Abha Short Film Festival kicks off in Saudi Arabia with nine films

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Abha Short Film Festival kicked off on Saturday night with the participation of nine films nominated for several categories.

The festival’s general supervisor and director of the Association of Culture and Arts in Abha, Ahmed Al-Sorouri, said that the films will be shown over the next three days.

“The works presented at the festival were chosen after being evaluated and examined by a viewing committee that nominated these films,” Al-Sorouri said.

He also noted the importance for the public to attend the festival, which comes as part of wider activities the activities after Abha was chosen as the Arab Capital of Tourism for this year.

While public cinemas are still nonexistent in Saudi Arabia, concerts began being held this year. The Saudi government has promised a shake-up of the cultural scene with a set of “Vision 2030” reforms announced by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman last year, aimed at creating jobs and opening up Saudis’ lifestyles.

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