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We are inviting applications from senior UK film industry specialists to join a short delegation to Saudi Arabia in March 2020 in order to better understand the landscape and develop potential new partnerships.
As part of our global programme to build relationships from people-to-people, we have a new opportunity for the UK film community to better understand peers working in Saudi Arabia.
As has been widely reported internationally, cinemas were reintroduced to Saudi Arabia in 2018 after a 35-year gap. The country is now planning to open over 45 cinemas in 15 cities, by 2020.
The Minister of Culture has announced the establishment of the Red Sea International Film Festival which has its first edition in March 2020. The festival is organised by The Red Sea Film Foundation, Saudi Arabia’s first cultural non-profit foundation as part of its goal in supporting the growth of the film industry in the Kingdom.
In order to begin to develop mutually beneficial connections, British Council Saudi Arabia will facilitate a delegation of talented UK film industry colleagues during the inaugural Red Sea International Film Festival. Senior professionals from leading film organisations will be invited to be part of the delegation. The programme will be designed for them to connect with their counterparts, explore opportunities on site, and be part of the Red Sea International Film Festival that is designed to cater for local, regional and international audiences.
The delegation will consist of up to 15 participants and the visit will take place from 11-15 March (to include two travel days and a three-day programme). The British Council will cover economy travel, accommodation and meals. Travel within the UK as well as travel insurance is not covered and will need to be arranged by participants.
Applicants must be:
Please email your application to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm GMT on 13 January 2020, with Red Sea Film Festival Delegation application in the subject line.
Your application should include:
The selection will be undertaken by a panel of British Council representatives from Saudi, Film and Music teams, and external representatives from the Red Sea Film Festival.
*additional means childcare expenses not usually incurred, such as evening or overnight babysitting. It will not cover daytime childcare unless these are for a day that you do not usually work and incur these costs.
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