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Saudi Ministry of Culture strengthens cross-cultural ties with Indian film industry

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Saudi Ministry of Culture strengthens cross-cultural ties with Indian film industry

Posted on April 4, 2022

The delegation led by His Highness Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan Al Saud, Minister of Culture, participated in meetings and discussions with film personalities and representatives of production houses in India

Mumbai: His Highness Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan Al Saud, Minister of Culture and Abdullah Al-Qahtani, CEO of the Film Commission embarked on a visit to India to showcase Saudi’s booming film industry Saudi Arabia and explore collaborations with Indian cinematic sisterhood. During the three-day visit, they were joined by executives from NEOM, Film AIUla, Red Sea International Film Festival and MBC Group.

The visit saw the delegation meet with major Bollywood players including Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar, as well as eminent film production houses. Insightful conversations focused on Saudi Arabia’s holistic cinematic proposition and synergistic opportunities for Indian filmmakers. Aspects discussed included the scope of filming locations in the Kingdom and the Red Sea, emerging industry talent in Saudi Arabia and the wider region, as well as the burgeoning film ecosystem to support the ambition of the Kingdom for the sector. Saudi Arabia is proactively facilitating regulations to support Indian filmmakers by offering competitive incentives and promotion schemes.

The Red Sea International Film Festival, which has quickly established itself on the regional and global stage, has also been touted as an opportunity for the Indian film industry to showcase its creative output and engage with Saudi audiences. The festival’s success is also a testament to the continued evolution of the Kingdom’s film industry, as it aims to become the new engine of the Middle East’s film industry.

His Highness Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan Al Saud, Minister of Culture, said: “In an increasingly interconnected world, it is now more vital than ever to facilitate meaningful cultural exchanges. Cinema remains a powerful tool for opening hearts and minds, while the culture sector holds immense potential as an economic contributor. Our visit to India allowed us to strengthen our relationship with the country’s thriving film industry. We look forward to exploring opportunities for partnership and knowledge sharing as we continue to work towards achieving Vision 2030.”

Abdullah Al-Qahtani, CEO of the Film Commission, said, “With rapidly developing infrastructure, promising talent and scenic locations to discover, Saudi Arabia is poised to be an exciting and unique setting for filmmakers. We are delighted to have been able to interact with prominent members of the Indian film industry during this visit and are excited to work together to take the Kingdom’s film sector to new heights.

As part of its Vision 2030 national transformation plan, Saudi Arabia aims to leverage bilateral relations to make culture a Saudi way of life and a powerful economic contributor.


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