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

AFCI aims to support, empower and connect film boards worldwide, promoting sustainable and integrated development in the international film industry, according to SPA. Through this membership, the Saudi Film Board will have access to a range of services, including global networking with film authorities, insight into international best practices, specialized training and development programs, and the latest updates on industry developments.

Joining AFCI will allow the Saudi Arabian Film Commission to elevate the Kingdom’s film industry and place Saudi cinema on the global stage. This membership empowers both national production companies and local talent, facilitating the exchange of experience and knowledge with international partners.

AFCI, founded in 1975, is a global non-profit organization and the only organization of its kind that includes film forums from many countries on six continents. It aims to empower industry bodies and stakeholders to promote economic growth within the film production sector.

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

According to SPA, the Saudi Film Commission’s AFCI membership is a strategic step towards realizing its vision to establish the Kingdom as a global center for the film industry. The aim of this move is to strengthen the national economy and elevate the Saudi film industry to the local and international scene.

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