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Saudi Movie ‘Irtidad’ Shortlisted For Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival

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The latest Saudi movie ‘Irtidad‘ has been shortlisted for screening at the 42nd Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, the movie has been proudly selected from all 9,000 submissions and 80 nominees.

The film is funded by the King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) and is part of the center’s efforts in developing local cinema, the movie was previously took part in the Saudi Film Days contest.

“The center supports the cinema industry in the Kingdom by recognizing invaluable talents and encouraging them to be part of the world stage.” The head of performing arts at Ithra, Majed Z. Samman said.

The film is directed by Mohamed Al-Hamoud and it explores the culture of southern regions in Saudi Arabia by following the lives of young newlyweds, who get out out of their comfort zone as they take on a trip to a far village located in the rural areas of the Kingdom.

The movie showcases the cultural shock of these women as they embark on a new adventure.

Irtidad” has been shown at three international festivals: The Kolkata International Film Festival in India, the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival in Estonia and the Lublin Film Festival in Poland.

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Six Saudi Films By Local Filmmakers Will Soon Be Released on Netflix

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Six Saudi Films By Local Filmmakers Will Soon Be Released on Netflix

The streaming giant Netflix are adding six Saudi short films that are produced by the startup Telfaz11 Studios! The movies are soon to be released on Netflix and by that putting the Saudi film industry on the map.

 

The six short films from the Kingdom fall under the title, “Six Windows In The Desert” and will shed the light on provoking subjects with social themes as the focus. They will be available online to 190 countries on the 27th of February.

Nuha El Tayeb, director of content acquisition at Netflix, said that viewers will finally get an exclusive access to the captivating and intriguing stories of the Arab world.

“It is our strong belief that a great story can come from anywhere and be loved everywhere. With the vast number of local talents and creators all over the world, the potential for diverse and interesting stories is endless,” she said.

Alaa Fadan, Chief Executive Officer at Telfaz11 Studios, added, “It brings us immense pride to have six of our short films brought onto Netflix. We are excited to bring the work of local Saudi talents to 167 million subscribers around the world. Telfaz11 Studios produces authentic and intriguing stories from our culture, and we cannot wait for the world to see what we have to offer.”

These movies are proudly created by local Saudi filmmakers, in an attempt to highlight and challenge the social issues that often occur and need to be addressed in the Kingdom.

Not only will ‘Six Windows in the Desert’ offer global audiences a lens into the perspective of the Saudi creators, but also through the eyes of film characters with their own take on storytelling.” Netflix said in a statement.

 

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RSIFF to Launch Under the Theme ‘Changing the script’ 

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The Red Sea International Film Festival (RSIFF) has announced its inaugural session that will launch in March in Jeddah’s Old Town under the theme of ‘Changing the script.’

The film festival also announced the honoring of three cinematic heroes who have made so many changes in the industry and contributed a lot to the world of cinema. They are Jack Lang, former French Minister of Culture, Kim Dong-ho, founder of South Korea’s Busan Film Festival, and Daniela Michel, founding director of the Morelia International Film Festival in Mexico.

Festival director Mahmoud Sabbagh commented: “The honoring of these three legendary figures is at the heart of the Red Sea Film Festival’s goals. An appreciation of pioneers of the film industry, who contributed to unlocking artistic capabilities of their compatriots and developing cinematic masterpieces to be enjoyed for generations.”

“It coincides with the founding moment of the film industry in our country, and in honoring these individuals looks at how the introduction of similar international models can add to the dialogue establishing Saudi’s film industry.” Sabbagh added.

The theme of the festival has been chosen in a way that reflects the atmosphere of the festival and the ability of cinema in documenting social changes, the theme relates to the Kingdom in specific as it has just recently started penetrating the world of cinema ever since it has taken over several changes.

 

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Cinema Investment in the Kingdom Hits A Significant Increase

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Cinema investment in the Kingdom was expected to hit more than SR5 billion during 2020 and that is according to the latest figures, and new data published shows that 140 movie theaters are set to open in 30 malls across Saudi Arabia which will create more than 5,300 job opportunities.

These data has been published ahead of the Cinema Build KSA 2020 conference that will take place on the 19th of February until the 20th at the Fairmont hotel in Riyadh.

The event is organized by Eyes of Cities in cooperation with the Great Minds Group and is expected to witness the attendance of more than 300 participants, with at least 30 sponsors and exhibitors, and 25 international speakers.

This proves once again the significant growth in the Saudi cinema industry and that it is on the verge of becoming the leader in the region, seeing how it’s attracting the attention of stakeholders.

This falls under the goals of the 2030 Vision that aims at increasing the household spending on domestic entertainment from 2.9% to 6% of total expenditure.

According to the Cinema Build KSA report, supporting and developing the cinema sector will not only help recover Saudi investments but will also provide thousands of job opportunities with an estimation of 5,314 job vacancies.

 

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