Are we terrible people for really vibing with this whole film-festival-from-home thing? No? Great, because the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) has brought the 6th Saudi Film Festival entirely to YouTube, with a whopping 54 films free to stream, in addition to their regular programming of competitions, workshops, and awards ceremonies.
With the goal of bringing the best of Saudi filmmaking to film buffs across the Middle East and around the world, this edition of the Saudi Film Festival, which was launched in 2008, is a testament to the Kingdom’s burgeoning film industry.
Streaming live daily on the festival's YouTube channel until September 6th, the festival is airing live from 6pm to 11pm, including film screenings, seminars and talks with filmmakers. An independent international jury will also give awards in four major categories: Best Feature Film, Best Documentary Film, Best Student Film and Best Script for Film Under Development. Audience awards will be handed out for Best Feature, Best Documentary and Best Student Film.
You can watch the full festival here, and find more information and the programme here.
Main image from Remember Me (dir. Mohammed Hamad).