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CANNES: Saudi Pavilion at 75and The Cannes Film Festival has become the center of a fruitful international partnership in film production, offering a cultural journey full of numerous workshops, meetings and networking events.

“We are excited to return to the Cannes Film Festival to connect with the international film industry, to raise awareness of new news in our growing creative sector and to show the country as a unique and exciting place for cinema,” said director Abdullah al-Eyaf. General of the Saudi Film Commission.

The Saudi pavilion, located on the outskirts of the International Village of Cannes, is one of the largest pavilions this year. Expanding the rich heritage of the Kingdom, he gives an idea of ​​the cultural identity of the country.

From left to right: Abdullah al-Eyaf, Director General of the Saudi Film Commission and Saudi producer Ayman Hodja. (Break)

From the historical sites of Al-Ula to the hidden alleys of Al-Balada in Jeddah and the bright and blooming roses of Taif, Saudi Arabia has thirteen provinces with unique landscapes, cultures and opportunities that set it apart from the region around it. .

These various locations quickly sparked discussion among film and production enthusiasts during the first three days of the festival at the French seaside resort.

The Kingdom Pavilion aims not only to enrich the festival with the culture of Saudi Arabia, but also to create a link for future cooperation in the growing film market of the Kingdom.

“These are exciting times for Saudi Arabia, and Cannes gives us a great opportunity to optimize opportunities at a time when the sector is experiencing rapid growth,” Al-Eyaf added.

From the first steps in the pavilion, visitors are captivated by Saudi culture and warm hospitality over a cup of Saudi coffee. The Kingdom marked 2022 as the year of Saudi coffee to celebrate the kingdom’s deep-rooted cultural identity.

In addition to the magnificent view of the French Riviera, the Saudi pavilion has three private meeting rooms where producers, investors and directors can meet and discuss new collaborations.

The pavilion began celebrating the festival with get-togethers, happy hours with soft drinks and workshops that can be attended by all visitors.

On Wednesday, the pavilion hosted a media master class with Emma Pritchard, a journalist from BBC Newsto discuss the art and media coverage of the Cannes Film Festival.

Earlier, the Saudi Film Commission invited Pritchard to hold a master class for Saudi directors on media and the press.

“They asked me to come back to do another master class in Cannes this year and talk about how to approach the Cannes Film Festival, which I was very happy to do,” Pritchard said. Arabic news.

This experienced journalist has been covering the festival for almost two decades and was happy to share her thoughts during a master class organized by the Saudi Pavilion. “It was really interesting, with very enthusiasm, nice and friendly people in a relaxed atmosphere,” she says.

“It was really good, because I talked to reporters about the coverage of Cannes, which is such a huge film festival that is worth a visit. I have been covering this for twenty years, ”she added.

The pavilion also hosted a soft drink event that evening Meet the Saudi film industry (“Meeting with the Saudi Film Sector”) to congratulate some of the Kingdom’s producers and directors.

On Thursday morning, the pavilion continued the festivities with a roundtable discussion with Saudi talents, followed by a luncheon attended by people of the profession organized by the Saudi Film Commission.

Many regional and international directors attended the dinner to better understand the Kingdom as a global place for the film and film industry.

The Saudi pavilion began celebrating the weekend with a regular dinner of the film industry, organized by the Red Sea Film Festival in Carlton Beach, and an evening cocktail party organized by Neom.

In addition to lunches and social media events, many Saudi actors visited the pavilion to meet and discuss collaboration with some of the leading international organizations in the film industry.

Among these actors were Yasser al-Saggaf and Fatima al-Banawi, who recently starred in the film. champions, manufactured in Saudi Arabia. “The Saudi Pavilion is a platform that unites and unites everyone. It is a pleasure to hold these discussions and create opportunities for future projects, ”said Al-Banawi.

“I have a feature film in pre-production, and it’s very important for me to meet colleagues and co-productions in Europe,” she added.

The Saudi Film Commission works with eleven other Saudi organizations, including Film AlUla, Ithra by Aramco, Neom or the Red Sea Film Festival, to produce, distribute, create content and develop talent in the pavilion.

This text is a translation of an article published on Arabnews.com

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