Contest launched to finance Saudi films with prizes up to SR40 million

Saudi women study film making at a university in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia March 7, 2018. (Reuters)
Updated 30 September 2019

Contest launched to finance Saudi films with prizes up to SR40 million

RIYADH: The Ministry of Culture launched the Daw’ (Light) Competition on Sunday to support Saudi films as part of the Quality of Life Program 2020 — one of the Saudi Vision 2030 programs — to empower national talents that are active in filmmaking. There will be four tracks, including supporting and developing screenwriting and supporting film production and films of Saudi students majoring in filmmaking at international institutes and universities.
Filmmakers from screenwriters to producers wishing to participate in the competition can apply online through the link https://engage.moc.gov.sa/film for a period of three months, from Sept. 29 until Dec. 29.
All entries will be assessed by juries specializing in choosing winning film projects for every track, and the results will be announced on Feb. 20, 2020.
The ministry aims to support Saudi talents majoring in filmmaking and provide a funding platform and logistic support to produce Saudi movies with prizes of up to SR40 million ($10.6 million), in accordance with a professional working program that includes pre-production and post-production phases.

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Filmmakers from screenwriters to producers wishing to participate in the competition can apply online through the link https://engage.moc.gov.sa/film for a period of three months, from Sept. 29 until Dec. 29.

The competition will support filmmakers, provide all the necessary assistance to produce their films in accordance with recognized standards and bolster local movie production, which will help create a production infrastructure and clear career paths for people of different specializations in the filmmaking sector.
The Daw’ Competition will be divided into four main tracks: A complete text which will provide full or partial support to produce the film; a script under development which will provide support for writing the full script and produce the movie; a track for filmmaking students which aims to support Saudi students who major in filmmaking abroad; finally complete films, the fourth track which supports produced Saudi films that need help in distribution, presentation and local and international participations.
This competition is the biggest of its kind to support Saudi films with prize money that will support 35 Saudi cinematic projects from short and long movies which will be produced after the competition.


Abdulrahman Al-Fadley, Saudi minister of environment, water and agriculture

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Abdulrahman Al-Fadley, Saudi minister of environment, water and agriculture

Abdulrahman Al-Fadley has been the Kingdom’s minister of environment, water and agriculture since January 2015.

He has extensive experience in operational management, as well as expertise in project and investment management.

He is chairman of the Saudi Arabian Grains Organization, the Irrigation and Drainage Authority, the Agricultural Development Fund, the General Authority of Meteorology and Environmental Protection, the Saudi Wildlife Authority, the Saline Water Conversion Corporation, the National Water Co., and the Saudi Agricultural and Livestock Investment Co. (SALIC). 

Al-Fadley has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from King Saud University, Riyadh.

He worked in the petroleum industry for 13 years before joining Almarai food company in 1996, where he was the general manager and deputy CEO of its main factories in Al-Kharj.

He was then appointed CEO of Almarai between 2000 and 2015.

He also served as the chairman of International Dairy and Juice Limited, a joint venture between PepsiCo and Almarai, and also chaired the Dairy and Food Polytechnic, which Almarai established in collaboration with the General Organization for Technical Education and Vocational Training to nationalize the dairy product industry.

Al-Fadley was chairman of the United Farmers Holding Company’s board of directors, a SALIC board member, and a member of the engineering board of King Saud University’s College of Engineering.