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RIYADH: The Saudi Film Commission has officially joined the International Association of Film Commissioners, a global network of more than 360 film boards from over 40 countries, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

AFCI aims to support, strengthen and connect film boards around the world, promoting sustainable and integrated development in the international film industry, in line with SPA. Through this membership, the Saudi Film Commission gains access to a range of services, including a global network of contacts with film authorities, insights into international best practices, special training and development programs, and the latest updates on industry developments.

Joining AFCI allows the Saudi Film Commission to elevate the Kingdom’s film industry and place Saudi cinema on the international stage. This membership also strengthens domestic production companies and local talent, facilitating the exchange of experience and knowledge with international counterparts.

Founded in 1975, AFCI is a global non-profit organisation and unique entity that brings together film crews from many countries across six continents. Its mission is to enable industry bodies and stakeholders to support economic growth in the film production sector.

The association provides a comprehensive network connecting various resources, educational opportunities and funding from different countries, thus facilitating international co-productions. This comprehensive support benefits film authorities, production companies and film industry professionals.

According to SPA, the Saudi Film Commission’s membership in AFCI is a strategic step towards realizing its vision of establishing the Kingdom as a global center for the film industry. The move is aimed at strengthening the national economy and elevating the Saudi film industry to the local and international stages.

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