The Saudi Film Festival has begun accepting projects for movies. The registration period lasts for 20 days, ending on May 15.
This year, the festival’s market differs from those that preceded it; it will be set up in the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture’s (Ithra) Great Hall, and the 24 official bodies and regional and global production companies taking part will be granted the opportunity to put their services and programs for Saudi film-makers on display.
The production market opens on the second day of the festival and remains open for ten hours. Film-makers can negotiate with production companies and present their projects to participants directly. Awards worth 150,000 riyals are on offer this year, and they are divided as follows: 100,000 riyals for the best feature film project and 50,000 riyals for the best short film project. A number of companies also provide direct support for the projects.
Discussing the requisites for participation, the market’s director Abdul Jalil Al-Nasser said that applicants do so as producers, writers, or directors and must be Saudi nationals. Applicants can apply for several roles, the application must include a full text, even if it is a draft, the project should be for either a feature or short film.
The Saudi Film Festival is being organized by the Saudi Cinema Association in partnership with the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture and with the support of the film committee at the Ministry of Culture. This (eighth) edition will be held at the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture in Dharan between the second and ninth of June.