Saudi Arabia to enter film production

Saudi Arabia, after opening movie theatres, wants to produce films and become a movie-making hub for the Arabic-speaking world.

The government last month set up the country’s first national film industry body, which it is likely to be launched at the Cannes Film Festival next month.

The founding of the Saudi Film Council is part of reforms being initiated by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and follows the lifting of of a 35-year-old ban on movie halls.

According to Saudi Arabia’s General Culture Authority, the SFC will conduct talent development programmes, establish a regulatory framework, improve product infrastructure, find funding solutions and launch initiatives to promote the kingdom’s brand and culture.

Officials say the country has the funds, infrastructure, talent and market size to become a movie-making hub for the Arabic-speaking world

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