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40% cash rebate program "Film Saudi"

At the 75th edition of the Cannes International Film Festival in May the Saudi Film Commission (SFC) announced that the cash rebate program "Film Saudi" is now open for applications via a dedicated platform for film productions. Local and international features, documentaries, and animation projects shooting in Saudi Arabia will be eligible for a cash rebate worth up to 40% in qualifying costs.
The SFC aims to position Saudi Arabia as a global destination for the film industry, along with creating competitive services and incentives, attracting international shoots, creating a strong regulatory framework, and promoting Saudi films at home and internationally.s
Abdullah Al Eyaf, CEO of the Saudi Film Commission stated: “The film industry is rapidly accelerating as we continue to invest in training our local crews and developing our infrastructure to ensure we are in a position to support all productions. The country’s cinema industry is now the fastest growing in the Middle East and provides a lucrative economic opportunity for international businesses.”
Film productions planning to film either partially or fully in Saudi are invited to apply for the incentives. Productions that recruit Saudi crew and talent above and below the line, feature the Kingdom’s culture, history and people along with showcasing the diverse selection osf landscapes in Saudi Arabia are among the qualifiers for incentives of up to 40%.  
Over the last 18 months Saudi Arabia has provided the backdrop for three major Hollywood films, Ric Roman Waugh’s action thriller ‘Kandahar’ filmed in the extraordinary landscape of AlUla, home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hegra, and also in the city of Jeddah; Rupert Wyatt’s historical epic ‘Desert Warrior’ shot in the new city state of Neom and the region of Tabuk; and the Russo Brothers’ crime drama ‘Cherry’ shot in AlUla and the capital Riyadh.

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