qatar while en route to Russia for the 2018 tournament. Three Qataris find him in the Sealine desert and finally show him Qatar. The 2018 FIFA World Cup took place in Russia from June 14 to July 15, the 21st edition of the biannual global football tournament.

The production company for this web series is Nefaish Animation, co-founded by Heydar. It is a creative animation studio specializing in the production of high quality animation inspired by Qatari culture. They offer 2D, 3D animation and motion graphics.

They convey messages in meaningful and innovative ways through stories, and no story can reach and impact people without the right execution.

Hossein Heydar is an animator with a BFA in Film and Animation. He is also an accomplished entrepreneur having worked for the first mobile app games company in Qatar and has experience as an animation director, 3D animator, storyteller, screenwriter and creative thinker.


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