Saudi Arabia at the Cannes Film Festival as Region’s New Filmmaking Hub

Saudi Arabia at the Cannes Film Festival as Region's New Filmmaking Hub
This year Cannes Film Festival saw broad participation from several Saudi government agencies and the private sector.

Riyadh, July 15, 2021, 2021,– The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia concluded today its strongest and the most prominent representation at the 74th Cannes Film Festival to date.

The participation results from the generous facilitation and unlimited support for sectors of culture, filmmaking, and film production by His Royal Highness Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, in line with the objectives of Saudi Vision 2030.

This year Cannes Film Festival saw broad participation from several Saudi government agencies and the private sector.

 Saudi companies participants included the Film Commission, Ministry of Investment, Royal Commission for Al-Ula, Red Sea International Film Festival, the MBC channel group, Ithraa, NEOM Company, Nebras Films, Cinewaves films, TV 11, and Arabian Pictures Group, in addition to a private group of filmmakers.

The Saudi presence at the festival reflects the level of qualitative progress witnessed in the lines of Saudi Vision 2030.

 The Saudi pavilion taking part in the festival acted as a platform for announcing the Red Sea International Film Festival’s support of Arab films and the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture “Ithra,” revealing the production of new Saudi and Arab films.

The Red Sea Film Festival has declared receiving a further grant of $4 million to support Arab filmmakers. In addition, “Ithraa” announced two new Saudi films, “Sea of Sands” and “Valley Road.”

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