The training programmes and additional initiatives are part of the Saudi Film Commission's commitment to fostering and empowering local talent, contributing to the development of the Kingdom's film industry.
Saudi Film Commission recently launched the fourth edition of the Filmmakers Programme and the inaugural edition of the Kader Programme. The ceremony, held at the Muvi Boulevard Riyadh City Cinema, brought together aspiring filmmakers and industry professionals, underlining the commission’s commitment to fostering talent and advancing competencies in Saudi filmmaking, according to a report by the Saudi Press Agency.
Abdullah Al-Eyaf, CEO of the Saudi Film Commission, emphasised the commission’s pivotal role in talent development and the enhancement of Saudi competencies in filmmaking through comprehensive training opportunities that adhere to high industry standards. Al-Eyaf highlighted the importance of staying abreast of the latest technologies and tools to create films that make a lasting impact on both local and international cinematic landscapes. He acknowledged the supervision of renowned trainers, training institutes, and international production houses in achieving this goal.
The Filmmakers Programme, catering to both professionals and beginners, aims to train 4,000 individuals in 20 areas of the film value chain. This year’s programme includes 150 training workshops and 10 master class courses across 13 regions in the Kingdom. The Kader Programme, on the other hand, targets 50 promising national talents in collaboration with approximately 10 international cinema production houses.
Abdullah Al-Eyaf expressed the commission’s dedication to empowering creative talents, emphasising the role of these programmes in elevating the quality of Saudi cinematic productions. He stated: “The goal is to meet the needs and aspirations of filmmakers and help produce cinematic works of international standard to compete on the world stage.”
The Filmmakers Programme provides three different tracks for beginners and professionals, offering a comprehensive package of in-person and remote training courses, master classes, and artistic residencies. The programme aims to empower national talent with top-notch professional training, enhance the quality of local cinematic content, and nurture a passion for filmmaking among enthusiasts.
The Kader Programme, tailored for filmmaking professionals, seeks to provide training opportunities in collaboration with leading international production houses. The programme involves the presence of international cinema experts within a global cinema work team, fostering collaboration and knowledge exchange.
These initiatives and programmes align with the Saudi Film Commission’s broader mission to support and empower local talent, contributing to the growth and international recognition of the Kingdom’s burgeoning film industry.