Saudi to attend Cannes 2018

By April 10, 2018News

Saudi culture minister says a selection of short films will be submitted at Cannes

Following on from the recent lifting of the ban on cinema, Saudi has further cemented its updates by announcing its debut attendance at the Cannes Film Festival.

The new established Saudi Film Council, will launch internationally with a large pavillion at the Cannes Marché du Film. A selection of nine short films by young Saudi filmmakers will screen at Cannes’ Short Film Corner on May 14 and May 15.

Panels will “offer several opportunities for delegates to interact with Saudi filmmakers” and to “understand the Kingdom’s industry ambitions through its various initiatives and programs,” according to a statement issued Monday by the council and the General Culture Authority.

“The Kingdom looks forward to its debut presence at the festival, celebrating and supporting the diversity of talent and opportunities within the Saudi film industry,” Awwad Alawwad, Saudi culture minister and chairman of GCA’s board, said.

“Saudi Arabia is embarking on the development of a sustainable and dynamic industry that supports and encourages all stages of a film cycle and offers an incredible range of locations for the world’s filmmakers to discover.” he added.

Cannes artistic director Thierry Fremaux has said he was “thrilled that Saudi Arabia has launched the Saudi Film Council with a clear focus on nurturing its filmmaking talent and sharing Saudi stories with the world.” Fremaux called Saudi Arabia’s participation at the 2018 edition of Cannes “a great way of opening up global opportunities for its creative talent.”