Saudi Film Commission launches 28 projects with Daw competition winners

Film competition winners sign agreements with the Film Commission to bring their projects to the screen. (Film Commission photo)
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Film competition winners sign agreements with the Film Commission to bring their projects to the screen. (Film Commission photo)
Film competition winners sign agreements with the Film Commission to bring their projects to the screen. (Film Commission photo)
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Film competition winners sign agreements with the Film Commission to bring their projects to the screen. (Film Commission photo)
Film Commission CEO Abdullah Al-Qahtani speaking at the event at which he announced SR40 million of funding for the projects. (Film Commission photo)
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Film Commission CEO Abdullah Al-Qahtani speaking at the event at which he announced SR40 million of funding for the projects. (Film Commission photo)
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Updated 21 January 2021

Saudi Film Commission launches 28 projects with Daw competition winners

Saudi Film Commission launches 28 projects with Daw competition winners
  • Filmmakers thank Prince Badr for his support for cultural projects

JEDDAH: The Saudi Film Commission signed an SR40 million ($10.7 million) deal on Wednesday for 28 film-related projects based on the winning entries to last year’s Daw competition. They include the development of scripts as well as production of short and feature-length films.

The commission announced in February last year the winners in the four categories of the competition. Eight entrants were rewarded in the category for completed scripts for feature films, 11 in the short films category, six in the script-development category, two in the completed long films category, and three in the student category.

Filmmaker Abdullah Al-Qahtani, CEO of the commission, thanked Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, the minister of culture and chairman of the commission’s board of directors, for his support for cultural projects, including the Daw competition.

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The commission launched the Daw competition in September 2019 to support Saudi cinema in line with the country’s Quality of Life Program, as part of the efforts to realize the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.

“Applications for Daw went through five stages of qualification, nomination and arbitration, and concluded with the announcement of the winners,” said Al-Qahtani. “But the competition does not end here, for the production phase for these 28 projects has begun, funded by nearly SR40 million.”

In a message to the next generation of Saudi filmmakers who will benefit from new-found support and empowerment, he said: “As a filmmaker, I envy you all. We have found a community, support and supporters who speak the same language” and share the same passion for film.

The commission launched the Daw competition in September 2019 to support Saudi cinema in line with the country’s Quality of Life Program, as part of the efforts to realize the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.

The aim of the contest was to help develop the emerging film industry in the Kingdom, empower Saudi talent, showcase Saudi content on regional and international platforms, and establish a sustainable model for film financing in the country.


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The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom increased to 369,613 after 336 more patients recovered from the virus.
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AL-MAHRA: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) launched the second phase of the winter clothes project in Yemen’s Al-Mahrah governorate on Wednesday. The aid, which included winter clothing, has benefited 700 people so far.
Local Council Secretary-General Abdullah Neimer praised the role of Saudi Arabia represented by KSrelief for its efforts and interventions in various sectors.
In Yemen also, KSrelief distributed more than 76,184 tons of foodstuffs for those in need in the rural areas of Hadibu, the capital of the Socotra archipelago province.
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Updated 04 March 2021

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The British Embassy and British Council in Saudi Arabia have announced the nine finalists for the “Study UK Alumni Awards 2021 in Saudi Arabia.”
The finalists were selected from about 1,300 applicants for their outstanding achievements as business professionals, entrepreneurs and community leaders, and for their contributions to strengthening collaborative ties between the UK and Saudi Arabia, a statement by the embassy said.
The three award winners will be announced at a ceremony hosted by the British ambassador later this year.
The Study UK Alumni Awards were established in 2014 and celebrate the achievements of those who graduated from UK-based higher education institutions and went on to make outstanding contributions in various fields.
Neil Crompton, British ambassador to Saudi Arabia, said: “I am delighted to announce the finalists for the Study UK Alumni Awards 2021. This award celebrates the achievements of outstanding Saudi women and men who studied in the UK and are using their education to make a positive impact. As strategic partners for Vision 2030, we are proud of their achievements and contribution to their country. My congratulations to all our finalists and I look forward to meeting them at the award ceremony.”
Eilidh Kennedy McLean, British Council country director said: “The Study UK Alumni Awards provide a platform for recognizing and celebrating the success of Saudi alumni of UK universities. Their achievements are wide-ranging and inspirational, and directly contribute to the Vision 2030 goals and aspirations. The prestigious international award celebrates UK higher education and the achievements of UK alumni all over the world. Now in its seventh year, international UK alumni applied from over 100 countries, representing almost 150 UK higher education institutions across the UK.”
The finalists of the “Professional Achievement Award,” which recognizes alumni who have distinguished themselves through exemplary leadership in their professional field, are: Dr. Taghred Al-Ghaith, Dr. Roua Al-Subki, and Dr. Mohammed Al-Shammari.
The finalists of the “Social Impact Award,” which acknowledges alumni who have made an exceptional contribution to creating positive social change, are: Mashni Al-Saeed, Abdulmohsen Al-Dayel, and Dr. Bandar Al-Osaimi.
The finalists of the “Entrepreneurial Award,” which highlights alumni who have played a leading role in innovation, are: Dr. Wail Mousa, Arwa Al-Ammari, and Hattan Ahmed.
The Study UK Awards ceremonies are held in 13 countries including the US, China, Pakistan and Egypt.
 


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Updated 04 March 2021

Muslim World League chief thanks Sri Lankan government for ending cremation of COVID-19 victims

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RIYADH: The Sri Lankan government has agreed to the request of the Muslim World League (MWL) — in accordance with Islamic procedures — to stop cremating the bodies of Muslims who have died of COVID-19.
The news came in a phone call to Dr. Mohammed bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa, MWL secretary-general, from Sri Lanka’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Dinesh Gunawardena.
During the call, Gunawardena told Al-Issa that the Sri Lankan government had agreed to the MWL’s request. Gunawardena said that this served to strengthen the close relationship between the MWL, which is a global reference for Muslim nations, and the Sri Lankan government.
Al-Issa thanked Sri Lanka for approving the MWL’s request to stop the cremation of the bodies of Muslims and instead allow their burial.
The General Secretariat of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) also welcomed the Sri Lankan government’s decision.
The OIC said that it had on several occasions during the pandemic called on Sri Lankan authorities to refrain from cremating Muslims and to give them an Islamic burial.
 

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