Everything you can expect from the first virtual edition of the Saudi Film Festival

Here's your front-row seat to the sixth edition of the Kingdom's celebration of cinema
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Everything you can expect from the first virtual edition of the Saudi Film Festival
Although the Saudi Film Festival has gone digital for 2020, panel discussions and live events will be taking place at Ithra

Saudi is about to change the game once again as the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture hosts the sixth Saudi Film Festival, from 1 to 6 September, in partnership with the Saudi Arabian Society for Culture & Arts in Dammam and the Ministry of Culture’s Film Commission.

Like many events around the world that have adapted to our new way of living, the first virtual Saudi Film Festival is no different promising global cinephiles a new and exciting experience that will include film screenings, competitions, workshops, discussions and award ceremonies.

The four main film categories eligible for accolades are narrative films, documentary films, student films, and the unexecuted scripts. Workshops will cover a range of topics for those looking to break into the film industry, including writing and directing as well as film soundtracks.

This year, 24-hour access to 25 films can be viewed through the Saudi Film Festival’s YouTube channel, as well as Ithra’s YouTube, Instgram and Twitter channels and includes the live broadcast of discussions with film makers.

It’s the first time in the history of the Saudi Film Festival, which  launched in 2008, that it has included such big virtual elements. Ithra’s Director Hussain Hanbazazah, acknowledges, “Ithra has always sought to tap into the wealth of talented men and women of the Kingdom and provide them with a dynamic platform and the tools to take their art to the next level of a very competitive industry,” he added.

Watch the livestreams on the Saudi Film Festival YouTube channel, for more about the Saudi Film Festival, visit ithra.com, and the Grazia girls will see you on the virtual red carpet!

Photo: Nayef Al Dhamen