A shot from one of the 11 Saudi short films by emerging filmmakers showcasing on Netflix
The films, whose genres span from horror and fantasy to family adventure, animation, sci-fi and non-fiction, were showcased at the Saudi Red Sea Film Festival (RSFF) last year.
“There is incredible talent in the Kingdom [of Saudi Arabia], and they have unique stories to tell,” stated Netflix’s MENA and Turkey Director Content Acquisitions Nuha El-Tayeb on Wednesday.
“We hope that as people tune into the films, they learn more about these creators, and catch a glimpse of their passion, originality and creativity, as we have,” El-Tayeb added.
Among the highlighted narrative films are Mohamed Basalamah's Hallucinated and Rami Alzayer’s The Day I Lost Myself while the documentaries include Abbas Alshuwayfie’s Arufea and Omar Al Omirat's Covida.
The collection also includes an animated short called Whisper Down the Lane by Raghad Albarqi, The Jakar by Abdulaziz Saleh, The Palm Witch by Hala Alhaid, Hide and Seek by Mohammad Helal, Red Circle by Abdulaziz Sarhan and Little Bird by Khalid Fahad.
Netflix has previously launched Saudi shows and films like Masameer, Six Windows in the Desert, Takki and Whispers.
Netflix and other streaming platforms have received a warning from Saudi Arabia and neighbouring Gulf countries in early September to not broadcast content that "contradicts Islamic and societal values," and were threatened with legal action if any such content was not removed.
The streaming platform plans to include advertisements and tougher login measures as the number of subscribers has dropped in recent years.