FaceOf: Todd Albert Nims, filmmaker

Todd Albert Nims
Updated 26 January 2019
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FaceOf: Todd Albert Nims, filmmaker

  • Nims studied at the University of Colorado Boulder and received a bachelor’s degree in communication in 2003
  • n 2010, he joined King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) as a film producer

Todd Albert Nims is a Saudi-born American filmmaker who founded the Riyadh-based production company Empty Quarter Entertainment in October 2018.

Arab News spoke to Nims during the Winter Enrichment Program at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology.

The filmmaker said he had been inspired to take part in filming the story of King Faisal’s childhood years.

“It is an important story to be told, a 13-year-old boy going on this diplomatic mission with the fate of the country hanging in the balance. It is quite unique.” 

Nims studied at the University of Colorado Boulder and received a bachelor’s degree in communication in 2003. 

In 2010, he joined King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) as a film producer and helped establish the Saudi Film Days program to encourage and fund filmmakers in the Kingdom.

His film “Joud” explores Saudi Arabia’s history and culture, and will be screened in cinemas throughout the country.

Nims’ first feature, “Home: The Aramco Brats’ Story,” won critical praise. His series of short films, “Children of the World,” received a Silver Dolphin at the Cannes Media and TV Awards.

In 2012, after the Tunisian revolution, the filmmaker worked on “Push Tunisia,” a short film exploring skateboard activism.

Alongside his production company, Nims also runs a media consultancy business, AB Media, based in Riyadh. He is currently working on a horror movie set in Saudi Arabia’s southern regions.


Finance officials meet to map out Saudi Arabia’s budget plans

Updated 19 April 2019
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Finance officials meet to map out Saudi Arabia’s budget plans

  • Finance representatives of 150 government bodies meet for the Budget Forum 2020

RIYADH: Saudi finance chiefs have kicked off a major conference in the capital aimed at mapping out the Kingdom’s budget requirements.
Around 300 specialists representing 150 government bodies met at the InterContinental hotel in Riyadh for the Budget Forum 2020.
Minister of Finance Mohammed Al-Jadaan welcomed delegates to the second edition of the gathering organized by the Saudi Finance Ministry under the slogan “Partnership and Empowerment.”
Al-Jadaan said the ministry was focused on “partnership and commitment,” and sought to share the challenge of developing an effective budget to achieve the Kingdom’s ambitious goals.
“We are also committed to empowering financial leaderships to learn about the ministry’s programs and projects and provide training and qualification opportunities to the best international standards,” he added.
The finance chief said the budget planning process required the collaboration of multiple authorities and a clear strategy based on transparency. 
Items up for discussion at the forum included financial planning in governmental bodies, automation, and the promotion of revenues and efficient spending.
Finance Ministry steering committee chairman, Abdul Aziz bin Saleh Al-Freih, stressed the importance of the forum in getting the ball rolling at an early stage on formulating a general state budget.
Workshops were held on the sidelines of the conference focused on empowering government organizations, and a training program on financial planning and income estimations was also staged.