Saudi Arabia’s film industry to go global this year
The Kingdom gears up for the Cannes Film Festival
The Cannes Film Festival is perhaps the most renowned event in the film industry with 12 days dedicated to celebrating new films, as well as a parade of spectacular styles on the red carpet.
Recently announcing that the festival has officially banned selfies on the red carpet, the Cannes Film Festival is set to showcase films from across the globe, including the Middle East.
With Saudi Arabia, in particular, ready to open cinemas later this month (the country has lifted the ban on cinemas after 35 years), the Kingdom has officially announced their participation in the upcoming festival.
According to Arab News, a source at the Kingdom’s Ministry of Culture and Information has confirmed that "Saudi Arabia will officially participate for the first time in the Cannes Film Festival".
Saudi Arabia is continuing to garner support within the entertainment industry and is planning to compose a film board, whose members tasks will include regulating and supporting the industry.
This marks the first step in tackling the film industry on a global scale for the Kingdom and we can only expect to see more positive cultural changes in the near future.