Saudi Film Festival to be held online in September

A Saudi woman wearing a protective mask walks past the movie screen board at VOX Cinema in Riyadh Park Mall, after the government lifted the coronavirus lockdown restrictions in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia June 25, 2020. (REUTERS)
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Updated 31 July 2020

Saudi Film Festival to be held online in September

  • Films and scripts selected for the festival will be announced shortly along with details of competitions and workshops

DAMMAM: The Saudi Film Festival will be held virtually from Sept. 1-6 and broadcast online, its organizing committee said.
Interviews with filmmakers as well as workshops will be among highlights of the festival’s sixth edition. Audiences will watch the festival live and vote for their favorite films. Organizers said the decision to livestream the festival was taken in light of the coronavirus pandemic, which would deter many from attending.
Films and scripts selected for the festival will be announced shortly along with details of competitions and workshops.
Since its first edition in 2008, the festival has celebrated and screened Saudi films, giving local productions access to a wider audience. SPA Dammam


2020 G20 Leaders’ Summit to be held virtually on Nov. 21 – 22 

Updated 28 September 2020

2020 G20 Leaders’ Summit to be held virtually on Nov. 21 – 22 

  • G20 presidency to build on the success of the extraordinary virtual G20 Leaders’ Summit held in March

RIYADH: The 2020 G20 Leaders’ Summit will be held virtually on November 21 – 22 and will be chaired by the Saudi Arabia's King Salman, the G20 presidency said in a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) Monday.

"The G20 presidency will build on the success of the extraordinary virtual G20 Leaders’ Summit held in March, and on the outcomes of over 100 virtual working groups and ministerial meetings," the statement said.

"The G20 is leading the fight against this global pandemic, taking swift and unprecedented actions to protect lives, livelihoods and the most vulnerable," it said. 

The G20 has contributed over $21 billion to support the production, distribution, and access to diagnostics, therapeutics, and vaccines.

It has also injected $11 trillion to safeguard the global economy.

It has further launched a debt suspension initiative for the least developed countries that would allow beneficiary countries to defer $14 billion in debt payments due this year and use these amounts instead for financing their health systems and social programs.

"The upcoming G20 Leaders’ Summit will focus on protecting lives and restoring growth, by addressing vulnerabilities uncovered during the pandemic and by laying down the foundations for a better future," said the statement. 

"The Summit will also focus on fostering international action to realize opportunities of the 21st century for all, by empowering people and protecting our planet, whilst harnessing the potential of innovation to shape new frontiers."