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.
Beaches of the Kingdom Are About to Get Cleaner with This New Campaign
Beaches of the Kingdom are about to get cleaner with the ‘Let’s Make Them Cleaner’ initiative, which was launched on Friday by the Saudi Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development.
Professional divers are taking part of the campaign as volunteers who are ready to clean the beaches and seabeds of Saudi Arabia, in order to save the marine environment from pollution.
The initiative is one of the events launched for Saudi and International Volunteer Day, which is celebrated every year on the 5th of December.
Entitles ‘Ataa Watan,’ the event covers several programs and activities across Saudi Arabia, they were held in partnership with government bodies and NGOs.
So far, the ministry launched five initiatives throughout this year, as part of the Voluntary Work Platform it launched on March 31, 2020.
Winter Season Set to Kick Off With Over 300 Touristic Experiences in 17 Destinations!
Residents and visitors of the Kingdom are getting ready to welcome the new year with a number of touristic experiences, as the Saudi Tourism Authority (STA) announced the kick off of its latest season of adventures on the 10th of December.
The season will until March 2021 and will offer 300 touristic experiences in 17 destinations in the Kingdom and 200 private sector establishments will take part.
Minister of Tourism Ahmed Al-Khateeb said that the winter season is part of the Saudi tourism system’s efforts with its partners to provide visitors with an amazing tourism experience, it’s a way for them to fall in love with the incredible winter climate of the Kingdom and discover its geographical diversity.
The minister also reassured visitors that the STA is extremely keen on coordinating with health authorities to implement precautionary measures against COVID-19 in order to ensure a safe tourism experience.
The STA is also quite keen on maintaining and implementing all the precautionary measures against the virus, in coordination with the health authorities.
“The authority’s efforts and initiatives are continuous with the launch of the Saudi winter season under the slogan ‘Winter is Around You’.” STA CEO Fahd Hamidaddin said.
“We count a lot on the creativity and efforts of the media to present the bright image of what the Kingdom has to offer; its charming nature and rich cultural heritage, the generosity and hospitality of its people, and its many landmarks, sites, and destinations that contribute into make the Kingdom a unique experience for all.” He added.
The tourist experience will cover campsite adventures, local cuisine, hiking, relaxation, beach activities and rural and adventure activities.
Oasis Riyadh: A 3-Month Long Event Worth of Fun Activities & More to Kick Off!
Saudi Arabia is getting ready to celebrate the New Year with three months worth of celebrations!
The General Entertainment Authority (GEA) and the International Company for Organizing Events and Activities, in cooperation with Seven Experience and Rotana audio and video company, has announced their latest project for luxury entertainment and it is set to kick off in the Kingdom’s desert.
The GEA will launch the “Oasis Riyadh” event in January and it will last for three months. The event falls under the “Ideas for Entertainment” initiative, launched by Turki Al-Shikh, chairman of the Board of Directors of GEA.
This is only the beginning! As there are 19 more entertaining ideas that Al-Shikh promised to throw, with precautionary measures in mind of course! The events will take place on a large area in one of the wild areas north of Riyadh, so that social distancing can be maintained.
According to organizer, visitors will get to enjoy a fun atmosphere with a variety of outdoor recreational activities, including concerts, sports games, and activities suitable for various visitors, with the presence of a group of the most famous international restaurants.
The event will include pavilions who will get to display and sell a wide range of unique products that goes along with the event’s theme.
The winter events will see performances from Saudi artists, featuring many aesthetic elements and entertainment nature.
We can’t wait for these festivities to kick off and we certainly can’t wait to witness what the new year will hold!