The Saudi Film Industry

by aalk-01 | created - 11 months ago | updated - 9 months ago | Public

This in-depth list includes filmmakers, producers, screenwriters, actors, actresses that have already been leaving marks in the upcoming Saudi Film Industry.

1. Abdullah Ali

Producer | Born a King

Abdullah Ali was born on January 30th, 2001. He is an actor known for the first Saudi Arabian commercial feature film, Born A King (2018). He played the main character, Prince Faisal in the Born A King Film. He is known as Saudi Arabia's first actor in a commercial feature film.

2. Haifaa Al-Mansour

Director | Wadjda

Haifaa Al Mansour is the first female filmmaker in Saudi Arabia and is regarded as one of the most significant cinematic figures in the Kingdom. She finished her bachelor's degree in Literature at the American University in Cairo and completed a Master's degree in Directing and Film Studies from ...

3. Fatima AlBanawi

Actress | Doubt

Fatima Albanawi is an internationally acclaimed actress and storyteller whose starring role in the feature "Barakah Meets Barakah" in 2016, was foundational for Saudi cinema. From a naive newlywed in "Going South" Short, and a Parisian actress from the 70's in "Roll'em" Feature, to a selfish ...

4. Andrés Vicente Gómez

Producer | El día de la bestia

Andrés Vicente Gómez was born on September 16, 1943 in Madrid, Madrid, Spain as Andrés Vicente Gómez Montero. He is a producer and writer, known for The Day of the Beast (1995), Belle Epoque (1992) and ¡Ay, Carmela! (1990).

5. Mohammed Al Turki

Producer | 99 Homes

Film producer, Entrepreneur. Philanthropist.

Born in Saudi Arabia on 3rd July 1986, Mohammed Al Turki has successfully bridged the entertainment gap between "East and West" through his current and exciting endeavors in Hollywood.

His lifelong passion for film, coupled with academic achievements in ...

6. Abdulelah Alqurashi

Director | Roll'em

Abdulelah Alqurashi is an actor and director, known for Roll'em (2019), Zaina's Cake (2015) and Father's Revenge (2013).

7. Hisham Fageeh

Actor | Barakah yoqabil Barakah

Hisham Fageeh, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Actor, Producer, Writer

Fageeh is the co-producer and star of Saudi Arabia's submission to the Oscars for 2016's Best Foreign Film, "Barakah Meets Barakah" (now available on Netflix worldwide). His work has been written about by The New York Times, Vanity Fair, ...

8. Todd Albert Nims

Producer | Born a King

Todd Albert Nims is a Saudi-born American Creative Director & Producer heavily involved in the Gulf region's cinema and entertainment development. Mr. Nims co-produced Born a King, a major feature shot in London and Saudi Arabia that broke box office records for the Gulf, featuring Ed Skrein, ...

9. Jumanah Shaheen

Visual_effects | Taylor Swift: Look What You Made Me Do

Born in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and raised between the United States and Saudi Arabia, Jumanah Shaheen grew up moving between countries, shifting between cultures acclimating to new societal norms. In 2003 Jumanah's family relocated indefinitely in Jeddah Saudi Arabia. attended a Manarat International...

10. Muhammad Ali

Actor | Born a King

Muhammad Ali is known for authoring "The Young Mastermind", acting in Saudi Arabia's 1st ever Commercial Feature Film, "Born A King" and speaking on stage for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on his vision for "Education As Entertainment".

Growing up in the sands of Arabia, Muhammad got the ...

12. Rawkan Binbella

Actor | Born a King

Rawkan Binbella is an actor, known for Born a King (2019) and Jaber (2018).

13. Agustí Villaronga

Director | El niño de la luna

Agustí Villaronga was born on March 4, 1953 in Palma, Balearic Islands, Spain as Agustí Villaronga i Riutort. He is a director and writer, known for Moon Child (1989), Black Bread (2010) and 99.9 (1997).

14. Henry Fitzherbert

Writer | Slaughterhouse Rulez

Henry Fitzherbert is known for his work on Slaughterhouse Rulez (2018), Born a King (2019) and Love & Friendship (2016).

16. Nadia Malaika

Actor | Doubt

Nadia was born in Birmingham 1974 to a half Saudi/half Egyptian father and Slovenian mother. She attended an Arabic school. When in high school she started taking drama classes, which was where she discovered her love for acting.

She was able to reconnect with her passion for acting when she and her...

17. Raed Alsemari

Director | Dunya's Day

A local of Riyadh and New York, Raed Alsemari is completing his MFA in Filmmaking at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.

His first on-set experience was as a casting associate on Jon Stewart's Rosewater in Amman, Jordan. He later spent a year producing Saudi short-form comedy with Telfaz11.

In 2016, he ...

18. Waad Mohammed

Actress | Wadjda

Waad Mohammed was born and raised in Saudi Arabia the daughter of Saudi parents. She is still in high school. When she was a small kid, she was discovered by a talent show that was held in a mall. She was offered an acting job in the award winning movie Wadjda as the protagonist at the age of 9. ...

19. Yaser Hammad

Writer | Roll'em

Yaser Hammad is an indie writer, director from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia born and raised. He moved to the United States to pursue his dream of becoming a filmmaker, by studying at the New York Film Academy in Los Angeles and earning a bachelor degree in Fine Arts. Where he have written, directed, and ...

22. Majid Al Ansari

Producer | The Intruder!

Majid Al Ansari is a director and producer whose debut feature film Zinzana (Rattle The Cage) had its world premiere at Fantastic Fest in Austin, TX, and its European premier at BFI London Film Festival. Variety called Zinzana "A World Class Neo Noir Thriller" and awarded Majid "Arab Filmmaker of ...

24. Ahd

Actress | Collateral

Ahd Hassan Kamel is an award winning actress and filmmaker from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. She is best-known for her role as Fatima in the 2018 BBC2 /Netflix series, Collateral. and her starring role in the 2014 BAFTA-nominated film, Wadjda,

Ahd grew up in Saudi Arabia and moved to New York City in 1998....

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