The Red Sea International Film Festival has announced MBC Group, the largest and leading multi-media company in the Middle East and North Africa region, as their main media partner.
The opening ceremony of the international film festival, the first of its kind in the Kingdom, will take place on the 12th of March to be broadcasted on MBC TV.
This partnership will come with significant industry initiatives as well. For instance, the partnership will focus on empowering the Arab youth and aspiring filmmakers and will hold a Shorts Pitch Competition.
Ten short film projects will be selected from Saudi Arabia and other countries in the MENA region, filmmakers will be given a one-day workshop to prepare for a pitching session. Under the supervision and guidance of Italian director and producer Stefano Tealdi who will train the candidates, and help improve their skills before presenting their pitches at the Red Sea Souk.
After hearing their pitches and following the conclusion of the competition, MBC will give away awards for four of the pitched projects.
Mahmoud Sabbagh, Red Sea Film Festival Director, said: “We are delighted to have partnered with MBC Group, to become our official media arm. Besides broadcasting the festival’s activities, we’ve worked hand in hand with them to launch a series of workshops and panels on the sidelines of the festival.”
Peter Smith, Managing Director of MBC Studios said: “Our partnership with the Red Sea International Film Festival comes from MBC’s strong commitment to, and trust in, the talent and creativity of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s youth. We strongly believe that this new generation of talent is key in influencing change and creating the difference to the region’s media and entertainment content landscape, which of course includes independent film and mainstream cinema.”
“MBC already plays a role in shaping the next generation of young Saudi media content creators, through initiatives such as MBC Edutain — which launched its first courses and training workshops in the Kingdom, in early 2019. Needless to say, our partnership with the Red Sea International Film Festival is just one that makes sense — as both of our entities’ goals and visions for the region’s youth in media and film production are ones that perfectly align. We look forward to showcasing our young creatives to the world.” Smith added.
Moreover, talent days with three workshops per day will take be held on March 17th till the 18th, in order to give Saudi scriptwriters, directors and producers the chance of getting one-on-one sessions with Tealdi to give them feedback on their work.
For more details on the competition and how to apply, click here.
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