New board to develop Saudi film industry

People are seen inside the first Saudi Arabia cinema in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia January 13, 2018. (REUTERS)
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Updated 27 July 2020

New board to develop Saudi film industry

  • The Film Authority will provide training courses, adopt training programs, develop educational programs

RIYADH: A newly appointed board of directors at Saudi Arabia’s Film Authority will help develop the Kingdom’s film industry.
The Saudi Ministry of Culture announced the formation of the board, with Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan as chairman and Deputy Minister of Culture Hamed bin Muhammad Fayez as vice-president.
Board members include Haifa bint Abdulrahman Al-Mansour, Mohialdeen bin Saleh Kamel, Amanda Nevill, Mohammed bin Youssef Al-Khuraiji and Amer bin Jassim Al-Hamoud.
Under the management of CEO Abdullah Al Ayaf Al-Qahtani, the Film Authority will be responsible for developing the industry by creating and proposing strategy for the sector.

It will also help develop and support filmmaking, market Saudi films locally and internationally, collect information and statistics, build a database for the film sector, encourage financing and investment, propose standards for the film sector and motivate individuals, institutions and companies to produce and develop content in the film sector.

The Film Authority will also provide training courses, adopt training programs, develop educational programs, provide scholarships for the gifted, help protect intellectual property rights, issue licenses for relevant activities, organize conferences and events, establish companies, and represent the Kingdom in regional and international bodies.


KSRelief dispatches help for Lebanese medical teams treating explosion victims 

Updated 16 min 3 sec ago

KSRelief dispatches help for Lebanese medical teams treating explosion victims 

RIYADH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) has assisted Lebanese medical teams treating victims of the Beirut explosion on Tuesday.

Emergency teams from the Souboul Al Salam Relief Team, which is funded by KSRelief, went from north of Lebanon to Beirut to support medical teams on the ground. 

Another team from Al-Amal Medical Center, also funded by KSRelief, provided emergency health care services and started a blood donation campaign to meet the demand of Beirut hospitals.

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The prime minister of Lebanon, which is already struggling with an economic crisis and battling COVID-19, has made a desperate plea for help following Tuesday’s deadly explosions.
Kuwait said it has delivered medical aid and other essentials by a military plane on Wednesday morning.
The World Health Organization and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies were sending 40 tonnes of medical supplies, including personal protective equipment to Beirut on a flight paid for by Dubai-based International Humanitarian City, a hub for humanitarian emergency preparedness and response, a WHO representative said.
"We are offering medical trauma kits and surgical kits containing things such as syringes, bandages and surgical gowns," said Nevien Attalla, operations manager for the WHO's Dubai hub.

*With agencies