Film AlUla Partners with the Red Sea International Film Festival to support the burgeoning film industry to support the burgeoning film industry

AlUla – December 5nd, 2021: Film AlUla, the film agency, established to promote and support international film and TV production in the County of AlUla, boards the Red Sea International Film Festival as Industry Sponsors for its inaugural edition which runs from 6-15 December, 2021.

The Red Sea International Film Festival offers Film AlUla the opportunity to not only celebrate bringing an incredible slate of films to audiences in the country but also showcase AlUla to an international and regional network of creators and industry professionals as well as champion the incredible pool of local talent in the programme.

To celebrate the new partnership, Film AlUla will host a lunch for the global industry, participate in ‘Souk Talks’ to discuss the opportunities of filming in AlUla and partnering with KSA. They will also have an exhibition booth promoting AlUla alongside other commissions and institutions from around the world.

Currently filming in Film AlUla is Ric Roman Waugh’s ‘Kandahar’ starring Gerard Butler (Greenland, Angel Has Fallen), Ali Fazal (Victoria & Abdul, Death on the Nile) and Navid Negahban (Homeland). Produced by Capstone and Thunder Road Films, the epic action thriller is the first big budget US film to shoot against the breath-taking landscape. Capstone is financing the film along with MBC Studios.

The film will also shoot in Jeddah and is supported by the Saudi Film Commission, and will recruit a team of local skilled crew and local talent working as extras. The film has benefited from an exceptional cash back rebate based on production spend in Saudi and incentives granted by His Highness Prince Badr as Minister of Culture.

Stephen Strachan, Film Commissioner at The Royal Commission for AlUla, said: “We are thrilled to be an Industry sponsor to join forces with the Red Sea International Film Festival and support this exciting new chapter in the both the country and industry at large. Film AlUla shares the same bold vision as the Festival to build the flourishing film industry in the country and champion emerging Saudi filmmakers. We look forward to working with the Festival to build a fruitful partnership in the coming years.”

For further information please contact:
Alison Wilcox
[email protected]; [email protected]
07342 092657

Editors Notes:

About Film AlUla:
Film AlUla is an entity of The Royal Commission for AlUla established to promote and support international film and TV production, nurture emerging filmmaking talent, and develop the country’s burgeoning film industry. AlUla is a region of outstanding natural and cultural significance in northwest Saudi Arabia featuring some of the world’s most sensational scenery and yet undiscovered historical monuments across an area the size of Belgium. It is home to the country’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site and 200,000 years of history, with access to monuments dating back to the Stone Age through to the Ancient Arabian Kingdoms, Nabateans, and Ottoman Empire. Productions that choose AlUla as a filming destination can benefit from financial incentives and access to a wide variety of historic locations, untouched wilderness, microclimates, and a temperate climate for nine uninterrupted months of the year.