Grazia is incredibly excited to reveal Saudi Arabia's plans to debut at Cannes Film Festival.
The Saudi Film Council - the Arab Kingdom’s newly established film entity which plans to drive the country's film industry - will launch at the event which is held in France and runs from 8 -19 May.
This news continues the hugely progressive movement in the country, as last December Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman lifted a 35-year local ban on movie theatres and Black Panther was subsequently shown in cinemas.
Awwad Alawwad, the Saudi Culture Minister and Chairman of GCA’s board, said in a statement, "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."
A selection of nine short films by young Saudi filmmakers will screen at Cannes’ Short Film Corner on 14 and 15 May.
Cannes artistic director Thierry Fremaux says he is "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.
He added that the KSA's participation at the 2018 edition of Cannes is “a great way of opening up global opportunities for its creative talent.”
We couldn't have put it better ourselves.
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