ITHRA, LEADING SAUDI CINEMA PRODUCER, RETURNS TO CANNES TO PROMOTE LOCAL CINEMA PRODUCTION AND SHOWCASE EXCITING TALENT
Stationed at the Saudi Pavilion, hosted by the Saudi Film Commission, Ithra will explore the development of Saudi film talent with representatives from NEOM and the MBC Academy on May 22 as part of the 75th edition of the Festival de walking sticks.
Ithra Film Production supports Saudi Arabia growth of the film industry by encouraging local talent and encouraging the creation of cinematic content and will present two films produced by Ithra to industry professionals at the Short Film Corner of the Cannes Film Market – of Ali Said ‘Old phone number’ and ‘To balance’ directed by Raneem Almohandis.
Ithra encourages the development of original content, as evidenced by a robust film production – including three projects nearing completion – while supporting the industry through funding and commissioning initiatives in addition to showcasing the Saudi experience. to the world through cinema. Anti-Cinemafeature documentary by Saeed with Hassan Said brings the history of Saudi cinema to the big screen, it has also taken over the Ithra Content Commission Initiative and is due out later this year.
Ithra Film Productions is also releasing two narrative feature films. The first “Sea of Sands” is produced by the famous Egyptian screenwriter and producer mohamed hefzyand the second feature “Valley Road” is directed by award-winning Saudi independent filmmaker Khalid Fahd. Both films are slated for release next year. A major upcoming release from Ithra Film Productions will see a new documentary (Iees) from first-time director Abdullah Saharty, focusing on the cultural significance of the Arabian camel and its impact on the reshaping of the peninsula and its coming.
The Center has to date produced more than 20 films, 15 of which have received local, regional and international awards.
“Ithra is committed to advancing the Kingdom’s film industry – both in front of and behind the camera, and we look forward to an insightful conversation on this topic,” said Majed Z. Samman, Head of Performing Arts and Film at Ithra. “We are providing a useful and technological space for cinematic talents in the Kingdom to hone their skills and show off their work, and we look forward to sharing two new films with the international film industry.”
Ithra is the driving force behind several key programs supporting the Saudi film scene. It is home to Saudi Film Production, Saudi Film Days and the Ithra Film Society, which presents a full program throughout the year. Ithra is also the home of the annual Saudi Film Festival in partnership with the Cinema Society and with the support of the Film Commission, which is expanding its footprint this year to include entries from the Gulf Cooperation Council for the first time.
For more information on Ithra, its programs and Ithra Film Productions, visit www.ithra.com.
SOURCE King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra)