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Filmmakers Can Now Submit Their Work for Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea International Film Festival

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Good news to all rising filmmakers! You can submit your film for the Red Sea International Film Festival which is to be held in Saudi Arabia early next year and there are plenty of categories to choose from.

Winners will get big cash prizes of the international competition and participants can choose to submit their work in one of the festival’s movie categories that include feature-length, short and immersive works.

Submissions is open until November 15 for filmmakers and the festival aspires to attract talents from across the world and not only the Kingdom and Middle East. 

The festival will be held in the ancient Jeddah Old Town in March next year and will see an international program that celebrates innovative approaches to film-making, and the jury panel will be lead by global figures in the cinema industry.

The event will also shed light on local movie makers, producers and artists from Saudi Arabia through a one of a kind program entitled “New Cinema/New Saudi”, which aims at exploring Saudi cinema.

For more details and entry conditions, click this link. Submissions are open via Eventival from Sept. 17 until Nov. 15, 2019.

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The Kingdom is Getting Its Very Own Version of Coachella!

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Leave everything that you’re doing because this is news you don’t want to skip! The Kingdom has announced that AlUla Desert will host its very own version of Coachella.

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is an annual music and arts festival held in California’s Coachella Valley, and now this major event is coming your way to the Arabian desert, AlUla.

Desert X is collaborating with the Royal Commission for AlUla to present Desert X AlUla, which will take place in the historically significant place AlUla and with its stunning beauty and cultural heritage, the event will certainly captivate visitors.

“Desert X is expanding beyond the borders of the California desert and going international,” the organizers announced on Instagram. “Furthering our mission to connect desert communities and cultures around the world through contemporary art, Desert X is collaborating with the Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU) to present Desert X AlUla, which will take place in the desert of AlUla in northwest Saudi Arabia, a historically significant place of outstanding beauty and cultural heritage, and home to the country’s first UNESCO world heritage site, Hegra.”

The event is coming faster than you might think, as it scheduled for next year in January.

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International Celebrities Rock the Red Carpet During the Joy Forum19

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The Joy Forum19 is a major industry event organized by the General Entertainment Authority (GEA), the event plays a huge role in placing the Kingdom on the global entertainment map.

Yesterday, the event witnessed a number of mega stars and entertainment pioneers from across the world, such as Indian actor and film producer Shah Rukh Khan; Hong Kong martial artist, actor, film director Jackie Chan and Belgian actor and martial artist Jean-Claude Van Damme.

Hong Kong martial artist, actor, film director Jackie Chan

martial artist Jean-Claude Van Damme.

More celebrities from the across the world walked the red carpet, including American actor Jason Momoa, star of Aquaman; Amr Adeeb, Balqis Fathi, Yusra, Boosy Shalabi, Lojien, Aseel Omran, Mohammed Hamaki, Nawal AlZoghbi, Talal Salama, Ahlam Al-Shamsi, Hussain AlJismi, Suad Abdulla, Ibrahem Alharbi, Tariq Alali and Abdulnaser Darweesh.

Jason Momoa, star of Aquaman along Egyptian comedian Mohamed Henedy

During yesterday’s event, the GEA took the opportunity and signed a number of important agreements that included a financing guarantee program for small and medium-sized enterprises.

“Our message is for both, locally and internationally. Me and my generation suffered a lot, we had lots of time on our hands,” GEA chairman Turki Al-Sheikh stated at the event.

“Today you are witnessing things we have never had in Saudi Arabia. We have 300,000 visitors to our events, and our sales have hit 80 percent.” Al-Sheikh added.

During the event, co-founder and CEO of the Saudi Arabian Myrkott Animation Studio, Abdulaziz AlMuzaini expressed his gratitude to King Salman and the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

“If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t have dreamed of this moment or this panel.” He said.

The private gala dinner hosted 500 guests while the red carpet elegantly showcased where Saudi Arabia is heading in terms of the entertainment industry.

 

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Saudi Film ‘The Perfect Candidate’ Is Now An Oscar Contender

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Saudi director Haifaa Al-Mansour just made history once again with her feature film ‘The Perfect Candidate‘ becoming the first ever Saudi Arabian Oscar contender.

The movie is produced by Los Angeles based Al-Mansour and Brad Niemann and for the first time, the Saudi Film Council showed tremendous support to the movie.

Now, the movie is competing for the award of Best International Feature Film at the 92nd Academy Awards. 

The film has also been screened in several prestigious international festivals including the Venice Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival and just recently, the movie has been chosen to be distributed in the UK by ‘Modern Films’.

The movie revolves around a young doctor called Maryam who decides to run for public office and in doing so, she starts to face obstacles along the way that are of course related to gender. The movie takes us on a journey of how the heroine, played by Mila Alzahrani, is trying to break stereotypes and gender inequality.

Saudi Arabia continues to diversify its economy and open to new cultural opportunities and that’s why having a Saudi film submitted by the Saudi Academy Awards Committee to the Oscars is considered a milestone.

 

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