The Film Commission participated in the third session of the Red Sea International Film Festival held in Jeddah. Through this, the commission will continue to celebrate local and international cinema productions and promote Saudi shooting locations as an attractive destination for international film production.
In this participation, the Saudi Pavilion was established, which emphasizes the role of the authority and its efforts to develop the creative Saudi film industry and improve the capabilities of local cinema at the level of competitive markets in local and international markets.
The pavilion focused on introducing existing and future initiatives, projects and funding schemes, and providing equal opportunities for filmmakers, interested parties, production companies and other operational capacities, and particularly the financial recovery incentive scheme. The Authority seeks to attract international cinema productions for the Kingdom and promote unique photographic locations in their landscape and geographical diversity.
The Red Sea International Film Festival is the Kingdom’s first international film festival, as it is hosted annually by the city of Jeddah, parallel to its activities, it hosts the Red Sea Market, a platform dedicated to discovery. Products and programs for the Arab and African market, which is the first destination for distributors, sales agents, festival programmers and producers to discover… promising talent.
The festival also includes the Talent Days event, which features special conversation sessions, tailored workshops and mentorship for aspiring filmmakers to learn the craft and hone their skills and artistic tools.
The event also saw the launch of the first professional association specializing in the film industry, the Film Society, which contributes to strengthening the role of the non-profit cinema industry in the Kingdom and targets those with an interest and expertise in filmmaking to join it. Public association membership, and comes as one of the objectives of the Ministry of Culture’s strategy for the non-profit sector. Cultural profit is represented by the establishment of 16 professional associations in various cultural sectors.
The Film Commission’s participation in the Red Sea International Film Festival is an extension of its previous participation in local and international film forums in line with its growing future aspirations at the artistic and economic levels both domestically and internationally.
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