Today, Thursday, the seventh edition of the Saudi Film Festival, organized by the Society for Culture and Art in Dammam, in collaboration with the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture “Ithra”, with the support of the Film Department of the Ministry of Culture, will be hosted by a number of local , Golf and international filmmakers and stars.
The 7-day festival showcases the masterpieces of Saudi cinema competing for the festival prizes through a bouquet of films made up of 36 Saudi films, between films nominated for the Palme d’Or, short and long parallel films and 21 Golf films to improve intellectual and cognitive interdependence and create an environment for the exchange of ideas between filmmakers and also offers 4 training workshops in the field of cinema, 3 cultural seminars and desert cinema as well as the publication of 6 books, including printed books and digital copies as part of this year’s knowledge publications as all programs are shown on the festival channel on YouTube. .
The festival aims to increase the competitiveness and productivity of the filmmakers, to receive the Golden Palm and to receive financial rewards for the best feature-length, short, documentary, actor, actress, musician and cameraman, in addition to honoring the jury, while the Saudi filmmaker, critic, director and producer will be honored, the former British Film Institute “BFI” production manager, Mamoun Hassan, and the Bahraini director, producer and pioneer of the film industry, Dr. Bassam Al Thawadi, in recognition of her artistic career.
The festival includes a presentation of desert cinema in an interactive artwork inspired by Jabal Tuwaiq with its authenticity and solidity, as well as the publication of a book entitled “Cinema, the Desert and its Guide,” which includes research, articles, studies and meetings with travelers and photographers documenting the aesthetics of the book as well as the announcement of the winners of the award for the best 5 scenarios and those who qualified for the script development laboratory, while the festival witnessed the opening of the “production market” which includes 24 local, Arab and international production companies, who receive feature film projects during the festival period; To give it the opportunity to fund development or production and this path is an extension of the festival’s vision to be a link, a contractual platform in support of the sector and a major catalyst for the thriving of the film industry in the kingdom.
The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture “Ithra” is one of the leading film production houses in Saudi Arabia as it has produced 20 films that have received 15 local and international awards. The center supports the film industry in the kingdom, leading to the emergence of many productions that have won honors and awards from local and international film festivals.