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Saudi Film ‘The Journey’ Wins Best Experimental Film Award at Dutch Festival Septimius

RIYADH: The Saudi film presented at the Dutch film festival Septimius won the award for best experimental film.

“The Journey”, produced by Manga Productions, a subsidiary of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s MiSK Foundation, becomes the first Saudi Arabian and Arab film to win an experimental category gong at an international festival.

The announcement was made on Tuesday at the Septimius Awards ceremony held in Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands.

Dr. Essam Bukhary, Managing Director of Manga Productions and Executive Producer of ‘The Journey’, said, “We are proud that ‘The Journey’ has won the Septimius Award for Best Experimental Film for the first time in the history of the manga. Saudi Arabia and Arab Cinematographic Films.

“It shows that creative content from Saudi culture can be competitive on a global scale and inspires us at Manga Productions to continue our journey towards developing Saudi talent, as we learned from Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. , the importance of empowering young people and that our ambitions are limitless.”

Abdulaziz Al-Naghmoosh, Director of Marketing, Distribution and Business Development at Manga Productions, said, “‘The Journey’ winning the Septimius Award for Best Experimental Film is another triumph and the fruit of hard work in the development of the Saudi talents that we are constantly looking for. to discover, support and improve their skills in the content industry, who also worked directly in the film.

“Furthermore, this triumph is a tribute to the efforts made for the release of “The Journey”, and distributed in more than 25 European countries and 15 Asian countries. We have also signed with major streaming platforms to stream the film.

He pointed out that “The Journey” was available on Crunchyroll – the largest anime collection in the world – in the United States and was also streaming on more than 20 Japanese platforms as well as Shahid, an Arabic content streaming platform in the Middle. -East.

Sarah Mohammed, Head of Animation at Manga Productions, said, “The film’s success is a global tribute to the creativity of Saudi youth and the cooperation between Manga Productions and Toei Animation Co. Through this, we have shown part of our heritage and our culture. .

“Furthermore, this award is the result of the great efforts put into the co-production between Saudi and Japanese talent on all stages, starting with the writing, designs and art direction and ending with the release of the film, which , thankfully, had a broad positive resonance with local and global audiences.

The cooperation between Manga Productions and Toei Animation has added a blend of experiences and methods from both countries. The film uses different artistic styles such as watercolor, traditional Japanese and Van Gogh, shown for the first time in an animated film.

“The Journey” beat out seven nominated finalists in the experimental film category, which recognizes excellence in creating one-of-a-kind expressive power using a unique art style.

The film festival included many international films nominated for the final stage, which competed in several classes.

Additionally, a group of filmmakers and several celebrities who have won international awards, such as Oscars and Grammys, including American director Kevin Willmott and American actor Thomas Jane, attended the ceremony.

The Septimius festival aims to support creative, inspiring and quality productions.

The heart of Arab history inspired the making of “The Journey”. Directed by Japanese filmmaker Shizuno Kobun, it’s an epic tale set in the Arabian Peninsula, telling the story of Aws, a potter from Mecca who takes up arms to protect his city from ruthless invaders who threaten to destroy the Kaaba.

Manga Productions was created to inspire the heroes of tomorrow through animation, video games and comics, and aims to be a regional and global pioneer in the production of creative content, while contributing to the delivery of useful content that helps build creative content. and ambitious talent through development programs and internships to further develop the entertainment content industry in the region.

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