Scripts and films nominated for this year's festival will compete for 26 awards.
Saudi Film Festival (SFF), scheduled to take place from May 4 to 11, 2023, at the Ithra Center, Dhahran, has announced that 698 participants will compete in five categories during the ninth edition.
SFF is organised by the Cinema Association in partnership with the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) with the support of the film commission of the Ministry of Culture.
In its ninth edition, the festival will honour Saleh Al-Fawzan, who worked as a producer in Egyptian cinema and produced 34 feature films and Amin Saleh, a Bahraini writer and film critic, who translated many international works into Arabic. He has also written over 20 TV series scripts and seven dramatic film scripts.
In its ninth session, the festival presents 20 awards for film competitions, six awards for the unproduced script competition, and six grants for production market projects.
Registration for participation in film competitions, unexecuted scripts and production market projects ended on March 8, 2023, resulting in the registration of 230 films, 401 unexecuted scenarios and 67 projects for the production market.
The nominees will compete in the following categories: Feature Film Competition, Short Film Competition, Documentary Film Competition, Unproduced Script Competition, Production Market Competition, and GCC Film Award.
The festival will also include other activities such as workshops, seminars and book releases, and will host figures from cinema from around the world.
The Saudi Film Festival was born in May 2008, which in its first incarnation was called Saudi Film Competition.