Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, Minister of Culture, appointed Eng. Abdullah bin Nasser Al Eyaf Al-Qahtani as CEO of the Film Commission, which was established to develop the Film Industry in the Kingdom.
The commission is one of the 11 new cultural commissions recently launched by the Ministry of Culture to manage the Saudi cultural sector in its various directions.
Eng. Abdullah Al Eyaf Al-Qahtani is one of the leading names in Saudi filmmaking and has worked as a director, producer, and writer in many distinguished local works since 2004.
He graduated as a mechanical engineer from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in 2001.
Al-Qahtani has also chaired local and international arbitration committees in film festivals, and wrote critical cinematic articles in leading Saudi newspapers, such as Al Riyadh, Al Watan, and Asharq Al-Awsat.
Besides leading the programs and events team at the Saudi Pavilion at Expo 2020, he took over the management of programs and initiatives at King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) for three years, in addition to taking several leading positions in Saudi Aramco, including the chairmanship of the departments of advertising, artistic production, events, and conferences.
The Film Commission will manage the film industry in the Kingdom through several key roles, including setting the sector strategy, developing a production environment that enables Saudi filmmaking with high production standards and allows marketing Saudi films locally and internationally, supporting and empowering local talents, encouraging investment, production and development of cinematic content, providing educational and professional programs, licensing sector activities, developing intellectual property rights protection systems.
The commission’s aims come in line with the comprehensive cultural development project, run by the Ministry of Culture, and in fulfillment of the Saudi Vision 2030’s goals to transforming cultural activity into a sustainable and fruitful productive field.