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12 Winning Projects Announced For the 1st Edition of Red Sea International Film Festival

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The  Red Sea Film Festival’s international committee has selected 12 winning projects at the first edition of the Red Sea Film Development Laboratory, the 12 projects were chosen from 120 projects submitted from 16 countries.

What’s worth mentioning is that third of the projects were actually works of female Arab directors and more than a quarter were created with female producers taking part in them.

The selected projects included six Saudi films, in addition to six Arab projects from Jordan, Egypt, Palestine, Iraq and Lebanon, which reflects the efforts of the program in supporting both the local and Arab film industries.

The projects included some aspiring names and fresh talents that are presenting their work for the first time, and also prominent names that are expected to offer new ideas and share their experience.

Participants in the program are competing for two valuable funding grants worth $500,000 each, in addition to granting them with the opportunity of premiering the winning projects in the 2nd edition of the Red Sea International Film Festival in 2021.

 

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Tanween Season: Largest Creative Celebration Launched With 232 Events

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The second edition of Tanween Creativity season kicked off on Friday and as the biggest creative celebration in the Kingdom, around 232 artistic, scientific and cultural events will take place until October 27.

A variety of activities will take place from theatrical performances and art exhibitions to seminars and workshops, in an attempt to blend together creativity and education.

This season of Tanween will integrate technology, sciences, entrepreneurship and arts in the presence of international innovators who will share their expertise in the fields to spark innovation of the 100,000 participants.

All forms of the creative industry will be highlighted during the events, from art, theater to music and innovation, through 70 workshops for all categories and participants joining from different fields. This season’s concept is ‘play‘ and it will be presented in a new way that support creativity in all four categories: Play and technology, play methods, play tools and play spaces.

 

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Saudi Arabia to Participate in Dubai’s ‘First Global Challenge 2019’

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Saudi Arabia will be joining the 2019 FIRST Global DXB Challenge robotics event happening in Dubai on October 24 until the 27th, and this marks the first time for the event to be held outside America.

The event brings together more than 1,500 youth from 191 countries, those youth have passion for technology, science, engineering and math and together they compete in the field of robotics and AI. This year, the challenge tackles critical issues that face the world and that includes wastage of water and energy, sustainability and pollution.

Five students will represent Saudi Arabia and they are Sulafa Al-Shehri, Fadil Younes, Ghala Al-Shamekh, Abdulaziz Al-Nutaifi and Jana Al-Zayer, lead and mentored by Dr. Kamal Chenaoua, a faculty member in the Department of Computer Engineering at King Fahd University and managing the team is Maysoon Homidan, a Computer Engineer graduate from Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University. 

The global event is organized by the Dubai Future Foundation under the theme ‘Ocean Opportunities’, the event aims at developing robots who then can help clean up the oceans from the tons of pollutants caused by factories, marine activities and sewage systems that are mismanaged.

 

 

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Saudi Art Exhibition Launched in NYC to Promote For Saudi Artworks

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A Saudi art exhibition under the theme of ‘humanity‘ has been launched in New York city in light of the humanitarian discussions taking place in the UN.

The exhibition is currently held in Manhattan’s Chinatown and will showcase art pieces from the Arab world, each piece will reflect a critical issue. Meanwhile at the UN headquarters, humanitarian talks are currently undergoing.

The gallery is sponsored by Arab News and Saudi Signatures, a nonprofitable organization that aims at sharing the culture of the Kingdom and promoting for Saudi artworks.

Saudi students from NYC universities were kind enough to volunteer some of their time, in order to help guide visitors around the exhibition.

One of the floor of the expo is dedicated to showcasing paintings done by female Saudi artists, and the other will display photographs of Saudi residents taken in the Kingdom.

One of the exhibition’s unique pieces is an interactive one entitled ‘You‘ in which visitors can dip their hands in white paint, and leave their finger’s mark on a huge dark wall canvas.

For those lucky enough to be in the big apple, you can still catch the last day of the exhibition today at Novo gallery at 263 Bowery, New York.

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