Booming Saudi entertainment group Telfaz11 acquired independent Riyadh-based production house Last Scene Films in an agreement to step up its shift to feature film production.
Founded by Alaa Yousef Fadan, Ali Al Kalthami and Ibrahim Al Khairallah, Telfaz11, also based in Riyadh, was at the forefront of the YouTube youth content revolution in Saudi Arabia in the early 2010s. He is now a major player in its content boom following the lifting of the 35-year ban on cinema in the country.
Specializing in the production of independent feature films, documentaries and short films, Last Scene Films was founded in 2017 by Saudi cinema pioneer Mohammed Alhamoud. He was joined by Wael Abumansour an executive producer in 2020.
The company’s first feature film Last visited by Abdulmohsen Aldhabaan premiered in the East of the West competition at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in 2019 and won the jury prize at the Marrakech International Film Festival the same year.
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Prior to the lifting of the cinema ban in Saudi Arabia in 2017, Alhamoud was a co-founding member of the Talashi Film Collective, which was dedicated to making short films and showing them at film festivals in neighboring territories a decade before. the opening of cinemas in the country.
As part of the Telfaz11 agreement, Abumansour and Alhamoud will join the company and report to Fadan. They will jointly continue to oversee the day-to-day development and production activities of Last Scene Films, as well as develop and manage the strategy for the Telfaz11 film festival.
“It has always been part of our mission to be catalysts for local creative culture while being at the forefront of producing new and fresh Saudi content with massive local appeal and relevance to local culture.” , Fadan said.
“With our current strategy of expanding and concentrating our offering in films and premium content, we believe that the Last Scene transaction will help us accelerate our mission and create long-term value for the company. and its shareholders. “
The agreement follows a busy 12-month period for Telfaz11. At the end of 2020, it signed an eight-movie deal with Netflix and earlier this year, local operating channel Muvi Cinemas took an undisclosed stake in the company as part of a strategic partnership to boost the creation of local content.