The sixth Saudi Film Festival will on Tuesday go live with a 6-day virtual celebration of regionally produced movies.
Bringing together Saudi talents and creatives, the event aims to support emerging filmmakers and promote movie culture in the Kingdom.
Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the annual flick fest will this year see films screened via YouTube, reaching a larger audience.
Following the opening ceremony at 6 p.m., the first day will include selected nominated movies, a symposium on the future of Saudi filmmaking at 8 p.m., and then a second group of showings.
Nominations fall under the categories of best feature film, documentary, student movie, and unexecuted scenario.
The winner of the best film award will receive a prize of SR40,000 ($10,665), with the runner-up getting SR20,000 and SR10,000 going to the producer of the audience’s favorite movie.
Similar rewards will be handed out for best documentaries and student films, while first place in the best long scenario section will bag SR30,000 and second spot SR20,000, with the best short scenario winner receiving SR15,000 and the runner-up SR10,000.