Effat University students awarded at Saudi Film Festival

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Students of Effat University, Norah Al-Amir, second left, and Noor Al-Mowald, second right, won an award in the student competition category for “Bus.”
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Director Fehmi Farhat, left, and script-writer Ali Rabie of “Salem Al-Abd.”
Updated 03 April 2017
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Effat University students awarded at Saudi Film Festival

DHAHRAN: Effat University students received an award for their film “Bus” in the student film category at the fourth edition of the Saudi Film Festival last week in Dhahran.
The film is about four girls from conservative families, and their daily interaction with the school bus driver.
The girls behind the project, Noor Al-Mowald and Norah Al-Amir, were ecstatic to have received the prize. “This is a dream come true,” said Al-Amir. “And the hard work doesn’t stop here.”
When they enrolled in the filmmaking program at the university, their parents voiced concerns that there may be no future for women in this field in the Kingdom.
So the girls decided they needed to work hard and prove to everyone that “we have a place in the industry.”
Mohamed Ghazala, chair of the visual and digital production department at the university, said: “These young women are fighting to prove themselves, telling their stories to everyone.”
This achievement celebrates a new generation of storytellers with a rich culture, heritage and art, he added.
“They’re the best storytellers, telling everyone their stories by themselves, with no stereotypes to hinder them.”
This is the third time students from Effat University have participated in the Saudi Film Festival, and the second time they took home an award.
Other accolades
The best of the 59 Saudi films screened at the six-day festival were recognized and celebrated at an award ceremony following the festival, in the narrative, student, documentary and script (non-produced) categories
“Departures” by Abdulaziz Al-Shlahei won first place in the narrative category. Mohammed Al-Holayil’s “300 kilometers” received a prize in the student category.
For best documentary it was “Jaleed” by Abdulrahman Sandokji, and “Building 20” by Abdulaziz Al-Furaih.
Best screenplay film went to “Adam’s Tongue” by Hasan Al-Hajili, and “Color of the Soul” by Fahd Al-Esta’a and “Salem Al-Abd” by Ali Rabie. A special jury prize was awarded to “Tongue,” by Mohamed Al-Salman.
Al-Holayil, who is studying law at King Faisal University, said he hopes to make more movies while practicing a fulltime career in law.
On winning an award, he said he was thankful to his family, crew and festival-goers for making his dream come true.
Upon winning an award on his first-time entry, Rabie said: “Finally, people who write are being recognized for their efforts.”
With this accreditation to their name, Rabie and his director, Fehmi Farhat, will start sourcing funds for their script and are optimistic about the venture.
Best cinematographer was awarded to Al-Furaih for “Building 20,” and best director to Sandokji for “Jaleed.”
Best movie poster title was awarded to Al-Shlahei for “Departures,” and “Humanization of Cities” by Faisal Al-Otaibi was recognized for being a film about a Saudi city.


GEA and Misk launch ‘Entertainment Pioneers’ program

Updated 26 June 2019
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GEA and Misk launch ‘Entertainment Pioneers’ program

RIYADH: The General Authority for Entertainment (GEA) launched its “Entertainment Pioneers” program, in partnership with the Initiatives Center at the Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Foundation (Misk).

The program aims to prepare citizens, and especially fresh graduates, to work with the most renowned international companies in the field of entertainment, to gain experience, develop their skills in the field, and enable them to integrate this sector and contribute to its development and prosperity.

The program is part of GEA’s strategy to develop the sector of entertainment in accordance with the best international standards, and to provide it with qualified national competencies in this field, to meet the objectives of the Quality of Life program, a basic part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.

The first stage of the program will kick off in collaboration with a leading American entertainment company that employs 44,000 people worldwide, and that has a record of more than 30,000 entertainment programs and 100 festivals, with its sales surpassing of 500 million tickets per year.

In addition, various international companies are participating in the event, in order to train Saudis in the tasks of planning, organization and management of entertainment programs and projects.

As part of its plans to develop and increase the size of local content in the entertainment sector, GEA is launching several other initiatives to train Saudi cadres develop their skills, and to integrate the job market especially in small and medium enterprises in the field of entertainment.

For registration a webpage was set on the link: https://misk.org.sa/fellowship/services/live-nation/