In Alignment with the Film Commission's interest and keenness to enrich local content within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Daw' program comes with the aim of supporting professional filmmakers by providing financial support to film production companies and establishments for creating creative local content.
Non-refundable financial grants for feature and short film production.
The Main Requirements for
Daw' Financial Grants
Governmental and semi-government companies are not eligible to apply for Daw'.
This track will target production companies or establishments that have legal entities in Saudi Arabia to produce feature films by providing grants to the following categories: fiction films, documentaries, and animated films, with a minimum duration of 40 minutes.
This track will target production companies or establishments that have legal entity in Saudi Arabia to produce short films by providing grants to the following categories: fiction films, documentaries, and animated films, with a maximum duration of 40 minutes.
Registration is ongoing and available throughout the year.
Applications submitted until January 31 at 11:59, will be answered with acceptance or rejection on March 31, 2023
Applications submitted until February 28 at 11:59, will be answered with acceptance or rejection on June 30, 2023
Applications submitted until July 31 at 11:59, will be answered with acceptance or rejection on September 30, 2023
Applications submitted until October 31 at 11:59 will be answered with acceptance or rejection on December 31, 2023
General Terms and Conditions
These Terms and Conditions apply at the time of submission to Daw'.
I hereby acknowledge and agree that:
The Film Commission lunched “Daw’” as a part of the incentive program to support local film industry by non-refundable grants, and to create an integrated library of high-quality Saudi films.
New entities can apply for the Short Film track only if the director or producer has directed or produced at least one short film.
Those born in Saudi Arabia and holding a birth certificate or were born to Saudi mothers are eligible to participate as producers, directors, or writers.
Yes, it is possible to submit more than one application on each track, only if the film's producer and director are not the same in any other submission.
It is not required to attach it, but doing so increases the likelihood of selecting the project.
If the project is rejected, you will receive an email clarifying the reasons for the rejection. The participant entity can then amend their files and participate again, since the registration period is open throughout the year.
If the project is rejected, you will receive an email clarifying the reasons for the rejection. The participant can then amend their files and participate again, since the registration period is open throughout the year.
Applicants must use the forms provided to ensure that all required fields are filled out.
When you apply for Daw', you must submit a detailed budget. Therefore, the decision to distribute the crew's wages is entirely attributable to the applicant entity.
The production company or establishment assumes all responsibility for any mistakes or errors in a film caused by the working team. Commitment and seriousness are needed to make a quality film.
The decision is up to the jury committee to determine the percentage of the financial grants.
The amount will not be given until the company or the establishment secures the remaining amount of the budget. The remaining amount should be secured within 8 months from the date of signing on acceptance letter. Once it is secured, “Daw'” shall proceed.
Yes, the film must be produced in all stages within the Kingdom. Unless the jury committees accept otherwise due to artistic reasons.
The names of the jury committee will not be disclosed, in order to ensure the confidentiality and quality of the evaluation and to ensure that it is carried out without any bias.
The project will be evaluated by the Technical Evaluation Committee, the Financial Evaluation Committee, and the Incentives Committee, which are as follows:
- Technical Evaluation Committee: This is the committee in charge of evaluating the project's quality by reviewing project files such as the script and treatment.
- Financial Evaluation Committee: This committee is responsible for evaluating the project's financial quality by reviewing financial files such as the project budget and cash flow.
- Incentives Committee: This is the committee in charge of reviewing the results and recommendations of the Technical and Financial Evaluation Committee. Selecting projects that earn the non-refundable grants according to specific criteria.
The applicants are contacted periodically to inform them of the status of the application after ensuring that the basic requirements for obtaining the non-refundable grant are met.
The full amount must not be spent at the production stage. The decision will be up to the jury committees according to cash flow projections.
Yes, evaluation will be for both the Arabic and the English version of the script.
The script that written in the Hollywood model of cinematography will be accepted