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How this Saudi Community Relief Fund is Helping Creatives

Saudi producer Mohamed Al Turki is one of the most public figures.

While this month’s Red Sea Film Festival has been postponed due to the global pandemic Covid-19, there is some respite for Saudi filmmakers. It has been announced that via a Community Relief Fund, a SAR 200,000 fund has been made available to Saudi freelance filmmakers suffering financial loss from canceled and postponed gigs directly related to measures put in place in an international effort to fight the spread of Covid-19.

40,000 Saudi film freelancers will be eligible for the one-time emergency grant up to SAR 5000 will. The grant opportunity will be available until the fund runs dry.  Along with being a Saudi national and working in the Kingdom, applicants–scriptwriters, producers, directors, actors, cinematographers, technicians, music composers, or other recognized crew members–cannot be on any monthly payroll and does not have any other income.

The relief fund also obliges applicants to pledge to protect the community, by following official guidelines of precautionary measures to slow the transmission of Covid-19.

The Fund is part of the Red Sea International Film Festival initiative, an international celebration of cinema located in the medieval coral-build labyrinth of Jeddah Old Town. With public cinemas open after a 40-year hiatus, the festival is the new destination for Arab and international film. It also facilitates year-long grants, mentoring, and education programs for filmmakers.

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