ENTERTAINMENT | Fund Announced For Saudi Filmmakers

RIYADH | The non-profit Red Sea International Film Festival Foundation announced on Tuesday a fund of SR200,000 ($53,283) in the form of emergency community relief grants to support Saudi filmmakers.

The fund aims to help freelance Saudi filmmakers who have sustained a financial loss resulting from cancelled or postponed gigs or opportunities directly related to precautionary measures against coronavirus.

All Saudis working in the film industry are eligible for the one-time emergency grant of up to SR5,000 on the basis of merit.

Application will be open until the fund is exhausted. People who meet the criteria should apply at www.redseafilmfest.com/community-fund.

The Red Sea Film Festival Foundation, established in 2018 and chaired by Culture Minister Prince Badr bin Farhan, champions the Kingdom’s burgeoning cinema and cultural scene by nurturing audience engagement, supporting filmmakers and strengthening the film industry.


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BUSINESS | OPEC+ Producers Debating Possible Oil Cuts Of 10 Million Bpd: OPEC Source

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BREAKING NEWS|Saudi King Earmarks $2.4 Billion To Pay Private – Sector Workers: State News Agency

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BUSINESS | Kuwait Backs OPEC+ Merting, Resumes Neutral Zone Shipments With Saudi

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BREAKING NEWS | Saudi Crown Prince Makes Telephone Call To Crown Prince Of Britain

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BREAKING NEWS | Saudi Arabia Advances Curfew In Three Areas Over Coronavirus Fears

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NEWS | Kuwait Actress Triggers Uproar With Call Foe Expat Ban Over Coronavirus

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BUSINESS | Russia Has No Plans To Raise Oil Production: Novak

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BREAKING NEWS | Saudi Aramco Supports Health Endowment Fund With 200 Million Riyals

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BREAKING NEWS | Saudi King Receives Phone Call From Tunisia’s President

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BREAKING NEWS | Saudi Arabia Enforces 24-Hour Daily Curfew In Mecca, Medina

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BUSINESS | Oman Welcomes U.S. Invitation To OPEC To Discuss Oil Price Decline: Newspaper

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SPORTS | UEFA Suspends Champions League ‘Until Further Notice’

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WORLD NEWS | New York Deaths Double In 3 Days, With Worst To Come

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NEWS | Merkel Tells Germans To Stay Home Until After Easter To Beat Virus

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BUSINESS | Russia, Saudi Not Holding Oil Talks At The Moment: Kremlin

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NEWS | Saudi Authorities Arrest Coronavirus Curfew Violator After Posting Haircut Video

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WORLD NEWS | Putin To Hold Meeting By Video – Conference After Contact With Coronavirus Doctor: Kremlin

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WORLD NEWS | Russian Plane Take Off For U.S. With Coronavirus Help Onboard: State TV

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BREAKING NEWS | Trump Says He May Join Saudi, Russia In Talks On Oil Prices

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BREAKING NEWS | Saudi Minister Tells Muslims To Wait On Making Haj Plans: State TV

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FASHION | Haute Couture Fashion Week Has Been Cancelled In Light Of The Covid-19 Pandemic

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NEWS | CNN Host Chris Cuomo, Brother of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Test Positive For Coronavirus

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