Gulf Cinema Festival Concludes in Riyadh

The five-day festival, which drew prominent artistic and cinematic figures, is part of the FC efforts to develop the sector by motivating Saudi and Arab Gulf filmmakers to create unique cinematic works. (SPA)
The five-day festival, which drew prominent artistic and cinematic figures, is part of the FC efforts to develop the sector by motivating Saudi and Arab Gulf filmmakers to create unique cinematic works. (SPA)
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Gulf Cinema Festival Concludes in Riyadh

The five-day festival, which drew prominent artistic and cinematic figures, is part of the FC efforts to develop the sector by motivating Saudi and Arab Gulf filmmakers to create unique cinematic works. (SPA)
The five-day festival, which drew prominent artistic and cinematic figures, is part of the FC efforts to develop the sector by motivating Saudi and Arab Gulf filmmakers to create unique cinematic works. (SPA)

The fourth edition of the Gulf Cinema Festival (GCF), organized by the Film Commission (FC), concluded in Riyadh under the patronage of Minister of Culture, Chairman of the Board of FC Prince Bader bin Abdullah bin Farhan Al-Saud.

Speaking at the closing of the event, CEO of FC Abdullah bin Nasser Al-Qahtani said the festival is testimony to the GCC cinema sector's commitment to supporting art and building bridges for cinematic cooperation among the member countries, reported the Saudi Press Agency on Saturday.

Al-Qahtani paid tribute to the Saudi government and GCC cinema industry leaders for their support for the festival, urging Gulf film makers to continue this support and help put the society’s narratives into films that carry to the world the reality in the Arab Gulf countries.

The five-day festival, which drew prominent artistic and cinematic figures, is part of the FC efforts to develop the sector by motivating Saudi and Arab Gulf filmmakers to create unique cinematic works. It highlights the Kingdom’s position as a global hub for filmmaking, nurturing talent, managing, promoting and distributing movies befitting the status of Saudi and Arab Gulf cinema.



RSFF Concludes Milestone Participation in Cannes Film Festival

Members of the public walk in front of the Palais des Festival prior to the 74th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, July 5, 2021. (AP Photo/ Brynn Anderson)
Members of the public walk in front of the Palais des Festival prior to the 74th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, July 5, 2021. (AP Photo/ Brynn Anderson)
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RSFF Concludes Milestone Participation in Cannes Film Festival

Members of the public walk in front of the Palais des Festival prior to the 74th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, July 5, 2021. (AP Photo/ Brynn Anderson)
Members of the public walk in front of the Palais des Festival prior to the 74th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, July 5, 2021. (AP Photo/ Brynn Anderson)

The Red Sea Film Foundation (RSFF), which participated in the recently concluded 77th Cannes Film Festival, played an important role in supporting Arab cinema and promoting it globally, an RSFF press release said.
A notable achievement at the festival was the Saudi film "Norah", directed by Tawfik AlZaidi and supported by the Red Sea Fund. "Norah" made history as the first Saudi film to compete in the prestigious "Un Certain Regard" section, receiving a special jury mention and selling out screenings within hours, according to SPA.

The Egyptian film "The Brink of Dreams", also supported by the Red Sea Fund, directed by Nada Riyadh and Ayman El Amir, won the Golden Eye Award for Best Documentary Film, which it shared with the French film "Ernest Cole: Lost and Found".
According to the release, RSFF has supported unique film projects and emerging talent through programs like Red Sea Fund, Red Sea Souk, and Red Sea Labs. These programs have led cinematic works to gain recognition and awards at international festivals.
One notable film is "Four Daughters" directed by Kaouther Ben Hania, which received an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary.