Saudi Film Festival rolls out the red carpet in Dhahran

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A full house at the opening ceremony of the fourth Saudi Film Festival
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Faraj Allah: Real-life actor Saad Khadr plays the reel-life renowned role of “Faraj Allah.”
Updated 08 April 2017

Saudi Film Festival rolls out the red carpet in Dhahran

The fourth edition of the Saudi Film Festival kicked off in Dhahran this week and is set to screen 59 Saudi films as part of an initiative to recognize and nurture talented filmmakers in the country.
The event is organized by the Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts, in association with the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture and the Ministry of Culture and Information.
The Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts is responsible for the preservation of Saudi culture and organized this event in order to develop the local art and culture scene, elevate the quality of Saudi movies and encourage young creative talents to exchange ideas.
The festival is part of a year-round plan that gives filmmakers the opportunity to learn directly from experienced local and international practitioners in the field and provides them with the infrastructure to showcase their films and interact with the public.
The four-day film festival will see filmmakers, producers, actors, film enthusiasts and members of the public come together to celebrate the development of the Saudi filmmaking industry. In total, 59 Saudi films will be screened during the festival and four prizes – for best narrative, best documentary, best scriptwriting and best student film — will be awarded at the end of the festival.
The members of the jury were introduced during the opening ceremony.
Those on the judging panel in the best narrative or feature film competition include artist Ahmed Mater, director Mohamed Rashid Bu Ali and artist Abdelmajeed AlKanani.
In the documentary category, director Awad Alhamzani, writer Hessam Alhilwa and director Nujoom Al Ghanem will judge the entrants.
The scriptwriting awardee will be decided by author Mohammed Alshaier, writer Hassan Hadad and writer Manal Alawibeel.
Meanwhile, the student film competition will be judged by director Hind Alfahhad, artist Khaled Ameen and director Fatima Musharbak.
Members of the festival’s advisory committee were also introduced and include entrepreneur Qusoura Khatib, executive director of “Three Seas” Alaa Youssef, film director Badr Al Hamoud and photographer Awad Al Hamzani.
Renowned Saudi director Saad Khadr — who is famous for playing the role of “Faraj Allah” — was presented with a Golden Palm award during the ceremony, celebrating the exemplary role-model that he represents for young filmmakers.
The films run from 10 to 30 minutes, with a new category of films introduced this year— the 50-minute movies. Films will be screened each day at 4 p.m. and will continue up until 10 pm. The festival includes workshops, seminars and networking opportunities, as well as a school-friendly morning program which is held in partnership with the Sharjah Children’s Film Festival.
Some of the workshops set to be conducted this year include “Fundamentals of 3-D Graphic Design” led by director Raed Al Sheikh and “Developing the Structure of the Story and the Development of Personality” by Alexander Woodman, a member of the faculty at the University of Prince Mohammed bin Fahd.
All films will be screened in their original language — either Arabic or English — with subtitles for Arabic movies. The films will be screened in Ithra Tent 1 and Outdoor Screening Area 3 in Ithra, Dhahran.


Arab coalition intercept drone targeting Khamis Mushayt

Updated 25 August 2019

Arab coalition intercept drone targeting Khamis Mushayt

  • The drone was fired from Sana'a and was targeting Khamis Mushayt
  • This is the latest in a spate of drone attacks launched by the Houthis against Saudi Arabia

DUBAI: The Arab coalition intercepted a Houthi drone targeting the Saudi city of Khamis Mushayt on Sunday, state news agency SPA reported.

It was the latest in a spate of attacks launched by the Iranian-backed militia, and just hours after the Houthis had targeted the same southwestern Saudi city in a matter of hours.

The Sunday morning attack was launched from the Yemeni city of Sana’a.

There were also 10 drones that hit the Saudi Shaybah natural gas liquefaction plant near the UAE border earlier in August.

Arab coalition spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki later told media that all attempts by the militia to attack Saudi Arabia would be thwarted.

And he said that the continued targeting of civilian areas including airports was in direct violation of international law.