The Saudi Ministryof Culture has launched a talent-development program for the film industry aspart of one of the Saudi Vision 2030 programs, Quality of Life. Thetalent-development program includes training sessions and short workshops, incooperation with international institutions.
The program is partof the ministry's attempts to develop the local film sector in the Kingdom,create job opportunities, and increase the Kingdom's cultural participationinternationally.
The first phase ofthe talent-development initiative consists of three different programs. Thefirst — on filmmaking in general — will be run in cooperation with the BritishFilm Institute (BFI. The two-week program in Britain will be open to 12students and will run from October 27 until November 11. The students willparticipate in an "intensive training course and Master Class" with Britishdirectors and producers, and go on a field visit to the renowned PinewoodStudios, home to the James Bond film franchise.
The second program —on film production — will run simultaneously and is open to 20 students. Onceagain, the BFI and Pinewood are involved and the course will cover all aspectsof film production, including lighting, sound, sets and costumes, scriptwriting and editing, directing and location management.
The third program,in cooperation with the University of Southern California (USC), focuses onacting for contemporary cinema and television and will take place in Riyadhfrom December 8-11. There will be places for 14-16 students.
The whole programcovers the art of filmmaking, from screenwriting to post-production, throughpractical experience and as part of different working groups that includeindoor and outdoor photography, directing actors, creating a montage, lighting,and sound.
Aspiring filmmakerswishing to apply for the training programs can register onhttps://engage.moc.gov.sa/film-talent between Wednesday, October 9, and Monday,October 14 for the filmmaking programs in Great Britain, and between October 20and November 20 for the acting program in Riyadh.