Notable Saudi presence at Cannes Film Festival

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With Arabian coffee and dates Saudi Arabia's pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival welcomed visitors - international producers, artists and film critics - offering them unique opportunities to connect with filmmakers in the Kingdom.

Saudi director Ali al-Kalthami, a member of the Saudi delegation, is busy talking to top producers and filmmakers explaining the investment opportunities in building and operating cinemas.

"Most of the country's residents are under 30 years of age, and they seek to watch their favorite films at home, seeking to produce their own movies."

He is delighted that nine films by young artists of both sexes are taking part in the festival. It is an opportunity that has opened the doors for them to communicate with the world's cinema through daily dialogue and seminars with filmmakers around the world.

"I am happy to participate at Cannes Film Festival with the screening of my first film 'The Detainee', said Saudi director Hajar Al Naem.

“I am learning every day from interacting with international filmmakers. I have made friends with different artists in the film industry,” she added.

The General Authority for Culture held a symposium in which the Chairman Ahmed bin Fahd, presented important information about the Saudi Film Council.

He called on the international film companies to produce their films in Saudi Arabia and support the local film industry and promised that the Kingdom will provide them with all facilities to produce their films.

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