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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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Exhibtion Dedicated to King Faisal to Open In London

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An exhibition devoted to King Faisal bin Abul Aziz entitled “A life at the Heart of the Twentieth Century” will open this month in London, commemorating with it the 100th anniversary of his historic five-month visit to Britain, Ireland and France.

At the time, King Faisal was only a child and his visit marked the very first Saudi royal visit to England.

The exhibition will be held on December 20th in the Nash Room for three weeks, and it is organized by the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies. 

King Faisal Foundation and the Kingdom’s embassy in the UK are both the official sponsors of the exhibition, while the Family Office Co. and Al-Saad Group for Investment and Development are the strategic ones, and finally Sadco Holding Co. comes as a gold sponsor.

“This exhibition is one of many to be held in Europe to introduce the world to King Faisal, his personality, history and biography as one of the most prominent world leaders,” said Prince Turki Al-Faisal, the chairman of the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies.

“The event, titled ‘A life at the Heart of the Twentieth Century,’ will run for three weeks. It will include some of his personal possessions, along with manuscripts, telegrams, letters, paintings, maps, photographs, articles and press coverage that documented this historic visit.” He added.

The exhibition will be divided into seven sections, “Najed” will showcase the king’s early life, while “India” will tell the story of the visit that constituted his first contact with the outside world.

“London” to document his visit, while “England, Wales and Ireland,” traces his subsequent tour of Britain and Ireland.

 

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Saudi Exhibition in Rome Gets Praised For Showcasing the Kingdom’s Heritage

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The “Roads of Arabia: Masterpieces of Antiquities in Saudi Arabia Across the Ages” exhibition which is currently held in Rome and organized by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, has witnessed great praise from visitors of the museum and the director of the National Roman Museum, Alessandra Capodiferro.

The director of the museum expressed pride in her museum hosting such an important international Saudi exhibition that offers an insight on the the civil heritage of the Kingdom and the Arabian Peninsula for more than five million visitors.

The exhibition was inaugurated last November on the 26th by Saudi Culture Minister Prince Badr bin Abdullah, and so far it has been hosted by several other prominent international museums.

Capodiferro also expressed pride in the international reputation achieved by the exhibition, which features several artifacts of great significance, including hunting gear, weapons, jewelry, utensils made from precious metals, glass, alabaster, ceramics, sculptures and wall paintings — all of which are an expression of local production, trade exchange and cultural contact.

The exhibition highlights the civilizations of the Arabian Peninsula in addition to giving examples of the cultural interaction between the Roman and Arab civilizations.

The exhibition will run for three months in Rome, which is the exhibition’s 17th station.

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The Region’s Largest Music Festival MDL is Coming to Riyadh

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Riyadh Season keeps on getting more lit and to make things even hotter, the MDL electronic music festival is coming to Riyadh for its first edition ever with a number of the world’s very best EDM superstars and DJs including David Guetta, Tiesto, Afrojack, Martin Garrix, Black Coffee, and Steve Aoki.

The region’s largest music cultural festival will take place on December 19th and until the 21st and it will witness 18 global superstar headliners, 28 international dance acts and 24 local and regional performers.

The stars include global EDM and DJ stars, David Guetta, Martin Garrix, Steve Aoki and R3hab, alongside the biggest homegrown Saudi artists, including the country’s first female EDM DJ, Cosmicat, and the Saudi DJ duo, Dish Dash.

Saudi DJ, Ahmad Alammary, member of the festival team, said, “MDL Beast is more than just a festival. Empowered by innovation and technology in live entertainment, MDL Beast is also a platform with multiple objectives including ongoing seasonal local and global events, online and radio channels, recording studios, and a non-profit foundation promoting music education and therapy. We’re confident MDL Beast will be like nothing seen before and we cannot wait to experience this transformative musical milestone.”

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