Saudi Arabia to participate in 74th Cannes Film Festival


Published: 2021-07-06 15:20

Last Updated: 2024-04-19 13:29

Credit: Reuters
Credit: Reuters

Saudi Arabia is set to take part in the 74th annual Cannes Film Festival, which will be held in France from July 6 to 17, according to Saudi media Tuesday.

They are set to have their own pavilion at the festival, according to local sources.

"The Saudi pavilion will feature several government and private sector companies specialized in the field, including: the Film Council, the Ministry of Investment, the Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU), the Red Sea International Film Festival, MBC Group, Ithraa, the Neom Company, and more," according to Al-Arabiya English.

The Kingdom's authorities participating in the annual festival will hold multiple seminars where they will review investment opportunities within the film industry in the country.

They will also discuss the support being provided for to the film sector, along with opening new lines of communication between Saudi Arabian filmmakers and investors and their international counterparts participating in the festival, according to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

The Kingdom’s participation comes as part of efforts to develop the film industry and enhance communication with the most prominent leaders of the sector worldwide.

Saudi Arabia took part in the Cannes Film Festival in 2018 for the first time.

Although the Kingdom has yet to select which films will be screened at the event, the local film industry has seen the release of multiple highly-acclaimed movies in 2020, including '40 Years and One Night,' 'The Book of Sun' and 'Carnival City.'