Ithra takes part with 3 films at Red Sea Festival and awards prize for best Saudi film

The aim is to encourage local filmmakers and support the Kingdom’s booming film industry

King Abdulaziz World Cultural Center Ithra presents its latest film production at the Red Sea International Film Festival, which holds its third session in Jeddah from November 30 to December 9, 2023. Ithra is participating with three films and presenting a special pavilion at the festival market, highlighting the center’s pioneering initiatives to encourage local filmmakers and support the Kingdom’s growing film industry.

The festival will feature the first regional screening of the feature film “Hajan”, in the “Arab Masterpieces” section, produced by the Ithra Center in collaboration with “Film Clinic”. The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last September, in the “Discoveries” section, and was widely acclaimed by critics; it is due to hit cinemas early next year, in 2024.

Ithra is also presenting the short film “ALEIESE” at the Red Sea Film Festival in the “Saudi New Cinema” section, a film produced by Ithra, which was screened at the Sharjah International Film Festival last October and received a special certificate of recognition from the jury. The documentary “Khalid al-Sheikh: Between Ashwak Art and Politics”, produced by Eight and supported by Ithra, is also being screened at the Red Sea Festival as part of the Arab Content Enrichment Program.

The Ithra Center has produced over 23 movies and is keen to support Saudi filmmakers and enable them to embark on a global adventure. The Center also offers numerous initiatives and programs throughout the year that support the Kingdom’s creative industries in various sectors, including theater, film, and cinema, where it has participated in numerous local and international forums as part of international film festivals. In addition, it organizes the annual Saudi Film Festival in partnership with the Cinema Association and with the support of the Ministry of Culture’s Film Authority.

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