The Saudi pavilion aims to inspire global producers to explore the captivating filming locations of Saudi Arabia.
The Saudi Film Commission (SFC) has announced its participation in the 74th Berlin International Film Festival “Berlinale,” scheduled from February 15 to 25, aiming to highlight the Kingdom’s endeavours in bolstering the film industry, fostering cinematic production, and nurturing local talent. This move is part of Saudi Arabia’s vision to emerge as a global hub for the film industry. The SFC’s presence will include a Saudi pavilion in collaboration with Film AlUla, the Cultural Development Fund, Neom, the “Invest in Saudi Arabia” initiative, the Red Sea International Film Festival, and the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra).
Speaking about the participation, Abdullah Al Eyaf, CEO of Saudi Film Commission, said: “Participation in (Berlinale) reflects our commitment to supporting the film industry and encouraging filmmakers to explore the potential of inspiring filming locations in Saudi Arabia. Our participation goes beyond marketing cinematic production in the Kingdom, aiming to promote and showcase local talent and integrate it into the global scene, in addition to creating opportunities for knowledge and cultural exchange and presenting the notable efforts witnessed in the film industry in Saudi Arabia, and fittingly conveying our stories and heritage.”
Central to the SFC’s agenda at the festival is a dynamic discussion session, ‘Funding Programmes and Saudi Locations,’ scheduled for Sunday, February 18. This immersive dialogue will spotlight the diverse funding avenues available to filmmakers and unveil the unparalleled beauty of Saudi filming locations, demonstrating the Kingdom’s unwavering support for film production.
Established in 1951, the Berlin International Film Festival is renowned for its significant contributions to the film industry, attracting luminaries and enthusiasts worldwide. The SFC’s participation in esteemed festivals like Cannes, Toronto, and Venice underscores its dedication to nurturing a vibrant film culture and supporting Saudi filmmakers in presenting their narratives on the global stage.