Saudi film council offers courses to support local filmmakers

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Updated 11 June 2018
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Saudi film council offers courses to support local filmmakers

RIYADH: The Saudi Film Council said that registration for courses in film making at top universities worldwide have begun since the start of June. 

The move was announced by the film council is to encourage Saudi talents and help develop local skills to join the international film-making industry.
The council said that registration for animation courses will start this week and will continue until June 17 via the council’s official website www.film.sa 
The council also announced on its official Twitter account that registration for the courses at the prestigious French school ‘The Gobelins’ have now opened for courses due to start in France from July 2 to 16. The Goblins is considered one of the best colleges in the field of animation, and its graduates are working in animation studios everywhere in the world.
The Saudi Film Council, which is part of the General Authority for Culture, is also planing to offer Saudi film makers access to a course module that will run from July 23 until August 24, at the Studio School in Los Angeles.
In addition, the General Authority for Culture will offer Saudi talents two courses in the Kingdom focusing on storytelling and script writing. The first course will be set up and delivered by the USC School for Cinematic Arts, while the other will be offered by the Independent Film Institute.

The General Authority for Culture is the main Saudi body responsible for the nation’s expanding entertainment sector. 


Saudi MERS outbreaks killed 23 over four months: WHO

Updated 18 June 2018
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Saudi MERS outbreaks killed 23 over four months: WHO

  • The latest figures take the number of confirmed cases to 2,220 since September 2012, including 1,844 from Saudi Arabia
  • The disease is hard to spot, partly because it often infects people with an underlying condition such as diabetes, renal failure or chronic lung disease

GENEVA: Outbreaks of the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) killed 23 people in Saudi Arabia between Jan. 21 and May 31 this year, the World Health Organization said on Monday.
The deaths were among 75 laboratory-confirmed cases of MERS coronavirus (MERS-CoV) during the period, the WHO said, and take the total number of deaths from the disease to 790 since it was first diagnosed in humans in 2012.
The latest figures take the number of confirmed cases to 2,220 since September 2012, including 1,844 from Saudi Arabia.
One outbreak in February hit a private hospital in Hafer Albatin region, where the patient passed the disease to three health workers. There was another cluster of six cases in a hospital in Riyadh in the same month, although no health care workers were infected.
Two other clusters affected households in Jeddah and Najran.
MERS-CoV is a member of a virus family ranging from the common cold to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. It appears to have emerged in humans in Saudi Arabia in 2012, although it has been traced in camels, the source of the infection, back to at least 1983.
The disease is hard to spot, partly because it often infects people with an underlying condition such as diabetes, renal failure or chronic lung disease.
But it kills one in three sufferers, and hospital workers are at risk unless extreme caution is taken to identify MERS sufferers early and to protect health care workers from infection via airborne droplets such as from coughs and sneezes.
Susceptible people should avoid contact with suspected cases and with camels, and anyone who has contact with animals should wash their hands before and afterwards, the WHO said. Everyone should avoid drinking raw camel milk or camel urine, or eating undercooked meat.
Three MERS cases have been reported this year outside Saudi Arabia. Oman and the United Arab Emirates each reported a case, while in Malaysia a man fell ill after drinking unpasteurised camel milk during a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia.