Saudi Arabia is seeing an uplift in film production since launching its 40% rebate

Saudi Arabia has seen a “spike” in production and requests to scout locations since launching its 40% cash rebate at Cannes last year, according to Abduljalil Alnasser, general manager of sector development and investment attraction at Saudi Film Commission.

He was speaking on a Cannes market panel on Wednesday (May 17) with senior figures from the Saudi film industry, titled “A Saudi Ecosystem, a Conversation with Saudi Film Sector Partners”.

Alnasser noted that three feature films had shot in Jeddah in the past three months.

Charlene Deleon-Jones, executive director of Film Alula, said two brand new studios at the production hub — which are due to open in August — are already booked up until the end of 2024.

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