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NEWS                                                                                                Saturday 12 May 2018
                                                                                                                                   DAY 5

                 MECCA IN CANNES
                 NATHALIE Dubois and DPA will be
                 introducing new global brands at their
                 gifting suite at the Carlton, through May
                 18. Innovative Japanese brand Gaura is
                 introducing its hot product, the Gaura
                 Walk, a portable rechargeable hydrogen   CANNES Q&A:
                 water bottle, and its home Gaura Mini, a
                 household hydrogen water server. Its H2
                 wrapped with mass hydrogen bubbles. YING YE
                 Bubble product, meanwhile, is a bubble
                 bath powder that allows the body to be
                 Chinese brand Lai Wei is showing its   MANAGING DIRECTOR, ARCLIGHT FILMS
                 striking red carpet jewelry inspired by
                 traditional Chinese culture and noble
                 living. On the fashion front, the designer   What is your mission in Cannes?  film in the Melbourne Film Festival.
                 Katia Cameleon is showing what happens   My mission in Cannes is to continue to   Our films Hotel Mumbai, First Reformed
                 when you mix couture with magnetic   raise the bar in the quality of the films we   and Triple Threat will be released
                 technology. Each of her designs can be   produce and sell. Following on from the   worldwide later this year. We are also
                 restyled using magnetic technology.  critical success of First Reformed (to be   in pre-production on a number of
                 Several beauty companies are also on   released by A24 this month) and our   big-budget, ambitious projects.
                 hand this year. Blush & Whimsy, a New   upcoming film Hotel Mumbai. Both are
                 Mexico startup, is presenting its lipglass   films we produced last year that we are   What is your focus
                 technology which uses real flowers and   very proud of.       for the coming year?
                 changes colour according to the body’s                        We are focused on high quality. We want
                 temperature. Urban Scents parfumeur   How was the past year   to put more emphasis on development.
                 Marie le Febvre showed her intoxicating   in business for you/or what was
                 perfumes, as part of a unique bespoke   your objective?       What are you looking to do    © DR
                 ‘bar a parfums’. And Neilly Azola and her   The past year was a extremely busy year   in Cannes?  How many Cannes have you
                 team will be available to go in stars’   for us. We have been delivering five of   We are setting up meetings with as many   attended and for how many
                 rooms to provide eyelashes extensions,   our own productions. Some of them   distributors, producers and financiers as   different companies?
                 semi-permanent make-up, and eyebrow   participated in major festivals around the   possible to share with them our   I have attended Cannes for over 10 years
                 shaping.  The Cannes Survival Bag from   world and earned great reviews — such   upcoming line-up. We also want to hear   with the same company — Arclight
                 Swiss beauty guru Jacqueline Piotaz also   as First Reformed in Venice, Telluride and   from our distributors — what is their   Films.✦
                 sounds like just the ticket. ✦   LF  Toronto festivals; Jungle was the opening   appetite for future projects.     Liza Foreman

                 Saudi Arabia launches rebate programme

                        HE SAUDI Film Council (SFC)                                                           and enhance the local community.
                        has announced in Cannes                                                               The National Grant Program will be
                        the launch of several                                                                 open to KSA nationals who produce
                        programmes, set to benefit                                                            or post-produce content in the Kingdom
                 T local film-makers, film-                                                                   and meet the Program’s eligibility criteria.
                 industry development in the Kingdom                                                          These partnerships with global film
                 (KSA), and international players.                                                            institutes, including The University
                 It is hoped these new schemes will                                                           of Southern California, the Studio School
                 encourage the film world to look to                                                          and Film Independent in the United
                 the country as an important, emerging                                                        States, and La Femis and Les Gobelins
                 global production location, according                                                        in France, are providing critical skills
                 to a statement issued, following                                                             training for aspiring and established
                 a media brunch in Cannes on Friday.                                                          Saudi film-makers, as well as ‘train
                 Most interesting for International   © DR   Faisal Baltyuor (Saudi Film Council) and Ahmad Al-Maziad (General Culture Authority)  the trainers’ programmes to add further
                 film-makers, The Kingdom is launching                                                        domestic skill-building capacity. In 2018,
                 a 35% baseline cash rebate programme,   as encourage production companies to   nurturing and empowering our rich   training and multi-week summer camps
                 as well as a grant programme for talent,   employ local crew. Details on the   talent pool of aspiring and established   will be undertaken in Saudi Arabia,
                 and various international skill-building   programme roll-out will be made   film-makers and introducing the   Los Angeles and Paris covering the full
                 partnerships. This cash rebate   available in the coming weeks.   international industry to the world   spectrum of skills required for film
                 programme will apply to productions   “We are very excited to mark our first   of opportunities the Kingdom has to   production, including directing, editing,
                 filmed in KSA, offering a baseline of   appearance at the Cannes Film Festival   offer, as we seek to build an industry   screenwriting, sound design, VR/AR
                 35% for all spend used and consumed   and Marché du Film with the launch of   that draws on our heritage and supports   and 2D/3D animation.
                 in the country, with the ability for   initiatives that support our overall goals   the unique needs of our country, while   The Saudi Film Council was launched
                 productions to realise higher rebates   for talent development and film and   at the same time plays a vital role within   in March 2018, as part of the Kingdom
                 by meeting certain criteria.    content production in the Kingdom,   the global film community,” he added.  of Saudi Arabia’s drive to develop
                 A 50% rebate will also be available   including one of the most attractive   Talent development is a key area of focus   a vibrant society and propel economic
                 for spend on Saudi labour employed.   rebate programmes in the world,”   for SFC. The National Grant and talent   diversification through new industries
                 The rebate is expected to bring   said Ahmad Al-Maziad, CEO of   partnership programmes for Saudi   under Vision 2030. It was launched
                 production to the Kingdom, including   the General Culture Authority (GCA),   nationals, it is hoped, will lay a solid   by the General Culture Authority
                 feature films, documentaries, episodic   which oversees the SFC.   foundation for growth through   of Saudi Arabia as one of its five key
                 series and animated content, as well   “They highlight two of our key pillars —   education and skill-building to foster   cultural industry sector entities.✦   LF

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