Submissions for Saudi film festival extended

Submissions for Saudi film festival extended
Updated 04 April 2013

Submissions for Saudi film festival extended

Submissions for Saudi film festival extended

Officials at the Saudi film festival increased the window for submission in the category of short Saudi films to 15 days. Mamdouh Salem, director of Saudi film festival, told Arab News that the submission time for Saudi films was originally intended for April 1 but has been extended to April 15. The film festival will begin from May 1 on Rotana Movies.
“We have extended the deadline to encourage more Saudi filmmakers to participate with their films. We have received 55 short Saudi films so far, out of which 30 to 40 films will be shown at the film festival,” said Salem.
Head of the Rotana channel and organizer of the Saudi film festival Turki Al-Shabana, said that this extension was permitted to maximize participation.
Applicants who want to participate in the Saudi Film Festival can submit applications through their website www.saudiff.com.
Salem said this festival will allow creative filmmakers in Saudi Arabia to showcase their talent.
Different categories will be aired, including feature films, short films, documentaries, animated films and films that highlight the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s cultural development and civilization and stimulate the creative side of the film industry.
“We hope that a wide range of talented Saudi filmmakers will become involved in this 2nd Saudi Film Festival and to continue the process of promoting the Saudi film industry this year. Success in the past could be attributed to the participation of Saudi youth. We have opened the doors once again to concentrate on the area of filmmaking,” added Salem.